Running Start Program
In 1999, the Community College System introduced the Running Start program, a partnership enabling high school students to enroll in college courses at a significant reduction in tuition. In 2006, Running Start was a New England Board of Higher Education Excellence in Education Award recipient.
Through Running Start, North Country high school students have the opportunity to earn White Mountains Community College credit. WMCC courses are taught at the high school during the regular school day by high school faculty members whose courses and teaching expertise have been certified by a White Mountains Community College professor. During the 2011-2012 school year, through Running Start, 412 high school students took one or more White Mountains Community College courses at their high school campuses.
The cost of a course is $150, plus books and supplies, which are usually provided by participating high schools. These costs are well-below the per-credit tuition costs at all New Hampshire public and private institutions of higher learning and offer significant savings on college tuition and in college classroom time. Even better news: scholarships are available to students with financial need.