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Confluence News Magazine

Our new news magazine “Confluence” serves as an intersection where we come together to share Center events and activities each month and important information about our all hazard emergency management career pathways. Our video and pod casts will bring together our pathway programs, their faculty, students and employers, and our communities across the state to discuss a variety of issues, interests, trends and discussions about our career pathways.

Welcome Brianna Rockenstire!

Welcome Brianna Rockenstire, Director for Center of Excellence Information and Computing Technology (ICT) The Center of Excellence for ICT provides research and reports on industry trends, current and future workforce demand, industry perceptions of the CTC system and its graduates, and emerging technology developments. Additionally, the Center works to [...]

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Introducing Lorraine Churchill

Please join us in welcoming Lorraine Churchill as a contributing podcaster to the Center of Excellence! We met Lorraine at the annual Washington State Emergency Management Association (WSEMA) conference and asked her to join us as an Advisory Board member for the Center, a role she has proudly held [...]

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Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

From September 15 to October 15, the United States recognizes and celebrates the contributions and influences of Hispanic Americans through their history, culture, achievements. Originally referred to as Hispanic Heritage Week back in 1968 when it was first established. Twenty-years later, it was expanded to a month-long celebration in [...]

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HSEM Institute: Future Workshops

Our Center will focus on expanding the training and education activities available through the HSEM Institute. These trainings will provide professional development opportunities for faculty, industry professionals, and students. Trainings will be in the All-Hazards Emergency Management fields (Criminal Justice, HSEM, Occupational Health and Safety, EMT/EMS, Fire Command/Fire Services [...]

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Rising Star Award

“In November of 2019, I established the Rising Star award at the Center to recognize and honor individuals in the all-hazard emergency management profession who have assisted his or her community in a positive and productive way. The Center has always been focused on student success and helping people [...]

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Work Plan Summary

Activity 1:  Diversity within the Community and Technical Colleges System – Recovering and Eliminating Systemic Racism and Implicit Bias The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) new vision statement, “Leading with racial equity, our colleges maximize student potential and transform lives within a culture of belonging that [...]

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Strategic Planning Summary

Our Center had its Strategic Planning Session this year in a span of four meetings with its Advisory Board members, Senior Fellows, and staff members. We would like to thank Mark Todd who facilitated our sessions and helped format the structure of the meetings, which provided a wonderful and [...]

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Congratulations Graduates of 2020

Congratulations Graduates of 2020 By Kellie Hale Being in a graduating class for 2020 has been a tumultuous time. None of us expected the current events to such a huge impact on our daily routines or scheduled plans (e.g. graduation ceremonies). I am a part of the graduating class [...]

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Mental Wellness and Resiliency

Mental Wellness and Resiliency: Adjusting to Life and Addressing Challenges During Uncertain Times By Ryann Leonard, PhD Feeling fatigued? More impatient than normal? Are you finding it hard to balance working from or just being at home? You are not alone. These are all signs that your mental wellness [...]

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Safe Start Washington

Safe Start Washington Governor Jay Inslee, in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Health, has established a data-driven approach to reopen Washington and modify physical distancing measures while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. This approach reduces the risk of COVID-19 to Washington’s most vulnerable populations and preserves [...]

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When Disruption Becomes the New Normal

When Disruption Becomes the New Normal: Resilience and Connection within the Education Community By Kellie Hale Community colleges and universities across the state of Washington have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, instructors were ordered to move their classes online so students could complete their course [...]

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