Staff at Whatcom Community College are inviting high school students and their parents to an information session about the Running Start program from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 at the Blaine Public Library, located at 610 3rd Street.
Running Start is a statewide partnership offered through Whatcom Community College that allows 11th and 12th grade students to accrue high school and college credit simultaneously; tuition is covered by funding from the K-12 system and credits transfer to most universities within the state.
At Whatcom Community College, the program is utilized by more than 1,000 students per year and is considered a money-saving option for students wishing to jump into college early. While enrolled, students can take part in athletics, clubs and other activities offered at both educational institutions.
The Blaine school district currently offers four methods of accruing college credit while enrolled in high school through tech prep, Advanced Placement (AP), College in the Classroom (CIC) and Running Start courses.
At a district board meeting last month, high school principal Scott Ellis said the district is set to expand CIC options for students in the upcoming academic year. The change would allow students the chance to earn up to 30 college credits in each of their junior and senior years.
To learn more about the Running Start program, visit whatcom.edu/get-started/running-start.
Note from the editor: The original version of this story stated that tuition is covered by Whatcom Community College. We regret the error.