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Muckleshoot grads take closer look at GRCC

Five graduates of the Muckleshoot Tribal High School visited Main Campus Thursday to learn about Green River, its programs, services, athletics and opportunities as they consider their post-graduation options. Joining the students on their tour were Tribal Council Chair and former Green River trustee Virginia Cross, Intergovernmental Affairs Director and long-time member of the Tribal Council and former Council Chair John Daniels, Jr., Assistant Tribal Operations Manager for Education Joseph Martin and two teachers from the Muckleshoot Tribal School.

President Eileen Ely, Trustee Chair Tom Campbell, Vice President of Student Services Deb Casey, Welcome Services Manager Lindsey Morris, Athletic Director Bob Kickner and Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Michael Tuncap met the group, spoke about programs and services and answered questions about the college.

"The students had various interests including nursing, IT, welding and criminal justice," Morris said. "They graduated on June 8 -- they came back to visit on their own time."

GRCC leadership and Muckleshoot Tribe representatives
Representatives from the Muckleshoot Tribe were on campus Thursday in support of graduates from the Muckleshoot Tribal High School as they learned more about Green River Community College. From left to right, Green River President Dr. Eileen Ely, Vice President of Student Services Deb Casey, Muckleshoot Tribal Council Chair and former GRCC trustee Virginia Cross, Assistant Tribal Operations Manager for Education Joseph Martin and GRCC Trustee Chair Tom Campbell.

Muckleshoot Tribal School graduates visit GRCC
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Director Michael Tuncap performs a Micronesian navigational chant for Muckleshoot Tribal High School graduates on their visit to GRCC.

The group visited Automotive, Welding, Aviation and Information Technology programs on their tour of campus. All of the students are athletes, prompting Kickner's visit. Tuncap shared his own story with the group and performed a Micronesian navigational chant about remembering native ways of life and to provide answers to challenges.

"This visit was part of our continuing effort to foster our relationship with our neighboring nation," Morris said. "The support and encouragement from the tribal council for their students is a very big deal."