How do I access my online classes?
To get to your classrooms:
- Go to http://www.waol.org
- Click on the Blackboard button at the top right of the page.
- Click on the Blackboard Login button on the left of the page.
- Enter your USER ID and password.
- Your USER ID is waol plus the student ID number issued to
you by Grays Harbor College (example: waol23456789)
- Your PASSWORD is the first five letters of your last name.
Once you are logged in, you can change your password.
- You will see a desktop with your name on it. The classes you
are enrolled in will be listed under “My Courses.”
- Click on the name of your course to begin your work.
Why is it important to enter my bio onto
my WAOL class?
students receiving financial aid should post a brief biography
in their online class(es). This info is needed to verify that
you are actually "attending" the class
and each online class has instructions on how to do this. Post
your bio as soon as possible so as not to cause any problems/slowdowns
with your financial aid checks.
What time should I arrive for the four
should plan to arrive by 8:30 am. An all-program
gathering takes place at 9 and students then attend their upper
division strand course or the Integrating Seminar.
is available to the students by prior arrangement. Contact Barbara
or Lorena Maurer if you plan to use child care for the quarter with
the names and ages of your children.
Lunch is a brown bag and please
bring enough for your child.
Note: The Saturday dates are listed on the "Important
dates" page of our website.
Where do I go at TESC? Better directions?
Longhouse Education and Cultural Center - 2800 Dogtooth Lane NW
#A (See: Driving
Directions and Evergreen
How do I get to GHC?
From Seattle – Take I-5 south through Olympia.
Go west on Highway 8 and 12 following signs to Aberdeen/Ocean
From Portland – Follow I-5 north to Centralia.
Take Highway 12 just north of Centralia and proceed to Elma taking
Hwy 12 west to Aberdeen.
Upon arriving in Aberdeen - Proceed into downtown
following signs to Westport/Grayland and South Shore Mall. Stay
in the left lane. Turn left onto H street and stay in right
lane over the Chehalis Bridge. The right lane has a consistent
green light. Follow the road past South Shore Mall. The college
entrance will be on the left. Please park in the visitor lot.
What is an AA degree?
The Associate in Arts degree (AA) is an appropriate degree for
students who will ultimately seek a bachelor’s degree from a four-year
college or university. The degree typically requires ninety academic
credits in courses numbered 100 or above. (See: Higher
Ed At A Glance)
How does the program relate to getting a bachelor’s
Completion of the AA degree will prepare you to enter a 4-year
college such as The Evergreen State College. (See: Higher
Ed At A Glance)
What if I find the work difficult?
First and foremost, check with your instructor. Next, seek out
your student leader and attend study sessions if you haven’t
been doing so. Also, use your resources. Finally, talk with
Lorena Maurer, email@example.com.
What if I’ve had courses at other colleges?
Contact your previous institutions and arrange to have an official
transcript of your work sent to the Admissions Office at GHC,
1620 Edward P. Smith Dr., Aberdeen, WA 98520
When do I apply for Financial Aid?
Each year you must apply for financial aid for the following academic
year. Typically you should complete your financial aid application
as soon as you have completed your tax information from the previous
year. The sooner the better but your completed financial aid
application should be in the Financial Aid Office by May 1st
to receive priority consideration.
What if I have to miss a Saturday meeting or study
This is not good. You should make every effort to attend these
sessions. You cannot make up work for a Saturday session and it
will impair you ability to be successful in your classes. If you
miss a study session, contact your study leader prior to the absence
to discuss material you will miss and receive guidance about what
What if I have to withdraw?
We sincerely hope that you do not need to consider a withdrawal
from the program. Should you feel this is necessary, you should
talk with your instructor immediately as the instructor has control
over whether this is OK to do. Then, call Lorena Maurer immediately.
He can advise you about financial aid implications and dates
that will limit repayment requirements.
What if I need technical assistance w/ WAOL?
Technical assistance can be obtained from WAOL at http://www.waol.org.
Or call 1-888-580-9011 (M-F 8-5) or 24/7 call 1-866-425-8412.
Email address is Wafirstname.lastname@example.org.