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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.

Summer quarter funding is available for students in select programs. Contact Kevin Kildun for more information.

Admission Steps

The first step in enrolling for Running Start is meeting with the Running Start advisor to begin the paperwork.

STEP 1: Submit scores or transcripts

Submit Smarter Balance scores or high school transcripts to the Running Start advisor:

STEP 2: Meet with CPTC Running Start Advisor

Speak to Kevin Kildun in the Advising and Counseling Center. He will determine your eligibility for Running Start.

STEP 3: Complete Running Start paperwork

Plan to meet with your high school counselor for their signature.

  1. Running Start Enrollment Verification Digital Signature Form

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 Smarter Balance scores or high school grades for placement into college level English
  • Be identified as eligible by your school

For more information, contact Kevin Kildun, 253-589-5701,

Running Start Eligible Programs


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