Head of School – Dr. Jay Egger
Dr. Jay Egger is the Head of School for Colorado Early Colleges—Inverness. One of Jay’s core beliefs is: each student matters. Jay believes that education is responsible for dedicating every resource to student exploration, achievement and growth, both academically and personally. He knows that academic institutions must be firmly committed to preparing students to enter an ever-changing, complex and competitive world with confidence—having mastered the skills needed to make positive contributions in their communities.
Dr. Egger’s 23 years of academic, student-centered experience—as a former university professor and department chair, business owner, executive director for a non-profit, high school sports' coach, and as a veteran—have prepared him for the institutional commitment necessary to build and sustain the opportunities that students can be excited about and challenged by. His experience has further prepared him to provide students with equitable access to relevant learning materials, support an engaged faculty and staff, build and sustain meaningful relationships with students, families, teachers, and community, and provide a safe and inclusive culture that is both engaging and vibrant.
Director of Academic & Career Advising - Wendy Rhodes
Wendy Rhodes joined the CEC team in 2017 working at Colorado Early College Aurora. As the Director of Academic and Career Advising, Wendy incorporates her experience and passion in workforce development to support students in discovering their strengths, interests and skills to be better prepared for college and the workforce. Wendy has worked in career development for over 10 years and has worked with a variety of individuals and groups of all ages, from helping high school students apply to their first job to supporting adults re-entering the workforce who have faced barriers such as homelessness, incarceration and mental illness. Wendy has taught workshops to both small and large groups on over 30 topics such as Resume Writing, Career Exploration, Etiquette, and Degree ROI. She is a Strengths Finder Coach and certified Myers Briggs Administrator and enjoys working with students in helping them learn more about who they are and how they relate to the world around them. She is a First Generation college student and believes in supporting students at each step who are working on their Associate degree or certificate program while at Colorado Early Colleges. She also enjoys learning how technology will impact the future of the workforce and higher education and how to prepare our students for what’s ahead. Wendy holds a BA in Religious Studies at Benedictine College and an MA in Counseling Psychology at Regis University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and will earn her license in School Counseling in 2020.
Keith is the Founder of Colorado Early Colleges and currently serves as an Executive Consultant. He has served on the School Board of Cheyenne Mountain School District, Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, served four terms in the Colorado House of Representatives, has finished four years of service in the Colorado Senate, was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by Secretary Paige, and served as President of the Colorado Springs City Council. He has served on the Colorado League of Charter Schools Board for over thirteen years and has written applications for four successful charter schools: Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, James Irwin Charter High School, Colorado Springs Early Colleges, and Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins. Colorado Early Colleges Douglas County will be his fifth school. Keith King received his Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado State University-Pueblo and his Master’s Degree from Oregon State University. During his service in the Colorado Legislature, he carried over 70 bills that impact K-12 and higher education. He has received over 18 awards from various education and business organizations for his work in the General Assembly.
CEC Executive Administrator - Sandi Brown
Sandi Brown has been with the Colorado Early Colleges Network since its inception in 2007. She was the Academic Dean at Colorado Springs Early Colleges from 2008-2012 before opening Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins where she is currently the Head of School. Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins earned the Newsweek honor of the #1 high school in Colorado for post-secondary and workforce readiness. CECFC ranks #2 in Colorado for both 2016 America's Top High Schools and Beating the Odds by Newsweek. The University Model Schools she founded and administrated in Tustin, California (1998-2006) and Colorado Springs, Colorado (2006-2007) consistently enrolled 100 percent of their students into colleges upon completion of their high school career. Sandi was the recipient of 2013 Woman of Vision Award given by the Colorado Women of Influence for her work in education. Sandi enjoys time in the Colorado outdoors with her husband and dogs and spending time with her three adult children and two granddaughters.