We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Program Coordinator: Assessment and Testing
Before coming to Green River, I worked for Valley Cities, a mental and behavioral health organization. I was a part of a unique treatment program called Wraparound, which supports youth with complex needs. In my role as a Youth Peer, I provided support to youth to ensure their ‘voice’ was present in all decisions effecting them.
What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was drawn to apply to Green River College because I grew up not too far from the campus. Giving back to my community has been a guide in my career development so being able to support students in achieving their educational and career goals was an opportunity I could not pass up.
On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I love this question. Music is life for me. I listen to Hip-Hop/Rap mainly, but I also listen to some R&B, Indie, and Reggae. On my way to work today, I listened to some Lil Uzi, Curren$y, Gunna, Kodak, Berner, Dom Kennedy, and others. I have a long commute.
What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first job was at Burger King in Covington, WA. It has now been replaced with Chick-fil-A.
What about your new position is most exciting for you?
What is most exciting for me is simply working at the college. I want to develop a career in higher education, so being in this environment feels like a big step in my life. My plan is to become a psychology professor. I also look forward to interacting with students and helping them navigate their college career.
What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would like to show my value to my coworkers, supervisors and most importantly the students.
What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Graduating college was a great accomplish of mine. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college.
I am also proud that I have had the opportunity to share my life story with young men to give them guidance and hope for their future.
I’m proud to be alive.
If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Well my friends just call me J, L, or LJ. In my last office I worked with a lot of older ladies and they called me Joshy all the time. The nicknames my friends call me are just based off my initials. Joshy started from one of the ladies saying “I look like a Joshy”.
For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I would DJ for the event.
If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Each letter would stand for one of my favorite artist.
R- Raz Simone
E- Earl Sweatshirt