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July is Disability Pride Month

July 12th, 2024|

On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed in to law which prohibits any discrimination based on disability. Since then, July has been celebrated as Disability Pride Month. In 1990, the first Disability Pride Day was held in Boston and the first Disability Pride Parade was held in Chicago in 2004.

Our Center provides statewide leadership which supports diversity and ensures the industry’s academic programs remain cutting-edge.

What We Do?

The Center of Excellence for Homeland Security-Emergency Management (HSEM) helps state community and technical colleges (CTC) prepare a skilled workforce to help maintain our national security, ensure an effective response to all-hazard events through education and training initiatives, and build disaster resilience in our communities.

Our goal is to provide effective leadership and coordination that rapidly responds to the interests of educational institutions and workforce training needs of the HSEM (all-hazard) business and industry sectors across the state. From our offices at Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington, we accomplish this through working with a coalition of all 34 community and technical colleges, public agencies, and private sector organizations.

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The Center serves the interests of education institutions and workforce training needs of Homeland Security Emergency Management business and industry sectors across Washington State.

  • Coordination – responds to workforce training needs

  • Career Pathways – promote and establish career pathways

  • Preparedness – help communities prepare for disasters

We help prepare a skilled workforce to maintain our national security and effectively respond to all hazard events through education and training.


Our Center provides statewide leadership which supports diversity and ensures the industry’s academic programs remain cutting-edge.

Homeland Security involves agencies and organizations who work to improve the security of the United States public and private interests. Homeland Security activities can include customs, border, and immigration enforcement, emergency response to natural and man-made disasters, anti-terrorism work, and cyber-security.

Emergency management creates the framework which communities use to reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters.

Emergency management seeks to promote safer, less vulnerable communities with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters.

Emergency Management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.

For Students and Industry Workforce

  • Access to industry news and training programs via the website.
  • Degree/certificate programs and continuing education
  • Clear education and career pathways for incumbent workforce and students.
  • Access to programs that upgrade skills in reading, writing, communicating, and mathematics.

For Business and Industry Partners

  • Collaborate with educational institutions to address workforce training needs.
  • Provide access to distance learning options for current employees in selected emergency management or Homeland Security related subjects.
  • Promote Homeland Security and Emergency Management training opportunities through regional conferences, seminars, and trade shows.
  • Provide access to a convenient website that provides linkage to local, state and national resources and information about Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
  • Gain access to a trained workforce with cutting edge skill sets, knowledge and tools to meet industry needs.

For Community

  • Provide access to resources, training and education that can better prepare a community to deal with disastrous events.
  • Facilitate support and assistance from local community colleges and state resources to prepare citizens, local community organizations, agencies, businesses, and industry to help respond and recover from all hazard events.


  • Provide support for curriculum development, enhancement and expansion.
  • Help facilitate the articulation arrangements between secondary and postsecondary academic institutions.
  • Provide information about and attend professional development workshops and conferences.
  • Conduct emergency management training table tops to enhance student, staff, and faculty safety and security.
  • Provide community all hazard preparedness information and resources to build personal and community resilience.


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