Running Start Academic Advising

All SPSCC students are assigned a primary Educational & Career Planner and Running Start students will work with the Educational & Career Planner matched with the school district listed below. Students are also assigned a faculty mentor based on their degree program, if applicable, in addition to Running Start Educational & Career Planners.

New students must first go through all of the enrollment steps before they can meet with their Educational & Career Planner.

Running Start Educational & Career Planner

Educational & Career Planners are available for walk-in questions during posted hours or for 30-minute, long-term planning appointments which are scheduled via a student’s Compass account. Non time-sensitive questions and electronic form submissions can be sent to

Olympia School District:
Lu Swenson (They/Them), Olympia Campus

North Thurston School District:
Tracy Moore (She/Her), Lacey Campus

Tumwater School District:
Dietrich Romero (He/Him), Olympia Campus

Yelm and Rainier School Districts:
Neha Guarente (She/Her), Lacey and Olympia Campuses

Online students and all other school districts:
Sarah Clarke (They/Her), Olympia Campus