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LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT RESOURCES at Pierce College

The Library can provide: On campus computer use Chromebooks and hotspots to check out temporarily Places to study and meet Technology and research support Printing Hours and Location: Monday—Thursday        8:30am—6:30pm Friday                                    8:30am—1:30pm Fort Steilacoom: 4th Floor Cascade Bldg Puyallup: 2nd Floor Brouillet Library Bldg Phone: Fort Steilacoom: 253-964-6547 Puyallup: [...]

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Congratulation to our Board Members and Senior Fellows who all published preparedness books this year!

Congratulation to our Board Members and Senior Fellows who all published preparedness books this year! Two of our Board members, Curry Mayer and Michele Turner, along with Senior Fellow, Deb Moller, published books this year. The Future of Emergency Management After 2020: The New, Novel, and Nasty , by [...]

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Interview With Rising star: Tamara Corpin

Interview With Rising star: Tamara Corpin Linda Crerar: Share with us what it was that drew you to the Homeland Security Emergency Management field. Tamara Corpin: Before getting my degree in Homeland Security, my background was education. So, I had spent many years teaching and developing a curriculum. One [...]

A Perverse Meritocracy

A Perverse Meritocracy By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed A tsunami warning for the West Coast of the United States following the 2011 Sendai earthquake presented a  challenge in public messaging about the safety of our citizens because of false projections that toxic materials were en route to [...]

Congratulations to This Year’s Rising Stars!

Congratulations to This Year’s Rising Stars! (Shontieka Adeogun, Mikaela Hagberg, Tamara Corpin) By Kellie Hale The Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management (CoE-HSEM) has always been focused on student success and helping people change the trajectory of their lives positively and who have demonstrated excellence in their [...]

Welcome Monica Brummer: New Center Director for Clean Energy

Welcome Monica Brummer: New Center Director for Clean Energy By Kellie Hale Monica Brummer is the new Director for the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The Center is a statewide resource that represents the interests of the energy industry and their labor partners within the [...]

Welcome Carl Douglas: New Center Director for Semiconductors & Electronic Manufacturing

Welcome Carl Douglas: New Center Director for Semiconductors & Electronic Manufacturing By Kellie Hale Carl Douglas is the new Director for the Center of Excellence – Semiconductors & Electronic Manufacturing at Clark College. His Center works to ensure students access 21st-century tools and technology and link educational programs to [...]

Interdependencies – November 2021

Interdependencies by Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed The 1950’s health crisis was a crippling and killer disease, polio, that parents feared every time their children complained of headaches, tiredness, stomach pain, etc. Once developed, polio vaccines were quickly embraced, administered in schools; that health crisis was abated.  We [...]

Cybersecurity/Computer Apprenticeships

CYBERSECURITY/COMPUTER APPRENTICESHIPS Currently WA is showing 9953 cybersecurity job openings. Do you have an interest protecting digital privacy and infrastructure? Check out the following categories: Security Provision, Protect & Defend, Operate & Maintain, Oversee & Govern, Analyze, or Collect &. Each of these broad categories link to further job [...]

Cybersecurity Month: Be Cyber Smart

Cybersecurity Month: Be Cyber Smart “Our Nation is under a constant and ever-increasing threat from malicious cyber actors.  Ransomware attacks have disrupted hospitals, schools, police departments, fuel pipelines, food suppliers, and small businesses — delaying essential services and putting the lives and livelihoods of Americans at risk.  Any disruption, [...]

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Women in Leadership Profile: Dr. Amelia Phillips

Photo of Amelia Phillips Women in Leadership Profile: Dr. Amelia Phillips Many of us will say, “It isn’t rocket science!” to point out when a problem is laughingly easy compared to getting a rocket into space. But if you want to know more about what is rocket [...]

Time to Shake Up the Great American Shakeout? – October 2021

Time to Shake Up the Great American Shakeout?   By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed Let there be no mistake: the Great American Shakeout is an excellent effort to raise awareness of the earthquake risk and the damage it could create. It is essential to raise awareness about the [...]

9/11/01-1/6/21 and Beyond – Is the Homeland Secure?

9/11/01-1/6/21 and Beyond - Is the Homeland Secure? By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed Unrelenting false claims of election fraud led to the attempt to violently overthrow the government of the United States on January 6, 2021. Sometimes it sucks to be prescient. In June 2020’s “Emergency Management [...]

9/11/01-1/6/21 and Beyond – Eroding Confidence in Government

9/11/01-1/6/21 and Beyond – Eroding Confidence in Government By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed Although the 9/11 terrorists owed their success in some measure to poor coordination between federal government agencies, the feds “generously” sought to share responsibility for their lack of preparedness; protecting the “homeland” suddenly became [...]

9/11/01 -1/6/21 and Beyond

9/11/01 -1/6/21 and Beyond By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed On September 10, 2001, I naively thought I had enough problems on my plate. The new Bush Administration was attempting to redirect virtually every unallocated federally appropriated dollar to address “new” priorities (emergency managers may recall the assault [...]

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