Student Profiles

The Big Deal About Running Start

February 12, 2021

Running Start is a statewide program that allows high school juniors and seniors to attend community college tuition-free, earn college credits, and transfer to most four-year colleges and universities in Washington.

The program gives students—and their families—a chance to start the journey to a four-year experience debt-free. For high school juniors and seniors in Washington State, earning an associate degree at the same time as their high school diploma and transferring to a university as a junior saves at least $8,000.

Pathway to a College Professor

August 11, 2020

Nickole Rosalez didn’t intend to be SPSCC’s 2020 student commencement speaker. But when she found out English professor Corrie Martin nominated her for the "most changed student," it made her think about submitting her application for student speaker. The nomination meant a lot to Nickole because of how she began her journey at SPSCC.

“I started in the High School+ program," Nickole recalled. "It felt so good to finish [high school], I wanted to keep accomplishing things."

Spotlight Series on International Students: Lucas Lee

May 20, 2020

We’re shining a spotlight on some of our international students. With this Q&A series you’ll get to know these students through their own words. They’re sharing their experiences, why they chose SPSCC, and what their goals are. 

Our first Q&A is from Lucas Lee, an international student from Korea. 

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Pathway to Pediatrician: A Running Start Story

May 13, 2020

Deena Benmouloud is a 17-year-old Running Start student via Capital High School, something she has wanted to do since middle school. “I was excited to start the college experience early on and be able to get a head start on life. It was the best decision I have ever made and changed my life.”


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