The Running Start Program
The Running Start program is a partnership between Whatcom Community College (WCC) and the public high schools in Washington. The program allows high school juniors and seniors to enroll in WCC classes tuition free and earn college credits that also apply to high school graduation requirements. Students may enroll concurrently in high school and college classes, or solely in college classes. The cost of fees, books and supplies is paid by students.
The Running Start program offers the eligible high school student the opportunity to get a “head start” on earning college credits, take courses that satisfy both high school and college requirements, seek academic challenges, and take courses that are not offered in high school. Students do not need permission of the high school to enroll in the Running Start program. This choice is made by the student and parent/guardians. Running Start students have the same rights and responsibilities as all WCC college students.
To participate in Running Start, high school students must be of eleventh or twelfth grade standing, as determined by the public high school or public school district. (This includes students attending a private school or receiving home-based instruction.) Students must place at college-level English. Specific procedures regarding enrolling in courses under the Running Start program are available online at whatcom.edu/runningstart or from the WCC Running Start office, Laidlaw Center, room 134.
Note: Students under 18 who do not meet the regular admission or Running Start requirements and who want to attend WCC may do so. Students must first meet with a Running Start advisor to complete the necessary steps prior to review and approval by the vice president for student services.