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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 on the Forms page 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.

Running Start Information Night – Fall 2019

This session is for students and parents wanting to learn about Running Start for fall quarter. 

Due to limited seating, please register below if you plan on attending.

Topics covered include:

  • Overview of the Running Start program (e.g., eligibility requirements, costs associated with college, grades, fee waiver)
  • How to get started for fall
  • Benefits of Running Start
  • Things to consider
  • Time management
  • Q&A

Registration Information

You can attend either campus, regardless where student plans on attending.

  • Puyallup Campus
    Tuesday, August 13
    6–7 p.m.
    Library Science Building (LSC), Room 244
    Register
  • Fort Steilacoom Campus
    Thursday, August 15
    6–7 p.m.
    Cascade Building, Room 332
    Register

Parent Orientation — Fall 2019

Parents/guardians of new Running Start students enrolled for fall quarter are invited to attend an orientation. Attendance is optional; however, each parent must register below if planning to attend.

General outline of the orientation:


  • Career Pathways at Pierce College
  • Dean of Instruction: Tips for Parents
  • Campus Resources
  • Campus Safety
  • Student Programs
  • Overview of Running Start (funding, forms, grades, etc.)
  • Stay connected: social media
  • Q&A 

Parents can attend orientation at either campus. Registration is first-come, first-serve as seating may be limited. A confirmation email will be sent when you register. If you do not receive it, please check your spam folder.

Fort Steilacoom Parent Orientation

  • Wednesday, September 18
    6–7:30 p.m.
    Cascade Building, Room 332
    Register

Puyallup Parent Orientation

  • Thursday, September 12
    6–7:30 p.m.
    College Center Building, Room C102
    Register
  • Tuesday, September 17
    6–7:30 p.m.
    College Center Building, Room C102
    Register

Partnership with University of Washington Tacoma

We partner with the University of Washington Tacoma to help our students transition to college. For more information about UWT, contact Maria Reyes at MReyes@pierce.ctc.edu.