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In 1999, the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) introduced the Running Start Program, a partnership between the Community Colleges of New Hampshire and high schools to give students an opportunity to take college courses for college credit while also completing the requirements for high school graduation.
Courses taught through the Running Start program are college courses taught at the high school by credentialed high school faculty as part of the daily class schedule.
The Running Start program was selected for a Higher Education Excellence Award by the New England Board of Higher Education - 2006 Robert J. McKenna Award.
How the Program Works
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Students who participate in a concurrent enrollment program are able to earn high school credit and college credit simultaneously. The courses taught through the Running Start program are college courses delivered at the high school by credentialed high school faculty as part of the daily class schedule.
Taking a college course while still in high school helps students learn about college expectations and sharpen academic skills while offering them a chance to discover what college classes are like before they arrive on a college campus. That means students will have a Running Start on other first-year students who have no prior college experience.
Accepting the challenge of taking college coursework shows that a student is serious and wants to make the most of his/her educational career.
Running Start Forms
The forms linked below are for the MCC Running Start Program.
For Students and Parents
For High School Teachers and Administrators
- Course Review & Approval Requirements
- Credentialing Policy
- Course Approval Form
- Syllabus Template (download to edit)
- Online Grading Instructions
- MCC's Grading Policy
- Memo of Understanding (MOU) (includes the Differences Between HS & College Disabilities and the RS Liaison Role as Facilitator)
- Course Evaluation Form for Teachers
Major handles questions and applications from the following area high schools: A.G.A.P.E. Home School Association, Bedford, Founders Academy Public Charter School, Goffstown, Londonderry, Manchester Central, Manchester Memorial, Manchester West, Manchester School of Technology, Pinkerton Academy, Raymond, Salem, and Spark Academy of Advanced Technologies (located on campus). The Running Start Coordinator also works with many schools outside the MCC service area to offer our courses.
For information regarding the Running Start program in other areas, please refer to the Running Start Coordinator contacts page on the CCSNH website.
Faculty & Staff Information
Running Start is a partnership linking the Community Colleges of New Hampshire with secondary schools. Through this partnership, high schools can offer high school students the opportunity to enroll in CCSNH courses for credit while simultaneously completing the requirements for high school graduation.
College faculty work directly with high school faculty to ensure that the CCSNH courses taught in participating schools maintain standards identical to those of sections taught on the college campus. CCSNH reserves the right to determine and periodically revise the conditions under which its programs may be offered for college credit and assumes responsibility for their supervision.