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What is Running Start?
Running Start is a dual credit statewide program that provides the opportunity for qualified high school Juniors and Seniors to attend college classes, tuition free (except for fees), while completing high school. Students are eligible for a combined total of 1.2 FTE between the high school and college. Examples of that is one Sehome class and fifteen credits at the college or three classes at the high school and ten credits at the college. The high school and college have FTE charts explaining these breakdowns.

Student eligibility:
The student must be of Junior or Senior status and be enrolled through their school district.
The student must have passed the placement test offered by the college making them eligible to register for college level courses or show proof of meeting the GPA requirement. (Please contact the college for details, most have a Running Start page on their website). Students may take classes below the 100 level for high school credit (i.e. Math 98 or Math 99)  but the student will be responsible for the cost of tuition.

New students:

Attend a Running Start Information Session – See the college Running Start website for dates and times
Pick up a  Sehome Running Start Parent Permission form from the Sehome Career Center.
Upon receiving the quarterly registration packet from the college, schedule an appointment with the high school Running Start Coordinator to complete the Enrollment Verification Form
Finally, schedule an appointment at the college Running Start Office to schedule your advisor appointment and sign up for classes.


Is Running Start a good option for you?   Are you prepared for the rigor of college classes? What type of schedule do you want? Do you want to go part time, full time or just take one class?  Are you able to make appointments on your own? Are you comfortable speaking with teachers and advisors independently? Would you seek help from the teacher or the Learning Center if you are struggling or get behind? Are you organized? Do you manage your time well? You are starting a college transcript – these grades stick!


WCC Running Start  office phone: (360)383-3123                         BTC Running Start  office phone:  (360)752-8385

Whatcom Community College  
Bellingham Technical College
WCC Running Start Web Site BTC Running Start Web Site
WCC Course & Credit Equivalencies BTC Course & Credit Equivalencies


Accuplacer study guide             Other study tools:           Cool Math   

BTC also offers EdReady  – Goal Key available upon request to the college


For more information or to make an appointment contact:

Martha Zender
Career Center Assistant/ Running Start Coordinator
Phone: (360) 676-6470  ext. 5259