Accreditation 2020!

red-grad-cap-clip-art-graduation-cap-redGreen River’s Accreditation visit is coming in less than one year! Over the coming months, we’ll say more about how you can help Green River College to shine during our visit. For now, let us introduce you to what accreditation means and how it includes you!

Key Facts to Know:

  • Date of Accreditation Visit–April 29-May 1, 2020
  • Accreditation is not a separate thing.  Accreditation is a part of who we are in our responsibility and accountability to ourselves, our students and community.
  • Accreditation Steering Committee members in your areas will connect with you and your departments/divisions as we prepare.​

What is accreditation?

Accreditation “is a process of recognizing educational institutions for performance, integrity, and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public” (NWCCU “What is Regional Accreditation?”).​

​Accreditation checks for:​

  • Intentions – Has Green River defined a consistent mission and core themes?​
  • Capacity – Does Green River have the resources it needs to accomplish its mission and core themes? ​
  • Achievement – Is Green River accomplishing its mission and core themes?​
  • Sustainability – Does Green River have the resources, staff, etc. it needs to continue to meet its mission and core themes? ​

Why is accreditation important?

  • Identifies areas of success and areas for growth for further planning and development​
  • Makes the college eligible for Federal grants, loans or other federal funds ​
  • Makes Federal Financial Aid available to students ​
  • Allows for students to sit for state licensure examinations in professional fields
  • Allows students to transfer of credits between institutions & ensures quality of those credits​

How are YOU a part of accreditation?
How can YOU help tell our story? 

  • Truly understand the mission and core themes of Green River College. ​
    • Do you know the mission and core themes of the college?​
    • How does your work support the mission and core themes of the college?​​
  • Be prepared to answer accreditors’ questions about the above as well as the following topics/questions:​
    • Why do we do what we do? ​
    • How does it support the college’s mission? ​

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

Frontline: Helpful Hints and Tips


Our Employee Assistance Program continues to be a wonderful source of helpful information! This month’s EAP newsletter, Frontline, offers tips about a number of issues including:

  • Gratitude
  • To-do lists
  • Positive thinking/attitudes
  • Fitness ideas for the desk worker

Click the link below to take advantage of more ways to improve your work relationships and beyond!

EAP Newsletter

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.

Get ready for Harvest Festival!!

On behalf of the Classified Staff Training and Development Committee:Harvest Fest Logo 2018

Don’t forget that the annual Green River College Harvest Festival is just around the corner! See below for this year’s festival information:

Wednesday, October 31

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Cascade Hall, Student Affairs & Success Center


This event is open to all Green River College employees.  Come for the full time or drop in when you have a moment. 

 The Classified Staff Training & Development Committee is happy to provide dessert, coffee, and water service again this year.  Please bring a brown bag lunch or stop by the cafeteria on your way.

 2018 Harvest Fest Events: 

  • Food Drive for the Auburn Food Bank October 16-31
  • Food Bin Decorating Contest runs through October 31 (bins delivered October 16)
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest – bring your decorated pumpkin to the event for judging
  • Costume Contest – multiple categories including small group, large group, and individual costumes


Come follow us!!

Do you know someone who is looking for employment? Come follow Green River HR at green river twitterTwitter! While our job postings are always available via the GRC website and the Gatornet, our Twitter account is a great way for you to push out job postings to those who follow you.

In addition to job postings, our Twitter feed includes information that we release to you about our campus happenings (new employees, events, celebrations, etc.). With your follows and retweets, we can let more of the public know what makes Green River College so special.

Click the link below to follow our Twitter feed and share the Gator spirit!



New Employee Spotlight – Melissa Sitzenstock

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.

Sitzenstock, Melissa

Melissa Sitzenstock

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

I’m the new Curriculum Program Manager in Instructional Support. I was previously at the State Board working on the ctcLink project, missed being on a campus the entire time. Prior to that spent 14 years at Bellevue College in Enrollment Services.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

The same thing that drew me to Green River to be a student: location, campus feel, the programs, and opportunities here.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?


What was the very first job you ever had?

I was a housekeeper at a Victorian bed and breakfast in Port Townsend while in high school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Learning processes/procedures and relationship building that is required to manage the curriculum at the college

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

Become the subject matter expert in implementing change to curriculum and programs.

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

  1. Travel-Been to Australia, New Zealand, British Isles (UK, Ireland, Scotland), Caribbean, Mexico, and planning more.
  2. My home, I love to garden and take care of our animals (horses, dogs, cat, fish, and any wildlife running around the property).
  3. The self-awareness that higher education is my passion and the opportunity to do what I love.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?

I don’t want to limit the creative expression of my new co-workers, but it could be anything; the crazier, the better.

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

My best hidden talent is my ability to sleep anywhere — on a bus, plane, boat — you name it, I can sleep there.

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