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.

Fort Steilacoom (FS)

Advising: 253-964-6705
Testing: 253-964-6439
runningstart@pierce.ctc.edu

Sarah Hoaglin
Running Start Advisor
253-964-6755 Chat on Cranium Cafe with Sarah Hoaglin

Gina Gann
Program Assistant
253-964-6439 or 253-964-6520

Puyallup (PY)

Advising: 253-840-8431
Testing: 253-840-8343
puyrunningstart@pierce.ctc.edu

Valerie Frey
Running Start Manager
253-864-3210 Chat on Cranium Cafe with Valerie Frey

Jayna Pettersen
Running Start Advisor
(253) 840-8339 Chat on Cranium Cafe with Jayna Pettersen

Adriana Tsapralis
Testing/Running Start Program Assistant
253-840-8341 Chat on Cranium Cafe with Adriana Tsapralis