Apr 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Student Resources

Student Resources

Green River College places the highest priority on the needs and success of all students. We offer a variety of resources to assist students while attaining their academic and professional goals. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the many resources available to them. Please find a list of services below with a web link to access additional information about each service.

Basic Skills Office

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-270
(253) 351-6680

The Basic Skills Office provides support for Adult Basic Education programs, such as English Language Learning (ELL), General Education Development (GED), and High School Completion. 

Benefits Hub

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-122
(253) 333-6015


The Benefits Hub, in partnership with United Way, hosts the Gator Pantry and helps students connect to financial resources and tools to assist with staying financially stable while going to college. The Benefits Hub staff can assist with Financial Aid applications, utility assistance, homelessness prevention and housing navigation, financial coaching, food resources, help with financial emergencies, connection to additional community resources and enrollment in public benefits (ORCA Lift, EBT and healthcare). Students may connect with the Benefits Hub staff by scheduling an appointment online.

Campus Safety & Transportation

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-156
(253) 288-3350 Non-emergency Line

(253) 288-2250 Emergency Line

The goal of Campus Safety is to enhance the quality of campus life through the creation of a safe and secure environment for faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors to pursue a positive work and educational experience. This is accomplished by establishing a partnership with the College community and our local partners which encourages mutual understanding, cooperation, and a fundamental desire to develop problem-solving strategies to address the issues of safety and emergency preparedness. These strategies include the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), our “Red Flag” campus reporting system and our emergency notification system known as E2Campus.

Campus Safety assists with emergency aid and parking lot patrol, takes the lead in campus-related crime prevention and investigations, performs security checks of college buildings, as well as overseeing after-hours facility access. Campus Safety will also render assistance to jump-start vehicles, help with locked vehicles, and escort people to their vehicles as requested.

Career and Advising Center

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-104
(253) 288-3482

The Career and Advising Center provides comprehensive services designed to inform, support, and encourage individuals to be self-directed in the career exploration and educational planning processes. Educational Planners and Getting Started Specialists support the on-boarding of new students through their first year, until students identify their Green River degree or certificate program, at which time they are transitioned to a faculty advisor in their program of study. Career and Employment Services assist students with exploration and identification of an academic and career goal as well as employment readiness preparation and local job searches.

Cashier/Student Financial Services Office

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-266
(253) 288-3399

The Cashier/Student Financial Services Office facilitates the collection of tuition and related college fees, vehicle registration and distribution of student parking passes.

Center for Transformational Wellness

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-122
(253) 333-6015


The Violence Prevention Program, Gators Thrive, and Wellness Services provide individual support to students and promote wellness for the college community. The Violence Prevention Program implements campus-wide strategies to prevent interpersonal violence and provide support to all members of the campus community that have experienced stalking, harassment, sexual assault, and relationship violence. Gators Thrive includes individual and group recovery coaching to students who are either in recovery or interested in recovery. Recovery can mean healing from any harmful behavior such as substance misuse or disordered eating. The program practices harm reduction but can also provide support to students in 12-step programs who are practicing sobriety. Wellness Services includes drop-in support for students as well as access to free sexual health and menstrual supplies, toiletries, and snacks.

Childcare Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS)

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-122
(253) 333-6015

CCAMPIS is an amazing opportunity for parents who are also pursuing certificates/degrees at Green River College. This award supplements tuition for a student’s child to attend state qualified childcare providers and before/after school care.

Conference and Event Services

Mel Lindbloom Student Union, SU-210
(253) 333-6010

Conference and Event Services provides current students, chartered student clubs, faculty, staff, organizations, and community members with on-site event planning including room reservations, catering services, audio-visual needs, and web conferencing solutions on the main Green River campus. Food Services and coffee stands are available in the Student Union and Technology Center.

Counseling Services

Student Affairs and Success Center
(253) 351-6670


Counseling Services provides short-term mental health counseling and self-care/wellness education to Green River students. Workshops and consultation services are offered for staff, faculty, and student organizations. Services are free and confidential.

