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OC Register, "Nicholas Academic Centers celebrate milestones at Thanksgiving dinner"


Henry T. Nicholas, III, Ph.D., joins Nicholas Academic Center (NAC) students Erin Davis (left) and Jennifer Nava at the 4th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration. The Broadcom Co-Founder and former CEO told the more than 300 students and their families: "One hundred percent of our students go on to college, and we're going to ensure that every one of them earns a degree.”

SANTA ANA – The Nicholas Academic Centers celebrated record student achievement this weekend at their fourth annual Thanksgiving Dinner event for more than 300 Santa Ana high school students and their families.

Broadcom Co-Founder Henry T. Nicholas, III and Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, hosted the event held Friday at Valley High. They both praised the "NAC Model"—a nurturing educational "family" that combines personal tutoring, cultural enrichment and social and family support for under-served high school students.

"The NACs succeed where others fail because we create a support system that includes students, staff, parents and high school counselors," said Dr. Nicholas, who established the first center in 2008 with retired Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel. "It's a model that works. One hundred percent of our students go on to college, and we're going to ensure that every one of them earns a degree."

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OC Register, "Broadcom co-founder Henry T. Nicholas and retired judge Jack Mandel get keys to Santa Ana"

Henry T. Nicholas, III and Jack K. Mandel received the keys to the city of Santa Ana for their work on behalf of young people through the Nicholas Academic Centers. And Nicholas steps forward with a donation to a fund for a grief-stricken family.


Published: July 6, 2012 Updated: July 7, 2012 8:07 a.m.

Former Broadcom CEO Henry T. Nicholas, III, left, and retired Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel talk universities in this 2010 photo. The two partnered to create the Nicholas Academy Centers, both of which are in Santa Ana. CINDY YAMANAKA, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTERFormer Broadcom CEO Henry T. Nicholas, III, left, and retired Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel talk universities in this 2010 photo. The two partnered to create the Nicholas Academy Centers, both of which are in Santa Ana. CINDY YAMANAKA, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTERSANTA ANAHenry T. Nicholas, III, co-founder of Broadcom, and retired judge Jack K. Mandel received keys to the city for their contributions to Santa Ana and the Nicholas Academic Centers.

The rare presentation came at the beginning of the City Council meeting on Monday, July 2.

Mayor Miguel Pulido honored them for their commitment to the youth of Santa Ana and their work with the Nicholas Academic Centers. He said it had been at least 10 years since the last key was bestowed.

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Walking the (Graduation) Walk Again: Judge Jack K. Mandel is Dr. Mandel Now

May 26, 2012

NAC News Archives

Dr Jack K. Mandel, co-founder of the Nicholas Academic Centers12 years after retiring from the bench, Judge Jack K. Mandel donned the robe once more. Unlike the robe he wore during his 19 years as a Superior Court Judge, however, this robe was of the graduating kind.
On Saturday, May 12, the Hon. Jack K. Mandel received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his new alma mater, Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Morningside recognized Judge Mandel with the honorary degree for his work with high school students in Santa Ana, California. During the commencement, Dr. Mandel spoke to more than 250 graduates on the campus lawn in front of the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center. In his speech, Dr. Mandel thanked the board of trustees & the President of Morningside College, his wife Judy for her full-time support, and Dr. Nicholas for his passion & generosity. "Because of what Dr. Nicholas has provided," said the Judge, "[NAC students] will play a prominent role in their community for the next 40 years; they are tomorrow’s leaders."
Ten Santa Ana-area high school graduates who were part of the NAC are enrolled at Morningside College with several more to join this fall. Each of their journeys represents a page in the ongoing NAC story.

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NAC Alum, Favie Silva, Leads a Community Clean-Up in Santa Ana

April 02, 2012

NAC Archives

2010 alum, Favie Silva, leads a community clean up in Santa Ana.The Nicholas Academic Centers were created to fill a need in the community; when students at a Santa Ana High School studied on the sidewalks after school or not at all because they had no place else to go, Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel stepped in and persuaded the school district to keep the library open, where he tutored and mentored students over a number of years. With financial backing from Dr. Henry T. Nicholas, III, the first NAC opened in 2008. Engrained in the NAC philosophy is the idea that giving back to the community is not just a good thing to do; it is necessary. This idea is not lost on NAC students.
Recently, NAC Class of 2010 alum, Favie Silva, decided to set an example for a younger cousin by organizing a community clean up effort: “I started this project because of my cousin, Ariel. I walk him to school every morning, and one particular morning, he said to me, ‘Hey, Favie; look, those kids over there dropped trash on the sidewalk. Why didn’t they put it in the trash cans?’” Favie didn’t know how to answer, and she was moved when her cousin spoke again: “Well, this place is a trash can because there’s trash everywhere.” She thought to herself, “He’s right.”
It wasn’t long before Favie decided to take it upon herself to clean up the streets, and her cousin, Ariel, pledged to help her. Favie has talked to community representatives and is looking for others to join in the effort: “I want my community to get together and clean because I feel it is necessary that we, as a community, help each other and do things like this that will teach the younger generation the importance of keeping our community clean, always.” She continues, “My ultimate goal is to motivate young kids and others to do projects like this to bring the community together.”

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Reuters, "Nobel-Winning Economist Vernon L. Smith Lectures to Inner-City High School Students at the Nicholas Academic Centers"

The Chapman University Professor, Known as the Father of “Experimental Economics,” Demonstrates How Both Buyers and Sellers Benefit from Market Transactions

Chapman University Nobel Laureate Vernon L. Smith, and his colleague, Bart Wilson, brought their unorthodox teaching methods to the students, parents and staff of the Nicholas Academic Centers in Santa Ana, CA., on Saturday (Nov. 5), conducting “double auction” experiments in which students learned how both buyers and sellers, who know nothing of each other’s interests, can benefit from market transactions.

The two professors from Chapman’s Economic Science Institute made their second appearance as part of the Nicholas Academic Centers’ 2011-12 “Visiting Scholar Series” in partnership with Chapman University. Drs. Smith and Wilson delivered their first lecture in the series in January 2011 at the Center in downtown Santa Ana, CA.

Dr. Smith said he got the idea for “Experimental Economics” as a newly minted Harvard PhD teaching his first class at Purdue University. “I realized I didn’t know anything about the connection between the pretty pictures in the text books and how the real world worked,” Dr. Smith told the gathering. “So I decided to do an experiment.” He went on to became known as the father of “Experimental Economics” and in 2002 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in using laboratory experiments to research why markets and other exchange systems work the way they do.

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