New training dates are here

Training

On behalf of Mark Brown, Learning and Development Manager

Our next round of mandatory training dates are set! The below training sessions will include nondiscrimination, child abuse/neglect reporting and ethics. These sessions are intended for all employees so, if you are a new employee or are unaware of your training completion status, please contact Mark Brown at mbrown@greenriver.edu.

TC-208, Tuesday, October 22, 3-5 pm

TC-206, Thursday, October 24, 9-11 am

TC-208, Tuesday, November 5, 2-4 pm

TC-208, Thursday, November 7, 9-11 am

IVC-101 Conference Room, Wednesday, November 20, 9-11 am

TC-206, Wednesday, December 4, 9-11 am

SH 220-31 Conference room, Thursday, December 5, 2-4 pm

https://greenriveredu.sharepoint.com/sites/GN-HumanResources/SitePages/2019-Fall-Quarter-HR-Training-Sessions.aspx

 

2019 Opening Week In-Service Day

In-service

Opening Week is just around the corner! In-Service Day (Wednesday, September 18) will feature a number of faculty and staff-led workshops. We invite you to attend one (or more!) of the workshops on offer during the week. Click here[2019 Opening Week In-Service Day] for times, locations and facilitators and click the link below to sign up!

In-Service Day Signup

What is SafeColleges?

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The SafeColleges Training System is a comprehensive, web-based training system that delivers engaging compliance and prevention training for students, faculty, and staff. The site offers a series of online research-based courses covering Human Resources and Employment practices, Environmental Health & Safety, Information Technology, Emergency Management, Social & Behavioral, and Security and Nutrition Services. Courses comply with important federal legislation, including Title IX, FERPA, and OSHA.

SafeColleges offers training modules in the various topics in video formats anywhere from 10 – 25 minutes and presented in real life applications.

Maggie Crutcher, Environmental Safety Manager for Green River College, has been instrumental in making better use of this web-based training system by implementing programs that support environmental safety and compliance at GRC. If you want to learn more about SafeColleges and what you can do to support compliance at GRC please contact Maggie Crutcher (mcrutcher@greenriver.edu).

Green River College New Employee Orientation

Orientation-09-lWhy is Orientation Important?

Orientation is more than the paperwork; it’s an official introduction to Green River College. Orientation is important to an organization because it lays the foundation for the new employee’s career with the organization. It makes a great first impression and it can establish the basis for everything that follows.

Monday, April 22 kicked off our first new employee orientation! Mark Brown (Learning & Development Manager) and Tamara Shilipetar (Green River College Recruiter) welcomed 5 new employees beginning at 8:30 am, with coffee, doughnuts, and yogurt. The session covered various topics, including our mission, vision, and core values; benefits; payroll; the Green River College Foundation; professional development opportunities; campus parking and security.

The new employee orientation will be held twice a month, with our next session on Monday, May 6. If you were hired this past spring and are interested in attending an orientation please email Mark Brown mbrown@greenriver.edu and we’ll add you to our orientation roster.

IT Skills Enhancement Training for Spring Quarter

IT is offering enhancement training to the Green River College community. Pay close attention to the SharePoint 101 sessions. These will help you prepare for the May 15 soft launch of the newly redesigned GatorNet.it skills enhancement promo

Getting the most from:  Remote Access, Shared Drives, Password Reset and more!

 Use “Remote Access” while you’re not on campus.  Always save your information to the “shared drives”.  You can reset your passwords with the “Password Management System”.  IT references these tools all the time, but do you really know what they mean?  Join us for SET #2 where we’ll go over the IT tools that are in use at GRC today.  This session will incorporate hands on computer training to help build your ability to use these tools properly and with confidence in your day-to-day world.

This workshop will be offered in HL 116:   Wednesday, May 1st  2PM to 3PM

Click here to register for IT SET #2:  Remote Access, Shared Drives, Password Reset and More!

SharePoint 101

SharePoint is Microsoft’s multi-function tool for collaboration, data sharing, web site hosting, and document storage. Today, SharePoint does all of this and is increasingly becoming the foundation for Office 365 collaboration. Join us for an overview of SharePoint. Together we will review SharePoint websites, web parts, permissions, and go over how SharePoint plays with other Office 365 tools.  SharePoint also happens to be the tool used for the revised GatorNet which will soft launch in May, 2019.  We are excited, and hope you are too!

This workshop will be offered in HL 116 the following days and times:

Thursday, May 2nd 2PM to 3PM

Wednesday, May 8th  2PM to 3PM

Thursday, May 9th 2PM to 3PM

Wednesday, May 15th 2PM to 3PM

Thursday, May 16th 2PM to 3PM

Click here to register for IT SET #3:  SharePoint 101

Ways to stay engaged

Employee Engagement

Employee engagement has become something of a “buzzword” these days, but it’s absolutely as important as it sounds. Engaged employees are more focused, more energized, more productive and, generally, more pleasant to be around. That level of engagement can translate into greater student success!

The challenge we often face is how to stay engaged even on days when we’re not at our best. The article link below offers some helpful ideas on what we all can do to give our best both at work and at home!

Employee Engagement

Seeking Targeted Talent Development

Although there are more women and people of color moving into leadership  positions in both government and business, there is still a scarcity of women in leadership roles. A lack of targeted leadership development offerings could be a contributing factor. To find out more, click on the link below

Seeking Targeted Talent Development

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Employee Engagement on the Rise in the U.S.

The percentage of “engaged” workers in the U.S. — those who are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace — is now 34%, tying its highest level since Gallup began reporting the national figure in 2000. In March 2016, Gallup also reported that 34% of U.S. employees were engaged, along with 16.5% who were “actively disengaged” — a ratio of two engaged workers for every actively disengaged one.

 

Employee Engagement on the Rise in the U.S.

Registration is OPEN for IT Skills Enhancement Training!

The IT department is happy to announce the opening of registration for the Winter Quarter IT Skills Enhancement Training. Workshops will begin in February and will include a repeat of 2 training sessions from Fall quarter (for those who missed them) plus SharePoint 101! it skills enhancement promo

Below are the topic descriptions including the registration links.  We hope you will join the fun of learning together while expanding your skills!

SET #1: Office 365 Overview  

This is a high-level review of the Office 365 tools that are available to all Green River Employees.  We’ll examine what tools you can leverage today and go over some of the exciting new programs that will be coming to GRC in the near future. This workshop will be offered in HL116 on the following days and times:

Tuesday, February 5th:   Noon to 1PM

Thursday, February 7th:  2PM to 3PM

Click here to register for SET #1:  Overview of Office 365

SET #2:  Getting the most from:  Remote Access, Shared Drives, Password Reset and more!

Use “Remote Access” while you’re not on campus.  Always save your information to the “shared drives”.  You can reset your passwords with the “Password Management System”.  IT references these tools all the time, but do you really know what they mean?  Join us for our second session where we’ll go over the IT tools that are in use at GRC today.  This session will incorporate hands on computer training to help build your ability to use these tools properly and with confidence in your day-to-day world.

This workshop will be offered in SH 350 on the following days and  times:

Tuesday, February 12th :             Noon to 1PM

Thursday, February 14th :            2PM to 3PM

Click here to register for IT SET #2:  Remote Access, Shared Drives, Password Reset and More!

SET #3:  SharePoint 101

SharePoint is Microsoft’s multi-function tool for collaboration, data sharing, web site hosting, and document storage. Today, SharePoint does all of this and is increasingly becoming the foundation for Office 365 collaboration. Join us for an overview of SharePoint. Together we will review SharePoint websites, web parts, permissions, and go over how SharePoint plays with other Office 365 tools.  We are excited, and hope you are too!

This workshop will be offered in HL 116 the following days and times:

Tuesday, February 19th:   Noon to 1PM

Thursday, February 21st:  2PM to 3PM

Tuesday, February 26th:   Noon to 1PM

Thursday, February 28th: 2PM to 3PM

Click here to register for IT SET #3:  SharePoint 101

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Classified Staff In-Service Day

On behalf of the Classified Training and Development Committee, we invite all classified staff to a workshop focused on the importance of student completion and how non-faculty members can play a role in assisting students towards that goal. February 7, 2019 will feature two options for attending this workshop: 9a-10:30a and 1-2:30pm (supervisors: make note that, while areas should remain open, employees should be given the time to attend one session). Below is a little bit of information about our day’s facilitator, Erin Jones!

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Erin Jones

Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly Black to predominantly White to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while working in Tacoma and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching in Spokane. In March of 2013, the White House recognized her as a “Champion of Change” and she received Washington State PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” award in 2015. In 2016, Erin ran as a candidate for State Superintendent (the first black woman to run for any state office in WA), a race she lost by a mere 1%.

Exempt Staff Professional Development

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Our Exempt Staff Training and Development Sub-Committee has made a few updates to the professional development process for Admin/Exempt employees! At the below link, you can now do the following:

  1. Learn more about the eligibility requirements
  2. Discover how the application process works for all types of professional development (credit classes, non-credit classes, etc.)
  3. Find out how much funding is available
  4. Apply!!

The new Exempt Staff Professional Development page now also includes the application as a web form (no more downloads!). Check out the link below!

Exempt Staff Professional Development

Opening Week In-Service Day

Opening Week is just around the corner! In-Service Day (Wednesday, September 19) will feature a number of faculty and staff-led workshops. We invite you to attend one (or more!) of the workshops on offer during the week. Click the link below to see details for times, locations and facilitators!In-service

 

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Save the Date: Opening Week In-Service Day

In-serviceThe summer is winding down and, with it, we ramp up to the beginning of fall quarter classes! This year’s Opening Week In-Service day falls on Wednesday, September 19 from 1pm-5pm. All sessions will be in either Science Center or Technology Center. Please mark you calendars accordingly and keep an eye out for detailed schedules closer to the date!

 

Frontline – June 2018

EAP

As we’ve noted before, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers us a wealth of information and opportunities to improve our lives at work and away. One of the great resources they offer is the monthly Frontline newsletter. Check the link below for this month’s informative articles!

Frontline Newsletter

IT Tip: Accessibility in MS Office

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Here at Green River, inclusion is a hallmark of our mission! With that in mind, we would like to introduce a few ways that you can make some of your work even more inclusive. Thanks to the IT department, we’re now aware that the Microsoft office suite offers new alternatives to make emails, documents, workbooks and Powerpoint presentations accessible. Check the link below for lessons on how to create better content that is accessible to all!

Microsoft Office Accessibility

Green Dot Comes to Green River!

This week, a few of our Green River colleagues traveled to Edmonds for a four-day training on preventing dating violence, sexual violence and stalking. Green Dot is a nationally recognized bystander intervention program that seeks to prevent dating and sexual violence by leveraging students, faculty and staff as allies. “It relies on the premise that if everyone does their small part and commits to individual responsibility, the combined effect is a safe campus culture that is intolerant of violence. The college-based curriculum draws heavily on the experiences of college students and the reality of this issue in their lives. This curriculum uses interactive activities to reinforce core concepts and encourages students to envision their future and the world in which they want to live, then aligns their bystander behavior with that vision.”

We look forward to learning some new ways that we can keep Green River a safe and supportive environment!

Our Green River delegation: Chernenko Wheatley – Employee and Labor Relations, Deborah Tugaga – Career and Advising Center, Marvin Viney – Campus Safety, Chelsie Taresh Ciscell – TRiO

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Training Tip: Information Technology

On behalf of the IT team, we’d like to remind you of the IT training resources available to all Green River employees! You can access a wealth of information, via the SANS website, about best Trainingpractices as well as security. With so many data thieves attempting to steal everything from personal information to institutional information, these training modules are a great way to keep our information safe.

The modules are brief (no longer than 6 minutes) and usually feature a quick quiz at the end to check your knowledge. We encourage you to take a moment to check out all of the offerings and especially the data security module. Check out the links below!

IT Training Videos

Data Security Training

EAP Update

In December, we let you know about the new services our EAP (Employee Assistance Program) offers, including legal and financial services. We’d like to take a moment to remind you of those services as well as bring you a few updates!

  • Now there’s a new website shortcut for the EAP: bit.ly/eapweb. Once you enter (or copy and paste) you’ll enter our organization code GRC to get access.
  • In addition to the great resources you already know about, did you know that our EAP also offers free e-learning and online seminars? These valuable professional development trainings are available in the orange boxes just on the main page. Trainings are about 15-20 mins long and offer you the option to print your certificate of completion!

See the flyer below for more options from our Employee Assistance Program!

EAP

Classified Staff In-Service Wrap-up

This past Tuesday, the Classified Staff Training and Development Committee (CSTDC) hosted an in-service day workshop on diversity and equity. Dr. Debra Jenkins of Share the Flame, LLC led activities and discussion surrounding power, privilege and equity status in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Many of the 90 attending staff members had very positive thoughts, post-workshop.

Special thanks to the CSTDC and to VP Marshall Sampson for a fantastic day of learning and engaging! Have a look at the pictures below, including Dr. Jenkins along with the workshop participants:

CSTDC IS morning

Morning Session

CSTDC IS afternoon

Afternoon session

 

Classified Staff In-Service Day

On behalf of the Classified Training and Development Committee, we invite all classified staff to a workshop focused on equity, diversity and inclusion issues in the workplace. February 6, 2018 will feature two options for attending this workshop: 10a-11:30a and 2:30-4pm in the SU River Room (supervisors: make note that, while areas should remain open, employees should be given the time to attend one session). Below is a little bit of information about our day’s facilitator, Debi Jenkins!

Debra (Debi) Jenkins has over twenty years of experience transforming lives as an innovative developmental life coach, teacher and, presenter. Debi is a tenured professor of Early Childhood Education and Psychology, Department Head of Early Childhood Education, and Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Division at Clark College. Debi is also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the Intercultural Development Plan which are effective developmental coaching tools. Debi’s expertise in life coaching, teaching and presenting is in the areas of lifespan development; issues of diversity, justice, equity, and inclusion; and institutional climate/ organizational change.Debi Jenkins

 At the core of my Share the Flame work reside the questions: How do I nurture the souls of those individuals who are in my sphere of influence? How do I engage them in reconciling the various complexities of their multi-contextual lives with the work of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion? And how do I cultivate the importance of self-care to preserve their commitment to their work, families, and collective communities? ~ Debra (Debi) Jenkins

Continuing Ed opportunity – Supervision Certificate Program

written on behalf of Mike Nielsen, Director of Corporate and Continuing Education

Would you like to develop your leadership, communication, motivation and problem-Mortarboard-and-Diplomasolving skills? Continuing Education is offering a 6-session certificate course in supervision. This daytime class meets from 9am-4pm (Thursdays) and will help you acquire the interpersonal skills needed to interact successfully in a supervisory role. Topics include turning negative situations into positive outcomes; identifying your leadership traits through personal assessment; leading effective meetings; providing feedback; establishing priorities; problem-solving techniques, and more! Earn the certificate by taking the courses individually or register for the series and save. Classes begin on October 12!!

Green River College employees are eligible for a 33% discount ($399) on the series cost of $599! Classified and exempt employees may use development funds to defray class costs. Sign up at the link below.

Supervision Certificate (6 Class Series)

Green River’s Opening Week – Linking Together!

Green River College’s 2017 Opening Week is Monday, September 18, through Friday, September 22.  This year’s theme is Linking Together!

Calling all Green River Community members seeking an opportunity to share a workshop where colleagues link together to learn and grow!  Seize the moment to provide a workshop by submitting your In-Service_Day_Proposal_Form_2017 by Tuesday, August 15, to Kirk Walker.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions. Thank you in advance for sharing your expertise!

Linking Together

Cookies & Coffee for Classified Staff

Cookies and CoffeeBefore its annual retreat on Tuesday, July 18th, the Classified Staff Training & Development Committee is holding an “Open House” from 12:30 – 1:30 in the Administrative Building Boardroom. All classified staff members are invited. Stop by for cookies, coffee, soda and juice, and while there, learn more about what the college can do for you as part of your training and development.

They will also share what you can do to help the committee in its important work that goes beyond training and development—food drives, college spirit events and more!

– Marshall Sampson
VP of Human Resources & Legal Affairs
Green River College

2017-2019 WFSE Collective Bargaining Agreement Training

businessman-607831_960_720The Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) has a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) effective July 1, 2017. Training on the new CBA for represented classified staff and represented part-time hourly employees is here! We will cover key WFSE CBA Articles and highlight changes in the new contract including what employees need to know regarding:

  • Hours of work
  • Work schedules
  • Leave
  • Suspended Operations
  • Discipline
  • And More!

RSVP for the initial training session below by selecting the date and then clicking on “Register For This Event” (remember to save the training to your Outlook Calendar).  Please note that Supervisors/Managers/Deans have a specific training session tailored to their responsibilities AND both training sessions will be offered Opening Week!

We look forward to your attendance!

Kirk Walker, MBA | Training Manager

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

GREEN RIVER TASTING TOURS!
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

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS!

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.

APRIL 21st IN-SERVICE DAY
SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

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

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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.

The Morgan Challenge: Gramm – Leach Bliley Act: Financial and Federal Personally Identifiable Information (Federal PII)

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. Gramm – Leach Bliley Act: Financial
  2. Federal Personally Identifiable Information (Federal PII)

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

The Morgan Challenge: You Are the Target and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. You Are the Target
  2. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

Bridges: Building a Supportive Community

The Elimination of Campus Sexual Violence Act (Campus SaVE Act) — passed as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 — requires training that covers state law definitions of sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence for faculty and staff.

GRC is using the Bridges Training program (follow the link to access the training as often as you like) to cover this information in detail as well as explain consent and explore its many complexities in sexual assault cases.

This is an ongoing campus wide coordinated effort, and we were proud to see such a strong presence from various departments throughout the training so far. (Over the three days of training, over 150 employees successfully completed the training.)

As a reminder, our Title IX coordinators are:

  • Student related concerns: Vice President of Student Affairs, Deborah Casey
  • Faculty & Staff concerns: Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Marshall Sampson

Additionally, the following individuals are our Confidential Counselors and are all located in the Student Affairs and Success Building:

  • Liz Becker
  • Devon Klein
  • Min Lee Booth

Thank you again to everyone who made an effort to attend and complete the training! If you weren’t able to attend, please don’t worry as we will be sending out updates for new time slots in the coming months. Please keep in mind that this is mandatory training as well as an important topic.

The Morgan Challenge: Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act: Educational and Red Flags Rule

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act: Educational
  2. Red Flags Rule

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

The Morgan Challenge: Encryption and Data Destruction

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. Encryption
  2. Data Destruction

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

The Morgan Challenge: Physical Security & Ethics

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. Physical Security
  2. Ethics

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

The Morgan Challenge: Week 7 Winners

Green River College continues “The Morgan 100 Grand Challenge,” and we’ve already had many employees across campus participate and win some delicious chocolate. Below are our latest winners. Don’t forget – we have some more videos this week and everyone’s got a new chance to win!

TeamLovitt

From Left to Right: Manila Mercurio, Julie French, Timm Lovitt, Camella Morgan, Jean Carlson, Jamie Hatleberg, Sarah Franz, Annalee Dunn, Sandra Matthews & Betty Vera (not pictured, but still a winner: Chelsie Ciscell)

Week 7: Way to Go Team Lovitt!

Not only did every member of Timm Lovitt’s Student Success and Retention Team complete ALL the Morgan Challenge training videos, they also challenged Campus Life to do the same, even directly calling  out Director of Athletics Bob Kickner.

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Stay tuned to see how Team Chang of Campus Life responds…

And don’t forget to check out this week’s challenge and follow the entire series as it progresses.

The Morgan Challenge: Protecting Your PC & Hacked!

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. Protecting Your Personal Computer
  2. Hacked!

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

Emergency Management

Posted on behalf of Toya Turner.Auburn Emergency Management

ARE YOU READY for the next big disaster?

Auburn Emergency Management provides FREE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PRESENTATIONS to help you and your loved ones become more prepared without breaking the bank!

Join us at one of our upcoming workshops in January:

  • Wednesday, January 6
    • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 14
    • 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 23
    • 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Auburn City Hall
Council Chambers
25 W Main St.
Auburn, WA 98001

More information: 253-876-1925 | auburnwa.gov/disaster

The Morgan Challenge: Insider Threats and Wifi Security

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. Insider Threats
  2. Wifi Security

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

Cultural Competency Recommendations

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Our Fifty-Year Legacy

As the college acknowledges the many achievements we have been a part of, the people who made those achievements possible, and the next fifty years as an institution of higher learning, what will our legacy reflect? Were we the first? In what areas did we advance most? Did we set the example? What could we have done differently?

One opportunity directly tied to our Strategic Planning goal of equity and diversity, also vocalized by students during recent campus events, is meeting the needs of our diverse community by focusing efforts on cultural competencies. Our students need to know that we take this challenge seriously, are committed to advancing this cause, and that we value this key issue. A demonstrated commitment to cultural competency would be a meaningful addition to our college legacy and the next fifty years ahead.

The Challenges We Face

In investigating this topic at our institution and seeking out ways in which meaningful collaboration can result in tangible results, several offices and entities were contacted (ODEI, Student Life, IP, Student Government, DSS, and GDEC). An open session was held for anyone interested in exchanging ideas, discussing key themes, and brainstorming desired outcomes. Additional functional areas throughout campus will be asked to contribute to the conversation as we continue to seek direction from the college.

A Multifaceted Model

There are no quick fixes or magic pills to address concerns regarding diversity and cultural competence. Such deep­rooted issues require a commitment that goes beyond words and includes awareness of key issues, attitudes and behaviors towards the world around us, the ability to openly exchange ideas, and identification of specific cultural competencies.

Stakeholders Needed

Collaboration across campus will ensure that this effort is inclusive, meaningful, and sustainable. Ideas should represent faculty, staff, and students and involve experts, departments, and committees.

View the Recommendations

The presentation below was given to the Board of Trustees and written as an executive summary to outline specific recommendations to begin addressing cultural competencies at Green River College. Training by itself is never the answer and to support meaningful change across campus, training must compliment existing efforts.

The Morgan Challenge: Week 4 Winners

As the entire world now knows, Green River College recently witnessed the official launch of “The Morgan 100 Grand Challenge.” Many folks across campus easily completed the task of watching two short videos regarding information technology. Below are our first round of winners across campus. Don’t forget – we are now in an entirely new week and everyone’s got a new chance to win!

Week 4: Welding Tech Faculty Dare Others!

Not only did Welding Tech Faculty complete the Morgan Challenge, they now dare others to complete as well! Way to go Welding Tech Faculty!

Are YOU ready to complete the challenge as well?

Are YOU ready to complete the challenge as well?

Week 4: Contest Winners

Congratulations to Crystal Bolt!

Congratulations to Crystal Bolt!

Congratulations to Scott Schreiber, Casper Fox, and Ben Orr!

Congratulations to Scott Schreiber, Casper Fox, and Ben Orr!

Don’t forget to check out this week’s challenge and follow the entire series as it progresses.

The Morgan Challenge: Data Security and Data Retention

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. Data Security
  2. Data Retention

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

Behind the Scenes – Course Development Process

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Working with an awesome student named Yujin on digital audio recordings.

Human Resources encompasses a large variety of training topics related to new and current employees. This includes new employee orientations, benefits overviews, mandatory topics such as nondiscrimination and child abuse reporting, supervisor essentials, and even soft skills such as communications and effective teamwork. We’re now proud to be developing our very first online course!

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Sheryl and Zack give their absolute best performances while acting out scenes.

