Initial Enrollment Procedures
Interested students should begin the process during their spring semester for entry in any quarter of the following school year. Do not wait until the last minute. There is a significant difference between the students who follow the process and those who don't. The chances of success are greatly diminished for those who enter the program in the middle of the year without proper preparation.
1. You MUST attend an orientation meeting to learn about the program and have a chance to ask questions. This is also the chance for parents to hear what is expected of a Running Start student. These orientation meetings will take place at most of the high schools in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties each spring. Check your high school for the date. Students are welcome at any one of the sessions, but make sure you sign in.
2. Take COMPASS, the WVC assessment tool. The scores will determine your eligibility for Running Start. The cost for the COMPASS is $24.00. At the COMPASS session, you should submit the Wenatchee Valley College Application for Admission form; this starts the enrollment process.
3. You will receive a report of the COMPASS results soon after you take it. The results will state if you qualify for Running Start. Bring the report to the Running Start coordinator for interpretation and the next step.
After Qualifying: The Paperwork
The Running Start Staff and/or the Testing Center will provide the following forms:
A Running Start Checklist that includes:
You must meet all deadlines if you expect to get the classes you want at the times you want them.
Register for classes at your designated time using the computerized system and your personal PIN number that you receive at your advising appointment.
Attend the fall orientation (College 101) at WVC that is geared especially for Running Start students. This meeting will be in September and is mandatory for ALL NEW students in the program.
Take the time to read the current WVC Catalog and Student Handbook to become familiar with college courses and policies/procedures. All students who take classes at WVC are subject to the disciplinary guidelines of the college.
Buy your books and any other supplies the week before classes begin. Remember that students must pay all expenses for consumable supplies.
Go to class. You are responsible for material covered in class. Do not miss classes. Many of our instructors have a limit to the number of class sessions you can miss before you earn a failing grade.
To receive high school credit, your grades will be sent to the high school registrar after the conclusion of the WVC quarter. Grades are available on the WVC Web site one week after the end of the quarter. Make sure that you do not have any outstanding financial obligations such as unpaid computer lab fees, gym fees, and parking tickets, or your WVC account will be flagged and you will be unable to access your grades or register for the following quarter; in addition, your transcript will not be sent out to your high school.