image College Courses for High School Students

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.

 To apply, see Underage Student Admission.

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.


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. 

What are the benefits of registering for a CIHS course?

CIHS courses offer students a number of opportunities and benefits. The first of course is the chance to test themselves in a rigorous course of study against college level-outcomes. Additional benefits include:  

  • College credits: The credits earned are transferable to all public community colleges and universities in Washington. Dual enrollment credits are generally well accepted at institutions, however, if you’re planning to attend a private college or university we recommend that you check with their institutional policy about accepting dual-enrollment credit ahead of time. 
  • Savings: The registration fee per class is significantly less than what you would pay in tuition as a university or college student.
  • Convenience: Cascadia in the High School allows you to earn college credit without leaving your high school’s campus.
  • Merit: 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 CIHS course?

The 2018-19 fee is $195 per 5 credit class. Payment is made online through via credit card or echeck

 2018-19 CIHS Courses by High School 

Registration instructions for 2018-19

Registration Dates and Deadlines for 2018-19

Requests for withdrawal must be made in writing to the college. Only the student can request a withdrawal. Students can send their request to


A Cascadia transcript will be generated and available after the course has been completed and grades have been submitted by the instructor.

Click here for information about requesting your Cascadia transcript.

CIHS Teacher Handbook

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students taking Cascadia in the High School courses are subject to the same student conduct and policies that on campus students must follow. These policies outline acceptable conduct, academic integrity, honesty and plagiarism. See the student handbook to view the list of policies.


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