Welcome to Running Start

Feel free to explore our website, drop in to see us on the second floor of the Student Center, or call us at 360.442.2442.

What is Running Start?

Running Start is a statewide partnership between Lower Columbia College and local high schools in Washington. The program allows high school juniors and seniors to attend LCC tuition free and have the credits count for both high school and college credit. College credits are paid for by the school; saving families money as students begin their college careers. The college credits completed in Running Start will transfer to most universities and save the student time, effort and money. Students can select a schedule that works for them and allows them to easily coordinate classes, work, family, faith and other personal commitments.

  • Students may enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes, or solely at the college.
  • LCC offers day, evening, and online courses
  • Students receive both high school and college credit for classes completed at the college.
  • Students do not need the permission of the high school to enroll in the program, the student and parents make this choice.

Students can still compete in athletics, clubs and be involved in their high school as much as they choose. Additionally, there is a vibrant college experience for them in Running Start; students can participate in clubs, events and activities at LCC.


How do I know if Running Start is right for me....

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Benefits of Running Start

  • Earn your two-year college degree at the same time as your high school diploma.
  • Take a wide variety of classes not offered in high school.
  • Take more challenging or advanced courses.
  • Take classes online.
  • Become part of the rich learning environment on a college campus.
  • Get a running start on future educational plans and goals.

Participants are responsible for mandatory fees, books and transportation. All credits are fully transferable to any college or university in Washington State, as well as most other universities/colleges. The program was created by the Washington State Legislature RCW 28B.50.535 in order to provide students an opportunity to take college courses while still in high school.

Contact Running Start

Drop in to see us on the second floor of the Student Center during regular business hours, or call or email our Running Start staff.

  Guadalupe Rodriguez, Educational Planner


 Kami Collette, Educational Planner


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