Created by the state Legislature, Running Start allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to enroll tuition-free in college courses as part of their high school programs of study. Books, supplies, lab fees, and transportation are the responsibility of the student.
Subject to total credit load limitations, high school students attending BBCC under the Running Start program may simultaneously earn high school and college credits. Students interested in applying for entry to BBCC through the Running Start program must first contact their local high school to determine eligibility. Application of college courses toward meeting specific high school graduation requirements is determined by local school districts. Prior to college registration, school district advising and approval/certification of student programs is required.
Under the provisions of Running Start, college enrollment must be limited to college level courses (numbered 100 or above). All BBCC Running Start students are required to meet minimum proficiency standard on the college placement tests in mathematics and English prior to acceptance/registration. Minimum proficiency standards for academic transfer courses are: Placement into English 101 or college-level mathematics (MATH course numbered above 100).
Students who will take only professional/technical courses, such as welding, industrial systems technology, etc., may qualify by placement into the required English and mathematics for that program. Please see the current Big Bend Course Catalog for specific program requirements and required placement.
For additional program information, students may refer to the BBCC Running Start brochure, contact their high school counselor or the BBCC Counseling Center at 509-793-2035.
Running Start Information Sessions
Big Bend Community College holds Running Start information sessions for students and parents. The sessions are held in the Masto Conference Center in the ATEC Building 1800. All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. Spanish speaking sessions are also available at the same time and location. Session dates:
- Thursday, March 9, 2017
- Thursday, April 20, 2017
- Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Useful Information Links
- Getting Started as a Running Start Student
- Out of Pocket Costs for Running Start
- Placement Testing Information
- Running Start Enrollment Verification form
The Enrollment Verification form must be completed and turned in to the Admissions/Registration office each quarter on or before the tuition due date. This form authorizes Big Bend to bill for tuition and is equivalent to payment. A student’s classes may be dropped for non-payment if the form is not received and fees paid by the tuition due date each quarter.