Student Affairs

Veteran Services

Green River Community College is committed to the success of their student veterans and their families. We strive to be the most veteran-supportive campus in the United States. This is because we realize that these men and women bring a tremendous amount of life experience and diversity to our campus. Our lives have been greatly enhanced by their personal sacrifices and we are humbled when they choose our community to return to. 

Please feel free to use this site to find important information about veteran-related resources and services. If you feel that we are missing something please feel free to let us know!

Thank you for choosing Green River Community College and WELCOME to our campus! It is our honor to serve you!

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Latest News

7/16/2014- Washington offers disabled veterans free camping in state parks

Looking for something to do this summer? Washington State Parks and Recreation offers free camping, moorage, and boat launching at any of the state parks to disabled veterans (must present valid pass and ID). Veterans who have a service-connected disability rating of 30% or higher can apply to receive the Disabled Veteran Lifetime Pass

6/24/2014- WDVA announces Service Animal Conference at GRCC

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs is proud to announce that their second annual Service Animal Conference will be hosted at Green River Community College (main campus). The conference will take place on August 7th, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and will feature key-note speakers and information/resources on service animals. Registration costs $10 and will include lunch and continuing education credits (CEC's) for attending professionals. 

6/17/2014- VA creates registry for burn pits and airborne hazards

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the creation of a new health registry. The Burn Pits and Airborne Hazards registry allows eligible veterans and servicemembers to document their exposures from their military service. Interested individuals can check their eligiblity and sign up at the VA's website.

Upcoming Events

July 22, 2014- VFW Post 1741 Monthly Social and Meeting

All qualifying veterans are invited to join VFW Post 1741 for their monthly social and post meeting. Free dinner/beverages are served at 6:30 pm and the post meeting starts promptly at 7:30 pm. They are located at: 1525 A Street N.E. #107, Auburn, WA.

August 7, 2014- WDVA Service Animal Conference

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is proud to host their second annual Service Animal Conference at GRCC (main campus). The conference will take place on August 7th from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Registration costs $10 and will include lunch and continuing education credits (CEC's) for attending professionals. 

September 20, 2014- WDVA Women Veterans Summit

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is proud to host the annual Women Veterans Summit at the Spokane Convention Center. Women veterans of all ages are invited to "Dare to Dream- a celebration of the warrior within." Contact Barb Logan for more details. 

Education Benefits

All of the information within this tab has been compiled and condensed in order to provide you with specific steps and/or requirements relating to VA education benefits. While it may not contain everything that you need to know, it should give you enough information to get you started. 

Future Students

Checklist for Getting Started:

  • Apply for VA education benefits

You want to make sure that you apply for your VA education benefits as soon as possible. The VA system is very large and it can take some time for your paperwork to be processed. Applying well in advance will help you minimize unexpected delays. Keep in mind that you do not have to choose your program of study or the college/university that you're interested in at this point.

  • Explore your Academic Options

You have a lot of options when considering which education program you want to pursue. Students can major in anything from Anthropology to Zoology and everything in between. Take some time to explore your interests and identify a career that matches those interests. The Washington Occupational Information System (WOIS) has some great career interest surveys that can help you get started. Once you've narrowed it down a bit you'll be ready to look at different institutions of higher education. 

  • Choose a School and Program of Study

Once you know what you want to do you'll want to pick the school and program of study that best matches your interests and other considerations (location, etc.). Figure out what their entry requirements are and make sure you select a backup school just in case. Many students find that community colleges are easy ways to transition into higher education and begin preparing for larger institutions. Keep in mind that not all schools and programs of study are approved for VA education benefits. You'll want to double check to see if your choices are approved by the VA before you make your final decision.

  • Apply for Admissions

Once you know which school you want to attend you'll want to apply for admissions. During this process you will give the institution information about who you are, what your goals are, and what courses you might have previously taken. Make sure you take your placement exams. You will also select a program of study. This is required by the VA, as they will only pay for courses that are required by the program you select. 

