Courses & Catalog

Courses Available for WHS Students

Current Course Catalog

CTE Dual Credit
Courses offer students an opportunity to earn Community / Technical College credit while attending high
school classes. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Dual Credit classes are taught at the high school or skills center and integrate academics with technical skills to help prepare students for advanced education and careers related to professional-technical occupations. High school students who complete selected high
school courses with a B grade or better can earn Community / Technical College credit. After June 30th of the school year, students who have completed the required high school courses must contact the PC3 office at 253-583-8803 for transcription of CTE Dual credits. Contact the high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher about earning credit. More information about CTE Dual Credit can be found online at Pierce County Careers Connection or Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

College in the High School

Running StartRunning Start offers qualified 11th and 12th graders (juniors and seniors) the opportunity to earn high school graduation and college credits by taking approved courses at a community/technical college without paying tuition. To be eligible for this program, students must:

1) Have earned the credits necessary for junior or senior status;
2) Demonstrate readiness for college-level study through their performance on a college placement exam;
3) Meet course prerequisites.

It is not usually advisable for students to try to transfer to the Running Start Program during the middle of the school year. The community/technical colleges are on a three quarter system that does not match starting times with our semesters. Students planning to take Running Start courses during fall quarter
must have the application process completed by early spring of the prior year. 

Pierce County Skills Center (PCSC)The Pierce County Skills Center is a partnership program with the Bethel School District. PCSC offers year-long Career and Technical Education programs designed to give 11th and 12th graders (juniors and seniors) an in-depth look into specific career fields that are not currently offered within the Franklin Pierce School District. When enrolled in PCSC, students attend WHS for ½ day and PCSC for the other ½ day. 

About PCSC: 

  • Available programs: 
  • Programs are tuition free, but may have program fees
  • Transportation is provided to and from each high school but the school year operates on the BETHEL SCHOOL DISTRICT calendar. If there is a day where Bethel Schools have school but WHS does not, the student is responsible to attend PCSC class. 
  • Students may earn up to 1.5 high school credits per trimester (total of 4.5 credits per year)
  • Session Times: AM Session – 7:55am-10:25am, PM Session – 11:15am-1:45pm
  • Students interested in attending PCSC in 11th or 12th grade should meet with their counselor during spring course registration to review credit status and complete a PCSC application.