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

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New Employee Spotlight – Anna Kolesnikov

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.  Kolesnikov, Anna

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

Instructional & Classroom Support Technician 3. Wow that’s a mouth full, or simply a Lab Tech 3. I moved here from Florida last year, where I worked as a Chemistry Lab Supervisor for Valencia College.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I’ve loved my job back in Florida and enjoyed working with students and professors. So this position at Green River College was available in the perfect moment for me to continue my work in the chemistry laboratories.

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

I like to listen to NPR news and Moving 92.5 morning show.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My first job as a 12 year old was a dog walker at Cascade Kennels.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The most exciting thing about my job is the team I get to work with. And maybe that fact that I can wear a white lab coat J

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

My biggest challenge this year would be to set up a web-based online chemical inventory.

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

Attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry

Traveling to over 15 different countries

My family

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

I don’t Zinc so!

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

My musical abilities.

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

Go

Read

Explore

Engage

Nature

Last Chance to Enroll in Long-term Disability

Reminder  Last Chance to Enroll in Long-term Disability

There are just a few days left to enroll in Long-term Disability, which ends on March 31, 2019. This was special, one-time open enrollment opportunity for optional long-term disability insurance. Click the highlighted link above to find out how you can enroll.

 

New Employee Spotlight – Deborah Diggins

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.Diggins, Deborah

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

Waterworks Professional Growth Program Manager (Program Manager A) for Washington Certification Services

I have a Masters in Teaching and BS in Cell and Molecular Biology, I was a high school science teacher for 5 years and a small business owner for 3 years.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I always wanted to work in a college atmosphere. I enjoy the energy, motivation and ambition of staff and students here.

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

Mostly 90’s Rock and Stand-up Comedy.

What was the very first job you ever had?

Tennis Instructor

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The people I work with are amazing and everyone here has been very welcoming.

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

Learn ALL the acronyms associated with my program.

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

Raising a brilliant and energetic little 4-year old; staying close with my family and friends; and purchasing our first home with my husband, which took years to accomplish.

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

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

I can play Rockband Guitar (it a video game) on Expert level.  It would be cooler if it was the real thing I know, but still a “skill”.  Maybe not J

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

 

New Employee Spotlight – Iqbal Halimi

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. Halimi, Iqbal

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

My name is Iqbal Halimi. I work as the Workforce Education Coordinator at Green River College. I joined the team a week ago and am looking forward to working with my new colleagues to accomplish our goals and contribute to the overall missions and objectives of the college.

I began my career in 2002 as a teacher and moved on into leadership and management positions at different international organizations. In the past 16 years, I managed and implemented 14 basic education and workforce education projects. These projects touched the lives of many low-income families.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

A major reason that I applied for work at Green River was that I really admired the college’s vision and values, which focus on student success and programs that address the needs of different communities. These mesh well with my past work endeavors and my future goals.  I want to see students from all parts of society overcome barriers and achieve their dreams.

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

When I am in the car alone, I like to listen to different radio stations and hear the songs they play. When it’s raining, I just want to listen to the rain. However, if my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter is in the car, as soon as she sees a few drops of rain, she sings the well-known song that says “Rain, rain go away, little Johnny wants to play.” She is very much an outdoor person!

What was the very first job you ever had?

I started serving people as a teacher. I made mistakes, but I learned from those. One lesson that I have drawn from my work as a teacher and from working with teachers is that not only do teachers matter more than any other single factor in delivering quality education but that a teacher can also play a crucial role in initiating bottom-up reforms in a school. I have seen it happen many, many times.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am really pleased that I am in direct contact with students. I already frequently see them and am learning from them. Honestly, they are our allies and we are their allies.

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

I want to help as many eligible students as possible through my department to get workforce education funding and complete their education.

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

I have had several notable accomplishments in my life. Probably the most notable was that I completed my master’s degree in international education at the University of Massachusetts and in the course of that work made many new friends of different nationalities with whom I am still in touch professionally and personally. Although we are in different countries, we rely on each other’s knowledge, skills, and expertise.  Another accomplishment that I happily look back on is that I have managed to travel to eight different countries and learn a great deal about a wide range of issues from people that I had never met before. Each different cultural experience taught me an important lesson. Finally, one other accomplishment that stands out is that I learned how to play cricket. I applied different strategies to learn this sport and managed to play some serious games. The secret for learning this game, and I am sure for other sports, is to spend time with your team members and learn from their expertise. Each team member has their own unique sets of skills.

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

I will go with Iqbal or Ikbal. Iqbal means luck and it’s good to have some luck in life. That will serve as springboard.

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

When I was student, I was good at preparing short photo films (video presentations) that complemented the group presentations that I led at my school. My classmates liked those pictures and the background music that I chose. I like to use metaphors and images because they are powerful communicators.

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

I don’t know how good I am at this, but I will give at try. I would say “Go Run with Ease and Energy Now.”

 

 

New Employee Spotlight – Tim Anderson

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.Anderson, Timothy

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

My new title is Program Coordinator for the Enumclaw Campus. I worked at Green River College a little over 5 years ago, where I was the Program Coordinator for Community Outreach. I’m very happy to be back. Since I’ve been gone, I’ve worked for Girl Scouts, Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Merrill Gardens Senior Living and Washington State Parks! A lot of places over a small span of time, looking for that perfect ‘fit’. I have several years of programming and management experience, along with event planning, enthusiasm and thinking ‘outside’ the box.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

In my quest for finding the perfect job, I discovered that what I really enjoy is education, nature and being outside. With that in mind, I decided to take a leap and go back to school to pursue becoming a park ranger. Recruiting for Green River, I know that we offer one of the best (if not the best) Natural Resources programs. Naturally, I decided to come to Green River for my new degree. To support myself while in school,  I started working as a Safety Officer at the Kent Campus. When the Program Coordinator position opened up at Enumclaw, I knew this was a perfect fit for me and that I could be a true benefit to the campus. I’m ecstatic that I was able to land the position and work at the college that I love while attending classes.

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

I’m commuting from Lakewood, so I have almost an hour to enjoy listening to several different things. My ‘go to’ is NPR or KOMO news radio in the mornings and also enjoy 90’s alternative rock or hits from the 80’s.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked at a lumber re-manufacturer, where I ran a machine that made molding and handrail, and I was also a certified lumber grader for light structural and decking.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I love working at satellite campuses! You are able to establish close relationships with your team and the community. I’m also just happy to be back at Green River in general. I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with former co-workers as a student over the past 3 quarters and as a safety officer over Fall Quarter.

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

Enhancing the experience of the students out here at Enumclaw. I am a firm believer in ‘Think Student, Then Decide’ and that is what drives my decisions here. There are exciting prospects out here and I’m looking forward to supporting new endeavors!

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

  • Backpacking 20-miles, alone in the Olympic National Park
  • The legacy that I’ve left behind at all of my past employers
  • The solar system diorama I did in 5th  grade

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

Tim the ‘tool’ man – I am pretty resourceful and I’m able to find possible solutions to a problem.

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

I would not be in the talent show. I more than likely would be the one that emcees, finds the talent (by encouragement), or advertising the event and getting people there.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Groups
Require
Energy,
Empathy &
Nourishment

 

Green River College Foundation – Student Scholarships for 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 Scholarship Application process opened on January 15, and will close on April 30, 2019.  There are more than 300 Green River College Foundations scholarships available to be used for tuition, fees, books and required supplies at Green River College. By submitting one application, you’re applying for all scholarship that we offer.

To learn more about the Green River College Foundation or available student scholarships please click on the link

Visit https://grcfoundation.awardspring.com