100 Percent of Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins High School Graduates Earn Average of 58 College Credits
More than 63 percent of 2017 graduates have earned at least one Associate Degree or Career Technical Education Certificate
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – May 16, 2017 – On Friday, May 19, 100 percent of high school students graduating from Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins (CECFC) will graduate with a high school diploma and an average of 58 college credits. 63 percent of students will graduate with a free, complete Associates Degree and/or certifications. The 161 students that make up CECFC’s 5th and largest graduating class will be recognized during the 4 p.m. commencement ceremony at Timberline Church, 2908 S. Timberline Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525.
CECFC was founded in 2012 as a tuition-free, open enrollment public charter high school. Our mission is to ensure that each student, regardless of background or skill level, will have the opportunity to pursue a growth mindset that will allow them to achieve mastery and to demonstrate they can succeed in school, in college, and in their chosen career. No exceptions. No excuses. Newsweek Magazine ranked CECFC as the No. 1 (2015) and No. 2 (2016) Top High School in Colorado for post-secondary and workforce student readiness. Also, CECFC is northern Colorado’s only CareerWise Colorado high school offering this apprenticeship program.
CECFC is also the first school in Colorado to offer a Postsecondary Workforce Readiness endorsed diploma which identifies students who have gone above and beyond the basic high school graduation requirements. Students are required to complete a career plan, demonstrate 21st-century skills through internships, community service or work experience and show additional college level course work in 3 separate areas.
“The education landscape has been changing, and we value the opportunity to help students achieve success no matter their background or skill level. Our consistent, yet fast-paced growth is a sign that northern Colorado families want to better prepare their students for a successful future without breaking the bank to do it,” said Brown.
Students across northern Colorado, and even north Denver, have chosen CECFC over neighborhood public schools, home school or other charter schools.
CECFC Facts and Numbers:
161 total graduates
39 – graduates earned an Endorsed Diploma or 24 percent of graduates
1 – AA degree from Western Colorado College
16 –Students earning degrees and/or certifications at Aims Community College:
7 – AA degrees
5 – AS degrees
3 – AA degrees with designations
2 – Certificates
84 – Students earning degrees and/or certifications at Front Range Community College:
43 – AA degrees
27 – AS degrees
3 – AGS degrees
14 – AA degrees with designations
1 – AAS degree
1 – AGS degree with designation
8 – Certificates
101 graduates earning degrees and /or certifications or 63 percent of graduates
100 percent of graduates earned college credit; average earned 58 college credits
9320 college credits collectively earned by the class of 2017
For more information visit FortCollins.ColoradoEarlyColleges.org or call 970-377-0044.
About Colorado Early Colleges
Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins provides students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to begin working on college-level courses as soon as they are college ready. CECFC students can earn a combination of high school and college credits as they pursue a high school diploma and an Associate degree or higher — all at no cost to the CECFC families. CECFC pays for tuition, fees, and books. Along with college-prep high school courses, Front Range and Aims Community College courses are taught on the CECFC high school campus. Qualifying students can take college courses off-campus at any Front Range or Aims Community College campus. All courses taken must satisfy degree requirements. Students may pursue an Associate of Applied Science and Certifications and/or an Associate of Arts or Science. CECFC is one of four schools in the Colorado Early Colleges network. Learn more at fortcollins.coloradoearlycolleges.org.
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