**The rest of the steps listed are specific to Green River Community College (GRCC)**

  • Receive your Student ID Number & Email Address

After you've applied for admission Enrollment Services will send you your student identification number and GRCC email address. This email address is how staff and faculty will get a hold of you while you are attending school. Once you receive these two pieces you'll need to notify the Veteran Services Office that you are new to Green River and would like to receive the new student orientation. Please make sure to include your full name, student id. number, and which VA education benefit you would like to use. Our office will then email you the orientation with additional steps that you will need to complete in order to be certified for VA education benefits. 

  • Send all Prior Education & Military Transcripts to Enrollment Services

One of the most important things you must do is send all prior education and military transcripts to Enrollment Services to be evaluated. This information helps them determine how much credit they can award you for all of your prior education and/or life-experience.  Keep in mind that all transcripts must be sealed and official. If you have attended another college you can request the transcripts directly from that institution. Military transcripts can be ordered through Joint Services Transcripts (Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy) or Air University (Air Force). Once you have requested these transcripts you must also fill out and turn in a transcript evaluation request to Enrollment Services. 

  • Sign up for a Student Orientation, Advising & Registration (SOAR) Session

All new students must attend a SOAR session. These sessions are given by the Career and Advising Center and help students get familiar with the systems that we have in place at Green River. In this session you will learn how to register for classes, set academic goals, as well as learn when and where you can meet with an academic advisor. 

  • Fill out a Quarterly Enrollment Request (QER) 

Students who would like to use VA education benefits must fill out a QER and have it verified by an academic advisor every quarter. This form helps us reduce the amount of overpayment situations that are encountered; resulting in greater confidence for our students. 

  • Attend Class and Complete the Attendance Verification Form 

In order to be certified for your VA education benefits we need you to complete a quarterly attendance verification form and turn it in the first week of school. This will help us to be able to process your paperwork in a timely manner. This process may be different for chapters 30, 1606, and 1607. Don't worry, we'll walk you through it!

  • Regularly Monitor your Green River Email

Your @mail.grcc.edu email address is how the college notifies you about events, activities, updates, and alerts. Make sure that you're checking it regularly, at least two times per week, so that you don't miss important information and/or deadlines. 

Current Students

  • Requesting Certification...

Students collecting VA education benefits are required to have their courses certified each quarter. This is because the VA will only pay for courses that are required in the chosen program of study (they want you to be successful in obtaining a degree and/or certificate). In order to help us process your information and certify your courses in a timely manner we ask that you:

1. Check your registration appointment/access time

*Student veterans at Green River are granted priority registration. Make sure to turn in a copy of your DD-214 to Enrollment Services so that you're eligible. 

2. Register for classes

*Steps 3 to 8 must be completed within four days of you registering.

3. Print a copy of your course schedule

4. Print a copy of your updated degree audit

*Make sure to print the expanded version.

5. Print a quarterly enrollment (QER) form

6. Print a QER Checklist

7. Complete the QER form and QER checklist

8. Turn in the completed QER packet (QER checklist, QER form, course schedule, degree audit) to the Career and Advising Center

*You may want to ask to see someone for a registration appointment if you have additional questions. Keep in mind that the completed QER packet is due within four days of you registering. 

9. Regularly check your student email account

*The college will notify you via student email if there are any issues with your registration, etc. 

  • Verifying my Attendance...

Chapters 30, 1606, and 1607: Complete monthly, online or by calling 1-877-823-2378.

Chapters 33 and 33T: Complete the attendance verification form and turn in to the Veteran Services Office at the beginning of each quarter. 

Chapter 35: You do not need to verify your attendance. 

  • Changing my Program of Study...

Chapters 30, 33, 33T, 1606, and 1607: Print this change of program form, complete as much as possible, and then turn it in to the Veteran Services Office. 

Chapter 35: Print this change of program form, complete as much as possible, and then turn it in to the Veteran Services Office. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the new student orientation?

One of the most common complaints that we've heard is that the VA policies and procedures are difficult to understand. We've tried to simplify things for you. The new student orientation is a written set of steps and guidelines that you'll need to complete in order to be processed for VA education benefits. 

  • Where can I find the new student orientation?

Once you have received your @mail.greenriver.edu email address you'll need to email us to request the New Student Orientation. We'll send it to you electronically, so that you can review it at your conveinence. Remember, we won't send it to you unless you ask for it. Make sure to include your name, student identification number, and which VA education benefit you'll be receiving. 

