The 1990 Legislature created Running Start
as a part of the “Learning by Choice” law, which was designed
to expand educational options for students. To initiate the program
in 1990, the Legislature authorized a two-year pilot program. Five community
colleges were selected to participate during 1990-92 (Everett, Pierce,
Skagit Valley, South Puget Sound and Walla Walla community colleges).
The pilot program involved 358 students from 37 high schools.
The program began statewide in 1992-93, when
approximately 3,350 students enrolled at the community and technical
colleges. The 1994 Legislature expanded the program to include three
state universities (Washington State, Central and Eastern) to provide
Running Start access to communities where no two-year colleges are available.
In 2003, The Evergreen State College was added to the list of universities
eligible to offer Running Start.
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