Daily Grind

Mel Lindbloom Student Union

Need a quick cup of coffee, tea or a snack on your way to class? Want a cozy spot to study, meet with your friends or enjoy a warm fire? Come to the café where you can get your fill of food, drinks and comfort before, after or between your classes.

Disability Support Services

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-210
(253) 288-3453
TDD: (253) 288-3359

Disability Support Services works with qualified students with disabilities in a confidential, respectful and safe environment to ensure equal opportunity with and access of academic and professional goals; and to promote an accessible community where students with disabilities have equal opportunity to participate in college programs and activities.

DSS makes available reasonable requested accommodations for individuals with disabilities with advance notice of need and may include, but are not limited to: special location for testing; supplemental note taking assistance; alternatively-formatted textbooks; assistive technology; sign language interpreters; extended time on tests; supportive chairs; and referrals to campus and community resources.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Mel Lindbloom Student Union, SU-240
Student Life Office
(253) 333-4973

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers culturally competent bilingual services to recruit and retain diverse individuals from under-represented populations. We educate and empower the College to value social justice. We develop high quality programming and diversity educational opportunities to enhance student success and community engagement.


Tech Center, TC-218
(253) 288-3354

eLearning provides students with 24/7 Help access from Canvas for Canvas related questions, coordination with the Student Help Desk to support technology for students, and email and phone support directly to eLearning if there are questions or issues surrounding eLearning courses for help during regular business hours. Students can also self-enroll in our optional “How to be a Successful Student” course in Canvas to support their success in eLearning courses.

Financial Aid

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-231
(253) 288-3392

Financial assistance from grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs is available to help cover college costs. 

Food Service

Mel Lindbloom Student Union
(253) 288-3366

Conveniently situated on the first floor in the Lindbloom Student Union, the Gator Grille offers a variety of food service options - from hot lunch specials, burgers, sandwiches and salads to hot and cold beverages, and pastries. In addition, there are two espresso stands on campus. One is in the Student Union and the other is in the Technology Center.

Green River College Foundation

Zgolinski Center, ZC-111
(253) 288-3330

The Green River College Foundation provides financial resources to students.  Scholarships, completion loans, and emergency funding are available to students in need. You can find out about how the foundation can help you at greenriverfoundation.org

Housing - On Campus

Campus Corner Apartments (CCA)
On-Campus Housing
(253) 876-0700

Student housing is available for all Green River students. The apartment community is conveniently located across the street from the main Green River campus. CCA provides residents with a shared living experience in apartment units containing four private bedrooms. Housing fees include utilities, high speed internet, semi-private bathrooms and shared kitchen and living facilities. CCA also provides residents with reoccurring community programs and events. The community at CCA is supported by eight student Resident Assistants (“RA”s). These student leaders are selected, trained, and support their peers to build an engaged and individually focused community at CCA.

Housing - Off Campus

Mel Lindbloom Student Union
Student Life Office
(253) 931-6450

A housing information list containing ads for rooms to rent and roommates wanted is maintained in the Student Life Office.

Indigenous Student Success Center (ISSC)

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-227
(253) 288-6523

The Indigenous Student Success Center (ISSC) at Green River College provides a welcoming space for Native students to connect, socialize, and study, while also facilitating access to a range of campus and community resources and support services to help them succeed in their academic journey, thrive in their college experience, and fulfill their goals.

The Indigenous Student Success Center also offers one-on-one advising sessions whereby Indigenous students can receive personalized support and guidance in optimizing opportunities and navigating academic, career, and personal challenges.

Indigenizing our academy and learning systems is crucial to honoring the diverse perspectives and experiences of Indigenous peoples and promoting a more equitable and inclusive education. One way to achieve this is through the promotion of Indigenous culture and ways of knowing.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in conversations, share their voice, and explore leadership opportunities through the Native American Student Organization (NASO). The Native American Working Group (NAWG) brings the GRC campus community (students, faculty, and staff) and Muckleshoot Tribal representatives together to develop relationships, programs, policies, and practices that will enhance the inclusion and success of Native and Indigenous students.

