Running Start is a statewide community/technical college program developed for academically qualified high-school juniors and seniors who wish to enroll in courses that fulfill high-school graduation requirements. If you have chosen a career direction and can benefit from college instruction, Running Start at Clover Park Technical College may be right for you.
Please note that Running Start students are held to the same expectations as all other college students. Attendance, participation, behaviors and quality of work are to meet college standards.
The Running Start program is designed for high school students who are ready for college-level work, want to get a start on their career training, and want to receive both college and high-school credit while attending high school. High-school students between the ages of 16 and 21 may be eligible to attend CPTC under the Running Start program.
Qualified students (juniors or seniors enrolled in area high schools) enroll in tuition-free programs, but are required to pay a Running Start fee for books, tools, laboratory fees, consumables, and transportation (subject to revision due to pending legislation).
High-school students who attend during the summer quarter will pay adult tuition and fees. Interested students must meet with the Running Start advisor to receive appropriate paperwork prior to enrolling.
If you meet the following criteria you may be eligible for Running Start:
For more information, please contact Michelle Barre at 253-589-5583. Please note that there have been technical issues with the voicemail message box at extension 5701. Until further notice, please leave all voicemails regarding questions or requests for information about the Running Start program at 253-589-5583.