Running Start allows students in grades 11 and 12 to take college courses at Washington’s community and technical colleges, and at Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, and Northwest Indian College. Running Start students and their families do not pay tuition, but they do pay college fees and buy their own books, as well as provide their own transportation. Students receive both high school and college credit for these classes, therefore, accelerating their progress through the education system.
The Tech Prep program helps students transition from high school into college professional technical programs. Tech Prep is a cooperative effort between K–12 schools, community and technical colleges, and the business community to develop applied integrated, academic, and technical programs.
College in the High School
College in the High School is an opportunity for students to be concurrently enrolled in high school and college and to earn high school and college credit in the same course offered on the high school campus. Costs to students vary with each institution.
The Early College program is designed for low-income youth, first-generation college goers, English language learners, students of color, and other young people underrepresented in higher education opportunity to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and one to two years of college credit, tuition free.
Gateway to College
Students, aged 16-21, who have dropped out of school, or are in the danger of dropping out, may qualify for this program to simultaneously accumulate high school and college credits, earning their high school diploma while progressing toward a certificate or associate degree.
Career Link—South Seattle Community College Career Link Program
Designed for 16–21 year olds who have dropped out of high school or are on the verge of dropping out and are interested in returning to school and completing their high school diploma. The target population is low-income youth, first-generation college goers, students of color, and other young people underrepresented in higher education.
Technical College Direct Funded Enrollment Programs
Provides students the opportunity to simultaneously accumulate high school and college credits, earning a high school diploma while progressing toward an associate’s degree or certificate. Students have access to most of the training programs and support services at any of the three participating colleges: