Economic Development Focus
Currently, 86,000 employees are documented in the CTE Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Clusters. Government and public service organizations employ about 80% of this workforce with 20% employment in private sector. There is a growing demand in this cluster for security and protective service professionals, law enforcement.
A COE-HSEM 2021-22 Careers Pathway Guide was published and distributed. It provides up-to-date information on all-hazard emergency management career pathways as well as six career pathway programs located at our State Board Community and Technical Colleges and Washington State Skills Centers.
For more information, visit: https://www.coehsem.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Pathways-Resource-Guidebook.pdf
Industry Sector Strategy Focus
The Center supported the establishment of a corporate emergency management work group. The group will complete a compressive and inclusive assessment of current curriculum and will collect research data to support the development of a private sector corporate EM certificate. Private hiring authority KSA needs are not well understood in the private sector in a time when there are ever increasing corporate risks and threats caused by natural and intention acts causing emergencies and disasters.
Washington State Firefighter JATC (Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee) brought together fire departments and their respective labor associations to support Pierce College Fire Services Apprenticeship which offers valuable on-the-job training in conjunction with technical instruction which meets NFPA standards, is accredited, and provides college-level credit. The apprenticeship consists of accredited recruit academy training, hazardous materials training, EMT training, followed by on-the-job training and academic instruction that supplements the craft of firefighting. Apprenticeships are eligible for G.I. benefits and applies toward a college education. The Center’s Pathway Resource Guidebook provides information and links to every state community and technical college.
To view our Pathway Resource Guidebook, visit:
Fire Service Program links
Pierce College: https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/fire-services-leadership-management
Bates Technical College: https://www.batestech.edu/programs/fire-service/
Columbia Basin College: https://www.columbiabasin.edu/learn/discover-your-path/health-sciences/fire-science/index.html
Everett Community College: https://www.everettcc.edu/programs/prof-tech-ed/public-safety/fire-science
North Seattle College: https://northseattle.edu/programs/fire-science
Skagit Valley College: https://www.skagit.edu/academics/areas-of-study/public-service-social-science/fire-science/
Spokane Community College: https://scc.spokane.edu/What-to-Study/Public-Services/Fire-Science
Walla Walla Community College: https://dept.wwcc.edu/fire/
Wenatchee Valley College: https://www.wvc.edu/academics/fire-science/index.html
Women in Leadership Profiles
Confluence news magazine has published 12 feature stories on women in emergency management career fields since the winter quarter of 2021. Each profile highlights women from different HSEM career fields in public, private, and non-profit organizations.
To view the articles, visit the links below:
Frances Whalen: https://www.coehsem.com/women-in-leadership-profile-frances-whalen/
Shannon Marheine: https://www.coehsem.com/women-in-leadership-profile-shannon-marheine/
Amelia Phillips: https://www.coehsem.com/women-in-leadership-profile-amelia-phillips/
Tiffany Brown: https://www.coehsem.com/women-in-leadership-profile-tiffany-brown/
Tieka Adeogun: https://www.coehsem.com/women-in-leadership-tieka-adeogun/
Tanya Knight: https://www.coehsem.com/women-in-leadership-tanya-knight/
Mary Kay Bredeson: https://www.coehsem.com/mary-kay-bredeson-profile/
Michele Turner: https://www.coehsem.com/women-in-leadership-profile-michele-turner/
Toya Moore: https://www.coehsem.com/toya-moore-interview/
Elizabeth Klute: https://www.coehsem.com/elizabeth-klute-interview/
Brandi Hunter: https://www.coehsem.com/women-in-emergency-management-profile-brandi-hunter/
Brittany Barnwell: https://www.coehsem.com/women-in-leadership-profile-brittany-barnwell/
The Center expanded current and future workforce supply recruiting future Native educators and tribal members to obtain a Tribal HSEM Certificate. The certificate can be completed in 3 terms and applies to the Associates Degree in HSEM. This effort also supports ESSHB 1130 (2020) legislative focused on expanding future educator workforce supply.
The Center identified training capacity, skills gaps, trends, and best practices gaps and needs within the HSEM career pathway that requires the development of curriculum and a certification process for a Certificate in Accessible and Equitable Emergency, Risk, and Crisis Management to be established. Research and data have identified that implicit bias and inequity are present throughout the structure, procedures, and outcomes of emergency management. The certification process will integrate equity as a core tenant of community engagement in resilience, preparedness, response, and recovery processes.
Worked with 19 Criminal Justice (CJ) SBCTC programs and employers to implement standard course numbering, a statewide model core curriculum, completed the CJ OER curriculum, and embedded DEI work in its curriculum. The model core curriculum assists colleges with their CJ programs marketability and provides a common assessment mechanism for CJ program in WA.
