Pre-College & Basic Skills

Master Achiever Center (The MAC)

The Master Achiever Center (MAC) serves as an advising and transitions center for ABE, GED®, ESOL, and I-BEST students. MAC advisers and staff provide academic advising, mentoring, encouragement and other support services to students, with the goal of increasing student success. MAC services are available at both the Auburn and Kent campuses. Students are welcome to drop in to either MAC location during office hours or to set up an appointment with an adviser in advance.

Have you completed your 2015-2016 FAFSA? And the Green River Foundation Scholarship application?? Visit the MAC for help or with any questions.

What can we help you with?

One-on-one advising

  • Ask questions.
  • Explore education options and possibilities.
  • Learn about useful services and resources at Green River and beyond.
  • Identify requirements for programs of interest to you.
  • Create an education plan. 
  • Get help selecting and registering for classes. 

Goal setting

  • Clarify your education and career goals.
  • Explore careers using online tools and resources.
  • Identify the next steps to achieve your goals.

Financial aid and funding

  • Explore funding options for programs and certificates.
  • Receive FAFSA application assistance.
  • Take advantage of scholarship application support.

Information sessions and events

  • COMPASS test preparation
  • Tutoring and resources at Green River
  • Scholarships and applications
  • Next steps to move on to other programs
  • Resume basics for job applications 

Next Steps Planning

The MAC offers assistance, information, and guidance to students who are planning to transition on to other programs, especially those students in GED® and ESOL classes.   The key areas to ask about and discuss with a MAC advisor before you transition are:

1) Career Exploration - What types of careers are out there? What do I want to do? What skills and talents do I want to utilize?  What training might be right for me?

2) Choosing a Program of Study - Do I want or need to get a specific certificate? Do I want to transfer to a university?  What are the options at Green River and how do I find out more about what's involved?

3) Determining Funding Options - How can I pay for classes? Are there scholarships, grants, or financial aid available to me?  What are the deadlines for applying for these?

4) Registration for Classes - Are there specific CASAS scores I need to move on?  Do I need to take the Compass?  What classes will I start with? How and when can I register? 

Start planning for your future today!  Stop in or make an appointment in the MAC -  we can help you explore options, navigate the steps you'll need to take, find resources to balance studying with your life outside of school, and reach your goals.

Next Steps Planning Resources


Useful Resources

Careers and Programs of Study

Degrees and Certificates at Green River - Education options, classes, and instructor contacts
Washington Career Bridge -  Career information, job trends, and training programs
Check Out A College - Community and Technical Colleges in Washington
My Next Move - Career information and interest assessments
WOIS/The Career Information System - Career information and interest assessments
Career & Advising Center at Green River - Career and education planning resources

Funding Options (Workforce Education, Financial Aid, Scholarships)

Workforce Education - Reduced or free tuition for qualifying students
Go2CollegeFree - Check your eligibility for Workforce Education funding
Financial Aid Office at Green River - Information and links to applications
Financial Aid Student Portal - Check your status and view and accept awards
What is the GatorChoice card? - Useful questions and answers, plus vocabulary
Green River Foundation Scholarships - Scholarships for Green River tuition, books, and supplies 
The WashBoard - Scholarship opportunities throughout Washington state
MALDEF Scholarship Resource - Scholarship opportunities for high school, college, and graduate students

Academics and Test Preparation

What is the COMPASS? - Questions and answers
COMPASS practice questions - Learn the format of the assessment
GED® testing and preparation - What to expect and how to prepare
Assessment & Testing Center at Green River - Information about services and hours of operation
Tutoring & Resources at Green River - Help with math, writing, speaking, and other subjects
Holman Library - Find materials and information

Resources and Help at Green River

Child Care Center - Fees are based on income and financial need
Counseling & Health Services - Supportive and confidential environment for students to address problems
Disability Support Services - Academic accommodations, equal opportunity, and accessibility for students with disabilities
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion - Leadership, social justice, and intellectural discourse on campus
Student Clubs & Organizations - Join multicultural, academic, and social groups
TRiO - Academic support services for eligible participants
Tutoring & Resources - Help with math, writing, speaking, and other subjects
Veterans Services - Resources and information for veterans


Financial Aid Workshop Sessions 

The MAC will offer Financial Aid (FAFSA) workshops every Thursday with alternating times during Fall quarter.

Please bring your 2014 tax return, Social Security Number, and ID card. 

When: September 24th, 2015
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Room TC-207 

When: October 1st 
Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Where: Room TC-207 

When: October 8th 
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
Where: Room TC-207 

When: October 15th
Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Where: Room TC-207 

When: October 22nd
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
Where: Room TC-207 

When: October 29th 
Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Where: Room TC-207 

When: November 5th
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
Where: Room TC-207

When: November 12th
Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Where: Room TC-207

When: November 19th
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
Where: Room TC-207

When: December 3rd 
Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Where: Room TC-207

When: December 10th 
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
Where: Room TC-207

When: December 17th
Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Where: Room TC-207


Naomi Lane

Educational Planner: Transition Specialist for the MAC
Ext. 2066

Mouy-Ly Wong

Basic Skills Transitions Advisor
Ext. 2016

Jeff Corey

South King County Program Manager for Seattle Education Access
Tel: (206) 351-0649

Angela Pierce

Seattle Education Access Advocate
Tel: (253) 948-8831


Kent Campus (KC-216) - Please contact Mouy-Ly for an appointment.

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Call:  253.833.9111 ext.2017

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