Routinely, HR provides face-to-face training and workshops to meet the needs of the campus as a whole. That is a challenging task because the needs of the campus routinely change and the needs of the individual often mean that time slots, locations, or frequency never quite fit one’s personal schedule.  We’re hoping to change that in the future to meet our audience exactly where they are at.

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Claire is joined by an awesome student named Jim, who helped voice one of our characters. 

That is where online delivery, reinforced by face-to-face engagement, comes into play. By placing parts of our training and workshops online, we increase the availability and access for every single individual, regardless of where they are physically located. For student employees that means not having to skip a class in order to attend a mandatory workshop. For part-time faculty, that means not having to drive to campus in order to obtain important information. For college employees as a whole that means obtaining necessary material from the convenience of your own desk or device.

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Course development is a team effort and it helped to have such great support behind our first online course.

It should be stressed that replacing face-to-face interaction is not the end goal. Improving access and increasing learner success, while refocusing our face-to-face engagement to meet learners where they are at is essentially the best of both worlds…aka blended and flipped learning modalities.

Getting back to the purpose of this article, we’ve been working on a brand new course to be delivered online. It’s understandable that no one would be excited by this news…akin to being invited to watch someone’s wedding video (not exactly the most exciting two-hour experience of your life even thought the event itself may have been fantabulous). With this in mind we’re reinventing our training material, engagement strategy, and user experience (not to mention making the course more academically sound by adding assessments). In short, we hope the course to be meaningful, memorable, and motivational…as best as possible that is given the content.

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This is just a teaser for what’s coming soon and will be included in our first online course. Stay tuned!

In the coming weeks you will continue to hear more about our development and launch of this new course. We’ve worked hard to ensure that it doesn’t feel like a two-hour wedding video and hope that folks appreciate the work that went into creating it. Stay tuned for more details!

 

The Morgan Challenge: Social Networks and Working Remotely

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. Social Networks
  2. Working Remotely

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

The Morgan Challenge: Week 3 Winners

As the entire world now knows, Green River College recently witnessed the official launch of “The Morgan 100 Grand Challenge.” Many folks across campus easily completed the task of watching two short videos regarding information technology. Below are our first round of winners across campus. Don’t forget – we are now in an entirely new week and everyone’s got a new chance to win!

Week 3: Grand Prize Winner!

The following individual completed the entire training series! Job well done!

Congratulations to Leilani Hoglund on completing the entire series!

Congratulations to Leilani Hoglund on completing the entire series!

Week 3: Contest Winners

Congratulations to Jean Sheadel!

Congratulations to Jean Sheadel!

Congratulations to Seth Grossman!

Congratulations to Seth Grossman!

Congratulations to Rhonda Daulton!

Congratulations to Rhonda Daulton!

Congratulations to Miki Wells!

Congratulations to Miki Wells!

Congratulations to Marji Mackenzie!

Congratulations to Marji Mackenzie!

Don’t forget to check out this week’s challenge and follow the entire series as it progresses.

The Morgan Challenge: Social Engineering and Data Security

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. Social Engineering
  2. Data Security

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

The Morgan Challenge: Week 2 Winners

As the entire world now knows, Green River College recently witnessed the official launch of “The Morgan 100 Grand Challenge.” Many folks across campus easily completed the task of watching two short videos regarding information technology. Below are our first round of winners across campus. Don’t forget – we are now in an entirely new week and everyone’s got a new chance to win!

Week 2: Grand Prize Winner!

The following individual was the first faculty member to complete the entire training series! Job well done!

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Congratulations to John Falconer on completing the entire series!

Week 2: Contest Winners

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Congratulations to Susan Evans!

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Congratulations to Manila Mercurio!

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Congratulations to Keith Clay!

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Congratulations to Jean Carlson!

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Congratulations to Karl Hoffman!

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Congratulations to Annalee Dunn!

Don’t forget to check out this week’s challenge and follow the entire series as it progresses.

The Morgan Challenge: Browsing & Mobile Device Security

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. Browsing
  2. Mobile Device Security

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

The Morgan Challenge: Email Messaging & Passwords

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and view the following videos:

  1. Email & Messaging
  2. Passwords

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

Green River Participates in Campus Resilience Program

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Delegates from Green River College traveled to the National Convention Center in Leesburg, Virginia last week for Campus Resilience Capacity Building training through CaRES and the Department of Homeland Security. The training provided an opportunity for Green River staff members to learn about how to implement CaRES training at our campuses, and provided tools for evaluation of existing campus resiliency measures.

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Resiliency efforts would allow the Green River community to create plans—or playbooks—for each area of campus. These playbooks will help with recovery efforts, in the event of a natural disaster or other unforeseen occurrence. They will provide resources and step-by-step guidance to restoring operations to the key functions on campus.

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Representatives from Green River College, Drexel University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Navajo Technical University, Texas A&M, Tougaloo College, University of Maryland, and University of San Francisco were in attendance at the CaRES conference. Green River is the only community college to be chosen to participate in this opportunity.

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More details about the program:

“The Campus Resilience Program was created upon recommendation from the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, a federal advisory committee comprised of college and university presidents, academic leaders, and interagency partners charged with advising the Secretary of Homeland Security and senior leadership on matters related to homeland security and the academic community. The Council is managed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Academic Engagement.

The program is a DHS collaborative initiative that involves the Department of Education, Department of Justice, and Department of State. Within DHS, the program is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), and the Office of Academic Engagement.”

The Morgan Challenge: Week 1 Winners

As the entire world now knows, last week witnessed the official launch of “The Morgan 100 Grand Challenge.” Many folks across campus easily completed the task of watching two short videos regarding information technology. Below are our first round of winners across campus. Don’t forget – we are now in an entirely new week and everyone’s got a new chance to win!

Week 1: Grand Prize Winner!

The following individual was the first person on campus to complete the entire training series. Job well done!

Congratulations to Jenny Park on completing the entire series!

Congratulations to Jenny Park on completing the entire series!

Week 1: Contest Winners

Congratulations to David Larsen!

Congratulations to David Larsen!

Congratulations to Wyatt Schill!

Congratulations to Wyatt Schill!

Congratulations to Niki Nelson!

Congratulations to Niki Nelson!

Congratulations to Frances Lindland!

Congratulations to Frances Lindland!

Congratulations to George Frasier!

Congratulations to George Frasier!

Don’t forget to check out this week’s challenge and follow the entire series as it progresses.

The Morgan Challenge: Win 100 Grand!

The rumors are true! Camella Morgan is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

Simply click below and view the following videos:

  • Introduction
  • You Are the Target

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

CERT Training – Day 3 Adventures

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Who’s ready to save lives? Me – that’s who.

In our last CERT posts we introduced Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment techniques and put additional skills to the test using live scenarios. We’re back now in our third and final post related to CERT and we mean business. It could be the difference between life and death after all. Our last adventure involves a simulated disaster including real people, abandoned buildings, and even fake blood.

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That ladies and gentlemen, on our very own Timm Lovitt, is the look of extreme confidence.

Immediately upon arrival folks began volunteering for predefined roles. We needed to, as quickly as possible, establish who was in charge of the overall operation, who focused on leading the building entry team, who transported and designated survivors to coded triage zones, and who provided basic medical care and support. Chaos as it turns out, is easier to manage if your head is focused on a very specific role.

Before assessing the building, the entry team marked the exterior (a single slash mark) with date and time of entry and task force identification. In the worst possible scenario, the event that something went wrong inside and the team never made it out, others would know who was still inside.

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Chernenko saving lives and keeping our survivor calm.

That same team strategically mapped the building and began their initial sweep. They looked for live wires (the potential that electricity was not turned off), fire, hanging and fallen debris, and people still in the building. When encountering survivors or victims they quickly noted whether the individual was red, yellow, or green (triage evaluation to determine if someone is breathing, aware, and/or injured) and then exited the building. Their initial task was not rescue, but focused on rapid assessment. Upon exit they also updated their initial marking with a second slash (to signify exiting), potential hazards, and total numbers of victims still inside the structure.

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Yes we did! We came. We saw. We responded.

With initial assessment complete, they paved the way for medical response and transportation of survivors to predefined medical response zones (coded red and yellow tarps outside of the building). Interacting with victims however is the part of response that challenges folks the most. You have a specific role and duties to complete…while trying to calm a mother who wants you to care for her daughter, a coworker who can’t find his colleague, and (fake) blood running down body parts. Deep breath. You can do this.

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I am forever changed by CERT. As proof, I welcome the first fire extinguisher to our home.

In the end we successfully responded to this disaster simulation as a cohesive team. We assessed the building, provided simple triage, transported everyone outside, and cared for all survivors that we could (not everyone made it out alive due to their injuries – not my fault).

Through this process and training I also changed. I now take disasters more seriously (by that I mean my prior knowledge was via movies like The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and most recently San Andreas) and am confident in my ability to do more than call 9-1-1 and hope for the best (something we learned may not even be an option in the event of a real disaster). Since the training I’ve also beefed up my home preparedness through the purchase of first aid kits (one for the house and one for the vehicle), extra batteries and flashlights, fire extinguishers, and even emergency water packets. My son now thinks I’m the coolest dad on the block as well (an added bonus).

Interested in more training:

CERT Training – Day 2 Adventures

City of Auburn...Prepare to be Saved.

City of Auburn…Prepare to be Saved.

It’s day 2 of our CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training! We officially survived the SMART (Simple Triage And Rapid Treatment) techniques of day 1 (no stuffed animal died on our watch) and now it’s time to put us into real scenarios. Now…it should be said that graduating from stuffed animals to live humans is one MAJOR step. Humans naturally feel, react, and can even go into shock in the middle of a disaster situation. Adding the human element (aka disaster psychology) definitely takes our training to the next level.  We can do this GRC team!

David reluctantly volunteers to get carried down the stairs.

David reluctantly volunteers to get carried down the stairs.

The first part of our morning consisted of holding, rolling, wrapping, lifting, and carrying just about every single participant up, down, and around obstacles. This may sound like an extremely simple exercise, but it tested our physical ability, team coordination, and basic interactions with “survivors” of varying degrees of personal space. Trust me…you don’t really get to know your coworkers and colleagues until you’ve carried them down a few flights of stairs.

Here we practice a variety of debris removal, heavy lifting techniques, and team-based cribbing.

Here we practice a variety of debris removal, heavy lifting techniques, and team-based cribbing.

Our next hands-on learning experience related to light search and rescue operations, with the overall goals of rescuing the greatest number in the shortest amount of time. When assessing situations (environments, buildings, electricity, etc.) the safety of those performing the search should always be considered. If it’s not safe to enter a burning building, even when you can hear potential survivors screaming for help, you simply don’t enter. Safety first.

Fire extinguisher training was one of the funnest exercises performed!

Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep (PASS). We got this.

By the time afternoon came, everyone was ready for fire extinguisher training by putting out actual fires. Did you know that fire extinguishers are designed for specific types of fires? For example, extinguishers designed for ordinary combustibles wouldn’t necessarily work in putting out a metal, cooking oil, or electrical fire. In our exercises we used carbon dioxide models that left no residue (unlike dry chemical models that leave a white powder to clean up).

It's takes a lot of work to look this prepared.

It’s takes a lot of work to look this prepared.

After a very intense, physically exhausting day carrying victims, removing debris, and putting out real fires, we were all ready to go back to our desk jobs (well almost – there’s still one more day left after all). The last and final day of training would see all of these skills put to use in a simulated disaster including real people, abandoned buildings, and lots of fake blood. Stay tuned for more details in our next blog post!

Links of Interest

Building Captain Training

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An emergency situation or crisis like any rude guest typically arrives unannounced and cares little for your readiness or the convenience of its timing. All we can do is prepare, and as part of Green River’s emergency planning we are escalating the capabilities of our building captains.

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On Tuesday and Thursday this week, Valley Regional Fire Authority trained Green River building captains to be First Responders, which included lessons in adult and infant CPR, AED use, first aid and blood borne pathogens. CPT Ryan Freed was impressive in his ability to answer questions. His endless supply of anecdotes kept his instruction lively and reinforced the training.

