Washington is the only state in the nation that has established through state statute 10 Centers of Excellence designed to develop partnerships, training and education programs that will build a competitive workforce statewide in designated industries.
The HSEM COE focuses on supporting the state’s community and technical colleges prepare a skilled workforce to maintain our national security, ensure effective response to all-hazard disaster events that strike our state, and build community disaster resilience.
Gov. Jay Inslee recently sent a letter of recognition to the college acknowledging the success of the HSEM COE in providing skilled workers with the expertise to plan, prepare, respond and lead recovery efforts from complex man-made, natural and technological disasters.
This year’s summit, called “Honoring the Past…Leaning In to the Future,” will draw industry experts who helped shape the development of the center in its start-up phase as well as current industry experts who will share their insights on what we must do to prepare new emergency managers for the challenges they face. A Founder’s Day luncheon will pay tribute to those that supported the launch of the center a decade ago.
“The center has played an important role in providing statewide leadership to ensure that the Homeland Security Emergency Management industry’s academic programs remain cutting-edge,” said Chancellor Michele Johnson.
Johnson will deliver the welcome address at the conference, which begins tomorrow at Pierce College Puyallup.
Pierce College currently offers an associate degree and a certificate program in Homeland Security Emergency Management. For more information about the summit, please visit wp.pierce.ctc.edu/blog/hsemcoe/.
Story reprinted, with permission, from Pierce News website.