Climate Change: A Practical Guide
The Center published a guide through the Confluence Newsletter on climate change impacts and how more extreme weather, rising temperatures, and climate change can affect our health, homes, finances, safety, and day-to-day activities. The guide provides information on what actions can be taken to prepare for floods, wildfires, landslides, snow, and other weather emergencies.
To view the guide, visit: https://www.coehsem.com/climate-change-a-practical-guide/
Workforce Supply/Demand Focus
The Center supported the HSEM Program and collaborating colleges to develop a new Healthcare Emergency Management Certificate being offered through Pierce College. The certificate allows students to take on emergency management duties as part of existing healthcare jobs, or to embark on new careers in healthcare emergency management which is a rapidly growing field as nearly every healthcare organization and hospitals are being required to implement emergency preparedness programs.
To view, visit: http://catalog.pierce.ctc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=15&poid=6620&returnto=874
The Center worked with the HSEM Program to establish a Disaster Risk Management Certificate to address business and industry needs for KSA in the business continuity and risk management for employment in private/corporate sector. The certificate is designed to be completed in 2 terms and supports military service members and others wanting career advance in the business sector.
To view, visit: http://catalog.pierce.ctc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=15&poid=6619&returnto=874
Summary of FY 21-22 Work Plan Report
Provide leadership and Guidance that aligns with State Boards Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) vision and goals – “Recovering and Eliminating Racism and Implicit Bias”
The Center, working with its Advisory Board, has adopted program goals that supports the SBCTC system to integrate and maintain DEI principles in all of the Center’s Career Pathway Programs curriculum. The goal is to improve education outcomes for all underrepresented communities to build a diverse and competitive workforce.
The Board established a working sub-committee. Michele Turner leads with board members, faculty, staff, and students.
- DEI subcommittee chair will lead a discussion during Strategic Planning session to share what we have learned and our Outcome objectives.
- Report on collaboration with DRB Women in Business Continuity Management: key themes for discussion include professional development, growth in women’s careers, skills or functional limitations, innovation and growth skills.
- CHMURA data available and reports have been completed on most programs areas.
Pathways to Partnerships: Collaboration among COEs, pathway programs, and public/private partnerships.
The Center Directors and staff continue to hold bi-weekly meetings to expand and enhance their collaborations to partner with others including college leadership and SBCTC staff. COEs have worked together to support transitions in staffing that have occurred in 50% of the Centers over the past two years.
- Board established the Public and Private Partnerships subcommittee being lead by Vince Davis.
- Identify and lead discussion on career prospects for emergency management, role of an emergency manager plays in the corporate setting including industry terminology, compiling job descriptions, and conducting interviews with private sector risk/emergency managers.
- Develop curriculum/courses that could be implemented within the HSEM Degree Program.
- Assist in developing training on the topic of emergency management roles in the corporate setting. Trainings will be offered to students and working professionals.
Career Connected Pathways-Assessment, Training, Curriculum Development, and Experiential
The goal is to develop student experiential learning opportunities and easy access to employers by developing a plan to cultivate strong partnerships with business and organizations that are able to offer these opportunities
- Established an active Scholarship Board to advise the endowment of the Jamye Wisecup and award scholarships and currently has raised over $10,000 of the $30,000 needed.
- Center Advisory Board established a subcommittee for the Work Experience objectives being lead my Meg Ryan and has been focused on best practices of a career management system with a professional career network and platform to effectively improve access and enhance current systems in our colleges.
- Center and an identified Working Group of collaborators will assess the need for developing curriculum/courses for an Inclusive Preparedness: Access/Functional Needs Certificate.
- Centers of Excellence are collaborating on a data base initiative utilizing the CHMURA data management tool that provides workforce trends reports and the Center staff have completed initial reports on all of our programs.
CTE Cluster: Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Educational Attainment
The state currently supports over 86,000 employees in the CTE Cluster of law, public safety, corrections, and security. There is a growing demand in this cluster for security and protective service professionals, law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians. Governmental and public service organizations employ about 40%of the workforce, with 60% employment in the private sector.
- Center continues its collaboration with its statewide Criminal Justice (CJ) Work Group Programs holding quarterly meetings to implement a core curriculum, standard course numbering, OER textbooks, and embed DEI work in the curriculum.
- Center working with the state’s Fire Services Programs and fire fighter associations/councils has established a working group to continue our discussions and efforts to build program capacity and increase the pipeline of firefighters in the workforce. Our Board Member Joey Dilley has a lead role in organizing the colleges work group and helping to design a training study that will include impact on recruitment, retention, funding, and resource need.
- They are expected to hold their first virtual meeting on May 26.
FY 23 Work Plan Report
Guidance Assessing Programs for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Provide leadership and Guidance that aligns w/State Boards Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEIC) vision and goals – “Recovering and Eliminating Racism and Implicit Bias
Center, working with its Advisory Board, has adopted program goals that supports the SBCTC system to integrate and maintain DEIC principles in all of the Center’s Career Pathway Programs curriculum. The goal is to improve education outcomes for all underrepresented communities to build a diverse and competitive workforce. The Board established a working sub-committee Michele Turner’s leads w/Board Members, faculty, staff, and students.
