Running Start - Alternatives to Running Start

Dual credit program

High school students who complete selected high school courses with a "B" grade or better can earn credit from Pierce College and other community and technical colleges. The Dual Credit program is administered through the Pierce County Careers Connection, a partnership between all the public K-12 and two-year college districts in Pierce County.

Benefits of the program include:

  • You earn both high school and college credit for completing high school courses.
  • You receive priority registration (you register before other new students) if you attend your selected community or technical college after high school graduation.
  • You can stay on your high school campus and receive college credit.
  • You can save up to $1,000 in college tuition by earning college credits before you graduate from high school.
  • You pay a one-time application fee of only $15.

For more information, visit the Pierce County Careers Connection Web site.

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Valerie Frey
Running Start Manager
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Fort Steilacoom (FS)

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

Gina Gann
Program Assistant

Puyallup (PY)

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

Paloma Hernandez Perez
Testing and Running Start Program Assistant