Running Start Program

2014 Parent Information Nights are April 16th and April 29th at 6:00 PM in Conference Room 185 - Building D

509.527.4262 (Walla Walla)  /   509.758.1718 (Clarkston)

Parent Information Night presentation


Running Start, a program created by the Washington State legislature, provides an opportunity for juniors and seniors in public high schools to enroll in courses at Walla Walla Community College. This program provides academically qualified students an opportunity to attend college courses and earn college credits, tuition-free, while completing high school graduation requirements. Home-schooled and private school students must enroll in a  public high school to participate in this program.

WWCC Running Start Enrollment Checklist

Apply for admission online at

Take the Compass Placement Test at WWCC. (View the test schedule online at WWCC strongly recommends you take all three sections of the Compass (reading, writing, and math). Bring a copy of your most recent high school transcript to the testing session to secure your math placement.

At the end of your Compass Placement Test session, a testing proctor will provide you with a Placement Card. Take your Placement Card to your high school Running Start official, or schedule an interview with a WWCC Running Start advisor in the High School Programs Office (Office 15 - Building D) or by calling 527-4324, so that a Running Start advisor may do further assessment of your college goals and ability to succeed at WWCC.

Schedule a Running Start Orientation session and an advising appointment by calling, 509-527-4324, or visiting the High School Programs Office, office 15 (main building), on or after May 1st for fall quarter. Obtain a signed Quarterly Referral Form and an Enrollment Verification Form from your high school official and bring the completed forms to the WWCC High School Programs Office on or before your scheduled Running Start Orientation. If you are under the age of 18, a parent/guardian must sign your Enrollment Verification Form.

Bring documentation, verifying low-income eligibility to your orientation/advising appointment.

Attend orientation and meet with a Running Start advisor to create an academic plan and arrange your classes. A Running Start Enrollment Verification Form must be completed with your Running Start advisor to remove your eligible tuition.

Register and pay any fees to the Business Office by the date listed (usually 10 days before the first day of the quarter) in the online e-schedule.