New Employee Spotlight – Ryan Tipper

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.Tipper, Ryan

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My new position is Project Coordinator for the Extended Learning Program at the Auburn Campus. I have been actively involved in all forms of digital media and arts since I could first hold a marker. I have been working towards my AA in Digital Media Arts at Bellevue College and also have experience with office administration / support as well as social media coordination.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I have been an active student at community college since I first graduated high school in 2010. While enrolled at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham for a short while, I worked as a student researcher, reporter, writer and editor on the Horizon newspaper staff -the school’s student lead publication. During that time, I covered numerous on-campus topics and learned so much about what made the school run and grow. Since that time, and seeing the benefits of attending smaller, community-based colleges as opposed to the traditional 4-year universities, I have always wanted to find the perfect fit that allows me to use my formal education in digital media arts and my personal passions to combine them into an exciting future and career. This position at Green River sounded like the perfect first step.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
If I’m not listening to alternative or 80’s music, I usually have KIRO or KOMO news playing. My radio stops working if a country song tries to play…

What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first true job was working in a kitchen at the Lake Wilderness Gold Course and Country Club in Maple Valley my senior year of high school. I learned so much about the customer service industry and a ton about cooking in general. Now, cooking is something I love to do and I can look back on all I learned at the job and the things I still use and do today in my own kitchen.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
It’s the step towards a career path that allows me to be the person I want to be and contribute to Green River’s growth and success. To apply all I have learned professionally and personally up to this point on top of the formal education I have received in the digital media arts field and in the end work as hard as I can.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
To show my incredibly hard work ethic, learn as much as I can and be as creative as I can. There is also a vintage type writer that I will be getting to use and I hope to master it as it has always been a goal to do so.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

Baseball is one of my biggest passions in life and is something I am still playing today after 20 years. When I was in 5th grade I made the Issaquah Little League All-Star team after setting out to do so at the beginning of that season and it’s still something I look at as one of my greatest accomplishments.

Another would be the nearly 4 years I have spent working towards my personal goal of becoming a published author. The novel I have been working on in my spare time currently continues to grow and develop with each chapter I write and I am extremely proud of how far I have come with it and where I will continue to take it.

Finally, I have never faltered in settling for things I didn’t want out of life. Life itself it too short to do so and it’s what motivates me to spend every minute following my passions and pursuing my goals.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Undoubtedly, it would be my last name of “Tipper”. No matter if it’s school, work, sports teams or the like, I feel like at this point I naturally expect to go by my last name more than my first.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I have always loved cooking and would most likely put on a Food Network-style cooking show or perhaps a reality show in which I played the host, the cook and the judge.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
veryone (of)


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