Welcome to Fall Quarter! 

Covid-19: TCC’s Safe Start practices. Get Virtual Help. Information for Current Students.

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Running Start

A tuition-free program that allows highly motivated high school Juniors & Seniors to earn high school and college credit. 


Structured online learning that is close to home, offers free college tuition and embraces community. 



We are accepting fall applications now. 

Running Start gives you the unique benefits of experiencing a college environment while in high school. You can:

  • Work toward your college degree while preparing for high school completion
  • Save money on college tuition - tuition is free. 
  • Learn from a wide and enriching selection of college courses
  • Broaden your perspective and challenge yourself with college-level classes
  • Keep up with your high school activities while you're in college

We welcome students who wish to get ahead, save money, and experience college life. 

Our Online Running Start Powerpoint Presentation can answer your questions regarding our program.

Application Deadlines: 2020-2021

Courses fill up quickly and are first-come, first-serve - don't delay

Quarter You Want to Attend

New Student Class Registration Begins

Last Day to Turn in Paperwork

Fall 2020 Jun 8, 2020 Sept 9, 2020
Winter 2021 Nov 9, 2020 Dec 16, 2020


Running Start FAQs



Running Start Zoom Lobby

The Running Start Zoom Lobby can assist you with any general questions you may have about the program. Through Zoom, you can instant message, voice chat, or even video conference with a Running Start staff member in real time. Zoom can be used with your phone, computer, or tablet device.

*The Running Start Zoom Lobby will be closed Tuesday September 15th for staff Professional Development.  We will resume regular lobby hours the following week.*



Morning Session:

Monday & Tuesday

9AM to 11AM


To call in, dial: 253-215-8782

Meeting ID number: 947 9482 4028


Afternoon Session:

Monday & Tuesday

2PM to 4PM


To call in, dial: 253-215-8782

Meeting ID number: 972 5136 5985


Still Have Questions?

Despite the events taking place right now, we're still here to help!

Reach out to us using one of the following methods below:



Emails are reviewed:

Fall Hours

Monday - Friday

8AM to 5PM


Messages received will be responded to within 2 business days.

*Emails received on weekends and/or holidays may not be reviewed for up to 72-hours.

Email us



The phone line is monitored:

Fall Hours

Monday - Friday

8AM to 4:30PM


Voicemails left will be returned within 2 business days.

*Voicemails received on weekends and/or holidays may not be reviewed for up to 72-hours.

Call us