Ciera, Braden, and Darius with Keith King at the Denver Capitol.
My name is Ciera Blehm and I am a student at Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins (CECFC). I am passionate about economics and public policy, and plan to use those majors to become a lawyer. I also plan on running for public office, with the hopes of being elected the first female governor of Colorado. I am first generation college student, and a third generation northern Colorado native on both sides of my family.
As a CECFC student, I am absolutely amazed by the opportunities and support that I receive from the teachers and staff. I love that the teachers want to be there, they want to help, and they want to see you succeed. They go above and beyond. I also love the unity between the student body and the staff. Their doors are always open, and it is really easy to communicate our problems to them. I am so fortunate to have this school and the financial support to complete college credit.
My Name is Braden Schindel, I have been homeschooled my whole life by my incredible parents. This is my second semester attending Colorado Early Colleges Douglas County (CECDC). I enjoy learning and strive to achieve my academic goals. I am planning on becoming an engineer in the future and I am very excited for the opportunity to take colleges classes while in high school. I am a 17 year old freshman and live in Castle Rock.
My name is Darius Hines-Cross and I am a graduate from Colorado Springs Early Colleges (CSEC). I graduated with both my high school diploma and associates degree with honors. I graduated with over 100+ college credits and am working on finishing my education at Colorado Technical University. I currently work full time at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) as a Network Security Analyst while continuing my formal education as a full time student at Colorado Technical University working towards my Bachelors of Science in Cyber Security with an emphasis on Computer System Security. I work on Schriever Air Force Base for the Missile Defense Agency's Computer Emergency Response Team (MDA CERT), which is one of 24 Department of Defense accredited CERTS.