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CBC promoting the Running Start program

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BURBANK, Wash. -- Columbia Basin College is promoting its Running Start Program, which allows high school juniors and seniors to take college classes, earn both high school and college credits and even earn their associates degree by the time they graduate from high school.

Thursday night C.B.C. representatives were at Columbia High School in Burbank talking to students and their parents.

Cheryl Holden is C.B.C.'s Director of High School Programs and the Running Start Program.  She says there are about 700 students in the program from around the Tri Cities area.  She says parents like it because of who pays the tuition. "Tuition is paid for by their school district and that's one of the cost savings for parents, is that you can get two years of college paid for by your school district. Now they are responsible for books and fees and transportation," said Holden.

Holden says some high school students are full time at C.B.C., while others take one or two classes at the college.  She says it's an individualized program.  "It's a great program for students who are looking for a challenge and maybe something different from high school," said Holden.

Students who are interested are required to take a placement test, but attending an information night is a good place to start.

Several more Running Start information nights are scheduled over the next few weeks.  The next is Monday night at C.B.C. in the Gjerde Center at 6:00.  It's in Spanish. 

Here's a list of other information nights:

Tuesday March 1st: 6:30 p.m. in the Richland High School Cafeteria

Tuesday March 8th: 6:00 p.m. in the Kamiakin High School Library

Tuesday March 15th: 6:00 p.m. in the Hanford High School Auditorium

Tuesday March 22nd: 6:30 p.m. in C.B.C.'s Gjerde Center

For more information call 509-542-4481