An innovative program offered in partnership with the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) is giving high school students a jump on earning college credits. The program, called Running Start, allows students to take community college courses for both high school and college credit. Teachers with college-level teaching credentials lead the courses at high schools, using a college syllabus and course materials. Tuition for Running Start classes is half of what it would be to take similar courses in college, and students can take up to two science, technology, engineering and math courses at no cost every year.
Even better, credits earned through Running Start are transferable to many colleges and universities. The program not only accelerates college advancement but also can lead to quality jobs and careers with New Hampshire businesses. Bank of America has supported the program for several years with $200,000 in funding.
With Running Start, students who thought a college education would be too expensive now have a means to achieve their ambitions, which is one of the pillars of Bank of America’s $1.25 billion, five-year commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity.