If you have officially been accepted to the program, you will receive an acceptance packet in the mail from RVC-Early College. The Acceptance Packet includes the Participation Agreement and Student Information Sheet:
- The Participation Agreement outlines program requirements including attendance policies, academic conduct policies, and any other applicable College policies. Running Start students must follow the RVC academic calendar and the instructors’ syllabus. Students will be held responsible for adhering to the contents of the Running Start Academic Conduct Policies and the RVC Student Handbook.
- Students must provide a valid email address on the Running Start Student Information Sheet and Participation Agreement for future RVC technology account set-up. The required student and parent/guardian signatures on the Participation Agreement enable RVC Early College to share the student’s academic record with the high school and parent/guardian. Signing the Agreement also allows student academic data to be utilized in reports to the state for presentations and publication.
The program begins with a mandatory 2-week summer course: STU-100: Planning for Success. Class date and time options will be provided in the Acceptance Packet. Courses will be offered during the end of May or beginning of June.
STU-100: Planning for Success is designed to introduce and connect students to the RVC community and to assist in the active development of academic and personal goals. Students will work with instructors to learn strategies for their transition into college.
Course registration and schedules are obtained through the following process:
- Meet with your high school Program Counselor for high school graduation and semester schedules.
- The RVC Early College office will register students for their classes according to RVC priority dates.
- View your class schedule on your Online Services account.
- If you need to make any changes to your schedule, meet with your high school Program Counselor. You will need to submit a Running Start Schedule Adjustment Form to the Early College office if you drop or withdraw from a course.
You must maintain good academic standing to remain in the Running Start program. If your GPA falls below a 2.50 or you receive a “D”, “W”, or “F” on your transcript, you will be placed on Academic Probation. Academic Probation will require you to meet with an advisor from the Early College office to develop an Individual Academic Recovery Plan (IARP). If you fail to raise your GPA to 2.5 or higher after the probation semester, you may be dismissed from the program.