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Running Start

If you're an academically motivated high school junior or senior, you may be able to take college courses for free, earning credit for both high school and college!

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Get a Running Start on your College Education

Running Start is a collaborative, state supported program offered by SVC and area public high schools. The program allows qualified juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses for high school and college credit.

As a Running Start student, the classes you take help meet your high school graduation requirements and can count toward a college or university degree! You can get a head start on your college education, decrease the amount of time you spend in school, make a smoother transition to college,  and reduce educational costs for yourself and your family.

Steps to Apply for Running Start

Running Start Info Nights

Interested in enrolling in Running Start but not sure how to get started? Want to learn more before enrolling? Then come to one of the upcoming Information Nights.

SVC – Mount Vernon Campus

  • January 25
  • March 1
  • April 18
  • May 10
  • June 7

Each of the above Information Nights will be in Lewis Hall, L-311 at 6 p.m.

SVC — Whidbey Island Campus

  • March 22 — 6:00–7:30 pm, Hayes Hall 137

Info Nights at Local High Schools

Burlington-Edison High School – "Next Steps"

  • January 27 – 8:00-11:00 a.m.
  • March 30 – 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Arlington High School – "Options Night"

  • January 26 – 6:00-7:30 p.m.

La Conner High School

  • February 1 – 6:30 p.m. (High School Library)

Stanwood High School

  • February 2 – 6:30 p.m.

Concrete High School

  • February 16 – 1:45 p.m.

Sedro-Woolley High School

  • February 16 – 5:30 p.m.

Anacortes High School

  • February 21 – 6:30 p.m.

Coupville High School

  • April 14 – 8:00 a.m.

Mount Vernon High School

  • April 19 – 6:00 p.m.

Requestion Information

For more information, contact:

Rose Brierley – Mount Vernon Campus
Faculty Counselor
Lewis Hall L-113M

Erin Shiflett – Whidbey Island Campus
Educational Planner
Old Main B-101

Running Start Newsletter

Current Running Start Students – check out the 2016-17 winter reminders!

View Running Start Newsletter

Get information on Running Start at Skagit Valley College.