  • Do I need to have my previous taken courses evaluated?

Yes! All student collecting VA education benefits are required to transfer in all of their previously taken courses, as well as their military transcripts. This is because the VA wants to ensure that they pay for only the classes you need in order to graduate. It may mean that you will have to take less courses, because you may have credit and/or experience that will satisfy some of the program requirements. Remember, you must have your transcripts turned in no later than the end of the second quarter you are here. Please visit the Future Students tab for more detailed instructions. 

  • What academic standards must I maintain?

The VA requires that you maintain a quarterly GPA of 2.0 or above. If you fail to maintain this standard for one quarter you will be placed in academic probation status. You will have to pull your grades up above a 2.0 the next quarter to be removed from this status. If you fail to maintain the 2.0 standard for a second quarter in a row you will be placed in academic termination status. This means that you will have to pay for one full quarter out of pocket and maintain a 2.0 or above in order to have your benefits restored. There is a waiver that students may apply for if there are circumstances that impacted your ability to earn satisfactory academic progress. See the Veteran Services Office for more details. 

Resources

For information on Federal benefits please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs' website.
For information on State benefits please visit the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs' website.

Information about local and on campus resources can be found in the Veterans Resource Center in the Lindbloom Student Center (LC room 130, formerly the Adams Room).

Jobs/Internships

The following opportunities are currently available by outside agencies, businesses, companies, and institutions. While veterans' preference may be given to qualifying candidates, the positions listed may be open to all candidates regardless of prior military service. 

AmeriCorps Representative

Organization: City of Auburn

Location: Auburn

Start Date: September 16, 2014

Description: Assist the Veterans/Human Services Coordinator with the roll-out  of the city's new "one stop shop" for veterans and human services, by conducting outreach to veterans agencies that serve auburn, encouraging them to have presence at the new center. Conduct outreach to veterans and veterans groups to inform them of available services and encourage them to engage and/or utilize those services. Participate in the recruitment and support of volunteers as well as oversee volunteer activities. To learn more about the position or to apply click here.

Point of Contact: Erica Sullivan, 253-876-1965

Program Coordinator- Veteran Services

Organization: Green River Community College

Description: The Program Coordinator will serve as the initial point of contact for students looking to utilize VA education benefits. This person will be responsible for providing accurate information to students about VA education benefits and delivering new student orientations. The Program Coordinator will work with the Veteran Services Program Specialist 2 to ensure that required VA documentation is processed and submitted in a timely manner, as well as help identify processes that streamline workflow. The Program Coordinator will also work with the Director of Veteran Services to develop systems that track student success, completion, and retention.

For more information please visit the GRCC career opportunities webpage.

Veterans Benefits Specialist 2

Organization: Washington Department of Veterans Affairs

Description: The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce a great opportunity to work directly with veterans and their families. This position is a great opportunity to serve those who served by making sure they are aware and receive the benefits that they have earned through service.

As a Veterans Benefits Specialist 2, you will help veterans navigate the claims process for both federal and state benefits as well as serve one of the facility's key points of contact for veterans and their families that wish to become residents at the Washington Veterans Home

For more information about this position please visit this webpage.

Fare Enforcement Officer

Organization: Securitas

Location: Bellevue

Closing Date: Continuous

Description: The Fare Enforcement Officer is responsible for inspecting customer fares on the transit system to ensure customers are riding with valid passes. This is accomplished by inspecting tickets and passes, taking enforcement actions when appropriate, and dealing with customers who may potentially become uncooperative.

Requirements: 21 years or older, high school diploma or GED, reliable means of communication, reliable means of transportation, able to pass pre-employment drug screening and background check, effective communication skills (written and verbal English), use of personal computer and standard office productivity software (including word processing and spreadsheet applications), acceptable personal appearance, 2 years prior high-level security or military or law enforcement required.

Point of Contact: Kevin Hoyt, 425-653-1454

Transit Security Officer

Organization: Securitas

Location: Seattle Metro Area and Puget Sound

Closing Date: Continuous

Description: Observes and reports activities and incidents at an assigned client site, providing for the security and safety of client property and personnel. Make periodic patrols to check for irregularities and inspect protection devices and fire control equipment. Preserve order and act to enforce regulation and directives for the site pertaining to personnel, visitors, and premises. 

