Running Start applications for 2022-23 open through August 4

Applications are currently being accepted for Yakima Valley College’s Running Start Program for the 2022-23 academic year.

The Running Start Program offers eligible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to enroll in college classes at YVC’s Yakima and Grandview campuses, as well as online courses, and receive both high school and college credit. Public, private and homeschool students are eligible for Running Start.

Running Start students can:

  • Get a head start on college by earning up to two years of college credit
  • Attend classes full- or part-time
  • Select and sample diverse classes
  • Transition to college life

The program has helped students like Charlene Luna of Wapato pursue their dreams. Luna first became aware of the Washington state program from her sister. Knowing that Running Start would enable her to earn college credit while still in high school, Luna took advantage of the opportunity to both reduce the cost of earning her degree and enter the workforce more quickly.

At first, Luna said she focused on taking YVC courses that also fulfilled high school graduation requirements.

“Then I started to look into what I really wanted to do for my degree and career,” Luna said. “Running Start was a great way to get started on my prerequisites for the courses I’ll need to take for a degree in chemical engineering.”

This fall she will begin working towards her bachelor’s degree with two full years of college credit under her belt.

Plan now for Fall Quarter 2022 — applications to participate in Running Start must be submitted by August 4. For more information visit:

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