Running Start

Welcome to the Running Start program at Green River College! Running Start is an exciting and nationally recognized option that allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses tuition-free. Credits earned at Green River College are transferable to most four-year colleges and universities, and can satisfy high school graduation requirements. Students may enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes or exclusively in college classes.



Information Sessions

Are you considering participating in the Running Start Program at Green River? Attend an information session to learn about the program's benefits, challenges, eligibility requirements and more.

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Workshops for currently enrolled Running Start Students

Degree Planning Workshop (mandatory) - The Degree Planning Workshop is mandatory for all new Running Start students taking ten or more credits. Students taking less than ten credits are welcome to attend as well.

In this workshop students will learn:

  • Which associate degrees Green River College offers
  • How to choose a degree and plan your classes efficiently
  • How to transfer credits taken at Green River to universities
  • How to plan your degree using the Ed Plan tool and other resources

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Senior Workshops - These workshops are for high school seniors to learn about applying and transferring to a university after completing your time at Green River. Topics include what to consider when deciding your transfer, and the transfer steps and timeline to follow during your senior year. Workshops are held throughout the year, with varying.

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Meet the Staff

The Running Start staff are dedicated to helping students begin their journey into higher education at Green River by providing guidance, education and direction. We offer strategies for navigating college programs through appointments, workshops, meetings, emails, website, social media and other resources.

Running Start Staff

Lindsey Morris (M.Ed.)

Lindsey is the Director of Running Start and College in the High School. She has worked at Green River since 2007 in various positions. She started as a CLEO student, then continued working part-time while she completed her bachelors degree. From her experience in outreach, she developed a passion for student access and helping students succeed. She is also the mother of two adorable children who keep her busy!

Debbie Lynes (M.Ed.)

Debbie is an Educational Planner for Running Start. In her experience working at Green River, she genuinely values the opportunity to help students recognize their potential, overcome obstacles and see their visions of the future become reality. As a mother of two Running Start graduates, she appreciates the benefits the program offers and enjoys working with high school students.

Chase Magliocca (M.Ed.)

Chase is an Educational Planner for Running Start. He recently traveled through Asia, and North and South America for one year as a University of Washington Bonderman Fellow to experience and learn about different cultural holidays and celebrations. He enjoys meeting and working with students from all walks of life. As a first-generation college student himself, he is committed to increasing access to higher education for all students. Running Start is a great, affordable opportunity for many students.

Abbie Wentzel (M.Ed.)

Abbie is an Educational Planner for Running Start.

Dana McCauley

Dana is the Program Coordinator for Running Start at Green River.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about Running Start or would like to schedule an appointment to meet with an Educational Planner please do not hesitate to contact us!


(253) 833-9111 ext. 2643



The Running Start Office is located in the Career & Advising Center (SA 126).

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