Running Start


The Running Start program is one of many dual enrollment options available at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Students classified as high school juniors and seniors may apply. Eligible students may attend college full-time and/or take classes at the high school and the college. Students earn high school and college credit simultaneously for college level courses. Tuition is covered through Running Start, therefore Running Start saves money. In addition, Running Start students get started on college early, so they save time as they work towards their educational goals.

Steps to Enroll

See the Assessment Center page (West Building, W207) for testing hours. Please bring valid ID. (Students must get a permission slip from the High School programs office in West Building, W210 first.) Immediately following the assessment, please bring the results to the High School Programs office, West Building, W210.

Step 2

Fill Out Running Start Application

If qualified, we will give you the Running Start paperwork.  Please contact us for an application.

Step 3

Make an Appointment With the Running Start Advisor to Register for Classes

The deadline to register is no later than one week prior to the start date of each quarter.

What You Need to Know About Running Start

Benefits of Running Start at LWTech

  • Beginning Spring 2016, LWTech will offer free books for Running Start students enrolled in certain courses.
  • Running Start students at LWTech do not pay admissions fees, parking fees, or fees to take the assessment? This is large savings compared to other colleges in the region.
  • Beginning Spring 2016, Running Start students at LWTech may be eligible for a free ORCA card.
  • LWTech has small class sizes! Most classes are capped at 25 students which aids in student learning.
  • All Running Start students at LWTech have an advisor that meets with them individually to assist them in their transition to the college. This includes discussing educational goals, choosing courses and creating an academic plan for their time in Running Start.
  • Most academic classes at LWTech are transferable. We also offer many career and technical courses that LWTech Running Start students are eligible to take.


For further information, call (425) 739-8336 or send us an email.