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CEC Administrator To Receive Statewide Award!




Contact: Bethany Monk                                                                          

Tel. 719.559.0902 


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.’"  










Contact: Bethany Monk                                                                


Tel. 719.559.0902 




Date: March 7, 2017


COLORADO SPRINGS, CO—Colorado Springs Early Colleges (CSEC) was recognized recently for demonstrating excellent academic achievement.

The Colorado Department of Education awarded the charter high school on March 2 with the John Irwin Award for academic excellence. CSEC has exceeded expectations on the academic achievement indicator on the three-year school performance framework used by the state to evaluate schools.


CSEC Head of School Jennifer Daugherty said she and her staff and students are excited to receive this award.


“CSEC is completing its 10th year and this award affirms that we are doing great things for students,” she said. “We have a committed staff of professionals who work tirelessly to create opportunities for students, and we have students who are able to see the relevance of their coursework as they progress towards completing their associate degree while in high school.”


Former state senator Keith King founded CSEC in 2007 to give high school students the opportunity to earn a diploma and 60 or more tuition-free college credits. The network has grown to include schools in Fr. Collins and Parker, with its newest school set to open in Aurora this fall.


Since its inception, the CEC network has saved Colorado students and families more than $11 million in tuition, fees, and books, with students having earned more than 73,000 college credits. The network has also seen:

  • More than 1,100 students graduate with some college credits
  • More than 320 students graduate with a complete associate degree
  • Four students earn a Bachelor’s Degree

Colorado Springs Early Colleges is recognized as a school of distinction.


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Contact: Shiloh Mitchell

Tel.: 970-377-0044


Date: August 17, 2016 



Fort Collins school makes the grade for second year in a row


FORT COLLINS, CO. — For the second year in a row, Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins (CECFC) was given top marks by Newsweek magazine for preparing its students for college.  Sandi Brown, the Head of School for CECFC, said “We are honored to be recognized as one of the top performing schools in the state.  Our students have shown a deep level of perseverance and commitment to their future because we treat them as individuals and allow them choice in their education.”

CECFC follows the Early College model.  Students, when they test college ready are concurrently enrolled at the high school and local colleges to gain college credit.  Students at CECFC far outpace their peers across the state in reading, writing and math.  According to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), the school scores almost 30 percent better than the statewide average when it comes to students writing at the proficient or advanced level.

“The hard work of all of the students, teachers and staff is what made this achievement possible,” said Keith King, Administrator of the Colorado Early Colleges Network of Schools.  “The recognition by Newsweek about the outstanding opportunities offered at our Fort Collins campus demonstrates that we are getting these young adults ready for college and life,” King went on to say.

Newsweek’s annual report only examined schools that were in the top 30 percent of all schools in each state.  The determining factors that merit a schools inclusion on the list include: college readiness; SAT/ACT scores and college acceptance rates, among other factors.


Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins Middle School has openings for students and parents that want to take advantage of the world class education that CECFC offers.


About Colorado Early Colleges


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