Running Start courses are INDUSTRY TAUGHT career pathway courses. In most cases they earn both high school and college credit, and they are FREE to high school students.



Facilitate industry driven career pathway exploration designed to engage students, propel education and recruit workforce.



Join Running Start for Careers, a unique public-private partnership, and help cultivate growth in our community

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of students in RSFC courses graduate high school

Students in courses & internships by the end of this semester

Area high schools represented by RSFC students


of RSFC students take additional courses at CNM

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What I hear from Running Start students is that they are excited, they are engaged. That excitement helps them stay engaged and stay focused on all their classes and help them stay in school, increasing their chances of graduating on time with their class. When they walk out of high school with a diploma in one hand and an advancement toward a career in another, we know have made a positive difference in their life trajectory and that is what Running Start for Careers is all about. Mayor Richard J. Berry


Here’s why to take a
Running Start course…



Running Start Programs
Running Start for Careers serves students from over 30 high schools in the Albuquerque area with courses in construction, film, surveying GIS/UAS, healthcare, and financial industry partners which include the Association of Builders and Contractors, UPublic, Nusenda Federal Credit Union, Volo Pervidi, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, and TriCore Reference Laboratories. Additional Industry partners and courses are targeted and will be made available. Our goal is to create a career exploration model that is scalable and that can be replicated statewide and nationwide to meet the needs students and industry in their local areas.





Frequently Asked Questions
Where are classes held?
  • Depending on the course you sign up for the classes will be held at varying locations.
  • Classes may be held at industry location or at a CNM campus, or combination of both.
  • Specific course locations for the current and upcoming semester can be found HERE.
How much does it cost?
  • Dual credit courses are free to highs school students by law in the state of New Mexico.
  • Books and course materials will be supplied by support from the industry partner
How do I register?
  • To enroll in Running Start Dual credit courses, you must be enrolled at CNM. Go to CNM dual credit site. Fill out the free online application. Be sure to select “Dual Credit” as your application type and you won’t be charged tuition. You will receive a student ID number at the end of the process or one will be sent to you.
  • Submit the required signature page at any CNM Admissions Office within 5 business days. Visit
  • Accuplacer is waived for Running Start courses, but we encourage you to take the Accuplacer as it will be necessary for future CNM courses.
  • Complete the new student orientation. Find out more at Dual credit students must complete the online orientation.
  • Set up your myCNM account at Click myCNM
  • Register for class by identifying the “CRN” number for the Running Start class you want to take. Visit the COURSES page to find the CRN number for your course.
What grade do I need to be?
Running Start targets high school juniors and seniors from any Central New Mexico High School. Sophomores can also take Running Start courses, but it is advised that you consult your school counselor before you do. Students must have transportation to the course location and any off site visits. Intern opportunities exist only for those 16 years and older, and some opportunity require students to be 18 because of health and safety regulations.
Do the courses transfer?
Yes, courses can be transferred to other schools and most program courses will meet degree/certificate program requirements. Some RSFC course is considered “survey classes “and should meet requirements for electives in the program. Work with your college counselor to ensure proper credit is given.
Is there transportation provided?
No transportation is provided to students. Students are responsible for finding transportation.



Contact Info

Mariela Ruiz-Angel

Executive Director Running Start For Careers


Amanda Glennon

Outreach Services Office Central New Mexico Community College