Green River Community College

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Green River College.
Established 1963
Type 2-year
President Eileen Ely
Students 8,477 full-time, 11,237 part-time (Fall 2012)[1]
Location Auburn, Washington, USA
Campus Suburban
Mascot Gators
GRCC logo.jpg

Green River College (GRC) is a community college located in Auburn, Washington, USA. It has a student body of approximately 10,000.


GRC started as a program of adult evening education in 1945 as part of the Auburn School District. The school was approved to become a community college in 1963 and began technical and professional programs in September 1964. The school was originally located near the Auburn Boeing Plant, but the following year the campus was relocated to its current location on Lea Hill.[2]


Man Interacts With Ted Jonsson Sculpture On Lea Hill Campus

The main campus is on Lea Hill in Auburn, with satellite campuses in Enumclaw and Kent, Washington.

Academic profile[edit]

Green River College offers classes to prepare students for academic transfer to a four-year college of university; more than 40 professional and technical programs; and classes in Adult Basic Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages. One of the college's signature programs is Aviation Technology, where students are trained for a variety of careers including Air Traffic Controller and Professional Pilot. Students learn in GRC's new state-of-the-art air traffic control lab and flight simulator.[3] Top transfer programs include business, engineering and IT. GRC offers a wide variety of other majors in sciences, humanities and social sciences.

Green River is also known for its strong international program. As of fall 2014, GRC hosted over 1,700 international students from 64 countries, ranking it among the top 10 community colleges in the US in international enrollment. As of Fall 2007 self-reported data, 43% of students are male and 57% female. 61% of students are white, 13% multi-racial, 8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 8% Hispanic, 5% African American, 1% Native American, and 4% Other.[1] About 35% of students that leave GRC receive an academic Associates Degree, 7% earn a vocational Associate Degree, while another 44% gain vocational certificates.[1]

Student life[edit]


Competes in the Western Region of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). The college athletic teams are nicknamed the Gators.


GRC operates KGRG-FM and KGRG (AM) (formerly KENU - Pulse 1330). As with most college radio stations, the staff are mostly students. The GRCC student newspaper, The Current, has been published since the college opened in 1965.

Notable people[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Category:Green River College alumni.


  1. ^ a b c "Report to the Community". 2014. Archived from the original on August 14, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "About Green River Community College". 2007. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved November 11, 2007. 
  3. ^ "GRCC's aviation program continues to aim high.The school is CTI approved.". 2007. Retrieved December 17, 2007. 

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Coordinates: 47°18′48″N 122°10′42″W / 47.31333°N 122.17833°W / 47.31333; -122.17833