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The building captain position is strictly voluntary, and we should all be grateful to these individuals for demonstrating their courage and willingness to take on the responsibility. The group as a whole was impressively diverse and included directors, deans, program coordinators and advisors.

We are still looking for more building captains, so anyone interested should contact me via email.

CERT Training – Day 1 Adventures

Ready for CERT Training!

Ready for the next 24 hours (3 days) of CERT Training!

My first question when told I’d be participating in an upcoming CERT training was, “What’s a CERT?” As it turns out CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team and helps prepare everyday citizens with basic disaster response skills that can be applied back to their communities and workplaces. We also get to use fire extinguishers, perform light search and rescue, and dress wounds. Sign me up!

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Tim and Chernenko telling everyone about GRC and our EOC efforts.

As we began our first day (of three total days) it was immediately apparent that this was a community effort. The City of Auburn, led by the Auburn Emergency Management Department, began this initiative in 2006 and has trained close to 700 people to date. We were part of class #38 and were surrounded by concerned citizens, local volunteers, and individuals from the same communities. These very people, in case of an actual disaster, would be the ones others would look towards for support, guidance, and organization. That’s a very real and serious responsibility and one that ultimately makes for better prepared communities and workplaces throughout the city of Auburn.

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Emergency…call 911. Disaster…call us (after we finish training though).

The first rule of CERT training is knowing how to distinguish between an emergency and a disaster. The short version is that an emergency is something you’d call 911 for and get immediate help. A disaster on the other is something that would overrun local resources. Essentially, you’d be on your own for multiple days without someone coming to rescue you. Immediately my thoughts turned to the number of water bottles, location of flashlights, and canned food I had in my own home. What if that disaster occurred while I was at work? Did you know that Green River College is a designated safety location in the event that Mount Rainier were to erupt?

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First test: Can you remove a set of gloves without spilling a drop. Tim already failed (look at his pants).

Once everyone was briefed on the unique role CERT volunteers play, the types of disasters we were training for, and where our roles ended, we were ready for some hands-on learning activities. We learned how to safely approach victims (or survivors depending on how you look at things), conduct head-to-toe assessments, and treat a variety of burns, wounds, and fractures. This of course involved each of us spending some time on the ground playing a variety of roles.

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David getting rescued on day 1. He’s lucky we were so close by.

Seeing your coworkers play the part of victim/survivor prepared us for our next role of rapid assessment. We were given a variety of stuffed animals and asked to very quickly perform simple triage and rapid treatment (START). Little did we know that these stuffed animals were to play a major role in our next few days…more on that though in our next post. Stay tuned!

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No animals were hurt in the performance of our training exercise.

Links of Interest

Building Captains – Upcoming Training

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Building captains across campus have an important role. They serve as the go-to person in the event of a campus emergency and help ensure the general safety of people within their respective buildings. If you haven’t already…please hug your building captain.

In a combined effort to strengthen the communication, training, and cross-campus collaboration, Valley Regional Fire District will be providing extensive training on both the 18th and 20th of this month. This training will provide all Green River College Building Captains with foundational knowledge and competencies in:

  • CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
  • First aid
  • AED (Automated External Defibrillators)
  • Bloodborne pathogens
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Meeting to plan Building Captain training. Also, Steve and Zack match outfits!

In addition to these scheduled training events, future training will follow. Work is also being done to standardize contents of emergency backpacks and create a reference book for all captains. We look forward to establishing an ongoing community amongst building captains and providing meetups on a more frequent basis. Until then, we look forward to seeing and learning from each other at our first training event on the 18th!

Supporting a Work-Life Balance

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It’s just like the animal kingdom…but in my office.

Today I came back to the office and was greeted by a seemingly endless supply of stuffed animals. Yup…teddy bears, frogs, a tigger character, pound puppies, a hippo, a piglet, and a surprising collection of yellow ducks. I counted more than 50 animals in my office today. Immediately, my mind was put at ease and I couldn’t help but crack up at my coworkers and the great sense of humor they have.

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The individuals pictured have been found guilty of office decoration to the 10th degree. More guilty parties will be identified.

You see, I had been gone on an extended vacation for about 2.5 weeks on a family trip to Japan. Basically, I’d been off the grid entirely and worried (throughout my vacation, on the drive to work, and before ever booting up my computer) about what I had missed while away. Did I leave all projects in a finished state? Was there anything I forgot to do before I left? What if someone needed a new training account created while I was away? How could Green River continue to operate while I was out of the office?

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Keep Out! Animal Infestation!

Okay, some of those concerns are slightly exaggerated, but most of them are based on reality. We live in a world in which we are constantly connected. We have seemingly unlimited access, especially if we enable our mobile devices, to all that happens in the office. Every year employees just like me (up to 40% according to a recent study) don’t use all of their vacation days. If work can be so stressful, and employees feel so much pressure, why is that that they/we don’t take much needed or deserved breaks?

I’d be the first to admit that it’s convenient to instantly verify my schedule for the following day (which helps me determine when to leave the house, what to prep for upon arrival, and even what to wear). I sometimes have to remind myself that I shouldn’t be scanning work email nights and weekends. It’s one thing to love what I do and be so actively engaged in my work that checking in seems like fun. It’s another thing entirely to feel the continuous pressure to perform before, during, and even after scheduled hours.

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One way to create a stress-free work environment.

Personally, I’ve imposed a self-restriction to limit access to all things that feel like work and focus only on that which prepares me for the next day (such as my work calendar). I simply don’t check or log in to work email once I’ve left the office. I don’t respond to social media channels (those set up through the department) after hours. If I see an interesting article that directly relates to my job duties, I consider forwarding it my work email for future reading and annotation. This system seems to work well and provides flexibility, all the while allowing me to focus on what really matters outside of the office (my family). This approach, plus the fact that I’m been out of the office for just over 2.5 weeks, means that I’m now back with a new outlook on existing challenges and a refreshed view of the world as a whole.

Work-Life Balance Tips for Supervisors

  1. Focus on final output instead of individual process. This empowers employees to ensure work is accomplished, even if it means working a different schedule than others.
  2. Create realistic, time-based, achievable goals and hold employees accountable. This ensures employees are given freedom, but also perform.
  3. Encourage a work-life balance amongst the team (vacations, flexible schedules, children’s sports games, etc.). Added flexibility keeps employees around longer.

Further Reading

Personality Traits and the Workplace

Personality-Test-01

We all want to be the best employee we can be, right? Of course we do. Each of us also brings a variety of skills to the positions we currently hold. Beyond skills though, being successful in our current and future positions at Green River requires an understanding of oneself. Don’t worry, I’m not about to ask you to hold hands with the person next to you and begin chanting. That’s for another blog post.

Personality-Test-02

This post is dedicated to gaining a better understanding of one’s own personality traits. Why is this important (you ask)? Well, these traits play an important role in the way we operate, interact, and engage with those around us. An understanding of traits is important for both individual and team success. Whether we prefer to think critically before making decisions, enjoy the thrill in taking a leap of faith, or consider forming a cross-campus committee to tackle an issue…chances are your traits (even unconsciously) are driving those decisions. Other factors of course also play into decisions, such as environment, past experience, and personal goals.

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Below are four possible pairs of personality traits, popularized by Myers-Briggs Type Indicator:

  • Introversion (I) or Extraversion (E)
  • Intuition (N) or Sensing (S)
  • Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
  • Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)

Free, Online Personality Test

Enough mumbo-jumbo already. It’s time to take a quick, free online test to determine our own personality traits! Remember, this is just the first step to understanding who we are, why we do things the way we do, and what this means in the workplace.

Take the 16 Personalities test now!

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On-Campus Resources

Did you know that on-campus resources are also available for anyone interested? Our own Josh Staffieri, Education & Career Planner in the Welcome Center, provides in-depth professional career assessment? While online tests, like the one above are quick and easy to take, Josh excels at personalized consultations related to industry evaluations like Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, and StrengthsQuest. If interested, simply contact Josh for additional details or start by viewing the linked Professional Career Assessments PDF flyer.

Lastly, thanks for your help Josh in answering our own questions related to personality traits and assessment tools! We look forward to exploring these in more detail with you, through a personalized consultation.

Ideas Worth Spreading…Before Summer Quarter

It’s quite on campus. Too quiet. Sure, the squirrels are frolicking and there is plenty of parking available, but something is missing. Gone are the familiar sights and sounds of students migrating to and from every building on campus. Now however, is the perfect chance to focus on yourself and get inspired before summer quarter starts!

TEDtalks-Home

TED is the perfect place to get inspired this summer.

TED (short for Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a platform for “ideas worth sharing.” Topics range from science to business to global issues and are provided in a variety of languages. What are you waiting for? Get inspired by:

Teaching Resources Online!

Posted on behalf of Julie Moore.

As you transition from spring classes into summer and fall preparations, you may be looking for teaching resources that you can access online and that can help you with things like putting together a syllabus, assignments, rubrics, designing a hybrid class, etc.

Teaching Learning Center

The Teaching and Learning Center website is up and ready for use. It houses a lot of resources – many of them from GRC faculty that are tailored for our classes and curricular policies. Feel free to use this to help you prep over the summer!

http://www.greenriver.edu/about-us/teaching-and-learning-center/teaching-resources.htm

Have a great summer!

Julie Moore
English Instructor

Learn. Earn. Display. – The Potential of Digital Badging

Culture of Learning

Imagine being able to gain a new skill, knowledge, and ability whenever the need (or interest) arose. Such access would support a culture of learning across an organization that is not necessarily defined by seats, spaces, or even schedules. Any individual could embrace formal or informal learning opportunities based on personal interest or motivation. Wouldn’t that be something worth exploring?

DigitalBadges-Tiled

Just a sampling of potential digital badges at Green River College.

The Best of Both Worlds

Learning today can take place at any time, at any location, and on a variety of devices. It is not limited to formal training sessions or designated professional development days. It is not confined to four walls of a classroom, but supported through both virtual and face-to-face learning environments. It is the combination of these two environments where the most potential resides.

Online learning environments take advantage of technology readily available to deliver materials and experiences to every end user on their time. Face-to-face environments support critical thinking, communication, and peer collaboration that helps foster a community of learners.

DigitalBadges-LearnEarnDisplay

Completing a competency-based course results in the awarding of a digital badge.

What would it look like if an organization developed content for online delivery and focused on creating a rich face-to-face experience for learners? That organization would clearly define and recognize competencies and allow individuals to explore their own learning pathways.

Digital Badging Potential

Digital badges, just like printed certificates, recognize accomplishments of a particular individual. Whereas printed certificates are usually based on face-to-face interaction (a time-based model), digital badges are based solely on specific competencies achieved. Because of this difference, digital badges can easily be utilized to recognize service, volunteer hours, cultural diversity, leadership and supervision, and other non-academic achievements. Furthermore, badges could support both stacked (Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels) and latticed (variety of topics) credentials.

DigitalBadges-Stacked

Example of a stacked approached to digital badging at Green River.

Digital badges provide and support an important motivational element that is necessary for many learners. Why would anyone sit through an optional course or professional development workshop if there was no recognition of achievement? The badges themselves provide an incentive to achieve (intrinsic motivation) and can be shared with peers via social media (extrinsic motivation).

Furthermore, digital badges establish digital credentials, which are quickly becoming a necessary part of any individual’s online presence. Did you know that LinkedIn recognizes certifications and displays links to badge ecosystems (earned competencies, issuing authority, and earner credentials)? Have you displayed your certificates earned yet?

LinkedIn-Certifications

Certifications on LinkedIn are now a part of your online identity.

Green River College Business Goals

Exploration of competency-based courses and digital badging is currently just a proposed vision to support a culture of learning at Green River College. Just a few of these courses (and badges) have been fully developed thus far. The potential however exists for a much wider implementation upon successful “proof of concept” completion.

