Career & Advising Center
The Career and Advising Center at Green River College offers comprehensive career and education planning resources for current and prospective students, alumni and community members. We hope you enjoy exploring our website and we look forward to meeting you in person. Our mission is to foster success by assisting our diverse community as they clarify, develop, and plan their career and education pathways. Our services, resources, and programs are designed to inform, support, and encourage individuals to be self-directed in attaining their goal.
- Career Planning Services
Career Planners at Green River assist students in discovering and clarifying career goals and linking them with educational and training programs. We offer numerous career assessments, resources for exploring labor market information and a variety of career related workshops and individual appointments.
Students wanting assistance with their job search (e.g., Résumés, Cover Letters & Interviewing) should visit the Job Search Web Center. Employers interested in providing internship and/or job opportunities for Green River students using our online job posting site are also encouraged to contact the Job Search Web Center.
- Educational Planning Services
Educational Planners at Green River provide academic and professional/technical advising. The educational planning process will help you develop educational plans, interpret program requirements, choose a program of study, and/or plan for transfer to a 4-year institution.
First Quarter Advising
First Quarter Advising is designed for students who are working on transfer degrees and who plan on transferring to a university. You will be assigned a first quarter advisor (located in LC 126) and will meet with them during the first five weeks of your first quarter to help you plan your degree, review your career goals and talk about the resources available on campus.
Please sign up for your appointment then check your Green River Student Email for a confirmation of your appointment time and date.
Meet the Staff
The team in the Career and Advising Center are dedicated in supporting students to navigate higher learning to achieve their educational and/or career goals.
Front Office Support
Jon Arnhold - Academic Standards / Generalist Advising
- Employed at Green River since: 1973
- Education: A.A., B.A., M.Ed.
- Specialty: Academic Standards and Generalist advising
- Notable Fact: Jon has been in the Army and the Navy, has climbed Mt. Rainier, owns a British sports car and a '57 Chevy. He is a blues guitarist wannabe. He also claims to possess the Secret of Math and the Secret of English.
Lizbett Benge - Front Office Support
- Employed at Green River since: 2014
- Education: BA Women's & Gender Studies; BFA Theatre; Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Emphasis) Community & Social Change, University of Washington
- Specialty: Student Services
- Notable Fact: Lizbett is Arizona bound where she will complete her PhD at Arizona State University in Gender Studies.
Amy Davidson - Front Office Support / Supervisor
- Employed at Green River since: 2012
- Education: Working on an Associates in Arts in English with Creative Writing focus.
- Specialty: Student Services
- Notable Fact: Amy enjoys travel, cooking and quoting lines from movies like Young Frankenstein and The Princess Bride. Her long term career plan includes living in a house on a beach and getting paid to spend her time writing stories with happy endings.
Saovra (Sy) Ear - Director
- Employed at Green River since: February 2013
- Education: B.A. University of Washington and M.Ed-Student Development Administration at Seattle University.
- Specialty: Generalist and Educational Administration/Leadership
- Notable Fact: Currently, pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Actively engaged with social justice, diversity and equity issues.
Srey Chea - Transfer Advising
- Employed at Green River since: 2008 - 2011 (Outreach Coordinator); 9/14 - present (Educational Planner)
- Education: BA Urban Studies from University of Washington
- Specialty: Transfer Advising
- Notable Fact: I enjoy riding my 150cc scooter when weather permits.
Paul Mueller - Career / Technical Advising
- Employed at Green River since: 1994
- Education: Masters of Arts in Education
- Specialty: Career and Technical Advising
- Notable Fact: Commutes by bicycle
Dan Roark - General Advising
- Employed at Green River since: 1985
- Education: A.A. Green River, B.A.-Psychology, M.Ed.-School Counseling
- Specialty: Generalist
- Notable Fact: Dans lived and worked in the area his entire life. He enjoys working with all students.
Phil Smith - Transitions & Career/Technical Advising
- Employed at Green River since: 2008
- Education: B.A., M.A.-English, M.A.-Education
- Specialty: Transitions advising
- Notable Fact: Phil is interested in Backgammon, Opera and Jazz, traditional Northwest Indian weaving, Chinese health and movement arts (e.g. Chi Kung, Tai Chi), among other things.
Josh Staffieri - Career Specialist / General Advising
- Employed at Green River since: 2007
- Education: B.A. in Psychology, University of San Diego, M.S. in Education-College Student Personnel, Miami University OH
- Specialty: Career Planning; New students advising; Occupational /Physical Therapy advising; Generalist
- Notable Fact: Josh has been helping students with their educational & career development since 2002 in both public, priviate, four-year and two-year higher education institutions. He utilizes a number of career self-assessments, and is Green River's resident expert for Gallup's breakthrough assessment, StrengthsQuest, a tool that helps identify individuals' top 5 talents. Josh is a Southern California native who is still looking for a Washington State beach completely void of rocks.
