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.

2016 Great Washington ShakeOut

The Great Washington ShakeOut – October 20 at 10:20 a.m.

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:20 a.m. on October 20th during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills! Washingtonians can join them today by registering for the 2016 Great Washington ShakeOut.
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Pierce College BAS in Homeland Security Emergency Management Degree
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Washington

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 to prepare students to become 21st century emergency management professionals. The HSEM program is taught primarily online to train adults to oversee all-hazard emergency planning and training programs, coordinate disaster planning, and coordinate response and recovery efforts.

Women in Leadership Forum was a Great Success
Women in Leadership Forum

Thanks to everyone that attended the 2016 Women in Leadership Forum. The event was a great success. Kellie Hale, the Program Manager for the Center of Excellence, and the inspiration and organizer of the Women in Leadership Forums welcomed over 40 women to the event. The focus of this year’s Forum was to help women identify their strengths as leaders, identify their career goals and support their efforts to reach those goals through a variety of ways including building coach/mentor relationships.