To be truly successful through a system-wide deployment, competency-based courses and digital badging must meet specific business goals. Key business goals include:

  1. Deliver innovative eLearning experiences through clearly stated objectives, rich media integration, and assessments that encourage individuals to continue learning.
  2. Improve access to professional development opportunities that align with college’s core values through open courses.
  3. Collaborate across departments to design, develop, implement, and evaluate training initiatives that appeal to the widest audience possible.
  4. Share completed courses and established best practices with other institutions across our state.

Potential Course Topics

At Green River College there are many training initiatives that could benefit from the combination of competency-based courses and digital badging. These initiatives span new and existing employees, faculty, classified staff, exempt personnel, and even students. Potential course categories could include Human Resources, Personal Safety, Student Success, Student Leadership, Cultural Diversity, and more (see image below).

Example of a latticed approached to digital badging at Green River.

Example of a latticed approached to digital badging at Green River.

Challenges We Face

This proposal is not a quick fix for all training needs. It is also not a means to replace the need for face-to-face workshops, which would still be required for different instructional purposes. It is simply an approach to build interest and motivate individuals to complete an ever-increasing list of professional development topics. Some of the key challenges we face include:

  • Ensuring consistency in course design
  • Targeted total course run times (less than one hour)
  • Course design and development hours
  • Rich-media content creation

Thank You. Gracias.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this proposal. I look forward to officially launching some of the courses that are currently in development in collaboration with subject matter experts across campus. Lastly, I look forward to learning, earning, and displaying badges received at Green River College!

Further Exploration

Register Today for Basic Mediation Training Course

Posted on behalf of Green River Community Mediation & Peacebuilding Institute.

Register today for our Basic Mediation Training (BMT) course. Enhance your communication and conflict resolution skills, and register for our Basic Mediation Training (BMT) June 22, 23, 24 and 29 & 30 at our Kent campus.

Mediation

This course helps develop the skills needed to better understand and resolve disputes and other issues for your students and others. In the BMT course you will learn how to analyze and resolve disputes in a variety of contexts focusing on work and home situations.

(If you complete the BMT – and two additional one day courses on conflict resolution – you can be designated a ‘campus mediator’ if are willing to volunteer to resolve disputes.)

Course Topics include:
Conflict Resolution Concepts, Conflict Styles, Communication Skills, Listening, Emotions, Power Imbalance, Being Aware of Our Biases, Qualities and Role of the Mediator, Mediation Process, Ethics of Mediation.

Please go to www.greenriver.edu/thePeaceInstitute for further information – and check out the link to a testimonial about this course. Registrations can be made to Cynthia Lemberg clemberg@greenriver.edu

We look forward to welcoming you to this BMT which is scheduled early in the summer break.

Barry J. Bannister PhD
The Peace Institute at Green River

Summer Professional Development: Google Cultural Institute

Summer is (almost) upon us! Now is the perfect time to begin making summer plans for yourself or your entire familia (family). Sometimes those plans involve trips around the world, involvement in a community event, taking a class, or simply a good book on a comfy sofa.

GoogleCulture-History

We live in the present, look to the future, but learn eternal truths from the past.

Regardless of your individual summer plans, Google can help. They have a great resource called Google Cultural Institute, which provides diverse art collections from around the world, online historical exhibits detailing significant moments in human history, and virtual exploration of ancient world heritage sites across the globe. These can be used in the classroom as well, to support instruction by providing supplemental content for your students. Instructors can even create their own galleries specifically designed for their courses!

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View collections from around the world.

The best part of course professional development resource is that Google Cultural Institute doesn’t cost a thing. Everyone has complete access 24×7. To begin, simply click on one of the previously stated categories (Art Projects, Historic Moments, or World Wonders) and find something that interests you…or perform a search for something very specific.

In my case, we’re preparing for a family trip to Japan this summer. Performing a simple search for “Japan” resulted in locations of interest, 112 Japanese virtual exhibits, and 57,364 individual artifacts. Before visiting Japan I’ll be diving deeper into topics such as the Dawn of TV Animation, Introduction to Manga, Mobile Suit Gundam, and Hiroshima. That, and brushing up on the language itself.

Google Cultural Institute

A simple search for “Japan” resulted in a variety of things to explore.

Don’t let summer pass you by without devoting yourself to at least one learning opportunity. Google makes it that much easier to return to fall quarter with a fresh perspective on the world around you. Summer plans…check!

How to Attack a Dinosaur and Survive: A Competency-Based Model

Once Upon a Cave

Since the very first “How to Attack a Dinosaur and Survive” workshop was held in a cave “B” at exactly as high noon, humankind had been trained to believe that learning was restricted to the class(or cave)room. That model however, only worked for the lucky few cave dwellers who signed up for the workshop, had the availability in their schedule, and who actually fit into the confined space.

Caveman Dinosaur

Proper training can literally be the difference between life and death.

Even way back then though, that system didn’t work for all cavemen and cavewomen. What about the learner who couldn’t make it to the cave because they camped a mile away? What about the learner who had a conflict in their hunting/gathering schedule. The point of this (made-up) story is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to an education. There clearly exists a need for mastery of content and concepts that are not structured around seat time and credit hour.

Technology and the Cave Dweller

Technology has played an instrumental role in the shifting of educational models that now include face-to-face, enhanced, flipped, and online learning. That’s just the beginning though. Today, learners access instruction both in and out of formal academic settings. If one doesn’t understand the material or the delivery of that material by their instructor, they simply Google or YouTube a crash course on the subject and master it over the weekend. Mastery can be achieved at any hour of the day, at any location, via multiple learning paths, and at the pace of any individual caveman or cavewoman. Additionally, anyone can sign up for self-paced open course from entities such as the Khan Academy, Coursera, or Udemy (just to name a few).

Moving Towards a Competency-Based Cave

At Green River College we provide an endless amount of trainings and workshops for faculty, staff, and students across the institution. Some of that training is mandatory and some of it is entirely based on learner interest. Traditionally, we provide these workshops in face-to-face settings…and in doing so, limit the amount of people who can attend them. What if we looked at training in different ways? What if we designed training options that delivered meaningful content, ensured defined competencies were met, and included the flexibility for learners to choose their own time and space for mastery? That’s what competency-based learning is all about.

Welcome Page

The landing page of the Personal Safety course.

We’ve only just begun to explore this learning model at Green River. In development currently are competency-based courses on subjects such as Personal Safety Against Violence, Participatory Governance, New Employee Onboarding, Workplace Ethics, and Non-Discrimination. Once launched, these course and others like them will drastically reduce the need to reschedule or duplicate workshops every single quarter.

Modules

Each module contains required and supplemental learning materials.

Each course will begin with clearly stated learning objectives, varied instructional materials, and assessments that ensure competency is mastered. Each module within the course requires successful completion of the previous module in order to advance. If a learner wants to complete a course in a single sitting or over the span of multiple weeks, it would be entirely up to them.

Badge

Upon completion of this course a digital badge is awarded to learners.

Again, we’ve only just begin to explore competency-based learning at Green River, but look forward to the many opportunities ahead. Beginning fall quarter, you should be hearing and seeing much more of these types of courses in action. Stay tuned!

Further Exploration

One Step Closer: Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Process

Step ­by­ Step

Bart and Steve utilizing the best of both worlds (physical copies of SDS sheets and MSDSonline).

It’s official! Okay, not “official-official”…but close enough to official to write a blog post about it. Last week I outlined Safety Data Sheet (SDS) recommendations created in collaboration with the Environmental Health and Safety Committee (EHS). This week we take another baby-step towards the SDS process at Green River College.

Like all exceptional processes out there, ours must follow the basic principles of the three step rule (mainly that there only be three steps). Those steps include Adding SDS to MSDSonline, Saving PDFs to the Network Drive, and Adding SDS to Physical Binders in the Office. Below is a detailed breakdown for those who can’t wait to get started.

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Bart is having the time of his life finding SDS sheets online!

Step 1: Add SDS to MSDSonline

MSDSonline is a vendor­-specific tool that provides Green River with a virtual space to store SDS. The benefits of this service include being able to view SDS across the entire institution, searching by specific locations, and auto­-updated SDS. Whereas the physical binders are limited by their location, printed version of the SDS, and sorting order, this cloud­-based solution is always up to date.

SDS-Search

Finding SDS online is a very simple process.

Step ­by­ Step Process:

  1. Log in to M​SDSonline​ (credentials provided by Training Manager).
  2. Click on the “MSDSonline Search” tab.
  3. Type in the manufacturer, product name, or product code to begin your search.
  4. Find the correct search result and click on the check-box to the left of its name. A pop-­up window will appear to the right of the screen. If this item resides in your location, simply click on “Assign to Locations” and choose your specific location.
  5. Repeat this process as often as needed to add individual SDS to your location.

*If for any reason you are unable to find the SDS you are searching for (by product name, manufacturer, or product code), there is an option to upload your own PDF or request that MSDSonline retrieve the SDS on your behalf. These cases are rare though, because most SDS can be retrieved via a simple search. Please contact your friendly Training Manager before uploading your own PDF or initiating a vendor retrieval process (only a limited amount of these processes can be done per calendar year).

Step 2: Save PDFs to Network Drive

Once you have collected a SDS within MSDSonline, you can easily download a PDF version to the network drive.

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Downloading a PDF version is just a click away!

Step ­by­ Step Process:

  1. From MSDSonline, click on the “eBinder” tab.
  2. From the “Locations” drop­-down menu, choose your location and click “Search.” The SDS for your location will be displayed below the search fields.
  3. Click on any PDF image icon you wish to download and a pop­-up window will appear. Choose download from this window and save to the directory specified above (in your corresponding folder).
  4. Repeat this process as often as needed to download SDS files.

Step 3: Add SDS to Physical Binder in Office

The last step in this process is to maintain a physical binder within your office. This is important in case the network drive or Internet temporarily goes down for any reason.

Step­ by ­Step Process:

  1. Using either the downloaded PDF or by clicking on the Acrobat image icon via MSDSonline, print the SDS sheet.
  2. Using a 3­-hole puncher, add holes to the printed SDS.
  3. Add the printed SDS to the physical SDS binder in your office area.
  4. Repeat this process for every SDS sheet you add in the future.

Free Online Writing Class!

Posted on behalf of Jean Sheadel. Thanks for sharing Jean! 

Wordsmithing, various style guides, grammar police, punctuation problems, not to mention spelling mistakes – there’s so much involved in writing, and writing correctly! Some of us have a hard time not proofing periodicals and books while we’re reading.

AP Style Highlights

Some of the many tools in my AP arsenal.

One of the best training sessions I ever attended was a writing class I took while working for the Kent School District. The class reviewed the most common writing mistakes – including grammar, punctuation and commonly misused words. The content was similar to the book, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss.

AP Style Thinking

Who wrote this stuff anyways..? Oh, that would be me.

Knowing this, I don’t think it would surprise you to know that I occasionally search the internet for training to improve my writing skills. I recently found a gem: Poynter. News University’s FREE, online class, “Cleaning Your Copy: Grammar, Style and More.” Based on the AP Style Guide, the style guide used by Green River’s marketing department, I’m finding this course to be not only a refresher, but a useful learning tool. I’m certain that this class will help me in my day-to-day writing for the website, and for proofing college-related material.

Course Website Screenshot

This $29.95 course is free of charge thanks to the support of Knight Foundation.

If someone finds another (free) training course, I’d love to know about it!

One Step Closer: Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Recommendations

Poster-Pouring-Chemical

In my first environmental safety blog post, Crash Course – MSDS 101, I provided an introduction to this wildly exciting topic. The SDS process however, goes beyond any single department on our campus and helps to protect us all. With that in mind we’re now reaching out to other departments.

