Welcome to the Center of Excellence for Homeland Security-Emergency Management


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

Our Vision

Center of Excellence Pierce College BuildingThe 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.The Center serves as a liaison with business and industry to the CTC system faculty and administration. Public and private organizations and businesses receive technical assistance, expertise, information and research on current regional, state and national security and economic development initiatives and workforce trends.

Pierce College BAS-HSEM Degree

Pierce College Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security Emergency Management (BAS-HSEM)

Pierce College is pleased to announce its new Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security Emergency Management degree program beginning winter 2017 (January 2017). This leadership and management degree program is part of a guided career pathway designed...
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The Passing of Terry Egan

The passing of Terry Egan on July 3, 2017 merits special attention. Too often great emergency managers at all levels are relatively unnoticed in life, their contributions to the safety of the public seemingly taken for granted. The people of this state in large part do not know it, but they, too are in Terry’s debt. It was Terry who spearheaded the training of local responders in the mechanics of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), so that teams of qualified people could be dispatched to other parts of the country which were experiencing major disasters.

Cascadia Technical Academy - Emergency Operations Learning Center
Cascadia Technical Academy’s Emergency Operations Learning Center

The Cascadia Technical Academy’s - previously known as the Clark County Skills Center - Homeland Security program recently 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.

MGT-361 Managing Critical Incidents for Higher Education Course

This course trains campus administrators and managers, public safety and law enforcement personnel, and other campus and community response partners to effectively manage critical incidents by applying and implementing an all-hazards, multi-disciplinary, command, and management team approach as described in the National Incident Management System's (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS) and Multi-Agency Coordination Systems (MACS).