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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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Running Start located in Advising Center
Gaiser Hall Room 108
(360) 992-2366

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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 Important Dates

Spring Quarter Classes Begin

Monday, April 9

Running Start Information Nights

These are for students interested in beginning Running Start Fall 2018 (current sophomores and juniors).  All 3 Info Nights are identical and optional, held in the Clark College Gym (O'Connell Sports Center) from 7 to 8 p.m.

  • Wednesday, January 24  or
  • Wednesday, February 28 or
  • Wednesday, March 7

At this meeting:

  • Current Running Start students will discuss their experiences in the program, including advantages and disadvantages.
  • Eligibility criteria will be discussed.
  • Deadlines and requirements for Fall Quarter 2018 entry will be explained.