A Short History Lesson

Safety Data Sheets (SDS), formerly Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), provide comprehensive information about a substance, chemical, or product on campus. SDS help the institution identify, label, store, handle, train, and protect our employees. Collecting and maintaining SDS is a requirement of hazard communication (including hazard determination, Right-to-Know access, labeling, safe handling, personal protective equipment, and more).

Poster-Eye-Protection2Environmental Health and Safety Committee (EHS)

In collaboration with the EHS Committee on our campus, very specific steps were identified to help establish clear and consistent processes across campus. Once we are able to institute these recommendations, online access will be provided for all of campus, network access would exist for backup purposes, and physical binders will be placed within buildings.

Key Recommendations

  1. Obtain and add SDS sheets to specific campus locations using the web-based tool MSDSonline.
  2. Download PDF sheets locally to the EHS networked drive.
  3. Print PDFs and place in physical binders at specific locations on campus.

If you have any questions regarding these recommendations, please feel free to contact your friendly (and awesome) Training Manager (that’s me).

Poster-Eye-ProtectionStay Tuned

This process is still being developed and modified to meet both the needs of the institution and the department. We will continue to work behind the scenes and provide updates as we meet milestones. So far, roughly 450 SDS exist within eBinder.

Fun Fact!

In the creation of this post an entire series of Simpsons workplace safety posters was stumbled upon. They are informative and entertaining if you have a few moments to spare.

Islamic Awareness Week on Campus

Posted in support of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Salam Campus Community,

With great honor, it is my esteemed pleasure to cordially invite you to Green River’s 2nd Annual Islamic Awareness Week from May 11-14, 2015, hosted by the Muslim Student Association.  All events throughout the week will be held in the  Lindbloom Center.  Each day contains a discussion topic pertaining to Islamic related matters and current events.  

Islamic Awareness Week

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Islamic Awareness Week:

  • Monday, May 11, 2015 – (Islam 101):  An overview of the fundamentals of the Islamic faith.  Discussion Facilitator: Imam Abdullahi of the Islamic Center of Kent.
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015 – (Muslim Contributions): Discourse on the contributions Muslims have made in the areas of: science, mathematics, architecture, the arts and other fields.  Discussion Facilitator: Professor Dr. Turan Kayaoglu from the University of Washington Tacoma.
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – (Women in Islam): An interactive workshop regarding: dominant culture, colonial influences on traditional and contemporary Muslim women, gender roles, Muslim women narratives and conceptualization.  Workshop Facilitator: Marwa Almusawi, Assistant Director of Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  Panel discussion hosted by the Muslim Student Association.
  • Thursday, May 14, 2015 – (Banquet): Celebratory banquet including student arts and performances. The cost is $3.00 for students and $5.00 for non-students.

For more information, see the attached flyer.  For inquiring thoughts, the lantern (on the flyer) is a symbol of applying light and a reference to the concept of Noor (light); the intent of Islamic Awareness Week. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to direct them my way.

Shukran! (Thank you!)

Marwa Almusawi
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Stress in the Workplace Activity

Stress in Workplace

Fact: Cookies, snacks, and short presentation all help reduce stress.

Workplace stress is a common part of interacting with customers. In our case customers include our colleagues, vendors, students, parents, and even community members.

The key is how we handle stress under pressure. We need to be able to maintain our composure while serving our wide variety/range of customers. Using established best practices and techniques, we can deescalate others people’s emotions and focus on the facts to work towards a resolution.

Stress in Workplace

Participants getting into character (stressed employee, neutral third party, and upset customer).

The Financial Aid department interacts frequently with students and family members who have concerns regarding their financial aid. In some cases the conversations become emotionally charged and responding in a calm and effective manner is the key to transitioning towards the next step. Most recently this department took advantage of a collaborative group workshop, where they learned techniques to handle stress in the workplace.

Stress in Workplace

Using simple techniques, the situation was quickly deescalated.

Common Techniques Include:

  • Acknowledge person’s emotion and describe impact
  • Invite person to share thoughts and feelings
  • Determine whether continuing conversation is appropriate
  • Listen to understand
  • Probe to uncover underlying issues
  • Help the person move on
  • Tag a team member
  • Avoid internalizing emotions
  • Reach for fish in tackle box (personal method used by Financial Aid staff member)
Stress in Workplace

The happiest (and stress-free) department at Green River!

If any department is curious about beginning this same conversation or collaborative group activity, feel free to contact training@greenriver.edu.

Presentations Are Boring

No matter how excited you are about your area of expertise, no matter how fascinated you may be by the work you are doing, and no matter what is happening within your department…it’s pretty safe to assume that no one else is as excited as you are. Put simply, presentations are boring. “Death by PowerPoint” is actually #7 on the top list of workplace injuries.

Presentations are boring

See, it’s a fact.

Let’s backtrack for a moment though and clarify what I’m trying to say. Content, no matter how meaningful, is never enough. But…content is king, right? Actually, your audience, their motivation, and creating a unique experience is actually king. It’s about making your content memorable and motivational for the people in the audience. Just because you’ve spent the past month gathering data and filling your presentation with endless information, doesn’t mean anyone will actually remember it.

That’s why instructors vary their method of delivery. Instead of simply relaying information every single class, they’re lecturing, presenting, asking questions, sharing life experiences, encouraging peer-to-peer interaction, creating group projects, and trying to get students to soak up the information in ways that they (the students) can actually relate to. If you think back to the best class you’ve ever taken, it’s usually because of a great instructor (not just the meaningful content).

So…we can at least half-way agree that presentations are boring. Knowing this I was a little worried (okay, a lot worried) that I would fall flat on my face and fail to connect with the audience. I was told that I’d have 5 minutes to talk about social media. Social Media. Yup…boring. Who cares about social media anyways? Not me.

Focus of Presenation

The real meaning behind the new Human Resources identity.

And so, I struggled to brainstorm, write up sticky note storyboards, and develop a working outline. I knew I had great information on all of our social media platforms. I had key analytics that demonstrated engagement and an increase in readership over time. I had background information into the effort and production that happened behind the scenes. Even knowing I had all of this information I still struggled to find my message. Who cares about numbers, clicks, views, and endless social media buzzwords. Nobody.

I then began to craft a message that told a story. I shared a vision. I spoke to what my audience valued and connected my content to those values. Once I was able to do that it became very apparent what I should ditch and what I should focus on. Below is the final result.

If anyone else struggles with presentations, believes that most presentations are boring, and seeks to become a better presenter, below are some great resources. They help me unlearn from time to time and focus on what is most important.

Presentation Resources

Presentation Resources

Just two of the many books I have go back to for presentations.

Lastly, I don’t have any inspiring tips for overcoming stage fright. Before every single course I have ever taught and before delivering any presentation my heart is beating a hundred miles an hour. Gulp.

Nervous on stage? Who, me?

Nervous on stage? Who, me?

Basic Mediation Training Course this June

Posted on behalf of Green River Community Mediation & Peacebuilding Institute.

Negotiations

Register today for our Basic Mediation Training (BMT) course.

If you are interested in enhancing your communication and conflict resolution skills, Basic Mediation Training (BMT) helps develop the skills needed to better resolve disputes and other issues for your students and others.

This coming June 22, 23, 24 and 29 & 30 a Basic Mediation Training (BMT) course will be held at our Kent campus. Completion of the BMT earns you 4 CEUs.

In the BMT course you will learn how to analyze and resolve disputes in a variety of contexts focusing on work and home situations.

(Completion of this course is a pre-requisite for a practicum which prepares graduates for certification as mediation practitioners.) Fee (after May): $695.00 CEUs: 4.0

Topics include: Conflict Resolution Concepts, Mediation Process, Qualities and Role of Mediator, Mediation Process, Communication Skills, Listening, Emotions, Power Imbalance, Conflict Styles, Being Aware of Our Biases, Ethics of Mediation.

Successful BMT graduates who complete a practicum and are willing to volunteer as mediators on school or college campuses, can be designated a ‘campus mediator’.

We limit the number of participants to ensure a high quality learning experience for all. Click on this link www.greenriver.edu/mediation for more information.

Registrations can be made to Cynthia Lemberg clemberg@greenriver.edu
Course information is available from Rich Elfers relfers@greenriver.edu

Register by 1 May and save with the Early Bird rate of $595.

I look forward to welcoming you to the BMT and to our Institute at Kent.

Barry J. Bannister PhD, Director
Green River Community Mediation & Peacebuilding Institute

Easily Create Your Own Training Guides

Manual

Example training guide for the HR newsletter development process.

I was recently meeting with a colleague (thank you Jean Sheadel) and we discussed the transfer of knowledge…or the lack thereof. One great thing about higher education is that folks tend to stick around for a very (very, very) long time. One not so great thing is that all the knowledge they accumulate throughout their career, often times spanning multiple positions at an institution, may go along with them once they leave. That means that others are left to reinvent the process or attempt to try to make sense of partially documented procedures.

Think about your own onboarding process. Were you completely trained in all areas of the job or were there times you felt like you were making it up as you went along? Can an institution really stand to lose such valuable experience, knowledge, and procedures every time a staff member leaves?

SnagIt

Just some of the many features of SnagIt by TechSmith.

Jean was kind enough to show me her method of documentation. Besides describing specific steps for a given task, she also includes annotated screenshots as well. By adding visuals to her documents she ensures that anyone viewing them will be able to further understand the process through images, text, and even callouts. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all stepped into new roles with fully developed manuals, user guides, and quick starts? Wouldn’t that make the job easier for those after us as well? Glad you asked such thought-provoking questions.

Wordpress Screenshot

An annotated image, created from this very blog post.

If you’re curious about experimenting with image annotation, you’ve got a few options. First, already installed on campus PCs is a program (found under All Programs > Accessories) called Snipping Tool. Next, there are lots of FREE extensions to add onto web browsers (I’d suggest the web extension Nimbus Screenshot for starters). Campus PCs already come installed with Chrome and Firefox, enabling you to add such extensions immediately. Start by opening up one of these browsers and hopping over to their extensions sites:

Another options once you’ve mastered the free tools (or outgrown them) is SnagIt by Techsmith. This application provides more advanced features and offers an educational discount (currently $29.95).

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and get screenshooting! Okay, that’s not actually a word…but it sounds cool. Thanks again Jean for sharing your process and Jeremy for your comment below.

Pacific Islander Heritage Days

Alii! Talofa! Bula! Yokwe! Malo’elelei! Mogethin! Iaorana! Kia’ora! Aloha! Hafa Adai! Ka’oha! Raan Anim! Hello to all!

Pacific Islander Heritage Days

As many of you may or may not know, April is recognized as Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  To celebrate, you are cordially invited to the First Peoples (also known as First Nations) at Green River’s event, “Pacific Islander Heritage Days.”  On Thursday, April 30th, First Nations will be presenting an Island Fashion Show from 12:00-1:30 pm and an Island Culture Showcase from 6:00-8:30 pm; both events will be located in the LC’s MDA.

The Island Fashion Show will consist of participants modeling cultural and traditional wear from various indigenous and Pacific Island countries.

The Island Culture Showcase will involve performances from various: high schools, colleges/universities, and renown organizations in the PNW, and members from the Green River and South King County community.  Performers identify Pacific Islander struggles and success through numerous acts: beautiful singing, dancing, acting, spoken word, poetry, and more!  There will be: great company, free food and overall a fun-filled experience!

Come out and learn more about the Pacific Island cultures!  Did I mention these events were FREE?  You don’t want to miss out!  For questions or further information, please contact Kasanita Vaea.

Until next time, keep stylin’…ISLAND STYLE!

Benjamin Lealofi
Program Coordinator
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Upcoming Arbinger Workshop: Resolving Conflict

Resolving Conflict

No one likes conflict, whether it is a brief negative encounter, repeated fighting or an ongoing feud.  Learn to analyze and understand why we are in conflict with others and what steps we can take to improve relationships with family members, coworkers or others in our social life or business environments. Participants will learn new ways of interacting with others, particularly those whose attitudes and behavior they wish to influence.  This course is open to the college community and to the public. It is offered by the Green River Community Mediation & Peacebuilding Institute to assist our communities to better analyze and resolve conflict.

