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Centers of Excellence. Industry’s Partner for Emergency Preparedness. Introduction. Overview Washington COE’s COE for Homeland Security Discussion Interface between industry, Community and Technical Colleges Skill Panel Questions.

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centers of excellence

Centers of Excellence

Industry’s Partner for Emergency Preparedness

  • Overview
    • Washington COE’s
    • COE for Homeland Security Discussion
    • Interface between industry, Community and Technical Colleges
    • Skill Panel
  • Questions
the role of washington s community and technical colleges in economic development
The Role of Washington’s Community and Technical Colleges in Economic Development
  • Worker Training
  • Strategic industries
  • The Concept
workers needing community and technical college education and training today
Workers Needing Community and Technical College Education and Training Today

Washington employers need workers with more than one year of college, but less than, four years of college to fill skilled labor pool.

Source: Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

community and technical colleges response to skills challenge


Community and Technical Colleges’ Response to Skills Challenge

21st Century

Centers of Excellence

Strategic industries

High Demand

Strategic occupations

Worker Retraining

Dislocated and unemployed workers

Job Skills Program

Matching grants for customized training

Customized Training

Contracted training for business and industry

Integrated Basic Skills



Tech Prep

Perkins Voc./Tech. Act








Center of Excellence Concept:

11 Flagship Institutions---

  • Focus on targeted industries that drive the state’s economy
  • Maintain an institutional reputation for innovation, flexibility, and responsiveness
  • Act as a library and broker of resources
  • Translate industry research into best practices
  • Drive seamless educational transitions
  • Provide coordination, coaching, and mentoring
established june 2004

“To Facilitate, Coordinate and Support Homeland

Security Initiatives of the Community and Technical

Colleges in the State of Washington”


June 2004

The Homeland Security COE:
  • ·    Serves as system leader for all 34 Community and Technical Colleges
  • ·    Forms advisory committees and facilitates related meetings
  • ·    Provides logistics management for education and training programs
  • ·    Facilitates curriculum development in related programs across the system
  • ·    Researches and seeks funding sources at national, state and local levels
  • ·    Connects with fed/state educational resources across multiple disciplines
  • ·    Disseminates information and markets the COE

Web &

List serve




COE Support



Skill Panel



Community and Technical College (CTC)

Working Initiatives:

CTC and Public Works

CTC and Emergency Management Regions

CTCs and Community

ctc projects
CTC Projects:

Cyber Security


Community Connections

  • Model Certificate Program
homeland security skill panel a project funded by

Homeland Security Skill PanelA Project Funded by:

Washington State Workforce Training and Education

Coordinating Board

homeland security skill panel
Homeland Security Skill Panel


Homeland Security-related employment opportunities are developing rapidly.

An assessment of emerging skill sets for both incumbent and new workers is needed.

Pierce College’s Center of Excellence has formed a skill panel that will research several industry disciplines to determine homeland security-related training needs and skill content.

homeland security skill panel1
Homeland Security Skill Panel

Project Goals:

  • Goal # 1: Form and Convene Homeland Security Steering Committee, Skills Panel, and establish Skills Panel priorities.
  • Goal # 2: Identify current and emerging education and training programs in Homeland Security and related disciplines.
  • Goal # 3: Conduct a regional industry or "industry cluster" labor market analysis and publish/distribute results.
  • Goal # 4: Develop Plan to Identify Homeland Security Skills Sets related to basic requirements across disciplines
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Homeland Security Skill Panel

Targeted Industry Disciplines:

  • Public Works
  • Public Health
  • Health Care
  • Emergency Communications
  • Emergency Management
  • Special Teams (HAZMAT)
  • Government agencies
  • Fire
  • Law Enforcement

(10) Emergency Medical Services


(11) Volunteer Organizations

(12) Cyber Security

(13) Private Sector (Safety, Security or Building Managers)

Where we need you!

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Homeland Security Skill Panel

For more information about the project contact:

Center of Excellence for Homeland Security

Pierce College

9401 Farwest Drive S.W.

Lakewood, Washington 98498-1999

Phone: (253) 912-3622