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High School Programs

Running Start

Earn college credit from your high school classes


If you're an eligible high school junior or senior, apply for Cascadia’s Running Start Program to earn college credit tuition free while you fulfill Washington State high school graduation requirements. Running Start lets you complete up to 2 years of college while you're still in high school.

Underage Student Admission

Under exceptional circumstances, Cascadia may admit students 16-17 years of age who are not in the Running Start program.

In your first quarter, you can enroll in only one 5-credit course. After your first quarter, Cascadia will do an evaluation to determine whether you may enroll in additional courses.


Cascadia cannot guarantee you the class you request in your application. It may be full, or it may be cancelled.


Tech Prep

Tech Prep lets you earn free college credit for certain professional/technical (vocational) courses you complete in high school.


Classes You Can Take


Cascadia currently offers 12 courses for credit through local high schools. The courses are taught by the high school teachers at your high school. To earn college credit for these classes, you must register for the course through Tech Prep and earn a grade of B or higher. Registration must occur before you complete the course.


To find out which Tech Prep classes Cascadia offers at your school, ask your school’s vocational counselor or see the lists of dual-credit courses on the College Credit and Careers Network website.


How to Register


To enroll in Tech Prep, see Tech Prep: How to Register.


The Tech Prep Program


The Tech Prep program is managed by the College Credit and Careers Network, which coordinates Tech Prep credit for 9 school districts and 4 community colleges in the area.  

Cascadia in the High School

Cascadia in the High School (CiHS) is a dual enrollment program that allows high school students the opportunity to earn college credits by taking college level classes at your high school.  In order to qualify you must be enrolled in a participating high school and meet specific course requirements and prerequisites.  The classes are taught by a high school instructor who has been approved by the college. 


To find out if CiHS courses are available at your high school, speak with your high school counselor.


What are the benefits of participating?


  • The credits earned are transferable to all public community colleges and universities in Washington.  If you’re planning to attend a private college or university you will need to check with their institutional policy about accepting dual-enrollment credit.  
  • The registration fee per class is significantly less than what you would pay in tuition as a university or college student.
  • Cascadia in the High School allows you to earn college credit without leaving your high school’s campus.
  • Cascadia in the High School allows you to earn credit for successful completion of the class rather than relying on a single, high stakes test at the end of the year.


What is the registration fee for a Cascadia in the High School course?


The 2015-16 cost is $175 per 5-credit class.


How do I register for a CiHS class?


Registration is coordinated at the beginning of the semester through the course instructor.  Once the course ends, the instructor reports a decimal grade to the college for each participating student that is entered onto the student’s Cascadia transcript.


Click here for information about requesting your Cascadia transcript


If you have questions about the Cascadia in the High School program, please send a message to