BICKLETON - There may only be about a half dozen or so students in the Bickleton School District interested in earning college credits while attending high school. But thanks to a partnership with Central Washington University, those teens can now start taking Running Start classes.
By doing so, the college bound junior and senior class students can save their parents some college tuition expenses.
The Running Start program allows college-bound students to earn college credits at no cost while still attending high school.
In most cases, Running Start students are able to attend those classes at nearby local community colleges, said Ric Palmer, Bickleton school superintendent.
For a small, remotely located high school like Bickleton, logistics played a big part in not being able to offer the classes. It is roughly 50 miles in any direction to the nearest community college.
Lucky for Bickleton students, they have a teacher whom district officials feel is well qualified to handle the college level curriculum, as well as her high school class load.
Palmer said language arts teacher Sylvia Navarro, a Reuters University graduate, has gone through CWU’s training for the Running Start program.
“She is amply qualified to teach college level classes and with the technology available to us, we can certainly offer our students this opportunity,” Palmer said.
“Now our students won’t have to travel off campus to take advantage of the Running Start program. We can offer it right here,” Palmer said.
Palmer said the district began offering the college credit curriculum during the last semester of the last school year.
“We had seven students take advantage of the program.
“This fall, we’ll have five students enrolled in Running Start,” he added.