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Running Start

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If you're an academically motivated high school junior or senior, Running Start may be the perfect option for you! The Running Start program at SVC offers you the opportunity to take college level courses to earn credits to both your high school diploma and college degree -- without paying tuition!

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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 Information Meetings at Skagit Valley College

Winter Quarter

  • Wednesday, January 24th
    6:00pm, Lewis Hall #311
  • Thursday, February 22nd
    6:00pm, Lewis Hall #311

Running Start Information Meetings at Local High Schools

Winter Quarter

  • Burlington-Edison High School – NEXT STEPS
    October 27, 2017 – 8:20 am, 9:15 am, 10:10am
    January 26, 2018 – 8:20 am, 9:15 am, 10:10am
  • Sedro-Woolley High School – COLLEGE & CAREER NIGHT
    November 6, 2017 – 5:30 pm
  • Stanwood High School
    February 1, 2018 – 6:30 pm
  • Anacortes High School
    February 21, 2018 – 6:30 pm
  • La Conner High School
    April 11, 2018 – 6:30 pm
  • Mount Vernon High School
    April 19, 2018 – 6:00 pm

High School/SVC Running Start Cross-Credit Equivalency Guides

Burlington High School

Lakewood High School

Mount Vernon High School

Sedro-Woolley High School


Request Information

For more information, contact:

Mount Vernon Campus

Donovan Tate
Recruitment & Dual-Credit Specialist
360.416.7708
Donovan.Tate@skagit.edu
Lewis Hall, Enrollment Services

Rose Brierley
Faculty Counselor
360.416.7632
Rose.Brierley@skagit.edu
Lewis Hall L-113M


Whidbey Island Campus

Erin Shiflett
Educational Planner
360.679.5326
Erin.Shiflett@skagit.edu
Old Main B-101