Northeast Early College will prepare all students to be collaborative and competitive in a four year college and in a 21st Century global economy. The NEC Vision captures the essential ingredient to being a successful school: That standing together is more powerful than standing alone – that collaboration among students, staff and community will create the best college preparatory and workplace readiness experience possible.
NEC will create opportunities for students to attend a school with a focus on CareerConnect Pathways at the foundation of everything that we do. We require all students to earn dual high school and college credit leading to a High School Diploma, and workforce certification.
Intended Target Student Population and Community Served
NEC’s target population includes students and families in the Far Northeast (FNE) region and across the Denver metro area that desire a highly structured learning environment that emphasizes rigorous academics, technology, workforce readiness, and project-based learning activities. We welcome all students to our unique, integrated CareerConnect pathways. Our goal is to prepare all NEC students with the academic knowledge and workforce readiness skills to compete in and contribute to the 21st Century global economy.
NEC Guiding Principles
The NEC guiding principles and priorities are based on the research that was conducted by Jobs for the Future in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on successful Early College Instructional Strategies and College and Career Readiness Keys for Success:
1. Ownership of Learning: Students develop an ability to direct their own learning.They set goals, monitor their own progress, and reflect on their own strengths for improvement. They learn to see setbacks as opportunities for feedback and growth. Students who learn through self-direction are more adaptive than their peers.
2. Think Critically: Students think critically, analytically, and creatively. They know how to find, evaluate, and synthesize information to construct assignments. They can design their own solutions to complex problems.
3. Collaboration and Communication: Collaborative Students work well in teams. They communicate and understand multiple points of view and they know how to cooperate to achieve a shared goal. Students communicate effectively in writing and in oral presentations. They structure information in meaningful ways, listen to and give feedback, and construct messages for particular audiences.
4. Academic Mindset: Students with an “academic mindset” have a strong belief in themselves. They trust their own abilities and believe their hard work will pay off, so they persist to overcome obstacles. They also learn from and support each other. They see the relevance of their schoolwork to the real world and their own future success.