Resolving Conflict
Fee $240.00
CEUs: 1.6
Date: April 10 & 24

Visit our website for more information and to stay informed on future events!

Training Consultations…Made Easy…er

My business card officially states Training Manager as my job title. When I get asked what I do on campus though, folks usually associate me as…”the HR newsletter guy.” While I am proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish within HR in regards to communication, engagement, and all-around AWESOMENESS…my roles and responsibilities span training initiatives and needs across the entire institution. That…is a daunting task.

Training Manager

Everything you ever needed to know about Steve Sosa.

I very quickly came the realization that there are way too many training and development needs across the institution to tackle in one quarter (much less one academic year). Although I can’t address every single need immediately, I am able to add them to a queue, so to speak. Currently I am serving guest 437. Please stay in line. Your call is important to me.

Participatory Governance

Jean and I mastering the selfie and finishing a consultation on Participatory Governance at Green River.

In the midst of making significant progress on just a few training initiatives (mandatory and compliance related needs are the first priority on campus), I am also working to simplify the consultation process as a whole. If you happen to be a fan of teaching and learning, eLearning, or instructional design, you’ll appreciate anything that makes design and development easier. Consultations shouldn’t feel like getting a tooth pulled, right?

Online Course Templates

The first of many consultation and course design templates to come your way.

And so, I’m proud to announce the first in a series of many templates coming our way. Dear world, I present Online Course Outline Template and Unit of Instruction Template. These were born out of the instructional design need to clearly analyze and design training solutions (in geekspeak, part of the ADDIE process). In teaching and learning terms that would be mapping the curriculum. During the consultation, these templates help clearly articulate:

  • Learning objectives (both course and module)
  • Content identification (text, presentation, screencasts, video)
  • Course progression (fully available versus competency-based)
  • Engagement methods
  • Assessment methods

So, why is all of this important to Green River College? Well, first…we only have one Training Manager who can’t address all needs immediately. If we wait, on a project to project completion basis, we’d be waiting until 2029. The reality though is that everyone has different schedules, priorities, flexibility, and physical locations. Solutions to training initiatives must include an online component. It’s about leveraging the power of technology to include, engage, and motivate employees in their own spaces, at their own times, and on their own devices. It’s also about keeping my own sanity in the process.

Stay tuned for the next training consultation template!

Canvas Module Example

Keep an eye out for Green River’s newest course on the Meaning of Life!

Building Bridges Technology Conference

Building Bridges Technology Conference

Building Bridges Technology Conference

One of the first professional development opportunities I became aware of, when starting at Green River this past November, was the Building Bridges Technology Conference. This conference was of particular interest to me because it combined the teaching and learning side of training with the technology of eLearning and encouragement to collaborate across the institution. It perfectly aligned with training initiatives at Green River (such as VAWA, Participatory Governance, SafeColleges, MSDSOnline, HR mandatory training, and onboarding of new employees. And so, I was off to Spokane.

Spokane

I’m off to Spokane! Only 3,972 miles to go!

The great news of a road trip across the State of Washington, is that I have family in Moses Lake. Granted, there were a few rest/candy/gas/coffee/bathroom breaks along the way, but getting a chance to surprise my own mother with a bag of goodies from her favorite store was priceless.

Moses Lake

Green River, meet my mother. Mom…Green River.

The great thing about conferences now-a-days is that they usually have a companion app, the ability to view profiles, and links to download presentations. This makes planning your personalized schedule an informed decision. Even better, I was able to do all my planning before I even arrived and had a mobile link to view complete details throughout the entire event.

Conference

At a technology conference all attendees must carry around 3.5 connected devices. It’s like the law or something.

A great thing about local, Pacific Northwest, conferences is that the connections you make are with people at other institutions that you will continue to engage with. In my case I had the chance to meet up with former colleagues and compare teaching and learning practices to gauge progress at my own institution. As it turns out, we’re just as far…or behind…as everyone else is.

Coworkers

Awesome former coworkers from Edmonds Community College. You rock Tim, Tina, and Eva!

The event overall was perfect for someone like me (interested in teaching and learning, eLearning, and training initiatives across campus). By the time next year’s conference rolls around, Green River will have at least two training initiatives worthy of presenting on. Stay tuned for that in future posts though. For now, feel free to check out all of my conference notes and key takeaways via the link below. If you’ve attended a conference yourself and have notes or great resources, holler at me to collaborate and share those across campus!

Vantage

The great wall of Washington…near Wild Horse Monument.

My last photos have nothing to do with the conference. I admit I got sidetracked by how beautiful our state is. Be sure to check out Wild Horses Monument for yourself! A special thank you also goes out to Jennifer Warden on campus for getting me hip to travel regulations within the state. Note to self…photo-op and other distractions do not count towards mileage claims.

Vantage

See how beautiful our state is!

LinkedIn 101 for the Late Bloomer

LinkedIn 101 for the Late Bloomer

So, I admit I am a newbie when it comes to this subject and most of you could teach me a thing or two about it. Facebook, on the other hand, is another story all together.

Thinking About LinkedIn

I think I’m ready to do this LinkedIn thing.

What intrigues me the most about LinkedIn, is how it can help me connect with others in my field to get information, feedback and ideas about projects and processes — and to share Green River’s career opportunities. I’ve done a little research on the subject and perhaps it will convince you to try something new, in addition to Facebook.

Starting Out:

Begin by connecting with people you know well. These might include family members, friends, current and former coworkers and supervisors (and Facebook friends :-0 ). When you’re first starting with LinkedIn, aim for adding at least 50 connections.

Joining and Contributing to Groups:

(This is the part when you start reaching out to other professionals in your field.)

Green River is on LinkedIn!

I can network with other HR professionals on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn offers many groups for users. Groups may be focused on a common profession, industry, program or affiliation. Users can join up to 50 groups. Joining a group will connect you to other individuals with common careers, interests or affiliations with whom you can share information, network, and have discussions.

Using the Search Box on LinkedIn, you can conduct a search of LinkedIn groups by keywords of interest. You will likely receive many results for each industry or keyword that you enter. It would be a good idea to compare multiple groups and see how active they are, how many members they have, and if the content interests you.

LinkedIn offers two types of groups: Members-Only Groups and Open Groups. Members-Only Groups require individuals to join the group in order to see and contribute to the discussions. The discussions cannot be shared on other social media platforms. Discussions in Open Groups are visible by anyone and can be found using Internet search engines. These discussions can also be shared on various social media platforms.

Members: You are able to view all of the members of a group you have joined. Here, you can find and send messages to people with whom you are interested in sharing information about processes and projects pertaining to your department or program.

Discussions: Group members can post discussions to encourage dialogue of interest among other members. Discussions are often focused on relevant news or updates for the particular field or trending topics in your field. If you wish to start your own discussion, you may consider posting an article you have recently read with your thoughts or opinions; posing a question about a specific topic, or requesting advice or fresh ideas.

Claire on LinkedIn

I’ve got this!

Status Updates:

Posting status updates on LinkedIn is a great way to interact with your connections and maintain an active presence. Similar to other social media, when you post a status, it will be shared with all of your connections. Some topics you may consider when posting a status are:

  • Interesting articles you’ve read about your field or program, along with your thoughts
  • Questions you have for other professionals

Who’s Who:

First degree connections are people you are directly connected to and likely know well. You will be able to see their full profiles.

Second degree connections are individuals who are directly connected to one of your first degree connections but not to you. You will be able to see your second degree connections’ full names and select information from their profiles.

Third degree connections are people who you are more distantly connected to, as they are connected to your second degree connections. Based on the individual’s privacy settings, you may be able to see a third degree connection’s full name, or you may only be able to see their first name and first initial of last name.

Group connections are members of the groups you join. Individuals elect whether or not to accept messages from group connections, so you may not be able to contact all of your group connections directly.

This concludes LinkedIn 101 for the Late Bloomer. See you on LinkedIn!

Coffee Break & Emergency Preparedness Training

What better way to get an update on campus emergency preparedness, then to share a cup of coffee with Timm Lovitt, Interim Dean of Student Success and Retention. A side note is that Timm is openly willing to exchange a cup of coffee for future favors down the road. While I may have just committed to something I can’t even imagine yet…it sure was a great cup of coffee.

Coffee Stand

The best coffee stand on campus!

What brought Timm and I together, besides love of coffee of course, was a training initiative he is leading the charge on. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is something that has never existed on our campus. Timm is very optimistic and eager to establish the “best CERT program there is.” He’s researched CERT at local and national levels, made recommendations to the campus Emergency Operations Committee (EOC), and initiated contact with the City of Auburn’s CERT program. The desired outcome will be our own CERT program, working with and supporting the campus EOC. Because these volunteers will be trained in many different avenues related to emergency response, the campus as a whole would be better prepared in dealing with emergent situations.

Coffee Break

Timm in deep thought as I ask CERT-related questions.

After Timm explained all that he was doing related to CERT, he also mentioned (so quickly in fact that I almost missed it) that he was the Director of Veteran Services as well as the Interim Dean of Student Success. Because I’m so new to Green River and this was my first time meeting Timm, I had now idea about his military background. As it turns out he spent five years in the Army (Go Army!) and says it helped him prepare to react to stressful situations and lead others to succeed. I then jokingly asked if working at Green River classified as a stressful situation…but Timm didn’t laugh.  ;)

Veterans Services

I even got a tour of the Veterans Services Office and met a vet who was in the process of transferring to a University.

Below is the actual message Timm created to collaborate and communicate awareness of upcoming CERT training. Stay tuned for more great CERT-related updates through our official college channels.

Over the past couple of months we’ve received a lot of inquiries from students, staff, and faculty about wanting to get involved in the college’s disaster response plan. Many individuals have expressed an interest in helping the campus remain resilient, especially during times of critical need. We have been overwhelmed by the sense of community and volunteerism and admire everyone who has stepped forward to ask “what can I do to help?” In response to your requests, here is one way that you might be able to be involved:

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is looking to build a pool of certified disaster preparedness volunteers. These volunteers may serve in various roles and capacities, when professional responders are not immediately available, and will regularly interact with a designated college point-of-contact (Timm Lovitt, Interim Dean of Student Success and Retention). Some of the roles could include fire safety, light search and rescue, and/or team organization.

If you are interested in volunteering we encourage you to seek out an official training program. One program that is local is the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT is a federal program that educates people about disaster preparedness. The program includes instruction on basic disaster response, fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Participants will receive a certification at the end of their course.

The City of Auburn’s Emergency Management Office offers several CERT courses each year. These classes are free of charge, but do require prior registration (space is limited). To register for this program please visit the City of Auburn’s Emergency Management Training webpage.

2015 CERT Offerings:

  • March 2nd to 25th (9:00 am to Noon every Monday and Wednesday)
  • April 2nd to May 9th (6:30 to 9:30 pm every Thursday)
  • August 18th to 20th (8:00 am to 5:00 pm, three full days)
  • October 6th to November 14th (6:30 to 9:30 pm every Tuesday)

Thank you for your time and interest!

Timm Lovitt,
Interim Dean of Student Success and Retention

Presenting to the Board of Trustees on Marketing and Communications

HR-website

Just some of the many additions to the new HR website.

There’s something different about Human Resources at Green River. You may have noticed our newsletter and other efforts to openly communication and engage with the campus as a whole. This week, in collaboration with Marketing and Communications, we presented to the Board of Trustees!

HR Social Media

Did you know about our new WordPress blog and Twitter feed?

Allison Friedly, the Executive Director of College Relations, led the presentation and discussed the overall strategic communication plan. She focused on key principles, alignment with the college’s strategic plan, our wide range of audiences, strategies and initiatives, and the need for accountability in all marketing efforts. HR then provided background information on our goals of expanding recruitment efforts, establishing a meaningful and memorable connection, and showcasing employees across the institution.

