About GRCC




Named after the river that winds through most of its service area, Green River Community College is a two-year public college in Washington state that offers degrees and certificates in academic and professional and technical programs, as well as courses in continuing education and developmental education. Located on 186 acres, Green River has been committed to maintaining the ecological integrity of the campus’s forested growth. Students enjoy this beautiful campus in its safe and peaceful environment.

A core of about 120 full-time faculty and 210 part-time faculty teach daytime and evening classes. The student population is approximately 9,000—both full-time and part-time students—and features a growing diversity of ages and ethnic backgrounds.

The roots of GRCC stretch back to 1945, when the Auburn School District started a program of adult evening education, which soon became the largest in Washington state. The popularity of the program convinced citizens from the surrounding communities that the Green River Valley needed its own community college. Local committees began working to secure state approval to start a community college in 1959. In 1963, the determination of local citizens paid off when the Washington State Board of Education approved the community college.

GRCC’s professional and technical program began in September 1964 at a location near the Auburn Boeing plant. A year later, Green River Community College opened its doors at its present location on Lea Hill, east of Auburn. This favorable location is easy to reach from local communities and is a 40-minute drive from either Seattle or Tacoma. With increasing demand for higher education, GRCC has opened satellite campuses in Kent and Enumclaw.

Green River Community College’s service area is defined as District 10 by the 1967 Washington State Legislature; the college is governed by a five-member board of trustees. Financial support comes from state appropriations and student tuition.


Contact Information:

Main Campus
12401 SE 320th Street
Auburn, WA 98092-3622
Tel: (253) 833-9111

Enumclaw Campus
1414 Griffin Avenue
Enumclaw, WA 98022
Tel: (253) 288-3400

Kent Campus
417 Ramsay Way, Suite 112
Kent, WA 98032
Tel: (253) 856-9595

Last updated on: 10/08/2007
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