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Running Start


Holiday Closure: February 20

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

Information Nights

Wednesday, February 22
7 - 8 p.m. at the O'Connell Sports Center Complex

These are two identical and optional meetings for prospective students and their parents to learn about the Running Start program. The program allows eligible juniors and seniors to attend Clark College and earn dual credit (both high school and college credits). Deadlines and requirements for Fall Quarter entry will be explained at the meeting but are also available in the Fall 2017 Eligibility Information Handout. Go to the Students page to get the detailed list of instructions.

Continuing Student Spring Quarter Online Registration

Week of February 20 (look up your date & time to register)

New Student Spring Quarter Online Registration

February 27 at 5:30 a.m. (must bring proof of eligibility to Running Start office prior to this date)

Enrollment Verification Form Deadline for Spring Qtr

March 13

Payment Deadline for Spring Quarter

March 20

Spring Quarter Classes Begin

April 10