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Running Start Information

 

Considering Running Start?
Big Bend Community College holds Running Start information sessions for students and parents.  The sessions will be held in the Masto Conference Center  (ATEC Building 1800) All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m.  Spanish speaking sessions are also available at the same time and location. Dates for scheduled sessions are here. 

To Get Started

1. To Qualify

  • Be registered as a junior or senior in a Washington high school .
  • Be under 21 years of age.
  • Provide approved English and Math placement information and place into a college-level English or Math course (college-level classes -100 and above).
  • If enrolling in a Work Force Education (Welding, Industrial Systems, Auto, Aviation, Technology, etc.) program, you must place into the appropriate English & Math for that program.

2. Attend A Running Start Session

  • Plan to attend an information session to learn more
    details about the program.
  • All sessions are at 6:30 p.m. in the 1800 building. Dates
    can be found here.

3. Math & English Placement ($20)

To register for classes at BBCC an evaluation of your English and math skills is necessary. Take the test and/or submit alternative placement for review to admissions@bigbend.edu. Plan ahead, English and math placement must be determined one week before attending New Student Registration.

  • To schedule a time to test, contact the Testing Center
    (1400 bldg) at 509.793.2064. Bring receipt of payment
    and photo ID to your testing appointment.
  • If you have credits or placement scores from a previous
    college, email documents to admissions@bigbend.edu.

4. Meet With Your High School Counselor

This session will help you determine what classes you must enroll in to complete your high school graduation requirements.

5. Apply ($30)

Big Bend Community College accepts 100% of students that apply. To learn more, visit Admissions & Registration

  • Apply online here OR in-person at the Student Administrative Support Services(1400 bldg).
  • A printable version of the application form is available here

  • Once your acceptance is processed, you will receive an
    acceptance letter via email that includes your student
    ID number and information to sign-up for New Student
    Registration.

6. Attend New Student Registration

Attend New Student Registration

Learn about paying for college, campus resources, register for classes, and participate in an interactive activity to get to know BBCC’s Dates & Deadlines, Policies, and Procedures.

Remember to bring your photo ID  with you.

To reserve your spot, sign up now!

7. Running Start Enrollment Verification Form

  • Plan ahead. You need to meet your high school counselor before the due date. The available schedule gets filled up close to the due date.
  • Form must have all signatures – high school counselor, parent & student.
  • Bring completed signed form to the Student Admin Staff Support Service Office by tuition due date. Required every quarter.
  • Visit Dates & Deadlines for important dates and deadlines.

8. Pay Student Fees

Be sure to pay on time, missing the due date may mean removal from classes you registered for. Check here for due dates!

  • Payment options: In-person (1400 bldg), by phone 509.793.2018, or online here.
  • For a payment plan option, visit STEPP Payment Plan, contact the Business Office (1400 bldg), or call 509.793.2018 to get started.

9. Attend Orientation

  • Opportunity to meet your adviser and other new students
  • Tour Campus
  • Attend workshops to prepare you for your college journey
  • All new students are strongly encouraged to attend ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Check here to find dates and times of sessions.

What is Running Start?
Running Start allows high school juniors and seniors to take tuition-free college courses earning credit for both high school and college.  The Running Start Program pays the tuition and students are responsible for books, supplies, lab fees, and transportation.
Students interested in applying for the Running Start program at Big Bend Community College must first contact their local high school to determine eligibility and graduation requirements. 
To Qualify:
·         Be registered as a junior or senior in a Washington State high school.
·         Be under 21 years of age.
·         Provide approved English and math placement information and place into a college-level English OR math course. If enrolling in Work Force Education (Welding, Industrial Systems, Auto, Aviation Technology, etc) programs, you must place into approved English or math for that program.
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.
The Enrollment Verification form must be completed and turned in to the Admissions/Registration office each quarter on or before the tuition due date.  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. Check here for important dates and deadlines.

FAQ

Q. What is Running Start?

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 standards 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.

Q. What is college like?

Once enrolled all students receive the same support services and are subject to the same policies, procedures and academic standards.  Faculty members expect students to take part in classroom discussions, complete homework assignments, practice good study habits, and respect instructors and other students.  Students must meet class deadlines, be prepared, ask questions and adhere to the student code of conduct.

If students need help or additional information, it is their responsibility to contact the instructor.  On the first day of class instructors provide a course syllabus with their office location, office hours and phone number.

