Student Affairs

Educational Planning Services

Career & Advising Center

Our services are designed to inform, support and encourage individuals to be self-directed in the educational planning process.

The educational planning process will help you to:

  • Identify and evaluate your academic skills and interests
  • Develop realistic educational plans
  • Interpret institutional and program requirements
  • Interpret requirements for transfer to 4-year institutions

The services we provide:

  • Quarterly Workshops/Class visits
  • Unofficial Transcript Evaluation
  • Development of an academic plan to complete your educational goal
  • Interpretation of COMPASS assessment results
  • Referral to college and community resources

Advising & Registration for Classes:

Our staff provides academic and career and technical education advising and planning assistance. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please select the appropriate Educational Planning Staff Member.

For new students: Sign up for a new student orientation, advising and registration session (SOAR). Choose one of the following:


Health Sciences

The Health Sciences Programs are part of our Career and Technical Education offerings and are composed of three programs:

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Practical Nursing &Nursing Assistant

These programs are committed to providing students with quality educational experiences to prepare them for employment in the health and medical field.

Each program strives to uphold standards as determined by professional associations and accreditation and licensing bodies, as well as to be responsive to the needs of the community.

These programs have a competitive admissions process that requires planning and preparation. For prerequisites advising and other admission process information, sign up for an information session online or stop by the Career and Advising Center in the Lindbloom Student Center, room 126. Learn more about the health sciences programs at Green River:

Online infosession:


High School Completion

The Green River College High School Completion program can help you complete your high school education. If you are an international student go to the International Programs High School Completion site.

High School Completion is designed to help you:

  • Earn your high school diploma through credit classes
  • Prepare you for entry into a vocational/technical program
  • Provide college preparation for entry into a 2 or 4 year college.

For more information about the High School Completion program, go to the Pre-College & Basic Skills website.

Career & Technical Education

The Associate in Applied Arts (AAA) and the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees are designed for students in Career and Technical Education programs. The faculty of Green River College and an advisory committee from local business and industry determine the curriculum for each career and technical education program. Each curriculum includes major field requirements and related instruction requirements. For more information, please contact Paul Mueller, MA in the Career and Advising Center, LC-126 or call (253) 833-9111, extension 2635, or e-mail

See a list of our current of Areas of Study.


Transfer advising is designed to prepare students for a successful transition to a four-year college or university. Our goal is to provide you with the advising tools and resources that are necessary for navigating the transfer process. If you intend to transfer to a university, the transfer advisors (along with the College Transfer Center) can offer you the following:

  • Overview of the transfer timeline and process from exploring majors to university transfer
  • Resources and information (university websites, course equivalency guides, and admissions deadlines)
  • Calendar of university and Green River transfer events, including transfer fairs and workshops

See a list of our current of Transfer Degrees.


Transition Advising is specifically designed to support and encourage those students who:

  • are new to college and have placed into pre-college classes after taking the Compass Assessment;
  • are taking Adult Basic Education or GED® classes;
  • have been accepted into the High School Completion Program;
  • are at ESOL levels 5 and 6.

Learning how to navigate the college system can be confusing. The Transition advisor can help you to understand how it can all work so that you can achieve your goal.

In order to ease this transition your Transition advisor acts as a bridge helping students:

  • understand the options available to them at the College
  • connect classes to their personal goals
  • design a personalized plan of study

For questions or information about Transitions Advising, contact Phil Smith by e-mail ( or call (253) 833-9111, ext. 2639.