Running Start Program
Running Start is a statewide partnership between high schools and community and technical colleges in Washington. Whatcom Community College remains commited
to serving local students through Running Start, the popular program for high school juniors and seniors. Running Start offers families significant cost savings as students begin their college careers.
- Students may enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes, or solely
at the college.
- Students receive both high school and college credit for classes completed at
- Students do not need the permission of the high school to enroll in the program
- the student and parents make this choice.
- View the Running Start video for additional information.
To learn more about Running Start, please attend a one-hour information meeting. No RSVP necessary. (Campus map).
Running Start Information Meetings for Winter 2014 and Beyond
- Days & Times for Information Meetings will be posted as they become available.
- If you are interested in Running Start for Winter 2014, please call the Running Start office at 360.383.3123.
Students must be in 11th or 12th grade as determined by the public high school. Home schooled students will work with their school's District Office annually to determine grade level (home school students in the Bellingham District should contact the high school registrar). Students attending a private school must register with a public high school to receive Running Start funding.
Eligible students must place at college-level English and reading as determined by Accuplacer tests.
To qualify for Running Start, students take both the Sentence Skills (English) and Reading placement tests. (Students who have earned a score of "4" or "5" on the AP English Language/Comp exam are exempt from placement testing.) A one-time Testing Fee of $20 will be charged unless the student is eligible for a Fee Waiver.
Placement Testing for Winter 2013 and Beyond!
- Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 3-5pm, Laidlaw 121
Important testing information:
- Bring picture ID with you. Arrive on time. Before paying the testing fee, come to the the Running Start office in Laidlaw 134 to complete forms.
- When you complete the English and Reading tests, you will be given your scores. Please bring them to the Running Start Office where you will receive more information and learn about your next steps. If you need further information about enrolling in courses, please contact the Running Start Office at 360.383.3123 or email email@example.com.
- For directions to the campus and to locate the Laidlaw Center, please view our campus map.
Practice Questions are available for review (on the right-side column, select Free Sample Questions. Review the Sentence Skills and Reading exercies only - DO NOT USE the Math or ESL questions).
Special testing instructions for students with an IEP or 504 plan:
Students who need to test under special conditions should make arrangements through a Running Start advisor before coming to the College. Advisor names and phone numbers are listed below. Please do not sign up for a group test before speaking to an advisor.
ESL - English as a Second Language Testing:
Students who were enrolled or are currently enrolled in ELL or ESL classes in high school should contact the Running Start Office at 360.383.3126 and arrange to take the QUIA test at the College. Please allow 3.5 hours for this test.
Students who wish to take a math class or a math-based science class at the college must first take the WCC math placement test. (Students are encouraged to take math either at the high school or at the college every year.) The math placement test is usually completed in a separate session after students have taken the initial Sentence Skills and Reading tests (outlined above).
Students take the math test independently in the Testing Center (Laidlaw 133) during open hours. Testing Center hours for Fall Quarter 2013 are as follows:
- Monday, Thursday, & Friday: 8:30am-4pm
- Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:30am-8pm
- No placement testing during the last two weeks of every quarter.
- Call 360.383.3052 for open hours during the break between quarters.
Please bring photo ID and arrive in the Testing Center at least 1.5 hours before it is scheduled to close. When re-taking a math test, please report to the Running Start office before going to the Testing Center.
- Study help can be found on WCC's Online Math Center. This site has a list of concepts covered on each math test. Paper handouts of this information are also available in the Running Start Office, Laidlaw 134.
- No calculators needed.
- Bring photo ID and your Whatcom Community College ID number.
- Only college-level math is funded by Running Start. However, students may self-pay for below-college level (algebra) courses.
When you have your Math Placement results, bring your score sheet to the Running Start office in Laidlaw 134, or call a Running Start advisor the next day.
Running Start funding covers tuition only for college-level credits (courses numbered 100 and above) during Fall, Winter & Spring quarters. Running Start students owe tuition for classes numbered under 100 and for college-level credits over 15 per quarter. Tuition will be charged for combined high school and college credits exceeding 120% of full time. This chart is a guideline of possible high school and college combinations that fall within the 120% funding cap. Fee Waiver students are exempt from the funding limits but must pay tuition for classes numbered under 100.
Placement Testing Fee (waived for low income):
$20.00 (one-time fee, covers additional placement tests and retests)
Lab & Materials Fees (cannot be waived):
Art and Art-Graphics – $15-$25, varies by class
Science classes – $20 - 30
Nursing 100 – $75
Dance - $25
CIS - $15-$25
PE 126 - $20
Other courses to be determined
Student Fees (waived for low income):
Please click here to see an explanation of fees for the 2013-14 academic year.
Low income RS students should submit a Fee Waiver Petition form to have certain fees waived and to be exempt from the funding limits. Students may be eligible for a Fee Waiver if receiving free/reduced meals at high school, or receiving public assistance from a state or federal program. See the Running Start Office for the Petition form, or click here to view the form. Submit Fee Waiver petitions prior to placement testing or by the first day of the quarter.
Tuition Rates Fall/Winter/Spring quarters 2013-14:
Resident Tuition: $112.84 per credit
Online course tuition/fees:
Running Start students will not be charged extra for college-level online courses unless the online credits are part of a quarterly total of college-level credits that exceeds 15, or a combined high school and college credit load that exceeds 120% of full time. Fee Waiver students are exempt from the funding limits.
Running Start students will not be dropped from classes for unpaid fees and/or partial tuition amounts. Students will be dropped from classes for which full tuition is due and not paid by the deadline. Until all financial obligations to the College are met, students will be blocked from future registration at WCC, and cannot receive official transcripts.
Running Start students are expected to obtain their own textbooks and course materials. Most students will purchase their books from the WCC Bookstore. Click here for more tips on obtaining books. Students who cannot afford all of their books may be eligible to borrow some of their textbooks from the Running Start Book Loan program.
Running Start Advisors are happy to answer your questions!
- Laine Johnston, WCC Running Start Advisor, 360.383.3126
- Sarah Pearson, WCC Running Start Advisor, 360.383.3122
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter 2014 New Student Orientation
Monday, January 6th - 3:30-5pm, Syre Student Center
All new Running Start students must attend an orientation session.
At orientation you will:
- Visit the bookstore to find your texts for WCC classes.
- Tour the campus and talk with experienced students.
- Find out what to expect and where you can get help.
Bring to orientation:
- A copy of your WCC Winter quarter schedule
- Photo ID
For more information, please call (360)383-3123