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Running Start


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.

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Enrollment Services office on main campus
Gaiser Hall Room 128
(360) 992-2366

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.

Running Start Upcoming Events

Attend a Running Start Information Night to learn more!

These optional information sessions are for students and their families who want to know more about beginning the program. You’ll hear current Running Start students describe their experiences in the program and learn about eligibility criteria, deadlines, and more.


Wednesday, February 5th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Monday, February 24th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Monday, March 9th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


O’Connell Sports Center on the Clark College main campus
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663

Click here for interactive Clark College map

All nights are optional and provide the same information. No registration required.

Questions?  Contact: or call 360-992-2078