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Running Start


Running Start during COVID-19

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Our current estimated response time is two business days

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Running Start provides academically motivated students an opportunity to take college courses as part of their high school education. Students may take just one class per quarter, or take all of their courses on the Clark College campus, earning both high school and college credit for all completed courses.

Students in the program attend regular day or evening college classes. Running Start students are accepted as a regular college student by Clark College instructors, and are expected to complete the same coursework requirements as their college classmates.

Request Information


Enrollment Services office on main campus
Gaiser Hall Room 128

Information Request Form

Why Running Start

The Running Start program allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits while completing their high school education—saving students money while advancing their education. Students are able to attend college, at minimal cost, while still living at home as a high school student.

Students are able to select courses that challenge them academically and provide real-world applications. Many students earn their associate’s degree and leave prepared to start a career or transfer to a four-year institution to pursue their bachelor’s degree.

Get Started

Apply to Clark College

Before you can qualify for the Running Start program, you will need to apply to Clark College.

Continuing Students

Fill out the Student Update Form if you are....

  • a  graduating senior who wishes to continue taking classes at Clark after you graduate
  • a current Running Start student who plans to take a class in summer term

Virtual Running Start Information Sessions for Winter 2021

To best assist high school juniors and seniors during the COVID-19 outbreak, we now offer Virtual Running Start Information Sessions for students planning to start Winter 2021 term.

During these sessions, students can receive information on the Running Start program, and Winter 2021 enrollment steps, placement and advising. It's a great place for incoming students to ask questions. No registration required. This event is specifically for students who plan to attend Clark during the 2020-2021 school year.

Students planning to begin Running Start in Winter 2021 can attend a Virtual Running Start Information Session for enrollment information.  Session dates will be announced shortly and posted here.  For help getting started today, email or

Thursday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m.
Meeting ID: 815 6300 0838

Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Meeting ID: 833 1225 4935

Thursday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m.
Meeting ID: 854 4396 1811

Thursday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Meeting ID: 822 5208 8578 

At this meeting:

  • Clark College representatives will provide a brief overview of the Running Start program.
  • The enrollment and placement requirements will be discussed.
  • Timelines for Winter Term 2021 entry will be reviewed.
  • There will be a Q & A portion at the end of the meeting.

Questions about this meeting?


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Clark College has moved to remote services and moved all Winter 2021 classes online. You can view campus-wide updates on the virus on our COVID-19 Information page.