International Programs

International Village, Building D
(253) 288-3300

The International Programs office staff offers a variety of services, such as international admissions, orientation, assistance with immigration issues, academic, cultural and individual university transfer advising, housing assistance, study abroad opportunities, and help getting involved on campus.

Judicial Programs

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-206
(253) 877-5404

Judicial Programs, a unit within Student Affairs, seeks to educate students about their rights, responsibilities, and expectations as members of Green River College while providing a fair and educational process through which alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct are adjudicated. Judicial Affairs offers workshops and presentations on the judicial process of the college, community standards, and other issues related to the Student Code of Conduct for faculty, staff, and students.


Holman Library
(253) 931-6490


Holman Library provides research and computing support for students, faculty and staff. It houses the college library, an open computer lab, instructional classroom space, an art gallery, and media services for faculty.

Master Achiever Center (MAC) 

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-270 
(253) 931-6515 

The Master Achiever Center (MAC) provides an advising service for Transitional Studies, GED®, High School +, English Language Learning (ELL), and Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) students.

Math Learning Center

Cedar Hall, CH-313
(253) 833-9111, ext. 4498

The Math Learning Center provides free drop-in tutorial assistance to students in math courses, as well as a variety of other resources including math DVD’s, an instructional network of computers with some math related software, and access to current math textbooks. The MLC also offers quarterly graphing calculator rentals.

Office of the Registrar

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-280
(253) 288-3383

The Office of the Registrar is a comprehensive department which supports students in applying for admission, enrolling in classes, maintaining accurate and secure student records, transferring in credits from other institutions, and graduation requirements. The Office of the Registrar also provides services for student transcripts.

Open Doors

Rutkowski Learning Center, RCL-127
(253) 333-4968

Open Doors office offers reengaging education services to the students, ages 16-21, who got disconnected from the High School system. Open Doors office creates multiple pathways for High-School-Completion success and boosts the opportunity to the post-secondary academic achievement.

Other Green River Locations

Auburn Center

1221 D ST NE, Auburn, WA 98002
(253) 288-3455
FAX: (253) 288-3469


The Auburn Center offers a variety of credit and non-credit classes serving the needs of the Auburn community and surrounding Auburn area. Programs include Aviation, Washington Environmental Training Center (WETRC), Washington Certification Services (WCS), Continuing Education (CE), College Readiness, high school diploma, English Language Learners and GED® prep, GED®, and the Small Business Assistance Center (SBAC). The community-based Auburn Center offers a personalized environment to students seeking degrees and personal enrichment, and to businesses who send employees to the campus for business training.

Kent Location

417 Ramsay Way, Suite 112, Kent, WA 98032
(253) 520-6290

The Kent location offers many of the same services and credit programs as the main campus, as well as a wide variety of non-credit, business and contract training programs. It is located at Kent Station offering a unique study environment, with great restaurants, coffee shops, and retail shops nearby. This location is close to the Kent Library, King County Regional Justice Center, Sound Transit Commuter Train and bus station, and Highway 167.

Enumclaw Branch

1414 Griffin Ave, Enumclaw, WA 98022
(253) 288-3400 or (360) 829-2450

The Enumclaw branch offers a personalized environment to students seeking degrees or personal enrichment and to businesses that send employees for business training. The Enumclaw branch also offers many of the same services and programs as the main campus, such as student orientations, enrollment, advising, and placement testing at various times throughout the quarter.

Small Business Assistance Center

Located at the Auburn Center
1221 D ST NE, Auburn, WA 98002
(253) 288-3455
FAX:  (253)288-3469

The Green River Small Business Assistance Center provides technical assistance to small businesses in the South King County area. Individual counseling sessions provided by certified business advisors offer business owners the chance to tackle and solve new business challenges. In addition, assessment, referrals and small business class training sessions are offered to meet the needs of local businesses.

