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.

People in the News

IAEM-USA Announces Winners of the 2016 Awards Competition

Advisory Board Mindi Mattson and Alisha Griswold are credited with being part of a team that launched a new IAEM award winning ICS combo class that delivers classroom based training for those who prefer interactive learning as a way to pass the ICS 100,200 and 700 exams.
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Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Washington

Date: September 1, 2016

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Given today’s ever-changing threat environment, preparing for and training employees to cope with workplace violence should be a key piece of an organization’s incident response planning. Come join us at Pierce College Puyallup for the active shooter preparedness workshop.

2016 WSEMA Conference - After the Big One

Date: September 19-22, 2016

Registration is now open for the WA State Emergency Management Association Fall Conference at the Northern Quest Resort in Spokane. We encourage you to register and book your room early.