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.
I am the Manager of Recruitment and Outreach for Green River College. I am a native of Tacoma, Washington who served the first ten years of my career in the Washington Community and Technical College system. I spent the last 18 years as the Director of Student Engagement in the Oregon Community College system. I hold an MA in Organizational Leadership and a BS in Organizational Communication.
What drew you to apply to Green River?
Growing up in the Puget Sound area is such an important part of who I am. I was drawn back to the area after almost two decades of living in Oregon. My brother is a graduate of Green River College and many of my friends attended the college before transferring to a university. I am really excited about the position and the possibilities that exist for recruitment and outreach. When I applied, I saw this position as exciting, rewarding and challenging.
On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Right now I am listening to HOT 103.7. 100% Throwbacks. If that’s not on, then I’m listening to P!nk. I can never get enough of her honest, funny and real lyrics. She stands for so much more than music.
What was the very first job you ever had?
When you grow up the son of an electrician, you have no choice but to work for the family business. I was an apprentice electrician from age 15-25.
What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am really excited to tell the story of Green River College and engage prospective students. I like the challenge of showcasing our programs and encouraging students to attend college. I enjoy meeting new people, creating positive relationships in the community and long walks on the beach. Okay…..the long walks on the beach part isn’t true.
What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I hope to foster positive relationships on campus and in the community to better serve and provide opportunities for students and prospective students. I plan to widen our reach to underserved and non-traditional students.
What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
- Graduating from college and working in higher education. Serving as a mentor to hundreds of students in my career as a Student Life advisor.
- Being elected to International President of the Circle K Service Organization. I spent my junior year in college traveling around the world speaking to colleges and organizations about community service.
- Being a son. I won the parent lottery. Through hardship and difficult times, my parents were amazing. I owe them everything and I worked hard to make them proud. RIP Dad.
If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
“JC.” Simple enough since it’s my initials and what people have called me the last two decades. But, I also go by “Juice” — nickname I had growing up.
For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I have been a DJ and emcee since I was young. So I would spin the hits and get the crowd hyped. J
If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?