High School Programs
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.
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 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.