Amber Hatley: Staff

Amber Hatley: Staff Photo

What do you do at the college? How does your job help students meet their goals?

I work with Running Start as a Program Coordinator in the Welcome Center. I get to aid in the process of recruiting students, processing their applications, proctoring placement tests, and setting them up with their advisor through to their graduation.

What makes you passionate about what you do for students?

As an educator, I strive to help students be successful in the transition into adulthood as they integrate into college life. It is so rewarding to get to see students setting themselves up for success from an early age.

What’s your favorite part about working at GHC?

It is a pleasure to get to see students who actually want to be here, and see them achieve their goals. I love working with youth who are trying to figure out where their path is going to lead them. Anything I can do to be a part of that and help them is the best part of my job.

What advice do you have for students? What do you wish students knew about?

Running Start is an excellent opportunity for high school students, and isn’t only limited to the students with perfect GPAs. Through a welcoming and supportive environment, all students have the opportunity to succeed and shine.

Are you a GHC alum? If so, can you share something awesome about your experience as a student? What about your experience as a student made you want to get a job here?

I came back a little later in life to GHC with plans to better myself and situation with an associate degree, but I received the support and encouragement that I needed (and everyone should be given) and gained the confidence to continue on. After completing my AA here, I went on to earn my masters in education with a specialization in higher education from Ashford University and am pursing my masters in psychology. Having the encouragement and support here at GHC is what both made me successful, and what made me want to come back and work here.

Also, I’m terrible at math, and that made me really nervous about coming back to school, but the staff here helped me realize that I actually could do math. There is a very welcoming and inviting community on campus that extends beyond the staff and faculty, but to the clubs, activities and the students as well. I didn’t have a sense of belonging until I came to GHC, and that’s a big reason why I wanted to come back here.

What do you do when you’re not working at GHC?

 Well, I’m pursuing my Masters in Psychology, and I have two daughters. So, that pretty much sums up my life right now! However, I am an avid reader and writer with an BA in English from Ashford University and a love of literature.

If a student needs help with something in your area, how can they get in touch with you and your colleagues?

We have our own page on the website at ghc.edu/runningstart. My line is specifically for running start, and you can reach us at (360)538-4248 or contact us at runningstart@ghc.edu for anything! We are currently meeting with students both in person and over zoom, their choice.