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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

Local School Running Start Cross-Credit Equivalency Guides


Requestion Information

For more information, contact:

Rose Brierley – Mount Vernon Campus
Faculty Counselor
360.416.7632
Rose.Brierley@skagit.edu
Lewis Hall L-113M

Erin Shiflett – Whidbey Island Campus
Educational Planner
360.679.5326
Erin.Shiflett@skagit.edu
Old Main B-101