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Running Start Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Running Start program work?

Students in the Running Start program may attend regular day or evening classes, or choose to take courses fully online or as hybrid courses. Running Start students are treated as regular college students by CGCC instructors and are expected to comply with college expectations of students. Once a college class has been successfully completed, the Running Start student will be awarded college and high school credit for their college course. Running Start student's academic records and transcripts will be kept at CGCC, their schedule of classes and grades will be sent to their high school each term.

What classes can I take through the Running Start Program?

Students may choose from a full range of academic, profession-technical and vocational classes at the college level. When choosing courses each quarter from the college schedule, students should work closely with their high school counselors so that they are taking courses at CGCC that are equivalent to their high school graduation requirements.

How do home-schooled and private school students access Running Start?

Washington state home schooled or private school students may access the Running Start program by enrolling through their local public high school and must be considered a junior or senior. You do not have to attend classes in the public high school in order to participate in Running Start, but you must meet the college placement test scores for Reading and Writing to be eligible.

How many classes can I take per quarter?

Running Start students are eligible to take up to 15 credits per term for a total of 1.00 FTE . Fifteen credits are the equivalent of 3 to 4 courses, depending on the number of credits for each course. Students must work closely with their high school counselor to determine how many credits they are eligible for under the Running Start program. High school classes combined with college classes must not exceed 1.20 FTE.

When are the classes offered?

Classes are offered during the day and in the evenings. Running Start students may choose to take classes at The Dalles Campus, Hood River - Indian Creek Campus or online.

Running Start students may choose to take classes fall, winter, and/or spring term.

Where can I find documents and resources for Running Start?

Many Running Start students find the following resources and documents useful:

Running Start Handbook: includes important information, important dates and important policies

Running Start Enrollment Verification Form: All Running Start students must submit this form each term. Students who do not submit this form at the start of each term may be responsible for payment of tuition.

Release of Information form: FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 ) requires the institution to hold education records confidential unless the student signs a release of information form. In signing the Running Start Enrollment Verification form the student gives permission for college staff to release his/her grades to the high school and to discuss various aspects of his/her program participation with the high school/district officials. Students must sign this additional Release of Information form for college staff and faculty to discuss grades, attendance, etc with parents and/or guardians.

Can I make changes to my schedule?

Students can make changes to their schedules, depending on which week of the term. Any changes to a student's schedule after the initial registration may be made with CGCC's online registration system: MyCGCC.

In accordance with WA state legislature, Running Start students must also complete a new Running Start Enrollment Verification form indicating any changes to their schedule and tuition. This updated form must be returned to Student Services. This informs all parties of the effect of the schedule change on the claimable FTE and gives the college the opportunity to contact the parents/student for tuition if necessary. Failure to follow this procedure of notification may result in the student incurring the cost of tuition for the withdrawn courses.

What GPA must a Running Start student earn to remain in the Running Start program?

To remain in Good Standing students must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Students who do not maintain a GPA of 2.0 will be put on Academic Warning.

Students who do not maintain a GPA of 2.0 for two terms will be put on Academic Probation.

Failure to meet the 2.0 GPA standard 3 terms in a row will result in Academic Suspension.

Mor information regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress can be found in CGCC's catalog or in your Running Start Handbook.