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Project Finish Line brings completion coaches to College to increase Student Success

Comletion coaches roactively reach out to near-comleters and hel them navigate bums in the road.

Completion coaches proactively reach out to near-completers and help them navigate bumps in the road.

Liliana Godinez and Angela Rambo joined Green River in February as Progress and Completion coaches, with the assistance of a grant funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded program called Project Finish Line.

Project Finish Line is a two-year regional initiative funding completion coaches at three Seattle colleges along with Green River. This initiative aims to model the completion work that has seen great success serving students at other community colleges across the state, including Walla Walla Community College.

Armed with Master's Degrees in social work, Liliana's and Angela's work will involve wrap-around advising along with connections and referrals to academic, financial, and student support services.

Completion coaches proactively reach out to near-completers and help them navigate bumps in the road, or provide information so that they can successfully apply for graduation.

Working in the Office in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Financial Aid respectively, Liliana and Angela will provide completion support for students who have more than 90 college-level credits and have not received a degree nor credential, or current students who have obtained more than 70 credits but are experiencing barriers in their journey to reach their goals.

Allison Warner from the Career and Advising Center will join Angela and Liliana to serve as Green River's Completion Coach Coordinator. Other Project Finish Line partners include Chris Johnson from Institutional Effectiveness, Richard Hill from IT and David Larsen from Student Affairs.

With the help they receive from Liliana, Angela, and Allison, more Green River students will soon have the tools they need to cross the finish line.