New Employee Spotlight – Cassandra Knipfing

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.

knipfing-cassandraPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am Green River College’s new IBEST/ESL Career Pathway Navi-“Gator”. My first position within higher education was at GRC’s Assessment Center as a part-time proctor. From there, I transitioned to a full-time Assessment Specialist position at Tacoma Community College working mainly with the Transitional Studies/ABE/ESL/GED department. Feel free to ask me any and all of your ctcLINK questions; I have lived and survived it (and now I kind of like it).

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I left my favorite mug here 2 years ago, and I just had to get it back.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
KIXI radio 880 AM.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked at an outdoor concert venue in New Jersey where I was able to watch concerts for free during the summer season and then dress up as an elf and drink endless hot chocolate during the winter holiday lights drive-thru show.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

  • The opportunity to be help grow and develop the I-BEST programs here at Green River.
  • Also, the opportunity to MAYBE see a wild bear.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I’d love to have created a strong network of communication throughout different departments, so I can confidently direct students to resources on campus that will support them through their educational journey.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I successfully orchestrated a “traditional” Thanksgiving Dinner in Finland for 20 international students, even after completely overestimating the size of a European oven. I also am proud to say that I do not have a “Jersey Accent” from growing up on the “shore.”  As well as my affinity for quotation marks, “apparently.”

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
My previous office nickname was “Princess Cassie,” however I would like to relinquish my throne and perhaps go with something more casual similar to my nickname in college, “Scrappy.”

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I think I could manage a bang-up lip-syncing performance to the Police’s “Roxanne.” I happen to rehearse rather regularly when home, much to the frustration of my downstairs neighbor.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
(I am very sorry I couldn’t think of anything. This might correlate with my struggles in Scrabble and Bananagram.)


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