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Running Start is a statewide community and technical college program where high school juniors and seniors take college courses for both high-school and college credit. If you have chosen a career direction and can benefit from college instruction, Running Start at Clover Park Technical College may be right for you.

Check out what our Running Start students are accomplishing at CPTC!

Running Start Student Gets Jump Start in Architectural Field

Running Start students are held to the same expectations as all other college students. Attendance, participation, behavior and quality of work must meet college standards.

Running Start tuition is typically free for area high-school students, but there is a cap to the amount of free tuition. Unless they meet a financial waiver, Running Start students pay normal CPTC fees for books, tools, laboratory fees, consumables and transportation. During summer quarter, however, high-school students pay adult tuition and fees.

The first step in enrolling for Running Start is meeting with the Running Start advisor to begin the paperwork.

Running Start Eligibility

To qualify for Running Start, you have to...

  • Be between ages 16 and 21
  • Be a junior or senior in high school
  • Meet minimum COMPASS test scores
  • Be identified as eligible by your school

For more information, contact Kevin Kildun, 253-589-5701, kevin.kildun@cptc.edu.