Verification of Employment & Letters of Recommendation

Gerrit_Dou_-_Scholar_sharpening_a_quill_penPosted on behalf of Claire Gorenstein, Human Resources

In Human Resources, we often receive questions from employees asking if they are allowed to provide feedback to people outside the college (employers, other colleges, etc.) for students, colleagues or direct reports.  As there has been significant litigation involving reference information and the possibility of personal and college liability, we combed through the multitude of information available and hope you find the following rules of thumb helpful.

Recommendation letters you are asked to write:

  • If you are an employee of our college writing a recommendation letter or email for a Green River student, you MAY use Green River letterhead and/or email.
  • If you are an employee of our college writing a recommendation letter or email for a former employee or colleague (that was not a student of Green River) you MAY NOT use Green River letterhead and/or email.

Verification of employment forms or requests that you receive:

  • If you are an employee of our college, please forward these requests to Human Resources to handle.

We appreciate your cooperation in following these rules of thumb.  If you have specific questions about recommendation letters, do not hesitate to contact our office!

In-Service Day is Here!

Posted on behalf of Kirk Walker, Training Manager

Pie_eating_contest_1923Your In-Service Day Committee is excited to kick off Green River’s Tasting Tours during In-Service Day this year on Friday, April 21st! You may ask, “What are you talking about?” Tasting Tours are scheduled campus events for faculty and staff to visit divisions/departments in their respective work areas to take guided tours of buildings/classrooms/work areas (if possible),  engage in conversations about what the divisions/departments do and learn about their new programs/initiatives– all the while enjoying food and getting to know each other better!businessman-607831_960_720


You asked and we listened! Our first In-Service Day workshops that you can receive Green River Continuing Education credits for are Coaching, Time Management, and Power of First Impressions. Remember that faculty can use continuing education credits to increase their total number of credits up to the maximum 360 credits.


8:30 am – 9:05 am: Tasting Tours first stop: Note that a light breakfast will be served at each stop

  • If your last name begins with the letter A through L,  your Tasting Tour begins in Trades Building TTA 400 Complex at 8:30 am for the “Brake-fast and Tasting Tour”  with the Trades Division. 
  • If your last name begins with the letter M through Z, your Tasting Tour begins in Salish Hall 110  at 8:30 am for the “Rock and Enroll Tasting Tour”  with Enrollment Services.

9:05 am – 9:15 am: Transition time to next Tasting Tour Stop

10:00 am – 11:50 am: Workshops

11:50 am – 1:00 pm: Sandwich Wrap Buffet

View the 2017 Green River In-Service Day Workshops

Campus Security Authorities (CSA) Training

Posted on behalf of Kirk Walker, Training Manager

Through the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or simply Clery Act, institutions of higher education that receive federal financial aid (that means us) are tasked with reporting and providing crime and safety information. This keeps students and the rest of the College community informed of dangers on campus.badge

Green River College takes safety awareness very seriously and recently invited Major Steve Rittereiser, Commander of Police at the University of Washington, to come teach our Campus Security Authorities (CSA’s) about a range of Clery Act related topics:

  • Purpose of the Clery Act – What does it mean to Green River?
  • Who are “Campus Security Authorities”? – At institutions of higher education these are officials who have responsibility for student and campus activities, security personnel and individuals/organizations who receive reports of criminal activity.
  • Identification of Campus Security Authorities
    • The Campus Security Authorities at GRC are generally the directors, managers and deans of the College. If you are a CSA, the Office of Human Resources has already informed you.
  • Reportable Geography – What area are we responsible for reporting on?
  • Crime Definitions – What constitutes a crime or security concern on campus?
  • Timely Warning Notices – What is our process for notifying campus of a threat?
  • Daily Crime Log – How do we maintain our records?

Training Green River’s leadership on the Clery Act and campus security ensures that we maintain compliance and, more importantly, that our College and community remains safe and secure.

Have questions about future CSA training? Email Kirk Walker, Training Manager.

Am I Up-to-Date on my required trainings?

people-search-1-1Your search for finding out where you can confirm if you have completed Green River’s required trainings is over!

Clicking on hyperlinks below will take you to current training records as of Thursday, October 13, 2016. Note that weekly updates will be saved at Updated training list every week at N:\human resources\Required Trainings\Training Records.

Remember that if you took the Campus Safety Security Training in March, you need to take CSA training again during Green River’s certification month of October each year. 

Opening Day is (Almost) Here

Posted on behalf of Kirk Walker


Green River’s Opening Day starts on Tuesday, September 13, at 8:00 am sharp in the Student Union Grand Hall. The events will begin with a campus message from our Interim President Scott Morgan, staff awards, and a presentation from the keynote speaker, Dr. Derek Greenfield, titled, “Today is the First Day of the Rest & Best of Our Lives: Believe & Achieve Together!”

Check out this year’s vast array of workshops led by a variety of departments including Human Resources, Campus Safety and Workforce Education!

Questions? Feel free to send an email to Kirk Walker, Training Manager.



Green River’s Opening Week: Call for Workshop Proposals!

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Calling all Green River community members seeking an opportunity to share a workshop where colleagues connect, learn, and grow together!

This year’s Opening Week is Tuesday, September 13, through Friday, September 16. Seize the moment to provide a workshop by submitting your proposal, via the form below, by Thursday, August 11, to Kirk Walker.

Thank you in advance for sharing your expertise!

WFSE Collective Bargaining Agreement Training

WFSE Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) Training for Represented Classified Staffbook

RSVP for the training session below by selecting a date and then clicking on “Register For
This Event” (remember to save the training to your Outlook Calendar)

Required WFSE Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) Training for Supervisors/Managers/Deans that supervise represented classified staff!

 Let us know:

  • What parts of the CBA do you have questions about?
  • Where would you like clarification?

Please send your suggestions and/or questions to Kirk Walker, Training Manager.