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Fuel Education

Join the year-long journey as students, faculty, and staff reach for new heights at Pikes Peak Early College (PPEC) in Peyton, Colorado. This newly established grades 9 through 12+2 school uniquely prepares students from diverse backgrounds for college and career through flexible and individualized blended learning, combined with free early college options. PPEC's faculty and staff members empower students to seamlessly transition from high school to college by facilitating personalized, flexible blended online and traditional pathways emphasizing self-directed learning. They accomplish this using Fuel Education’s broad catalog of online curriculum and award-winning, open technology platform, PEAK.

Tune-in to view our Year One Video Blog, and see firsthand how the program works from the perspective of students, staff, and administrators. View the successes and challenges that arise during a remarkable first year.


Leading a revolutionary new early college program takes tact and vision. Dave Knoche, executive principal, finds the perfect balance of both in the administration of PPEC. What he finds most important is connecting with his staff, fostering their visions through feedback and strong encouragement. Mr. Knoche also enables PPEC students to connect with him and their teachers with a policy of acceptance and care.

Because of the rigorous nature of PPEC, and the high achievement expected of its students, Mr. Knoche's time is not devoted to dealing with disciplinary related issues. Rather, he focuses on managing the school's high achievement through direct and open relationships with his staff and their students.

Hear how PPEC flourishes under the direction of Mr. Knoche firsthand: