New Employee Spotlight – Deborah Tugaga

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.Tugaga, Deborah.jpg
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Talofa (hello in Samoan)! My new title is Program Navigator for the Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE) grant, a U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant. Prior to this position, I have worked with non-profit organizations in the Seattle area that focused on supporting underrepresented populations to pursue higher education, and worked as a Teaching Assistant for the American Ethnic Studies Dept. and the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
It’s an amazing campus that serves a diverse population of students, as well as provides opportunities for professional growth.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I listen to a little bit of everything.

What was the very first job you ever had?
When I was in middle school, I was a babysitter for two of my neighbors.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
There are several exciting things about this new position – one of them is that I am excited to create and navigate resources and programs to help our students become successful.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Help build a collaborative and supportive community of resources for students.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Being the first generation in my family to graduate with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, my amazing family and my friends, and being a pescatarian!

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
That’s a great question for my coworkers.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

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