Last Running Start orientation is June 5

High school juniors and seniors intending to participate in the Running Start program at Centralia College this fall need to attend the orientation session June 5.

The mandatory orientation sessions for students and their parents/guardians will be held at 7 p.m. June 5 in the Walton Science Center room 121 on the Centralia College campus. The next orientation session won’t be until August.

“The Running Start orientations are great for those curious about the program,” explained Carmen Van Tuyl, Running Start advisor. “They can get basic information, learn the steps to enrollment, and what to expect as a Running Start student at Centralia College. We have practical information for parents, and the students get to meet current Running Start students and see if Running Start is right for them.”

Running Start is a state-funded program that allows high school juniors and seniors to attend Centralia College tuition-free, saving students time and thousands of dollars. Some students are able to earn their high school diploma and an associate degree at the same time, allowing them to transfer to a four-year college with junior status right out of high school.

To further reduce costs for students, Centralia College loans books and waives class fees for lower-income students.

For more information on Running Start or the orientations, visit the Advising/Counseling Center on the second floor of the TransAlta Commons, call 360-623-8967, or email

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