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Over the past five years, the number of Running Start students earning both their high school diploma and an associate degree has doubled!*

*98 Running Start students earned an associate degree in 2016-17, compared to 49 in 2012-13.

In addition, Running Start students perform better academically than other LCC students. In academic year 2017, Running Start students earned an average GPA of 3.2, compared to 3.0 for all other students.

Running Start Eligibility

High School Students

  • You will be in the 11th or 12th grade by your first quarter of Running Start.
  • You have at least a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA.
  • You have a 3.0 GPA or better in all high school English/Literature classes,

OR

  • You score a 3 or 4 on the English portion of the Smarter Balanced assessment.

Home School or Private School Students

  • You must enroll through a local public high school and have a junior or senior standing. However, you do not need to attend classes in the public high school.
  • It is the responsibility of the public high school to establish your grade placement.
  • You must live in the State of Washington.

Information for Undocumented Students/DREAMers

Undocumented students in Washington state have the right to attend colleges and universities. Many qualify for state-funded financial aid because of the Washington Dream Act, also called The Real Hope Act which was signed into law in 2014.

› Learn more at Undocumented Students/DREAMers


Contact Running Start

Drop in to see us on the second floor of the Student Center during regular business hours, M - F, 8 am to 5 pm, or call or email our Running Start staff.

  Guadalupe Rodriguez, Manager

  (360) 442-2444
  grodriguez@lowercolumbia.edu

 Carmilla Rollins, Education Planner

  (360) 442-2411
  crollins@lowercolumbia.edu

  Shawnee Randolph, Education Planner

  (360) 442-2441
  srandolph@lowercolumbia.edu

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