Jul 22, 2024  
2022-23 Catalog 
2022-23 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Support Center


The John Spellman Library helps students develop skills in accessing, evaluating, and using information as part of their instructional programs. To accomplish this, the library hosts a comprehensive collection of materials carefully selected to support the educational needs of Grays Harbor College students in academic transfer programs, workforce preparation, transition programs, and the Baccalaureate degree programs. The library’s collection includes books, magazines, journals, newspapers and films, in both print and electronic formats. Our electronic collections are available any time from any location. In addition to its scholarly support, the library provides students with access to technology. There are computers available to use during the library’s open hours as well as laptops that students can check out for use within the library and study rooms. Chromebooks are available to check out for the quarter for registered students. The library also provides access to digital media for checkout, including cameras, video recording equipment, audio recorders, tripods, and other useful tools. A reference librarian is available in-person at the reference desk, through email, and by phone, for all hours the library is open and 24 hours a day through our chat reference program.

Special collections and exhibits are available to enhance students’ education experience at the College. The library’s main art gallery displays the works of a variety of artists in ever-changing exhibits. For more information about the John Spellman Library visit our website at http://ghc.libguides.com/home, visit us in person on the top floor of the 1500 (Academic Support Center) building, or phone us at (360) 538-4050.


GHC’s eLearning Office works to ensure that students have the training and support they need to succeed in online classes, and that faculty have the skills and resources they need to teach effectively online. eLearning helps both students and faculty with course-based technologies, including the Learning Management System, Canvas, which is used by both online and hybrid courses, and as a major technology presence in most other classes as well. 

If you need technology help, please contact us at studenthelp@ghc.edu. If you have general questions, concerns, or suggestions about learning online at GHC, please contact us at elearning@ghc.edu. You may also call and leave a message at (360) 538-4085 to submit a ticket. eLearning can be found on the ground floor of the 1500 (Academic Support Center) building.

Writing Center

The Grays Harbor College Writing Center, staffed by a full-time English faculty member and student peer tutors, is located on the ground floor of the 1500 (Academic Support Center) building. The Writing Center provides all students with feedback and support in completing writing assignments in their GHC courses.

Students can set up an appointment in advance or drop by and be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. A tutor will sit down with the student and the two will work together toward the student’s goals:

  • Sometimes students show us their assignment sheets and we help the student understand what the assignment is asking them to do.

  • Other times, we will brainstorm together with the student, going over the course materials and assisting the student in setting up a plan or outline.

  • Students can also bring in a partial or complete draft of an assignment, and we will read through it together and offer our honest and constructive feedback, while also emphasizing the student’s successes.

We can support students working on any writing assignments related to school or employment, including essays, cover letters, job applications, scholarship applications, discussion board posts, creative writing, and so on.

To learn more, visit https://www.ghc.edu/student-services/writing-center or contact Tom Stearns at tom.stearns@ghc.edu.  

Learning Center

The GHC Learning Center is located on the ground floor of the 1500 (Academic Support Center) building and provides tutoring and other support for students’ academic endeavors. Students may drop by the Learning Center on a first come-first serve basis. Resources include tutoring in most disciplines, computers with internet access, copies of many textbooks, online tutoring study skills materials, and study space.  The Learning Center is staffed by trained tutors who can help students at all educational levels. All services are free for GHC students. The Learning Center also sponsors Student Success Workshops, assists with the formation of study groups, and offers study skills consultations. For more information email us at learningcenter@ghc.edu.


Sponsored by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical College and supported by Grays Harbor College staff and faculty, eTutoring is a service for GHC students provided by a consortium of colleges and universities from around Washington state and across the country. Available seven days a week, all GHC students have access to eTutoring’s free online tutoring services, which includes:

  • Accounting
  • American Sign Language
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Japanese
  • Math
  • MS Office
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Writing

Students log on for live tutoring sessions via Zoom in a fully interactive online environment. Students may also leave a specific eQuestion in any of the covered subjects, and a tutor will respond.

eTutoring also has an Online Writing Lab option where students can upload a draft of their paper and ask for specific feedback. The tutor will review and respond based on the questions the student asks.

To access eTutoring 24 hours a day, visit https://www.ghc.edu/etutoring. For more information, or if you have questions about this service email us at learningcenter@ghc.edu.

TRiO Programs at GHC

TRiO programs at Grays Harbor College are here to help low-income students, first-generation students, and students with disabilities gain knowledge of the higher education setting and achieve college access and success. The primary purpose of TRiO is to help students prepare for and plan their transfer to a four-year college or university. Services provided include guidance for completing the federal financial aid application, identifying and writing scholarship applications, career planning, transfer planning, and cultural opportunities.

The TRiO Student Support Services program concentrates on those students completing an academic transfer degree or program. The TRiO STEM program aids students intending to complete a degree in a science, technology, engineering or math field including health science degrees. For more information and to apply for services come to the first floor of the Spellman library, call (360) 538-4076, or email trio@ghc.edu.

The TRiO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federally-funded program that serves under-represented, low-income and/or first-generation individuals either enrolled in a post-secondary institution for the first time, have decided to return to high school or a post-secondary institution. TRiO EOC aids students who are new or unfamiliar with the college system.

This program and its support activities are not restricted or limited to serving individuals located in the Aberdeen or Hoquiam areas. Our program is dedicated to increasing students’ academic success and serving community members in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties and other surrounding communities.

TRiO EOC at Grays Harbor College is 100% federally-funded by the U.S. Department of Education & serves 850 individuals per year.

The purpose of our TRiO EOC is to deliver information regarding financial and academic assistance available to individuals who desire to pursue a program of post-secondary education; provide assistance to individuals in applying for admission to institutions that offer programs of post-secondary education, including assistance in preparing necessary applications for use by college admissions; and provide information regarding financial and economic literacy to participants. We are committed to increasing educational access and student success of the residents of Grays Harbor County.

Want to learn more, ask a question or get help?

  • Stop by the program department in the library (Building 1500, Room 1518); TRiO Outreach & Enrollment Specialist, STEM Office (Room 1514); TRiO Director, Riverview Campus (Room 202).

  • Email: trioeoc@ghc.edu 

  • Phone: (360) 538-4036 or (360) 538-4237