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.

Securing the Supply Chain Forum was a Success

The Securing the Supply Chain Forum at Highline College was a great success. Dr. Jack Bermingham, President of Highline College, welcomed everyone, while three panels talked about the risk in the supply chain, corruption cybersecurity key industry issues and more.
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Amtrak Training Exercise - Students/Actors Needed
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Washington

Date: May 26, 2016

Time: Noon to 3:00 p.m.

Students observers/actors are needed for Amtrak Training Exercise. The training will be held at Amtrak, 187 S. Holgate Street, Seattle, WA 98134. No payment to attend and you will get a certificate of participation.

The May 17 Strategic Planning Session has been rescheduled

Check back for the updated date and time. Click here to learn more about strategic planning in the HSEM COE.