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What is Running Start?

"Running Start" is a statewide community college program for academically qualified juniors and senior high school students to enroll in courses to fulfill high school graduation requirements and earn college credit.

Running Start is available fall, winter and spring quarters. Students may enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes, or solely in college classes. College tuition for eligible classes is covered through Running Start. The maximum credit eligible is based on students combined high school and college enrollment. See the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form for credit eligibility.

Running Start is not available during the summer. Students may enroll in summer courses at their own expense with their high school's permission. A completed High School Release Form must be submitted at the time of registration.

High school graduation requirements are established by each school district. Students should check with their high school counselor to verify the courses and number of credits required in order to graduate. Generally, one five (5) credit class at the college earns one (1) high school unit.

Upcoming Registration Workshops for New Students

Note: New students are encouraged to attend a workshop at the campus they will be attending spring quarter. Be sure to check back because more workshops will become available as they fill up. Thank You!

Fort Steilacoom

Running Start EventDate & TimeRegistrationLocation
Registration Workshop
(Fort Steilacoom Campus)
Tuesday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m. Register TodaySNR 113


Running Start EventDate & TimeRegistrationLocation
Registration Workshop
(Puyallup campus)
Thursday, March 3 at 1:15 - 3:30 p.m. Register TodayCTR 276
*Student registration workshops are for new students.

Parent and Student Information Nights

Pierce College Puyallup and Fort Steilacoom campuses will be hosting a Running Start Information Night. Due to seating limitations, registration is required.

Fort Steilacoom

Running Start Event Date and Time Registration Location
Information Night Tuesday, April 12
at 6:30 p.m.
Register Today Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Cascade Bldg, Performance Lounge


Running Start Event Date and Time Registration Location
Information Night Wednesday, March 9
at 6:00 p.m.
Register Today Pierce College Puyallup, AAH - Theatre
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Fort Steilacoom (FS)

Advising: 253-964-6705
Testing: 253-964-6439

Gina Gann
Program Assistant

Adriana Tsapralis
Running Start Program Specialist
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Puyallup (PY)

Advising: 253-840-8431
Testing: 253-840-8343

Natasha Stukes
Program Assistant - Testing and Running Start

Valerie Frey
Running Start Manager
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