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Get and STAY connected to campus!

There are countless ways for Whatcom Community College students to actively participate in campus life and enhance your WCC experience. Whatcom's Office of Student Life and Development provides opportunities for students to get involved in student government, the Programming and Diversity Board, Student Ambassadors, student clubs, and so much more. There is something for everyone at Whatcom!  Click here for more information about Student Life and Development.

The Intercultural Center supports educational equity and academic achievement for diverse student populations by providing access to resources and a safe place to connect through a culture of inclusion and respect. Our connections with each other are important! Many of us learn better when we study together. In the Intercultural Center, we consider community building to be an invaluable component of academic support as well as an important way to work toward social justice. Click here for more information about the Intercultural Center.



Read your email

Once you're admitted to Running Start, the College will begin sending you information to your WCC student email to help you be successful. It is essential to stay up to date on important information - please check and read your email. You'll be sent information about your WCC student email account to the email address you provided on your application.

 Step to check your WCC student email

  1. Log in or create an account in MyWCC.  Click here for MyWCC.
  2. Click on the email icon
  3. Your email username is located in My Account

Sign up for Text Messages

  1. Log in or create an account in MyWCC.  Click here for MyWCC.
  2. Once you're logged in, click on My Account
  3. Click on SMS Notifications
  4. Enter a cell phone number you'd like us to use
  5. Check "I Agree to the above terms and conditions."
  6. Submit


Running Start students are expected to obtain their own textbooks and course materials. Click here for tips on obtaining books.

Most students will purchase their books from the WCC Bookstore.  Click here for the WCC Bookstore.

Students who need some assistance with some or all of their books may be eligible to borrow some of their textbooks from the Running Start Book Loan Program. Click here to access the application for the Running Start Book Loan


Academic Support

Whatcom is committed to your success as a student. Tutors are available for any of your courses. Click here to learn more about how to get help in your classes.

The WCC Library is also a great resource, be sure to stop by and see the friendly staff for help finding research documents and for a popular homework and study location. Click here for information about the Library.


We recommend all students make an appointment to meet with a Running Start advisor to create a long term education plan for the duration of their time in Running Start.  

Course Equivalency Guides

Running Start students use Course Equivalency Guides to determine which WCC courses will satisfy high school graduation requirements. Students should work with their high school counselor/contact and WCC advisor to make sure they are on track for high school graduation. Below are the WCC Course Equivalency Guides created by each Whatcom County School District.

Click here for a list of course equivalency guides.

Part time vs Full Time

As a Running Start student, you get to choose how many classes to take at the college and high school. We recommend working with your high school counselor and WCC advisor to discuss which schedule will be best for you.

Click here for guidance on building a part time Running Start schedule.


Transferring to a University

The courses you take in Running Start are designed to help you satisfy high school graduation requirements and help towards your long-term academic and career goals. Normally, credits transfer to universities without any challenges. Please contact the college or university you plan to attend for exact courses that you should take while in Running Start. If you are still exploring options for university and is planning on attending a Washington State public institution (University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University...etc), you can rest assured that the courses taken through Running Start will support you long-term goals.

SAT, ACT, both, neither?

If you are planning to attend a university in the Fall term following high school graduation, you should take the SAT, the ACT, or both during high school - preferably your junior year. For specific information on which test you should take, please contact the desired university.  

For SAT testing information (dates, locations...etc), please click here.

For ACT testing information (dates, locations...etc), please click here.

If you plan to complete at least one term following high school graduation (excluding summer), you may be considered a transfer student and may NOT need to complete the SAT or ACT test. Please contact the university directly to find out their admission policy on testing. It is safe to assume that taking the SAT or ACT while in high school is advisable to make sure you have the most options for what to do after high school graduation.

Finishing your Degree at WCC

There are so many options for how to approach college. Working with your WCC advisor will help you determine your best pathway. With proper planning and execution, it is possible for students to earn an Associate Degree at the same as graduating from high school. Many students also elect to finish their WCC degree after graduating from high school. Make sure you are working closely with an Advisor to map out their degree and taking courses to prepare you for you future academic and career goals on a time frame that makes sense to you.