- DEIA initiative will connect with the Women in Business Continuity organization by working with the Advisory Board’s DEIA sub-committee. Florence Moss, a Women in Business Continuity organization member, will be invited to join the Center’s Advisory Board and work with the Committee to review current Work Plan and revise it as needed.
- Continue to utilize the Project Management Tracking System/Dashboard established by the DEIA committee to track outcomes/products. Quarterly reports will be completed.
- Current 11 member workgroup for the Center Board and Senior Fellow members along with organizations and groups with DEIA expertise will develop a curriculum/course for a Certificate in Accessible and the 3rd quarter.
Pathways to Partnerships: Collaboration among COEs with an Employer Engagement Seminar/Conference.
Hold a state-wide conference/seminar in Collaboration with the Supply Chain Center of Excellence and other Centers that choose to participate, employers, affiliated organizations, professional/technical faculty, and students to develop and deliver information and training opportunities.
- Educate up to 45 professional and technical faculty, instructors, and deans on how to meet the changing economic and environmental challenges. 15 faculty/instructors and deans per quarter.
- Develop a certification/training program for faculty and industry. Complete in 3rd quarter of the year.
Pathway to Understanding Public-Private Partnership in Crisis, Risk, and EM and Continuity of Operations Management
Develop a “corporate” Emergency Management Program which describes career options for emergency managers outside of the public sector; the pros and cons of corporate and public sectors EM; the role of EM in the corporate setting; challenges for EM in corporate environments.
- Board sub-committee work group will complete an assessment of current capabilities and gaps in first quarter.
- Complete data research to understand key risks and threats, both natural and human-caused, need to hire for corporate/company positions for managing emergencies and disasters in the 1st quarter.
- Complete design steps for Corporate EM curriculum including identify corporate culture types, skills needed/require, and strategies aligned with the culture and best practices. Complete in 3rd quarter. Review comments and identify additional action items by 4th quarter.
Work Experience Market Place – Mentorship, Coaching, and Job Shadowing Opportunities
Develop 20 (5 per quarter) experiential learning opportunities, e.g. internships and mentorships, for students in all-hazard HSEM programs which includes a strategy that aligns w/mission of DEIA and connects employers/students directly reducing barrier to participation in marketplace. Continue with Women in Leadership Profile series for Confluence News Magazine. Continue to support several activities related to Career Connect and help K-12 students, parents, and high school and college staff/faculty to navigate the dual credit, career and technical education (CTE) pathway.
- Center and Pierce College partners will continue working on the Pierce County Careers Connection (PC3) project and offer other SBCTC system colleges the template and support to replicate similar website capabilities. Identify funding resources to add 2 additional districts that would be interested in replicating the Pierce pilot. Report quarterly.
- Continue to engage employers/colleges in joining Handshake and AWB jobs website services.
- Provide opportunities/incentives to employers to provide career/skills advancement for employees. Quarterly education/training workshops and seminars will provide skills development learning opportunities for participants to mentor and coach student. Job shadowing opportunities will be included in outcome.
- Identify apprenticeship/inter-agency internships that support disciplines. Will be reported quarterly with a goal of 20 work experience opportunities. Reported quarterly.
CTE Cluster: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Education Attainment
The state currently supports over 86,000 employees in the CTE Cluster of law, public safety, corrections, and security. There is a growing demand in this cluster for security and protective service professionals, law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians. Governmental and public service organizations employ about 40% of the workforce, with 60% employment in the private sector.
- Center continues its collaboration with its statewide Criminal Justice (CJ) Work Group Programs holding quarterly meetings to implement a core curriculum, standard course numbering, OER textbooks, and embed DEI work in the curriculum and organize and support quarterly meetings of the CJ Work Group and support implementation of their work plans. Report Quarterly.
- Center working with the state’s Fire Services Programs and fire fighter associations/councils has established a working group to continue our discussions and efforts to build program capacity and increase the pipeline of firefighters in the workforce. COE will work with the newly established Fire Services Working Group (59 members) and its co-chairs to: connect all of the SBCTC programs, design and complete a survey identifying need/gaps in curriculum, equipment, training, critical KSAs/learning outcomes, and faculty/staff capacity. Quarterly reports.
- Assess effectiveness of expansion of Apprenticeship Programs for Fire and OSH. Look for opportunities for retraining sites funded by L and I. Complete first quarter.
- Working with the current six (6) Advisory Board Members who represent all-hazard EM/Security staff at State Agencies, organize a meeting to discuss the development of a All-Hazard EM State Agency Working Group, develop strategic plan for collaboration. Complete during first quarter.