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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 Office
Gaiser Hall room 137
Tel: (360) 992-2366


Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m
8:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m

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 Events

Summer & Fall Schedules Online

April 21

Continuing Student Online Registration

Week of May 8 (assigned date/time available on the My Clark account)

New Student Online Registration

May 22 at 5:30 a.m. (students must have brought proof of eligibility to Running Start prior to this date)

Enrollment Verification Form & Fee Waiver Submission Deadline

May 31

Summer Classes Begin

July 10 (students must pay for tuition and fees for summer classes)