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Dual Credit

Advanced Placement

​​​​​​The College Board's AP program enables academically-prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.


College in High School

​​​​CIHS provides college-level academic courses in high schools for qualified high school students. Students enrolled in CIHS are officially enrolled in a dual-credit high school/college or university course. Students must meet college-specific course requirements in order to earn both high school and college credit.

Running Start

​​​Running St​art provides qualified 11th and 12th grade students an option to attend certain higher education institutions while earning high school and college/university credit. Running Start students do not pay tuition, but they do pay college fees, purchase books and provide their own transportation. Students receive both high school and college credit for these classes.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Dual Credit

CTE Dual Credit (formerly Tech Prep) courses offer students an opportunity to earn Community / Technical College credit while attending high school classes. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Dual Credit classes are taught at the high school or skills center and integrate academics with technical skills to help prepare students for advanced education and careers related to professional-technical occupations. High school students who complete selected high school courses with a B grade (3.0) or better can earn Community / Technical College credit. After June 30th of the summer after you have completed the required high school courses contact the PC3 office at 253-583-8803 for transcription of your CTE Dual credits. Contact your high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher about earning credit. More information about CTE Dual Credit can be found online at Pierce County Careers Connection www.pc3connect.com or Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges www.sbctc.edu/colleges-staff/programs-services/cte-dual-credit.