Allison and Steve

The world’s best presenters – MarCom and HR!

As we continued the presentation we answered trustee questions and provided insight into future plans and collaborative efforts. We communicated our belief that our employees really are our most valuable resource and that the response we’ve received from recent efforts has been overwhelmingly positive.  One of the best questions asked related to analytics and tracking the effectiveness of all communication efforts.

Board of Trustees

Just part of our captive audience!

As we ended the presentation we emphasized the importance of collaboration in any marketing effort at the institution. One of our very first steps in HR was touching base with MarCom and reviewing all branding, web, and social media policies to ensure HR efforts aligned with the institution as a whole. As more and more departments commit to expanding their marketing and communication, this collaboration will also be the key to their success. MarCom is currently developing a more robust support system and we can’t wait to continue this partnership.

Successful Presentation

Yes! We rocked this presentation!

2 Days of Procurement and Contract Management

Marshall and Steve

Two days of training? Piece of cake.

“HR plays an important role in training requirements at the state level. You should attend both the WA-State Purchasing and Procurement 101 and Contract Management 101 training workshops.”

When Patty Sikora, Director of Purchasing, first recommended I participate, I wasn’t quite sure what I was being signed up for. Thankfully, she walked me through important state training mandates and the impact they have on a local level. Specifically for my position as Training Manager, I needed to understand what folks were expected to complete, the process for completion, and the learning management system (LMS) supporting these courses.

Training Attendees

It’s a full house of higher education purchasing and contract folks!

If you’ve never heard of these required training courses, then you’re probably not interacting with purchasing, procurement, or contract management on a daily basis. The short version is that designated folks across campus do deal with this type of work routinely and must adhere to strict requirements. Still doesn’t make sense? That’s okay. Just be thankful that there are folks across campus who have to worry about all the legalities of purchasing your favorite pens, post-it notes, reams of paper…and that brand new building that is being constructed.

Full House

Personally, although I have been issued a p-card for another institution, I never fathomed all of the legal requirements that occurred behind the scenes. I didn’t realize that the difference of one dollar (from something costing $9,999 versus $10,000) could have such drastic impacts on the process. I didn’t comprehend the collaboration required for complicated purchases such as site-wide licenses or IT contracts or the seemingly simple purchases such as an iPad app.

Marshall Texting

Marshall swears his texting is work related.

The training Patty suggested I sign up for was actually the first higher education face-to-face training offered. If I wasn’t able to attend this two-day training, another option would have been online webinars and assessments. Because this was specifically dedicated to higher education and because so many Green River employees participated, I thought this would be my best bet. Besides, attending training with people you know is always funner, right?

Free food!

Did I mention that food was provided!

In the end I survived two days of non-stop purchasing, procurement, and contract management modules. Because I got to attend with fellow employees, received lunch and snacks in the process, and got hip to the training required at the state level, I can’t really complain. I have a HUGE newfound respect for anyone who orders post-it notes now. Seriously. Give those folks a hug. Right now.

Tricky Test Questions

I’m not sure if this is Marshall’s sheet or mine, but there were lots of tricky questions out there!

Finally, I’d like say “gracias” to all the folks who helped make this happen and all the supervisors who allowed their support staff to be a part of this unique opportunity. Special thanks to Patty Sikora, Crystal Bolt, and Carla Kane for pointing me in the right direction, presenting me with my name tag, and answering specific questions I had relating to Green River purchasing. Thanks to Linda Flanigan and our IT support staff for ensuring I had an Internet connection the entire time. Thanks Pam Dally, Michael Berry, and all the Kent Station folks who hosted the event.

Crash Course – MSDS 101

Meeting with Terry

I’m about to give Terry an surprise inspection! Not really. We have an appointment.

This blog post contains everything you ever wanted to know about MSDS, but were afraid to ask. Actually, this is my first introduction to MSDS and I couldn’t have asked for a better collaborator and instructor than Terry Stanford, our very own Capital Projects Documentation Manager.

MSDS with Terry

Terry wrote the books on MSDS. Not really, but he does oversee all of the Facilities MSDS books.

First things first. MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheets and you can find out all about the history here, thanks to our friends at Wikipedia. The short version is that MSDS provides workers with safety information in working with chemicals on our campus. It’s part of a requirement (it’s the law folks), from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), that all employees have access to emergency data.

MSDS Sheets

Terry oversees all of the physical MSDS books within facilities and is currently making huge efforts moves to put that information online, available for all employees, through MSDSonline. In fact, he’s recently added over 300 of these documents (via MSDSonline searches and by scanning local copies) specifically for his department. By his estimates that only covers about 35% of the chemicals and products contained within facilities and he’s working hard to see that percentage rise.

Lots of MSDS sheets to go!

Just some of the many, many products that must be accounted for within MSDS.

Eventually, all of the documents and procedures within the facilities MSDS books, as well as products not yet in the system, will be contained in the online tool. Getting to that point will provide unlimited access for all employees, ensure transparency across departments, and allow consolidated reporting if we are ever audited.

This is just the beginning though. As Terry works to get me up to speed on best practices within his own department and as I learn the capabilities of the online system, we hope to work with other departments to utilize this same tool.

Adventures in Olympia – State LMS

The adventure begins with an invite to attend both the Training Mangers and the LMS Administrators collaborative meetings in Olympia. Since Olympia is like five hours away (really one hour) I first had to prep my phone with the right learning materials. 

Audible is great for long trips.

First, did you know that the state has an LMS? Second, what’s an LMS? This week we visit our counterparts at the state level to learn more about our learning management system…not to be confused with Canvas, our instructional LMS.

Confused? Me too (sort of, but not really).

The adventure begins with an invite to attend both the Training Mangers and the LMS Administrators collaborative meetings in Olympia. Since Olympia is like five hours away (really one hour) I first had to prep my smartphone with the right learning materials. Last week I discussed the benefits of Arbinger training and that is just one of the many audiobooks loaded on my device. In case you’re wondering, Audible is an Amazon app that has over 150,000 book titles and offers a 30-day trial that includes one free download (I did not get paid to say that). The trip was made a little easier by listening to “Make It Stick” by Peter Brown.

Okay, back to business.

Arrived at L&I Building

Arrived at the very impressive L&I building…in the rain.

As it turns out, the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (often referred to as DES) has a statewide contract for all “agencies” to utilize a single LMS. Thank you state of Washington. This allows for training data to easily migrate across agencies and ensure a smooth transition as employees move across state agency jobs.

From the first am meeting for Training Managers I learned all about state contracts, procurement, purchases, ethics, and a variety of other training offered through the LMS. The state is attempting to provide such training via face-to-face workshops, online webinars, and completely online self-paced courses. You may have already heard about the state LMS because of procurement and contracts training initiatives to be completed by this summer.

Most exciting day ever!

Quick break during this jam-packed day…

From the afternoon session I learned all about batch uploads, vendor interaction, and troubleshooting efforts. What was really great to see from this group was the collaborative effort to address and solve existing issues.

LMS Admin Agenda

As I complete my own procurement and contracts training very shortly, and go through the administrator training to help manage this system for our institution, I plan to communicate any forward progress we make. This process will be challenging overall as it deals with state and local efforts, large training initiatives, compliance, and evolving technology systems. Stay tuned for more details!

Best day ever!

Best day ever!

Arbinger Adventures at Kent Campus

My first trip to Kent Campus!

My first trip to Kent Campus!

What better reason to visit the Kent Campus, than to participate in an Arbinger Institute from our very own Mediation Center. Arbinger training is just one of the many professional development opportunities available through this great resource! I even downloaded the audiobook “Leadership & Self-Deception” to mentally prepare to be a part of this training.

I present Dr. Barry Bannister (our fearless leader).

I present Dr. Barry Bannister (our fearless leader).

Throughout the day (this is actually a multi-day workshop), I found myself taking notes as fast as I could write them down. I appreciated how Arbinger focuses on the way we interact with others and our role in helping those around us. It posed great self-reflective questions, such as:

  • How am I a problem for others?
  • How can I be more helpful to others?
  • How can I help things go right?
Being surrounded by other Green River employees made the event a blast.

Being surrounded by other Green River employees made the event a blast.

The focus of the training is meant for workplace application and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in improving their professional life. However, the training applies to all personal interactions and I found myself utilizing the principles covered with my own family members as well. I would definitely suggest this workshop (and others) provided through the Mediation Center. For complete details on all of their offerings, simply contact Dr. Barry Bannister or visit www.greenriver.edu/mediation.

Just one of the many reasons to visit Kent Campus!

Just one of the many reasons to visit Kent Campus!

In case you have never been to the Kent Campus, you’re missing out! There are many, many reasons (besides Barry and the Mediation Center) to drop by. I can’t wait until the next professional development workshop!

Tutorial – Adding Photo to Your Outlook Profile

Have you noticed that some employees display a photo in Outlook? This is just one way you can personalize your inbox and establish a connection with others, even before you meet them. This quick step-by-step guide will walk you through the process.

Step 1: Log Into Outlook Web Access

For some reason the profile photo (otherwise known as an avatar) does not allow you customize it directly in Outlook. That means you’ll need to open up a web browser and log directly in Outlook Web Access (OWA) for your Green River account.

Step 2: Click on Avatar Image

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Next, you’ll simply need to click on the avatar thumbnail on the top-right of your OWA window.

Step 3: Click on Change Link

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We’re almost there! Click on the “Change” link to continue.

Step 4: Click on Folder Icon

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This new popup window allows you to upload your own photograph. To begin, click on the blue and white folder icon (highlighted above). You’ll then browse your computer to find the desired image. Once you choose your image, simply click the “Save” button to continue.

Step 5 – Open Outlook (not Outlook Web Access)

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This is the final step. You’ll now need to open the Outlook application from your computer. It will take a moment or two to download your new avatar from OWA. While this is happening go ahead and compose a new message to yourself. Send the message and you’ll see your new image displaying just like in OWA.

Congratulations! You’ve just personalized your inbox in just five steps! Now go brag to all your coworkers and show them how easy it was.

:)

Free Microsoft IT Academy for Employees!

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Did you know that all Green River employees are eligible for free participation in the Microsoft IT Academy?

The Washington State Library’s Microsoft IT Academy provides the people of Washington free access to over 400 online courses and learning resources through their local public , community college, or tribal libraries; courses are available in 20 languages. Funded by the state Legislature and administered by the Washington State Library (a division of the Office of the Secretary of State), courses range from basic technology skills/digital literacy to Microsoft Office and topics supporting IT professionals.

Access the Microsoft IT Academy from your Green River computer or through your local library* and start taking courses in just a few minutes!

Get Started Today

  1. Visit Microsoft IT Academy Online
  2. Enter or Create Live Account Username and Password
  3. Get Started!

Social Security 101 Workshop

Back by popular demand and in conjunction with Workforce Education, Human Resources is sponsoring our second free workshop on Social Security. Everyone can come (including family members and students). However, each person attending must be registered to reserve space. For example, if bringing your spouse, you must also register them.

Social Security 101 Workshop – Everything You Wanted To Know

A FREE Workshop by the Social Security Administration

  • Retirement Benefits and Eligibility Requirements
  • What Early Retirement Does To Your Benefits
  • How do you qualify for Disability, Survivor, and Spouse Benefits
  • How to use your my Social Security Online Account and other Online Services
  • What is the future of Social Security
  • Understand How to Get the Most From Your Benefit

Please Note – You should create your my Social Security account before attending the class and printout your Social Security Statement. Go to www.ssa.gov/myaccount

Guest Speaker

Kirk Larson is the Western Washington Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration. He has worked with the agency for over 20 years in both technical and supervisory roles. Kirk has presented Social Security information in both the Seattle and San Francisco Regions. He has had several articles published, and has appeared on TV and radio shows to discuss Social Security issues.

Register Now

When: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 2:30 P.M. – 4 P.M.

Register for this event!