WorkFirst Service provides funding assistance with education, work training, and related support services at Green River College to eligible individual currently receiving federal Temporary Aid for Need Families (TANF/ "cash assistance").

WorkFirst is a service to assist parents who are receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) to gain the skills needed to become employed or to advance in employment through wage and skill progression. Students who qualify may be eligible to receive funding to cover tuition and fees, books, transportation, childcare or tools.

WorkFirst Work-Study is also available to students who are receiving TANF to provide employment opportunities while attending school. 

 WorkFirst Service 

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Textbooks and Supplies 
  • Transportation
  • Emergency Aid 
  • Assisting with addressing barriers to academic or personal success
  • Referals to Colleg and Community Resources 


  • Receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance
  • DSHS case manager sends us a referral
  • Pursing a Approved Pathway  

Approved Pathway 

Additional Information and Resources

  • Advising
    Assistance with degree planning, quarterly class selection and goal exploration
  • Counseling Services 
    Counseling Service provide short-term mental health counseling and self-care/wellness education to GRC students. 
  • Benefit Hub 
    Benefit Hub helps connect students to rent, utility, financial coach and public benefits resources.  
  • ODEI
    The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) aim to empower, enhance, educate, encourage, and engage our diverse populations to have ownership of their narratives and to succeed in their educational journeys.
  • Veteran Services
    Veteran Services serves as a resources all veterans, active duty servicemember, National Guard, reservist, or dependent of a veteran/ servicemember by providing support and referrals throughout campus and our community. 


Contact Workforce Education

Phone: 253-931-6550

WorkForce Education is located on Green River College's main campus in Auburn in SA-270



Hours of Operation

Summer Hours

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday - Sunday


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