The Paper Tree Bookstore

Mel Lindbloom Student Union
(253) 931-2069

The Paper Tree bookstore is located on the first floor of the Mel Lindbloom Student Union. Students can purchase textbooks, art, school supplies, engineering supplies, college clothing, college gifts, and more. The Paper Tree has a small convenience store. The Bookstore also offers a variety of products and services, such as faxing, copies, UPS delivery, ID cards, gift cards, balloon bouquets, and more. Students can order their books and supplies online at: greenriver.edu/bookstore.

The Paper Tree Bookstore is open Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hours vary during summer quarter and can be found on our website.

Refunds on textbooks are made the first 15 business days of each quarter, except summer quarter. Receipts are required for any refund or exchange. Sell your used textbooks for cash the last three days of each quarter.


Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-156
Campus Safety
(253) 288-3350

Students, staff and faculty are strongly encouraged to register their cars with Campus Safety to provide timely contact information in the event of an emergency involving their vehicle. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant parking is available for vehicles with state-issued disability hang tags or license plates. The college has designated parking spaces for carpool, motorcycles, students and staff. Additional free parking is available at Pacific Raceways and the Grace Lutheran church. Students are encouraged to use the free Shuttle bus program. Shuttle buses run from 7:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. daily from Pacific Raceways to Parking Lot 16 (P-16) and back during instructional contract days during fall, winter and spring quarters. Shuttle service is not available for the summer academic quarter. Shuttles run approximately every fifteen minutes throughout the day and are available to any student, staff or faculty member.

Placement & Testing Center

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-148
(253) 288-3449

The Placement & Testing Center offers many services for future and current students, as well as for community members. Please visit our website for more details on each type of testing we offer.

Course Placement: Document Evaluation
Documents such as high school transcripts, college transcripts, placement exams from other institutions, GED results, SAT/ACT scores, etc. may be used for course placement.

Course Placement:Testing
Includes the College Success Reading assessment and WAMAP math entrance exam.

High School Equivalency Test
Is available in the form of GED® Testing.

Instructional Testing
Accommodated and make-up testing are available for current students.. Students will need to reach out to their instructor to make arrangements for testing At the Placement & Testing Center.

Non-Green River Test Proctoring
Is available for individuals attending other institutions, as well as certifications and other employment tests for agencies.

Program Entry Testing
Is available for our selective admissions programs.

Running Start Program

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-135
(253) 288-3380

Running Start, a program created by the Washington State Legislature, provides an opportunity for academically qualified high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit at a significantly reduced cost (courses numbered 100 or higher). Qualifying students must show eligibility for ENGL 101  and be enrolled through a public high school/district. Students who are home schooled or attend a private school are required to contact their local public high school/district for enrollment instructions. Running Start students are required to pay for textbooks, supplies, and fees. A fee waiver/book loan program is available for those who qualify.

The decision to begin college early is an important one. Students are encouraged to discuss the decision carefully with parents or guardians and high school counselors. For more information visit greenriver.edu/RunningStart.

Student Handbook

Mel Lindbloom Student Union
Information Desk

The college produces an annual student handbook which is available at the Campus Life Information Center. The handbook explains current student services, college and academic resources, as well as policies and procedures.

Student Life

Mel Lindbloom Student Union, SU-240
Student Life Office
(253) 931-6450

Student Life offers a variety of student-centered programs, events and resources, including the Campus Life Leadership program, ASGRC student government, the Gator Activities Board, clubs, lectures, musical entertainment, diversity education and other opportunities to engage in life outside of the classroom, to the student body.  Student Life hosts events to foster personal and professional relationship building, cultivate community connections, and support a healthy school-life balance.  

Technology Center

Technology Center

The Technology Center is an active place on campus with an Espresso Café on the main level where students gather to study and interact. There are computer equipped classrooms throughout this building with a quiet study lab on the second floor which has over 120 computers, a plotter, one color and three black ink printers, scanners and several group study areas.


Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-156
(253) 288-2566

Green River participates in the Washington Commute Trip Reduction Program (Chapter 468-63 WAC). Students are encouraged to ride one of our 25 or 39 passenger buses or carpool to campus, all free to the students. Bus route 164 runs from downtown Kent to the East Hill on its way to Green River. Bus route 181 runs from Federal Way through downtown Auburn to Green River. Carpools are encouraged, as well as guaranteed parking on a pay by the day or by the quarter basis in our P5 parking lot.

