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U.S. Congressman Adam Smith visits GRC

By Philip Denman, January 28, 2022

U.S. Congressman Adam Smith visited GRC's main Auburn campus on Jan. 25 to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing community colleges and their students.

Rep. Smith met with the  ASGRC Student Body leadership team, students and faculty from GRC's Health Occupation programs, and members of the College's executive team. Topics ranged from the challenges and needs in the nursing community, mental health issues facing college students, how students and GRC responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cost of textbooks and school supplies. 

Congressman Smith is U.S. representative for Washington's 9th congressional district, which spans from Bellevue to Tacoma. Rep. Smith was elected to the Wasington State Senate in 1990; at age 25, he was the youngest state senator in the country. He ran in and won his first congressional race in 1996, and has been reelected 11 times. In 2019, he became chair of the House Armed Services Committee. He is the dean of Washington's House delegation.

Rep. Adam Smith meets with members of ASGRC and Campus Life
Rep. Adam Smith meets with members of ASGRC and Campus Life. From left to right: Paz Clearwater, Manager for Student Activities & Programs; Abigael L. Amelia, ASGRC Chief Justice; Ash Mohamed-Bakhash, ASGRC President; Rep. Adam Smith; Tygerr Recchia, ASGRC Vice-President

Rep. Adam Smith meets with members of ASGRC and Campus Life"Rep. Adam Smith meets with members of ASGRC and Campus Life

Rep. Adam Smith meets with members of ASGRC and Campus LifeRep. Adam Smith meets with members of ASGRC and Campus Life

Rep. Adam Smith meets with members of ASGRC and Campus LifeAsh Mohamed-Bakhash, ASGRC President, shares his story of what brought him to Green River College

Rep. Adam Smith meets with members of GRC's Health Occupations programRep. Adam Smith meets with members of GRC's Health Occupations program

Rep. Adam Smith meets with members of GRC's Health Occupations programRep. Adam Smith meets with members of GRC's Health Occupations program

Rep. Adam Smith meets with members of GRC's Executive TeamRep. Adam Smith meets with members of GRC's Executive Team. From left to right: Fia Eliasson-Creek, Director of Institutional Effectiveness; Wendy Stewart,  Vice President of International Programs and Extended Learning; Rep. Adam Smith; Rolita Ezeonu, Vice President of Instruction; George Frasier, Vice President of College Advancement; Mark Brunke, Senior Director of Human Resources

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