Running Start

What is Running Start?


Running Start is a program that allows 11th and 12th grade students to take college courses at Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges. The main reason that one would have in being a part of this program is that students receive both high school and college credit for these classes, thus accelerating their progress through the education system. This serves as both a cost saving measure, as well as giving students an opportunity to be involved in higher level classes.

Steps to Enroll in a Running Start Program:

Becoming a Running Start student is a big decision and is definitely not for everyone. You are encouraged to talk with a counselor to help you decide on whether this is the right avenue for you. Thoroughly research what this decision will entail, attend informational meetings at the community college you plan to attend, form a schedule for what your routine will look like, and other things to prepare for this decision. If you determine that you are in fact ready for Running Start, then follow the next steps provided in the following attached Running Start Application packet.

Click here to view Running Start Fall 2021 Information.

(This packet is relevant for Bellevue College (BC), Cascadia College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Central Washington University, Washington Network for Innovative Careers, and Digipen Institute of Technology.)

Please follow all instructions as listed on these forms.

It is your responsibility as an applicant to finish all of these steps on time, so read the instructions carefully. If you do not finish everything the application needs, there is a very high chance that you will not be able to attend one of these programs. Colleges take these due dates very seriously.