High School Programs

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High School Programs

Career Education Options (CEO)

If you’re 16–21, live in Cowlitz or Wahkiakum Counties, are behind in credits and won't be able to graduate from high school on time, and have conditions that interfere with the traditional high school structure, Career Education Options may be for you. Self-paced courses cover all of the necessary credits to earn a diploma and there is also an opportunity to take college level courses. You’ll work toward your regular high school diploma and may get help earning a college certificate or degree as well.

For more information visit, call 360.442.2691, or e-mail

Career Pathways/Tech Prep

Tech Prep is a dual credit program where LCC partners with area high schools to provide technical preparation in selected fields of study that could lead to an associate’s degree, apprenticeship certification, or professional/technical certifications. High school students may earn free college credit by earning a B or better in a Tech Prep course offered at their school. Check the high school course catalog for specific career-technical education (CTE) courses listed as Tech Prep. Earning Tech Prep credit while in high school gives students a head start on an Associate in Applied Science degree at LCC and may also meet requirements for related instruction in a registered apprenticeship program. Ask the high school CTE instructor or counselor about Tech Prep or contact the Career Pathways Office at LCC.

For more information, call 360.442.2610 or visit

General Education Development (GED)

Lower Columbia College is an official GED testing center. Adults who did not finish high school may earn high school credentials by taking this series of four tests. Practice and instruction is also available to help pass the GED test. Students review and receive help with writing skills, social studies, science, reading, literature and arts, mathematics and test taking. Students work individually or in small groups with the assistance of an instructor. Classes are available at LCC and at community locations. For the GED testing schedule and class sites, call 360.442.2353 or visit

High School 21+

Students, 21 years or older, who want to finish, or earn, a Washington State High School Diploma and prepare for college or career conveniently and affordably, enroll in the High School 21+ program (HS21+).

Tailored for adults with busy schedules, HS21+ high school credit bearing classes are available morning, afternoon, and evening at several locations including LCC, Goodwill, and Woodland and in a variety of formats including face-to-face, hybrid, and online.

Different than traditional high school completion programs, High School 21+:

  • awards credit for prior learning achieved through work, life, and military experience
  • awards credit for previous high school and college transcripts
  • offers a diploma that is more accepted by the military than other equivalency options
  • opens the door to federal financial aid for college
  • helps to develop or refresh the knowledge and skills required for college-level classes
  • helps students prepare for college entrance exams

Students must demonstrate competency in English and math in the context of required subjects including science, history, government, occupational education, health and fine arts. Tuition is just $25 per quarter. Financial assistance is available for those who need it.

For more information, or to enroll, contact the Transitional Studies Department office at 360.442.2580, stop by Vocational Building, room 159, or visit

Running Start

Through Running Start, qualified high school juniors and seniors may earn both high school and college credits by attending college classes. Eligible students may enroll in a full range of professional/technical and academic courses for university or college transfer. 

Students attend regular Lower Columbia College classes during the school day, in the evening or online. Upon satisfactory completion of the course requirements, they will receive college credit that is fully transferable to most colleges and universities. These credits also apply to their high school diploma. To be admitted to the Running Start program, a student must place into college-level writing and reading, participate in an orientation and apply by the published deadline.

For more information call 360.442.2352 or visit


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