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Running Start


Running Start during COVID-19

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Our current estimated response time is two business days

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Running Start provides academically motivated students an opportunity to take college courses as part of their high school education. Students may take just one class per quarter, or take all of their courses on the Clark College campus, earning both high school and college credit for all completed courses.

Students in the program attend regular day or evening college classes. Running Start students are accepted as a regular college student by Clark College instructors, and are expected to complete the same coursework requirements as their college classmates.

Request Information


Enrollment Services office on main campus
Gaiser Hall Room 128

Information Request Form

Why Running Start

The Running Start program allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits while completing their high school education - saving students money while advancing their education. Students are able to attend college, at minimal cost, while still living at home as a high school student.

Students are able to select courses that challenge them academically and provide real-world applications. Many students earn their associate’s degree and leave prepared to start a career or transfer to a four-year institution to pursue their bachelor’s degree.

Get Started

Apply to Clark College

Before you can qualify for the Running Start program, you will need to apply to Clark College.

Continuing Students

Fill out the Student Update Form if you are....

  • a  graduating senior who wishes to continue taking classes at Clark after you graduate
  • a current Running Start student who plans to take a class in summer term

Attend a Virtual Running Start Information Night to Learn More!

These optional information sessions are for students and their families who want to know more about beginning the Running Start program in the 2021-2022 school year.  You'll hear current Running Start students describe their experiences in the program and learn about eligibility, enrollment steps, placement options, and tips for academic planning. There will also be a designated Q & A time at the end of the event.


(All nights are held virtually on Zoom, are optional, and provide the same information)

 Register Online

Register to attend on Eventbrite or check back here for a link to the Zoom webinar. All Eventbrite registrations will receive an agenda of information and a link to the meeting prior to the event. Registration is optional but highly encouraged.

If you have questions about this meeting, please Email us at

Sessions are being held virtually this year in response to COVID-19. Check the Clark College COVID-19 UPDATES page to read more about the campus response to the pandemic.

Live captioning and sign language interpreters are available for all event dates.

If you need accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Clark College's Disability Support Services office at 360-992-2314 or 360-9920901VP, as soon as possible.