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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 Degree Planning Sessions for Current Students

Fort Steilacoom

Running Start EventDate & TimeRegistrationLocation
Degree Planning Session
(Fort Steilacoom Campus)
Appointment-Based Call (253) 964-6705TBA


Running Start EventDate & TimeRegistrationLocation
Degree Planning Session
(Puyallup Campus)
No Current Sessions TBATBA
*Degree planning sessions are for currently enrolled students.

Upcoming Registration Workshops for New Students

Note: Winter 2016 workshop dates will be announced in November. New students are encouraged to attend a workshop at the campus they will be attending winter 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)
No Current Workshops TBATBA


Running Start EventDate & TimeRegistrationLocation
Registration Workshop
(Puyallup campus)
Thursday, Dec. 10
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
RegisterCTR 276
*Student registration workshops are for new students.
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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

Puyallup (PY)

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

Valerie Frey
Running Start Manager
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Jayna Pettersen
Running Start Advisor
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