YVC’s Running Start Program offers information nights for local high school students

Yakima Valley College’s Running Start Program will host information nights for current high school sophomores and juniors and their parents to learn how the program can enable them to earn up to two years of college credit tuition-free. The meetings will take place both online and in local high schools. Please see the table below for a list of upcoming information sessions.

Fall Quarter 2024 Entrance

Date Time Location Room
January 11 TBD Naches High School TBD
January 16 6:30 p.m. Eisenhower High School Auditorium
January 17 6:00 p.m. Sunnyside High School TBD
January 24 6:00 p.m. Granger High School TBD
January 29 6:00 p.m. Selah High School TBD
January 31 TBD Davis High School Cafeteria
February 6 a.m. TBD West Valley High School (Students Only) Auditorium
February 7 6:00 p.m. West Valley High School Auditorium
February 13 a.m. TBD Toppenish High School (Students Only) Auditorium
March 5 6:00 p.m. Grandview High School TBD
Other Area High Schools If your high school is not hosting an information night, please feel free to attend any other convenient session. Contact your high school’s counseling office or visit yvcc.edu/runningstart for information about the Running Start Program at YVC.

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 classes, and receive both high school and college credit. Public, private and homeschool students are eligible for Running Start.

“I wanted to attend the Running Start program because it would help me get my degree in a shorter amount of time,” said student Jasmeen Chauhan.

According to Chauhan, it’s easier for her to succeed in her college classes than some of her high school classes.

“I used to be a student who would procrastinate a lot, but now I don’t. I think it has to do with the way [YVC instructors] teach. Most of the teachers I have here give both a lecture and do activities where they help you out learning the content.”

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
  • Save thousands of dollars earning their college degree and enter their career more quickly

Plan now for Fall Quarter 2024, priority applications to participate in Running Start are due April 12, final deadline is August 8. For more information visit:  yvcc.edu/RunningStart.

Press Release Contacts:
Dustin Wunderlich / 509.574.6870 / dwunderlich@yvcc.edu
Stefanie Menard / 509.574.4646 / smenard@yvcc.edu