Running Start Advising

WELCOME TO ADVISING IN RUNNING START!

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 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.

Join Natalie's Zoom lobby on Mondays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. or email Natalie at nramsey@greenriver.edu. Natalie is available for in-person appointments on Thursdays. Please call us or visit our virtual lobby to make an appointment. 

Octavio Garcia-Ruiz (G-L) 

 

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.

Octavio is available for in-person drop-ins Tuesdays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. or you may join Octavio's Zoom lobby on Thursday between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.. He is available by email Octavio at ogarcia-ruiz@greenriver.edu. Octavio is available for in-person appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please call us or visit our virtual lobby to make an appointment. 

Kyle Stevenson (M-R)

Kyle Stevenson began working at Green River College in 2017 as an adjunct instructor in the Social Science Division. He joined the Running Start Office in 2021. Kyle loves the opportunity to do long-term planning with Running Start students and seeing how plans change or crystalize as students navigate their path at Green River and beyond. Kyle loves being outdoors with his family and watching his favorite sports teams.

Join Kyle's Zoom lobby on Mondays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Wednesdays between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. or email Kyle at kstevenson@greenriver.edu. Kyle is available for in-person appointments on Thursdays. Please call us or visit our virtual lobby to make an appointment. 

Devan Bickham (S-Z)

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.

Devan is available for in-person drop-ins on Tuesdays between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. or you can join Devan's Zoom lobby on Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.. You can also email Devan at dbickham@greenriver.edu. Devan is available for in-person appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please call us or visit our virtual lobby to make an appointment. 

Kendall White (Assistant Director, Academic Standards)

Kendall White grew up in the cities of Tukwila and Kent. After earning his degrees in Business, he realized he had a passion for Education and has worked with youth ever since. Before joining the staff at Green River, Kendall worked at Kentwood High School as a College and Career Specialist. He is also a High School Basketball Coach at Auburn Mountainview High School.

Join Kendall's Zoom lobby on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. You can reach Kendall via email at kwhite@greenriver.edu. Kendall is available for in-person appointments on Thursdays. Please call us or visit our virtual lobby to make an appointment. 

Hours of Operation

 Zoom Virtual Lobby Hours:

Monday - Thursday

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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

In-person Hours: 

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. to 5 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.
Friday
Closed for summer hours through Sept. 2
 

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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 - Thursday. Please note that masks are required when visiting the Running Start office in-person.  

12401 SE 320th Street
Auburn, WA 98092-3699

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