Elaine Stefanowicz - Health Sciences Advising
- Employed at Green River since: 2014
- Education: B.S. in Workforce Education & Development, M.S. in Human Resources
- Specialty: Health Sciences: CNA, Phlebotomy, Practical Nursing, OTA, PTA
- Notable Fact: One of Elaine’s biggest accomplishments is overcoming math and test anxiety. She took a class called “Managing Math Anxiety” while in community college and it changed her life. She earned her master’s degree with a 4.00 grade point average because of that class. She wishes to serve as a mentor and role model to other students to help them achieve their academic and career goals. In 1997, she won the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant. She met actor Christopher Reeve and President and Mrs. Clinton at the White House. That year, she also won a women’s downhill skiing competition in South Dakota (this is hilarious because she is the least athletic person on the planet).
Allison Warner - Director of Progress & Completion
- Employed at Green River since: 2004
- Education: BA Psychology, M.Ed. -Student Development Administration at Seattle University
- Specialty: Transfer, First-Quarter, Completion
- Notable Fact: Prior to working in education, Allison worked in public relations and originally studied to be a primatologist.
Connie Poleski - General Advising
- Employed at Green River since: 2012
- Education: B.A.
- Specialty: General Advising
- Notable Fact: Connie enjoys cooking, painting, musicals and Husky football.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I register?
You will be required to wait to register for your classes until your registration access time (or any time after). The time assigned to you is based on how early you submitted your admissions application or how many credits you accumulated. You can find this registration access time by going to Online Services, and then Register for Classes. The first link says Registration Access Time. Click on this link and provide your SID and PIN number to show your time to register.
What classes should I take?
Degree Audit is an online advising tool that allows you to view degree and certificate requirements and track your completed coursework towards completion of chosen degrees or certificate programs. Once logged in, click on the drop-down menu at the top of the page and select the degree or certificate you are working on. Make sure to click expand all to see all requirements and options for classes to take. If you are exploring programs and/or undecided, consider taking some of our online assessments and meeting with a Career Planner to discuss yoru results and/or options.
Who is my advisor?
You can view your assigned advisor by going to the Registration Access Time link under Online Services. Click on this link and provide your SID and PIN number to show your time to register and below the time will be the name of your assigned advisor.
What is my student email address?
Your free and required e-mail account comes from the Associated Students of Green River College (ASGRCC). Using your student e-mail will help you keep up-to-date on Green River information and events as well as communicate with faculty and other Green River students. You can find the instructions to look up and activate your Green River e-mail here.
When is tuition due?
Tuition is due in full within four business days of registration. Students may also sign up for a payment plan called STEP and make the first of three installments within four business days of registration for classes. The only exception is registration for fall quarter. Registration begins in May for summer and fall quarters. Fall tuition and fees are due in full in early August or sign up for STEP. After the early August deadline, payment is due in full within four business days of registration. Student using funding sources such as Financial Aid and Workforce Education should contact those offices within four business days of registration.
What textbooks do I need?
See the online bookstore to look up textbooks for the current quarter, Paper Tree Bookstore.
Where do I go for my eLearning class?
On the main webpage, click on academics and then on the right side of the page there is a link for eLearning. This will take you to the eLearning website with login instructions and steps for eLearning classes. Please remember to login at 12:00 p.m. or later on the first day of the quarter to access your eLearning course.
Do I need to apply for graduation?
Yes. When you are close to completing your educational program, you should apply for graduation. This would be approximately two quarters before you plan to graduate. You may run an online degree audit to monitor your progress.
Application due dates for students planning to graduate at the end of the following quarter:
Applications for graduation (degree or certificate) are available online and in Enrollment Services, on the second floor of the Lindbloom Student Center. Each degree or certificate requires a separate application form and $20 non-refundable fee.
To apply for graduation, submit the following to the Cashier's Office:
- Degree or Certificate Application
- Green River online Degree Audit
- $20 non-refundable fee
Degree application evaluations will be e-mailed to your Green River student e-mail address. There is a minimum of two weeks to process the application.
When should I see an advisor?
It depends. If you are assigned a faculty advisor then you can look up his/her contact information online, including office hours to schedule an appointment. If you are not assigned a faculty advisor, a great time to schedule an appointment with one of the advising staff is the second week through the fourth week of the quarter.
Can I change my program of study?
Yes, but first check with your funding source (if applicable) to make sure they will still cover your new program. Once confirmed, you can your program of study by visiting either the Career and Advising Center or the Welcome Center.
Hours of Operation
If you need assistance, please call the number shown below.
(253) 833-9111, ext. 2641
You can send the Career & Advising Center an email by using the link below.
We are located on the main campus in Auburn, on the first floor of the Lindbloom Student Center (LC), room 126.
12401 SE 320th Street