New Employee Spotlight – Justin Core

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.

Core, Justin

Justin Core

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?

Get

Real

Electric

Energy

Now

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Janus case information

As many of you will recall, last month the Supreme Court sent down a ruling that gavelprevents public employers and unions from requiring bargaining unit members to pay an agency fee or representation fee. If you are a member of a bargaining unit, you may have questions about how this affects you. The Office of Financial Management has posted a very detailed list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) that should prove helpful in answering some of your most common questions. Please refer to the link below for more information!

OFM Janus FAQ list

Your vote counts

As we end primary season and look ahead to the November mid-term elections, we’re voting-ballotreminded that every vote is an important part of our democracy. For those who have had felony convictions, there can be a number of questions surrounding voter eligibility. To help determine eligibility, our local branch of the ACLU has sent us some handy guides that we would like to share with you. Below, we’ve included two versions of the same poster (English and Spanish). We hope you’ll take a look here or at aclu-wa.org/voting-rights and canivote.aclu-wa.org and share this information with anyone who has been affected by prior felony convictions.

Can I Vote – Eng

Can I Vote-Span

New PEN form

Our updated PEN form is live! This new form includes updated hourly rates as well as updated supervisor listings. If you are managing non-permanent workers, here’s an especially important reminder: be sure to use the form at the link below! As we’ve mentioned, the PEN form is a living document and changes at least a few times during the year.

https://www.gatornet.greenriver.edu/hr/Forms/index.shtm#p.

New Employee Spotlight – Richard Nattinger

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.

Nattinger, Richard

Richard Nattinger

I am the new IT Specialist 3. I was previously the System Administrator for Children’s Friend, a non-profit specializing in assisting at-risk children and families in Providence, RI. Before that, I worked for Atrion (now a part of Carousel Industries) as a member of their Workforce Agility team, specializing in staff augmentation for data center roles.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I received the foundation for the skills that I currently have from a state college in Florida and have always been thankful for the care that the staff took in setting me up for success. When I saw this job posting I thought that I would be happiest if I could give back in some way to the state college system and am very happy that I was selected for this role. I look forward to supporting the staff here in making success stories like mine.

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

My radio has been broken for a while, but sometimes I will put on some J-pop, classic rock, or some alt rock. I’ve been on a bit of a Hamilton kick lately too.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked in a small pizza shop in Saint Augustine, FL as a dishwasher and was eventually promoted to preparing food.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m excited to work with such a large team and to help learn about the specific challenges we face in this environment. I like to be a part of the solution, so I look forward to helping the team tackle them!

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

Professionally, I would like to get comfortable with the environment this first year. Personally, I would like to get established in the area and get back into the classroom to begin working towards my Masters.

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

I am very proud that I have been able to find a career that fits me and that gives me the opportunity to help people with my knowledge and skills.

I am proud that I have made such great friends that they are willing to help me make a crazy 3000 mile move so painlessly.

I am proud of how I left my previous job in a better place than I found it.

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

I like to let the nicknames find me. They strike me as a kind of badge that you earn. Hopefully I get one for something positive, but even the ones you earn from something negative have wonderful lessons attached.

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

Maybe finishing my girlfriend’s sentences for her? We are good at it, but I’m sure anyone who spends that much time with someone else gets that way.

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

Green River Encourages Energetic Neurons

New Employee Spotlight – Melanie Willers

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.

Willers, Melanie

Melanie Willers

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

I am the Administrative Assistant I in the Facilities Department. I have a lot of variety in my professional background: Administrative Assistant at John L. Scott Real Estate, driver for Access, School Bus Driver, Special Needs Para educator, Parts Data Coordinator, Customer Service Representative, and Customer Service Coordinator and Panasonic.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I felt I was ready to get back into working a full time job and I have been a student at Green River a few times and really liked the campus.

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

Usually I listen to Hair Nation or Ozzy’s Boneyard on Sirius XM but once in a while I will listen to Beatles Radio or Jazz.

What was the very first job you ever had?

The very first job was cleaning horse stalls after school on a farm in Maple Valley

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I enjoy learning new things and research to get things straightened out and I get to do that. The people are fantastic and I enjoy coming to work every day.

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

Getting to know the names of all the people I work with.

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

Having my awesome 3 children, surviving cancer and buying my first house all by myself.

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

I have no idea

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

I have no talents at all and that is not a joke

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

Great Dane

Rottweiler

English Mastiff

English Bulldog

Newfoundland