Requirements: 2 years current military or law enforcement experience or 3 years past military or law enforcement, 21 years or older, US citizenship or resident alien admitted to work in the United States, high school diploma or GED, Valid Washington State Driver's License, ability to pass minimum driving requirements, reliable means of communication, reliable means of transportation, able to pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check, effective communication skills, user of personal computer and standard office productivity software, acceptable personal appearance.

Point of Contact: Kevin Hoyt, 425-653-1454 

Customs & Border Protection Officer

Organization: U.S. Customs and Border...

Location: Nation-wide

Closing Date: Opens on July 1 and will stay open for 2 weeks or until 10,000 applications are received.

Description: CBP Officers detect and prevent terrorist and weapons from entering the United States at seaports, airports, and land border crossings. They enforce U.S. immigration and customs laws while also enforcing the laws for over 40 federal agencies.

Requirements: U.S. Citizenship with Veteran Status. Pass a written exam, interview, background, medical, drug test, and polygraph.

Point of Contact: Jack Ramsey, 206-553-6944 ext. 1929

VA Work Study

Organization: Green River Community College

Closing Date: Once position is filled.

Description: The Veteran Services team is looking for qualified students to work as a VA Work Study. This position reports to the School Certifying Official and helps prepare documentation relating to VA education benefits. They will also assist staff in general office duties that provides direct service to student veterans and dependents. Some duties may include: answering and returning phone calls, scheduling appointments, answering general questions, directing students to appropriate resources.

Requirements: The VA Work Study program is a provided for by the Department of Veterans Affairs and requires that all candidates: (1) report to the School Certifying Official, (2) be receiving VA education benefits, (3) be certified for at least enrollment status (6 credits or more for summer, 9 credits or more fall/winter/springs quarter).

Point of Contact: Sandra Mathews, smathews@greenriver.edu

Hours/Contact

The Veteran Services Office is located upstairs in the Lindbloom Student Center (LC building) near Financial Aid and Counseling Services. 

The Veterans Resource Center is located on the first floor of the LC building in room 130 (formerly known as the Adams Room). 

 

Mark Fischer, Special Projects Consultant

Mark is our Special Projects Consultant and helps provide training opportunities to veterans on campus. In the past he has hosted workshops on employment and career identification, as well as numerous other subjects. Mark has served as a mental health professional and counselor to veterans and their families for over 17 years. 

Office Location: Lindbloom Center (LC) 231

Office Hours: Varies

Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 2558                           Email: mfischer@greenriver.edu

Arild "A" Lindland, Veteran Resources Assistant

"A" is our Veteran Resources Assistant and helps ensure that our Veteran Resources Office is open to student veterans attending Green River Community College. He can also help connect people to on-campus resources, like our Veterans Emergency Transition Fund (VET Fund), that are available to current and prospective students. "A" proudly served 13 years in the Air Force.

Office Location: Lindbloom Center (LC) 130

Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 2277 Email: alindland@greenriver.edu 

Timm Lovitt, Director of Veteran Services

Timm is the Director of Veteran Services and provides general oversight and strategic direction for the Veteran Services program. He serves in a wide variety of ways on campus and can help students connect to resources and services on-campus and in the community. Timm proudly served 5 years in the Army.

Office Location: Lindbloom Center (LC) 233

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 6:30 am to 2:30 pm     

Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 2559     Email: tlovitt@greenriver.edu 

Sandra Mathews, School Certifying Official

Sandra is our School Certifying Official and helps certify all of our VA funded students. She is the face of VA compliance for the institution and works hard to ensure that students are able to make informed decisions about using their VA benefits. Sandra has been a proud member of the Gator community for over 22 years. 

Office Location: Lindbloom Center (LC) 237

Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Fridays 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 2465     Email: smathews@greenriver.edu 

Manila Mercurio, VA Education Specialist

Manila is our VA Education Specialist and helps students navigate the various paperwork that is required for collecting VA education benefits. She also helps provide information to new students about enrolling and taking courses at Green River. Manila proudly served 5 years in the Navy.

Office Location: Lindbloom Center (LC) 236

Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 2466  Email: mmercurio@greenriver.edu