Advising Team

Director of Academic & Career Advising - Wendy Rhodes

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. 



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Virginia Rodriguez

Virginia has previously worked in higher education at both the community college and public university level. Virginia received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish for Public Service with a Business Administration concentration from California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership and Administration from Capella University. She has several years of experience working with federally funded pre-collegiate programs and Dual/Concurrent Enrollment programs. She previously worked for Denver Public Schools Gear Up Program as a Postsecondary Coach supporting first-year college students, Arapahoe Community College (ACC) as a Concurrent Enrollment Specialist managing the approval and enrollment process for high school students taking college-level courses and CSUDH where she previously held various roles supporting a diverse student population in various academic departments. She is passionate about working with students and their families to provide them key information that will allow them to make well-informed decisions leading to their higher educational aspirations. When not working, Virginia keeps busy volunteering for a women’s philanthropic educational organization. She enjoys walking, shopping, hosting gatherings with family and friends and takes special interest in participating in military-like Boot Camps to stay active. 


Academic and Career Advisor - Dorothy Smith

Dorothy Smith

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Dorothy’s experience in the field of K-12 education spans from working for large-scale assessment corporations to small teacher professional development companies. Combining that with her experience and education in the areas of mediation, social work, and advocacy provides her with a unique perspective in her role as Academic and Career Advisor for CEC. Dorothy received her B.A. in Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Master’s in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She’s excited to bring her breadth of experience and skills to help CEC students on their path toward a bright future. In her free time, Dorothy is either watching her two sons compete in collegiate track and fencing, or competing herself as an epée fencer and avid Pickleball player.