Deputy Secretary Mitchell “Mick” Zais with the U.S. Department of Education visited Colorado Early Colleges (CEC) Fort Collins as a final stop on his listening tour leading up to National School Choice Week (Jan. 26 – Feb. 1).

CEC came highly recommended to Dr. Zais by Scott Stump, a former assistant provost for career and technical education for the Colorado Community College System who is now assistant secretary of career, technical and adult education at U.S. Department of Education.

“Parents and students deserve the freedom to find the best education environment to fit their unique learning abilities,” said U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais. “Schools such as Colorado Early Colleges offer students a choice to help them reach their full potential, regardless of their family’s income or zip code. I was especially impressed by the number of students graduating from high school with two-year associate college degrees as well as the strong sense of family demonstrated by the students, parents, and school staff.”