Running Start is an exciting opportunity for students to step into their future. The purpose of the Running Start program is to partner with students and Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC) to provide a supported bridge between high school and the student’s early college experience. The program is designed to smooth the transition between the two settings and increase the success of our students as they transition to college.

Advanced Diploma Program

Students who have completed all of the requirements for their diploma and wish to attend LBCC full time for one year and pursue their advanced diploma may apply to participate in the Running Start Advanced Diploma program. The advanced diploma is awarded when students complete their standard diploma requirements and 36 LBCC credits. Students must enroll in at least 12 credits each term including Destination Graduation in the first term. Students are also required to enroll in math and writing courses each term until they complete Math 111 and Writing 121. Four and seven week progress reports will be required as are any interventions deemed necessary by the advisors.

Expanded Options Program

Current Corvallis School District students who have a desire to take coursework available at Linn Benton Community College that is not available at their home high school may inquire about the Expanded Options Program with their school counselor.

Alternative Learning Option

Current homeschool students who are interested in enrolling in the Corvallis School District and completing classes at Linn Benton Community College in order to earn a high school diploma should contact Eric Wright at 541-766-4717 or

Placement Criteria and Application Process

High School Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Students will need to take the LBCC Accuplacer placement tests and score at the levels listed below (testing is done at any of the LBCC campuses):

  • Reading 90
  • Writing 95
  • Math 65

Students will complete an application packet in order to be considered for the program. Applications will be available beginning January 5th at either the high school counseling office or at the Harding Center at 510 NW 31st St Corvallis. Completed applications must be turned in to either the student’s high school counseling office or to Cindy Preece at the Harding Center by April 1, 2015 and must include a copy of Accuplacer test scores and a copy of the student’s transcript. Applicants will be notified of their participation status by May 1, 2015.