Created by the Washington State Legislature, Running Start is a program providing academically qualified students with the opportunity to simultaneously earn high school and college credits.
To qualify for Running Start, students must be a high school junior or senior, under the age of 21, and qualify at college-level in English and/or math on the placement test or through an approved alternative placement.
Those who qualify may choose to take a combination of high school and college courses or enroll exclusively in college courses. All college-level courses (numbered 100 or above) successfully completed may be applied toward degrees at Peninsula College. Therefore, it is possible for high school students who begin Running Start as juniors to graduate from high school with two years of college already completed.
College credits earned through Running Start are usually transferable to colleges and universities in and out of the State of Washington. Information on the transferability of credits is available from an educational planner in the Student Development Center as well as from the respective college or university to which a student wishes to transfer.
Running Start students will be responsible for the cost of books, supplies, transportation, and fees. Tuition is covered up to 15 credits per quarter as long as the combined course load between the college and high school stays below 1.2 FTE (full-time equivalency). Students with combined high school and college schedules that exceed 1.2 FTE during any college quarter must pay college tuition on the additional credits. Please note, waivers may be available for students who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program through their school district.
For more information regarding Running Start, contact RunningStart@pencol.edu or (360) 417-6341, toll free in Washington at 1 (877) 452-9277, ext. 6341.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Dual Credit Program
Our CTE Dual Credit Program is a dual credit opportunity for high school students to gain Peninsula College credit for specially designed courses taken at their high school. To find out if your school participates in the program, contact Pirate Central at (360) 417-6340.
Upward Bound is a federally-funded educational program designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for students to earn a two-or four-year college or technical degree. High school students from low income and first generation families may be eligible for services. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete high school, enroll in, and graduate from college.
Upward Bound services include the following:
- Academic instruction and tutoring in reading, writing, math, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school
- Running Start early preparation
- Access to professional college and transfer advising
- FREE six-week summer program which includes:
- 4-5 weeks of academic courses with the opportunity to earn college and/or high school credit
- Tours of Washington State colleges
- Career development experiences
- One to One assistance in college and scholarship applications
- Academic, financial, and personal counseling
- Exposure to academic programs and cultural events
- Leadership development
- Early career assessments, planning, and exploration
- Information on postsecondary educational opportunities
- Assistance in completing financial aid, college, and scholarship applications
- Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams (PSAT, SAT, ACT, Accuplacer)
Peninsula College’s Upward Bound program is 100% funded through a U.S. Department of Education five-year grant. For information, contact: Upward Bound Office at (360) 417-6376 or toll free at 1 (877) 452-9277, ext. 7971.