Running Start Advising


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

The advisors in Running Start help with:

  • Running Start Advising and Planning Sessions (during active new student enrollment each quarter)
  • Identifying and evaluating academic and career interests
  • Development of academic plans, to include your high school graduation requirements
  • Preparation for university transfer
  • Interpretation of institutional policies/procedures and program/degree requirements
  • Referral to college and community resources
  • Planning for success when students don't meet academic standards


Who is my advisor?

We assign Running Start students to an advisor based on last name, similar to the way your high school assigns your counselor. Your GRC Running Start advisor is available for drop-ins for current students in their alpha. Drop-ins are for quick questions and usually limited to about 20 minutes. Examples of things to see your advisor about during drop-ins are: what classes to take next quarter (not create an ed plan), whether to withdraw from a class, questions about placement, how to navigate campus resources, etc.

Learn more about your advisor below and click the link to join their Zoom lobby during drop-in hours or visit them in SA-135 on designated in-person drop-in days. 

Natalie Ramsey (A-F)

Natalie's Drop-in Hours:
Day of the WeekModalityTime
Monday  Virtual  2 - 4 p.m. 
Tuesday  In-person  11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Wednesday Virtual 9 - 11 a.m.

Natalie studied Art at Parson’s School of Design in New York and completed a Masters in Education at Antioch University. She has worked in a variety of educational settings throughout her career including: behavioral health, social services and K-12 education in schools. She lives with her granddaughter in Tacoma where she is restoring a Victorian house in the Hilltop neighborhood and works in her art studio.

You can reach Natalie by email at Please call us or visit our virtual lobby to make an appointment with her.

Octavio Garcia-Ruiz (G-L) 


Octavio's Drop-in Hours:
Day of the WeekModalityTime
Tuesday  In-person 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday  Virtual 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

I was born in California and have been living in Washington since the age of 6. I attended Central Washington University and ended up working in various roles directly with students which became a passion. Prior to joining GRC I was at the University of Washington Tacoma. On my free time I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

You can reach Octavio by email at Please call us or visit our virtual lobby to make an appointment with him. 


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Kyle Stevenson was just promoted to Assistant Director! He will still work with his students in the M-R alpha through fall quarter. Please see below for his bio and drop-in availability and contact information.

Devan Bickham (S-Z)

Devan's Drop-in Hours: 
Day of the WeekModalityTime
Monday  In-person 1 - 3 p.m.
Thursday Virtual 1 - 3 p.m.
Friday  Virtual 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
Devan was born in Hammond, Louisiana and raised in West/South Seattle. He thoroughly enjoys weight lifting, video games, and drive-in movies. If he doesn't make you laugh within 5 mins of meeting you, then he's doing something wrong. He's an extremely nice guy, so don't be afraid to reach out if you need anything.

You can reach Devan by email at Please call us or visit our virtual lobby to make an appointment with him. 

Kyle Stevenson (Assistant Director, Academic Standards)

Kyle's Drop-in Hours:
Day of the WeekModalityTime
Monday  Virtual 2 - 4 p.m.
Friday In-person 2 -4 p.m.

Kyle Stevenson has worked in the Running Start Office since 2021 and at Green River College since 2017. He became the Assistant Director in September 2022. Kyle loves doing long-term planning with students, talking about the different programs and activities on campus, and seeing how plans change as students go through the Running Start experience. Kyle Loves hiking with his dogs and kayaking with his family. He's also a huge Mariners and Sounders FC fan.

You can reach Kyle by email at Please call us or visit our virtual lobby to make an appointment with him.

Hours of Operation

 Zoom Virtual Lobby Hours:

Monday - Thursday

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

*For drop-in advising times, please check our Running Start Advising Page

In-person Hours: 

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
*Please note that masks are required when visiting the Running Start office. 


Phone Hours: (253) 288-3380

Monday - Thursday 
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about Running Start or would like to schedule an appointment to meet with an Educational Planner please do not hesitate to contact us!

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Virtual lobby: Connect with us via Zoom - see hours of operation above for availability. 

Phone: 253-288-3380 - see hours of operation above for availability.

Visit:  The Running Start Office is located in the Student Affairs Building (SA 135) on the Main Campus.

NOTE: Running Start is available for in-person assistance on Monday - Friday and masks are required when visiting the Running Start office in-person.  

12401 SE 320th Street
Auburn, WA 98092-3699

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