The roots of Green River College stretch back to 1945, when the Auburn School District started a program of adult evening education, which soon became the largest in Washington state. The popularity of the program convinced citizens from the surrounding communities that the Green River Valley needed its own community college. Local committees began working to secure state approval to start a community college in 1959. In 1963, the determination of local citizens paid off when the Washington State Board of Education approved the community college.
At Green River, students can choose from a wide variety of transfer degrees, bachelor of applied science degrees, career and technical education, pre-college and basic skills courses and continuing and community education classes. High-quality faculty and motivated staff advise, counsel and support students in their chosen educational careers, creating an encouraging atmosphere that fosters achievement.
Green River is one of the top transfer community colleges in the state and boasts one of the largest Worker Retraining and Running Start programs. The college is nationally known for math, science and teacher preparation and features unique programs like aviation, broadcasting, computer reporting technologies, and natural resources.
From Student Government and Student Leadership to intramural sports, shopping and sightseeing trips, Green River offers events and activities that interest a wide variety of students. It offers seven sports, including women's volleyball, women's soccer, men's and women's Cross Country, women's basketball, men's basketball, men's and women's track and field and baseball.
The Recreation and Athletics Center (RAC) strives to provide safe and healthy outlets for Green River students to exercise and play sports. Options include lifting weights in the weight room, using cardio machines in the Fitness Center or joining a group fitness class.
Clubs & Organizations are an important part of Student Life at Green River College. Being involved with a Green River student group is a great way to connect with the Gator community and build relationships with fellow students, staff and faculty. There are over 30 clubs and organizations each year that focus a variety of topics and interest, including academics, multicultural issues, and social opportunities. Student clubs and organizations are open to all students, although few clubs have membership criteria.
Green River College is situated in Auburn, Washington, a city with a population of 77,000. Auburn has a large shopping mall, several movie theaters, a concert venue, parks, and athletic facilities. The college is 45 minutes south of Seattle, Washington in the USA. Green River’s main campus stretches over 180 acres of beautifully forested land. Branch campuses, located in downtown Auburn, Kent and Enumclaw, bring the college’s unique educational experiences to local communities.
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