Keith King made his mark — and at times made waves — in a lot of ways during his 12 years in the legislature. It was the conservative Republican’s advocacy of education reform, school choice and especially charter schools that stood out most by the time he left the state Senate at the end of 2012.
So dedicated to educational opportunity was the onetime schoolteacher-turned-successful businessman-turned-lawmaker that he started, and continues to run, his own charter school in Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Early Colleges. The innovative program lets enrolled high-schoolers earn an associate’s degree from college for free while still in high school. Since startup in 2007, the operation has expanded to Fort Collins and Parker, with plans to open a campus in Aurora.
The program’s focus has been reaching at-risk students, including many economically disadvantaged students of color. As reported in today’s Colorado Springs Gazette, King’s work doesn’t go unnoticed now any more than it did in his days in the General Assembly: On Friday, King will receive the “Friends of the Salute Award” during the Salute to Excellence in Education Awards Gala in Denver. The event is hosted by the Education Center, a Denver nonprofit that focuses on the needs of minority students.
King will be recognized as an “outstanding individual of any race who has dedicated their life to inspire and motivate the under-served minority students, parents and people of color in Colorado.”
According to The Gazette: Annette Sills-Brown, executive director of The Education Center, said in a news release that King has gone “over and beyond” in his tireless efforts to work with and educate youth in diverse communities.
CEC Administrator To Receive Statewide Award!
Keith King will be presented with the "Friend of the Salute" award on Friday, March 3 in Denver. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bethany Monk Tel. 719.559.0902 Email: Bethany.Monk@cec914.org 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.’"