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Date: February 28, 2017


                        Colorado Early Colleges Administrator to Receive Education Award

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO—Colorado Early Colleges (CEC) Administrator Keith King will receive top honors Friday for his dedication to serving students and parents in the state of Colorado.


The Education Center (TheEduCtr), a Denver nonprofit, will host the Salute to Excellence in Education Awards Gala at the Doubletree Hotel in Denver on March 3. The ceremony will honor minority teachers, principals, administrators, school librarians and social workers for outstanding contributions in their respective fields of work. The organization will honor King with the "Friend of the Salute Award" during the event. TheEduCtr presents the annual award to an "outstanding individual of any race who has dedicated their life to inspire and motivate the underserved minority students, parents, and people of color in Colorado." 

Dr. Annette Sills-Brown, executive director of TheEduCtr, said King has gone "over and beyond" in his tireless efforts to work with and educate youth in diverse communities. 

"When you, as an educator, go over and beyond, the chances are that people don't recognize you," Sills-Brown said. "We want to reach out to him—we want to partner with him and work together."

King, a former state senator, founded Colorado Springs Early Colleges in 2007. The early college model provides high school students the opportunity to earn an Associate degree in high school for free. In addition to the Colorado Springs campus, the CEC network of charter school currently comprises schools in Ft. Collins and Parker. Its newest school, CEC Aurora, will open in August. 

King said he is honored to be nominated for the "Friend of the Salute Award." 

"It has been and continues to be a passion of ours to work with individual students to help them succeed," he said. "We work with each student no matter what their background is—no matter what their prior educational experience has been. We believe that there is always hope. I appreciate The Education Center for recognizing the work that we are doing to help young people 'Build the Future.’" 





Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins Expands; Announces Move of High School into Former Advanced Energy Building


FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Feb. 15, 2017 – Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins (CECFC) has announced the relocation and expansion of its high school after reaching record-breaking enrollment numbers. The tuition-free charter school will update and remodel the former Advanced Energy building on Innovation Drive in Fort Collins, set to open its doors in August.


Since its start in 2012, enrollment at CECFC has grown by an average of 42.4 percent each year, with 900 students from across Northern Colorado choosing CECFC over traditional public schools, homeschooling or other charter schools. In 2015, Newsweek Magazine ranked CECFC first among Colorado high schools in post-secondary readiness. CECFC achieved the No. 2 ranking in 2016.


It is the top school in Northern Colorado working with all students grades 6-12 to capitalize on the opportunity to earn an associate degree at multiple colleges at no cost to families. 72 percent of the 2016 graduating class earned an associate degree and/or certification, and 75 percent of 2017 graduates are on pace to do the same.


CECFC has hired The Neenan Company, a design-build firm based in Fort Collins, to update and remodel the industrial building to meet the needs of the high school. Construction is already underway on the 91,000 square-foot space which will include the following:


  •       Large, flexible maker space for students to build and work with their hands
  •       Construction Science space for various trade education such as electrical, plumbing, woodworking and more
  •       Space to accommodate additional college courses taught through Front Range and Aims Community Colleges
  •       Custom kitchen to prepare healthy food from scratch
  •       Gymnasium
  •       500-seat auditorium
  •       Fully-equipped music room
  •       Bookstore
  •       Tutoring center
  •       Full health clinic
  •       Expanded classrooms, offices and open spaces for students


The CECFC middle school is located at 4512 McMurry Avenue, a building it shares with T.R. Paul Academy of Arts & Knowledge (TPAAK). TPAAK will move into the former CECFC high school building at 4800 Wheaton Drive over the summer, making room for the middle school expansion and Colorado Early Learning Pre-School, a CEC partner school. 


“Over the years, we have seen students excel with our model and are proud to help these students gain hope for their future through the opportunities that are offered on the CECFC campus,” said Sandi Brown, head of school for CECFC. “We focus on the whole student – from education to professionalism and the new additions to our facility help us expand and empower student success through additional programming, nutrition, music, making and more.”


CECFC’s mission is to ensure that each student in their diverse population, regardless of background or skill level, is prepared in mind, body and character to succeed in their academic and professional pursuits. Following the CEC model, college-ready students at CECFC are concurrently enrolled in high school and in local colleges to gain valuable college credit.


For more information visit or call 970-377-0044.


About Colorado Early Colleges

Colorado Early Colleges is a network of top-tier charter schools located along the Front Range of Colorado. The Colorado Early Colleges network is comprised of charter schools that provide tuition-free public education that gives all students the opportunity to get an Associate Degree in high school for free. The CEC network’s 2016 graduating class of 350 students produced nearly 140 Associate Degrees and one Bachelor’s Degree.



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