No matter the emergency, trained professionals are needed to help preserve life and property and to ensure short- and long-term recovery. The Homeland Security Emergency Management online degree program at Pierce College trains adults to oversee emergency planning and training programs, coordinate disaster response and recovery efforts, and navigate the administrative and technical demands of disaster and emergency management efforts.
Pierce's training is applicable to all emergency services fields, businesses, and industries, and prepares students to work in any all-hazards emergency environment. Careful consideration is given to help students understand socioeconomic and cultural diversity issues, preparing them to succeed in all situations and environments.
Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM) degree program is an online program taught by professionals in the field and available to students nationally and internationally to develop a vital new career or enhance your current profession. To enroll in the HSEM degree program, contact Linda Crerar, HSEM Program Coordinator at 253-912-3689. She will then set up an appointment to review your academic and prior learning assessment records.
Enrollment is open throughout the year. Start in the fall, winter, spring, or summer quarters.
Students must have a GED or high school diploma, and are advised to take a skills assessment test through the Pierce College testing center.
A certificate in Homeland Security Emergency Management generally takes one year (26 credits) to complete, while an associate's degree typically takes about two years (96 credits).
On the job training is critical to giving Pierce students the insight and information they need to succeed once their education is complete. The Homeland Security Emergency Management program includes five credits of work-based experience for students completing the associate's degree option. This work-based training provides opportunities to directly connect with potential employers.
The Federal Department of Labor identifies homeland security as a "high-demand field," one that requires a large number of trained professionals across a number of industry sectors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 22 percent increase in emergency management specialist positions by 2014.