Colorado Gives Day with Maren Blind, Head of School CEC Castle Rock

Why CEC Castle Rock?
I have had the pleasure of working in education since 2001 serving students, families, and communities as a classroom teacher, college professor, reading specialist, academic advisor, academic dean, and now, as the head of school for CEC Castle Rock. I have found a home here because I believe in the CEC Early College Model and see value in families having a choice about which educational program will develop life-long learning and success for their children. I am deeply invested in leading a school that lives out this educational philosophy: “Meet students where theyare and take them where they want to be.” For me, this means ensuring every student can thrive ina competency-based educational system with specific goals that allow for versatility and optimal growth in academics, character, and life-long learning.

I love my job because I get to be a part of impacting young lives in formative high school years that sets students on a positive trajectory beyond graduation in their college choices, career aspirations,and personal lives. When a student finds a purpose and passion within the walls of CECCR, that spark is infectious, and it provides energy and excitement into my workday.

Maren Blind, Head of School

What sets CEC Castle Rock apart?
CEC Castle Rock is a small school community with many opportunities for students to be involved, from National Honor Society to Model UN, HOSA, and more! Our school truly offers anindividualized educational experience with dedicated staff, all driven to provide a high-quality learning environment that extends beyond the classroom and into the world. On our campus, astudent can complete an associate degree (general, arts, or science) without ever having to leave our campus.

In addition to college courses that result in a degree, we have many career certificate opportunities for students to earn, all at no cost to the student! The certifications on our campus include, Microsoft Specialist, Adobe, IT Fundamentals, Entrepreneur and Small Business, Fusion, ScrumMaster and A+. We are also ideally located one mile away from the ACC Extension Campus called Sturm Collaboration Campus which offers hundreds of industry certifications. CEC Castle Rock runs the CTE Nurse Aide Pathway for students interested in careers in health sciences.

Campus life and culture offers students a variety of events to participate in from Wish Week, Promand Homecoming to theater, music, and art clubs. At CEC Castle Rock we truly are a close community where staff knows students by name and are invested in their education and their character development.

Why does your gift matter?
We believe every student can succeed, especially with YOUR support! Did you know that CEC is Colorado’s largest public charter school network? Which means we receive state funds, but it’s not enough to support all the things we’d like to do for our students. During this season of giving, we invite you to make a gift to CEC Castle Rock.

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