Foundation for Success

Green River College International Programs

About Foundation for Success

Foundation for Success (FFS) is a required one-quarter program that will help you establish a strong learning foundation and enables you to transfer to top universities. FFS offers those adapting to a new culture and language, extra help that will help students be successful in their first quarter. Students in this program have many opportunities to develop and perfect their skills working alongside their Peer Mentors.

Program Information

  • Required for all new international students - All first quarter IESL and academic international students are enrolled in this one quarter program.
  • Regular Meetings with Mentors - Students will attend weekly workshops with Peer Mentors and program staff. Mentors and students will meet an additional hour during each week to talk and go over issues important to the student. Additional activities including: US Culture; dining together; volunteering, cooking instruction; sporting activities and learning about driving safety also take place during their FFS quarter.
  • College Success Skills - Students will participate in weekly learning modules including: Personal Health/Safety, College Success, Major/Career Selection, College Transfer, Time Management, Clubs and Activities, Study Skills and more.


If you have any questions about the Foundation for Success program, please email Mary Butcher, Program Manager.

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

Peer Mentors are experienced students who listen to any concerns you might have and can speak with you from their own experience. Having someone to trust right away helps ease the uncertainties of your new life here at Green River. As a new student you will be supported by your Peer Mentor and program staff who will help you learn to manage your academic and daily life. You will be assigned to your own Peer Mentor who will be available by text and email in addition to weekly meetings.

Peer Mentor

Photo of Nobuyuki Ueno, Peer Mentor

“I was a little nervous about living in the U.S. I talked with my Peer Mentor and he helped me a lot. He gave me a lot of good advice.”

Major: Business
Country: Japan

Peer Mentor

Photo of Dayoon Kim, Peer Mentor

“The FFS program has been very helpful to me in many ways. We have to attend all orientation sessions and scheduled meetings and need to finish our work on time. This program helped me learn responsibility. ”

Major: Psychology
Country: South Korea

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