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South Puget Sound Community College (SPCC) is among three Washington schools selected to conduct a pilot Running Start summer program.

Costs will be covered by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) as a result of House Bill 2864.

The program will measure the interest, obstacles, and viability of a potential year-round program, and intends to reach traditionally underserved students from the Tumwater, Olympia, Elma, Yelm, and Shelton School Districts.

The pilot will comprise 250 students, with each earning a maximum of five credits in the course of the program.

According to SPCC, high school counselors in each of the targeted districts will connect with students who would be an appropriate fit for the program.

The other schools doing a similar pilot this summer are Yakima Valley College and Skagit Valley College.