On Thursday, November 10, the Cascadia Technical Academy’s – previously known as the Clark County Skills Center – Homeland Security program held its Grand Opening event in Vancouver, Washington. The Center mimics a functioning emergency operations center and allows students to practice emergency coordination activities and community groups to use the space to run drills and exercises for their own organizations. The space gives students a chance to learn how to manage emergency response for a broad range of disasters and the community organizations and businesses can use the space to develop and validate their own emergency plans. The classroom was supported with a $50,000 from the State and the Cascadia Technical Academy’s foundation and features state-of-the-art equipment, including multiple projection screens, an interactive whiteboard, video conferencing and dedicated phone lines. It’s the only classroom of its kind in the country, Jeff Kaliner, CTA Director said.
Ron May, Dean for the Homeland Security Emergency Management Program at Pierce College, and Linda Crerar, Director of the Center of Excellence for HSEM, attended the Open House and met with students, faculty and staff to discuss career pathway opportunities for students at Cascadia who are in the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Programs to continue their education in their chosen career fields attending one of the WA state’s community colleges Criminal Justice, Homeland Security-Emergency Management or other public health and safety or security programs. The Center provided students and staff with its SBCTC Program Handbook which identifies all of the community college programs in this career pathway which are available statewide and Ron told students and faculty about the new HSEM Bachelors in Applied Science online degree program that is being offered at Pierce College in Lakewood starting winter quarter 2017. This is the only HSEM BAS degree offered by a state college or university in the region for those wishing to pursue an advanced degree in this rapidly expanding and evolving field.
Cascadia Technical Academy’s Emergency Operations Learning Center
The classroom, supported with $50,000 from the state and Cascadia Technical Academy’s foundation, features state-of-the-art equipment, including multiple projection screens, an interactive whiteboard, video conferencing and dedicated phone lines. It’s the only classroom of its kind in the country, Kaliner said.
Students in the Cascadia Technical Academy’s Homeland Security Program study and learn in the only high school Emergency Operations Learning Center (EOLC) in the country. The classroom is available to all Southwest Washington and Portland area community businesses and agencies who would like to partner with the students by training and exercising in this unique learning environment.
This fully-equipped Emergency Operations Center is perfect for your emergency management seminars, workshops and tabletop exercises. Allowing students to observe or assist in your training and exercise needs will help give them the experience to connect what they are learning in class to the professional world of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
The EOLC Capabilities and Resources Include:
• A fully integrated wireless Click-Share projection system
• Digital interactive whiteboard and document annotation
• Business-class video conferencing
• Distance learning and remote training
Cascadia Technical Academy
12200 NE 28th Street
Vancouver WA 98682
For more information contact:
Homeland Security Instructor/ Criminal Justice II Internship Coordinator
Cascadia Technical Academy
312 731 8935