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Running Start

Running Start is a statewide community and technical college program where high school juniors and seniors take college courses for both high-school and college credit. 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.

Running Start students are held to the same expectations as all other college students. Attendance, participation, behavior and quality of work must meet college standards.

Running Start tuition is typically free for area high-school students, but there is a cap to the amount of free tuition. Running Start students pay normal CPTC fees for books, tools, laboratory fees, consumables and transportation. During summer quarter, however, high-school students pay adult tuition and fees.

The first step in enrolling for Running Start is meeting with the Running Start advisor to begin the paperwork.
Please contact Kevin Kildun at 253-589-5701 or via email Kevin.Kildun@cptc.edu to get started.

STEP 1: SUBMIT SMARTER BALANCE SCORES OR TAKE THE ACCUPLACER

Please bring picture ID You can get location/dates/times and fees at: www.cptc.edu/accuplacer.

STEP 2: MEET WITH CPTC RUNNING START ADVISOR

Come speak to Kevin Kildun in the Advising and Counseling Center (Building 17, Room 150), who will determine if you are eligible for Running Start.

STEP 3: COMPLETE RUNNING START PAPERWORK

Forms are available at www.cptc.edu/running-start. You must meet with your high school counselor for their signature.

STEP 4: MEET WITH CPTC RUNNING START ADVISOR

We will complete your admission form for your program and discuss registration for the next quarter.

Running Start Eligibility

To qualify for Running Start, you have to...

  • Be between ages 16 and 21
  • Be a junior or senior in high school
  • Meet minimum ACCUPLACER test scores or Smarter Balance scores for placement into college level English
  • Be identified as eligible by your school

For more information, contact Kevin Kildun, 253-589-5701, kevin.kildun@cptc.edu.

Programs Running Start Students Are Eligible For

Pre-Requisite Classes For

INFO SESSIONS

APPLY

FINANCIAL AID