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

 

New Employee Spotlight – Megan Brech

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.

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

Brech, Megan

Megan Brech

I am the Program Coordinator at our Enumclaw center. For the past six years, I taught health and fitness in Washington public middle and high schools.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I would like to thank Christie Gilliland for suggesting that I check out Green River when I was talking to her about looking for a different career path over the summer. Hearing and seeing great things convinced me this is the perfect place for me to start something new. Having the opportunity to support learners in a different way was a huge draw for me as well.

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

Michael Franti & Spearhead.

What was the very first job you ever had?

Babysitting for my neighbors.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Meeting so many awesome people who are pursuing personal growth, working with the outstanding staff at our Enumclaw center, and getting to train with so many departments (a huge thank you to everyone helping me with my onboarding!).

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

Building relationships that support students, faculty, staff, community members, and Green River programs in Enumclaw.

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

Traveling with family and friends, competing with my dog, and starting a new career.

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

Rosie because I believe “we can do it!” and am an upbeat optimist.

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

I would either play something on the piano or stack the tallest Jenga tower ever.

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

Gators Really Empower Enumclaw Neighbors

New Employee Spotlight – Emily Kohring

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.

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

Kohring, Emily

Emily Kohring

I am a Program Coordinator for the Assessment & Testing Center on campus. Before this role, I was a Housing Case Manager for a King County non-profit, where I worked to secure housing for families within the Highline and Tukwila School Districts. I am still deeply invested in homelessness advocacy, affordable housing, and barrier removal for those in our community.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

At this stage in my career, I want to gain higher education experience and learn how to work within a different environment than the one I had before. I live in Auburn, which is a great commute!

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

The ride is too short to really get into anything, so I prefer to chat with my husband about the day ahead.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I have a very entrepreneurial spirit – when I was eight, I created my own pet care business and distributed flyers in neighbors’ mailboxes to get jobs.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

To be on a college campus again and know I am part of something bigger than myself.

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

I would love to complete as many trainings as possible to better my understanding of higher Ed and our student population.

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

  1. Having my son, who just turned one year old.
  2. Graduating university.
  3. Living life in partnership with my best friend.

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

Only time will tell!

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

Standing front flip on a trampoline. The talent show should totally exist, by the way.

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

Get Ready Every Evening Now (to prepare for the morning rush)

2019 Employee Service Awards

GRC SERVICE AWARDS

Opening week is almost here! As we prepare to kick off a new school term, we want to take time for celebrating our colleagues and their years of service at Green River. We hope you’ll join us on Thursday, September 19 2:00pm-4:30pm in the Grand Hall (SU). We will celebrate our service award recipients along with distinguished faculty and outstanding staff. Thank you to our service award recipients, and to all of you, for everything that you do in Service to Education!

See 2019 Service Award Recipients below:

5 Years

Phillip Andrist
Allison Beckwith
Katherine Cunnion
Kelsey Denton
Christine Dixon-Hundredmark
Kyle Evans
Sarah Franz
Peter Gudmunson
Inna Lukyanova
Megan Marchand
Timothy Mason
John McCormick
Manila Mercurio
Adriana Milligan
Anna Neil
Michael Nielsen
Carrie O’Brien
Kimberly Olsen
Tina Ostrander
Andaiye Qaasim
Kieran Raney
Megan Reiser
Olga Shostak
Kari Sutlovich
Chelsie Taresh Ciscell
Monica Tolas
Dale Wilkie
Michael Wood
Jennifer Youngquist

10 Years

Amanda Clifford
Devon Klein
Galina Marar
Andrew Orr
Wyatt Schill
Philip Smith
Christopher Ward

15 Years

Alan Carter
Hoang Do
Fia Eliasson-Creek
Raisa Gulchuk
Thomas Jackson
Elizabeth McKinney
Jeffery Perlot
Darcy Silvest
Lea Ann Simpson
Mark Thomason
Allison Warner
Elizabeth Williams

20 Years

Anita Behrbaum
Danielle Crivello-Chang
Barbara Iribarren
Allison Jansen
Walter Lowe
Julie Moore
David Nelson
Catherine Rabold
Thomas Tagliente
Elizabeth Valdivia

25 Years

Jean Carlson
Thomas Krause
Marcie Sims
Wendy Stewart

30 Years

Kathi Anderson
Sheryl Gordon
Nancy Kremer
Glen Martin
Lynn Nguyen
Cindy Small

35 Years

Frank Primiani

New Employee Spotlight – Erica Chang

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.

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

Chang, Erica

Erica Chang

My new title is the Benefits Hub Campus Coordinator. I came from Treehouse, which is a nonprofit that advocates for youth in foster care. I have also worked at University of Washington-Tacoma, Tacoma Community College and Eastern Washington University where I gained experience in admission advising, academic advising and scholarship programming.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I was drawn to Green River College and this role because I want to be in a position where I can be creative yet strategic in providing student support services while being in an environment that advocates for that. Green River College is innovative in its diversity of student support systems, academic programs, and resources and I am grateful to be part of it.

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

Currently, I am listening to the podcast, Yoga Land, which keeps me motivated on how I can create yoga sequences, understand biomechanics, and how yoga can be used effectively in schools and prisons.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My first paying job was working as a babysitter and a dog walker and I would often do both simultaneously.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m excited to see the Benefits Hub grow and help alleviate barriers for Green River College students.  I’m also excited to create, try and deliver new ideas.

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

I hope to learn as much as I can about what each department and program does and offers on campus. I am also interested in learning more about the students, what their needs are, and how to best help.

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

  • Having the courage to try and fail and try again in my professional and personal life.
  • Hiking the Enchantments in 12 hours. Such a beautiful, yet, challenging day.
  • Taking the time to travel. Traveling has provided me with variety, made me more knowledgeable, and broadened my perspective.

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

My previous coworkers have called me by my last name, which has become a term of endearment.

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

Go

Read

Everything

Especially

Now

New Employee Spotlight – Regina Terpay

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.

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

Terpay, Regina

Regina Terpay

I am the new Program Manager for the IEP Department. Before this role, I was a District Manager for Frito Lay. Furthering my education, I started at Green River receiving my Associate’s in Business and received my Bachelor’s in Business at Central Washington University.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

The community of people!

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

I listen to Podcasts & Audible

What was the very first job you ever had?

Delivering Newspapers for the Seattle Times

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Working with international Students, I have an international background myself. I was born in Ukraine

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

I would like to be able to form great relationships with my team members

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

  • Graduating College
  • Completing District Manager Training at Frito Lay
  • Working with teenage girls, and making a positive impact on their lives

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

In the past, I have been nicknamed “Pam” from The Office. Not sure, but I’ve reminded coworkers of her when I was an Admin Assistant…Don’t know if that is a compliment? J

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

Piano, I have been playing for 15 years

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

G – Grand

R – Resourceful

E – Ethical

E – Educational

N – Network

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? ​