College courses often include material and classroom discussions intended for mature students.  A student may be academically prepared for college courses, but not prepared for some subject matter.  Big Bend students come from many different cultures, may be any age, have different abilities and disabilities and have wide ranging backgrounds.  Students and their families should consider carefully whether an individual student is ready for the college environment.

BBCC follows federal guidelines concerning access to student records.  The college will not provide information regarding student attendance or progress without the student’s written permission.  Faculty will not discuss a student’s progress with anyone without written permission from the student.

Q. What are the costs?

Tuition for up to 15 college level credits per quarter is paid by the school district with a basic education allotment from the state.  Regulations regarding Running Start limit total credits allowed in high school and college to the equivalent of 1.2 Full Time Equivalents (FTEs).  This limit means that an individual student may be allowed less than the 15 credit maximum because of courses being taken at the high school.  Please speak to your high school counselor to determine your allowed credits. Students must pay all fees, including lab fees and the technology fee of $5.65 per credit each quarter.  Students must also pay for any credits beyond the number authorized by the high school and for all credits for courses numbered under 100.  BBCC must receive a completed Running Start Enrollment Verification Form  each quarter in order to be paid for tuition.  The form should be turned in to the Admissions/Registration office on or before the tuition due date every quarter.  The technology fee will be waived for students who qualify for free or reduced price lunches at the high school.  Please provide documentation of eligibility with your Running Start Authorization form.  Documentation is required once per academic year.

Students must pay tuition for all courses numbered under 100 (below college level).  This includes mathematics courses which are not college level, such as MATH 098 and MATH 099.

Tuition for any credits above 15, or above the maximum authorized by the high school, must be paid by the student and will be charged at the usual rate for credits 1-10 as shown in the quarterly course schedule.

A student’s classes will be dropped if the enrollment verification form is not received and any balance due paid by the tuition due date published in each quarterly schedule.

Students must also pay for their own textbooks and transportation.

Students may estimate the cost for books by visiting the BBCC Bookstore in Building 1400 or online at www.bbccbookstore.com.

The Running Start program does not include Summer Quarter.

Q. How do I enroll?

  • Meet with your high school counselor to discuss interest in enrolling as a Running Start student.  Have a counselor explain your remaining high school graduation requirements and check college course equivalencies to high school requirements.
  • Take BBCC English and mathematics placement tests or provide other approved documentation showing placement.  Placement in both English and Math is required.  To qualify you must place into college level English or Math.  
  • Complete and submit the BBCC Application for Admission.  The application requires a $30 fee.
  • Attend a new student registration session. Reservation is required.
  • Meet with a high school counselor to complete the Running Start Enrollment Verification form.  The form must be filled out completely and signed by the counselor, the student and the student’s parent.
  • Submit the signed Running Start Enrollment Verification form to the Student Services Office in the 1400 building on or before the tuition due date each quarter.  You will have fees due, which must be paid by the tuition due date.

Q. Am I eligible?

To be admitted to BBCC as a Running Start student, students must:

  • Be registered as a junior or senior in a Washington state public school
  • Be under 21 years of age
  • Complete the BBCC English and mathematics placement tests or provide other approved placement information, and qualify by placing into ENGL& 101 or a college level mathematics course (MATH course numbered above 100).  Placement in both English and mathematics is required, even if you do not intend to take courses requiring a specific placement at Big Bend Community College.   Please see the Placement Testing webpage for information about testing and available placement alternatives.

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. 

Home schooled students and students attending private schools must be evaluated as at the junior or senior level by a public high school official and enroll at that school.  Students may receive advise from other sources, but the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form must be signed by the local public high school counselor or designated staff member every quarter.

Students who have passed the GED and who do not have a high school diploma may enroll through their respective high school and be eligible for the Running Start program until the age of 21.

All students are limited to enrollment in the Running Start program during a maximum of 2 academic years  or 3 college quarters as a junior and 3 college quarters as a senior.

*Students are responsible to pay for any courses numbered below 100 (e.g. MATH 099).

Q. Where can I get more info?

For additional program information, students may 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 will be held in the Masto Conference Center (ATEC Building 1800) Tuesday, Jan. 29th; Tuesday, March 5th; Tuesday, April 23rd; and Tuesday, June 4th. All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. Spanish speaking sessions are also available at the same time and location. Session dates for 2018/2019 will be posted here when available.

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