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Clark College News and Events

January 3, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921


High school sophomores and junior and their parents
are invited to “Running Start Information Night” on February 6

VANCOUVER, Wash. – High school sophomores and juniors can learn how to take the next step in their education by attending “Running Start Information Night” on Tuesday, February 6.

The special event for students and parents will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Clark College gym in the O’Connell Sports Center.  The O’Connell Sports Center is located on the southwest corner of Clark College’s main campus, on Fort Vancouver Way between E. McLoughlin Blvd. and Fourth Plain Blvd.

According to Running Start manager Linda Calvert, “This is the kick-off session for sophomores and juniors and their parents who want to know more about Running Start and what the ‘Next Steps’ are to begin the program in fall 2007.”

Running Start allows eligible juniors and seniors to take classes to earn college credit while they fulfill their high school graduation requirements.  Running Start students attend regular Clark classes during the day or in the evening, along with “regular” college students.  They can choose from a full range of academic and professional/technical courses as long as the students meet the criteria and the classes are college-level.  The tuition for eligible students is covered by the school district.  Students pay for books, transportation, and any miscellaneous class fees. Limited textbook assistance is available for those with financial need. 

Linda Calvert noted, “Successful Running Start students are generally self-motivated, emotionally mature, and looking for additional academic challenges. They also have excellent study and time management skills.  They have college-level skills and maturity.   Some students are so motivated that they earn their Associate Degree from Clark at the same time that they earn their high school diploma.” 

Calvert added, “This session will provide a great chance to hear current Running Start students describe their experiences in the program.  We’ll talk about the eligibility criteria, testing procedures, deadlines, and more.”  Calvert noted that this annual event frequently attracts hundreds of interested students and parents to the college. 

Calvert added, “After they come to information night, students should contact their high school counselors to sign up to take the test to qualify for Running Start.  The sign-ups for the test will be available in high school counseling offices between February 7 and 27.”

ASCC President Amanda Mayoral, a senior from Ridgefield High School, is a Running Start student.   Active with the college’s Model United Nations program, she is studying to receive an Associate of Arts Degree.   Mayoral said, “The Running Start program is a wonderful opportunity to expand my knowledge in areas such as student government and political science, which interest me.  I plan on going to college, becoming an attorney, and eventually becoming a judge.  The Running Start program gives me a strong platform for pursuing my goals.”

For more information on Running Start, visit the Clark College website at www.clark.edu/runningstart.  For information about “Running Start Information Night,” call 360-992-2842.


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