The after hours Safety Ride Program provides marked vans to transport persons to and from CCA to nearby apartments, home shares, Holman Library, and local stores withing the Green River designated routes at night as a safer alternative to walking. The Safety Ride Program is available to any Green River student, staff or faculty member within the ride service area.

TRiO Student Support Services

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-211
(253) 288-3478

TRiO SSS is a federally funded program offering support and services for students who are first-generation*, low-income, and/or have a documented disability. TRiO recognizes that students face unique obstacles that impact their access to education. The TRiO team provides comprehensive, ongoing support services to address institutional barriers and help students navigate individual challenges as they move toward their academic, career, and professional goals. Services include academic planning, career exploration, tutoring, computer lab and study space, scholarship and financial aid application assistance and resources, workshops, events, and more.

*first-generation is defined as the parent(s), either birth or adoptive, with whom a student lives/lived until the age of 18, not having a bachelor’s degree or higher. A student who did not live with either birth or adoptive parent(s) is also considered first-generation.

Tutoring and Resource Center

Holman Library
(253) 333-3478

Students receive free tutoring at the Tutoring and Resource Center located on the second floor of the library. Faculty-approved tutors provide assistance with all subject areas except math and writing. See Math Learning Center and Writing Center.

Veteran Services

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-225
(253) 288-3452


Please stop by Veteran Services Office if you are a military-connected student (I.e., veteran, active duty/reserve service member, National Guard, or eligible dependent (spouse/child) of a veteran/service member) wishing to use your Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Veteran Readiness & Employment, Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance, Fry Scholarship, Montgomery GI Bill® or Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve benefits. Students wanting to use these benefits must contact a School Certifying Official in Veteran Services. If you are uncertain of your VA benefit eligibility, contact VA Education and Training at 888-442-4551 for assistance or send a secure message through www.ask.va.gov.  

Veteran Services has an in-office academic advisor to assist with military student education planning needs. This service is open to all GI Bill® participants, Active-Duty, and military-connected students regardless of VA education eligibility. To schedule an appointment, please visit the Veteran Services website, stop by SA 225, or give us a call. 

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. 

Veterans Lounge

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-224
(253) 288-2277

Veteran and Military-connected students are welcome to visit our Veterans Lounge for a quick coffee break, or to find out more information about available resources. Available Work Study students can assist Veterans and their family members by connecting them to resources on and off campus. We also hold workshops in this space to help support the Veteran and Military-connected students in learning new skills or developing current ones.

Welcome Desk

Student Affairs and Success Center
(253) 333-6000

The Welcome Desk is often one of the first places on campus students visit as they begin their college journey. Staff field questions from prospective, new, and continuing students as well as campus visitors, staff and faculty. The Welcome Desk team provides program information and detailed instructions on the steps to getting started to help students navigate moving from prospective students to being enrolled students.

Writing Center

Rutkowski Learning Center, RLC-173
(253) 833-9111, ext. 2166

The Writing Center offers one-on-one consulting services for students at all stages of the writing process with assistance from faculty and student tutors. Though the Center cannot guarantee you error-free papers, they can help you to improve in the areas you choose to work on.

Workforce Education

Student Affairs and Success Center, SA-270
(253) 931-6550

Workforce Education administers programs that provide free or reduced tuition to students who qualify. A number of our programs also assist with books, fees, and, in some cases, educational supplies.


WorkFirst helps people in need learn job-specific skills so that they can earn a better living. Participants who qualify for WorkFirst can receive financial aid to pay for tuition, books, and fees.

Opportunity Grant

The Opportunity Grant funds tuition, fees, and money for books for low-income students in specific, state-approved career paths, as well as for undecided students who begin their studies in one of the approved paths.

Worker Retraining

Worker Retraining is a partnership of community and technical colleges and the Washington State Employment Security Department. It provides job training for both unemployed workers and those who face imminent layoffs.