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Wednesday
Nov212012

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

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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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Sunday
Jul082012

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.

By RON GONZALES / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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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Tuesday
Jul032012

MSNBC, "82 Santa Ana High School Students Beat the Odds, Applauded by Orange County Community and Business Leaders"

Nicholas Academic Centers (NACs) Honor College-Bound Class of 2012 and Their Achievements as They Head to the Nation's Top Tier Universities

 6/14/2012

Marketwire

SANTA ANA, CA — Behind each beaming smile is a story of rising above challenges and exceeding the potential to achieve academic success, independence and pride. From hopelessness to self-determination, 82 high school graduates from Santa Ana received well-deserved recognition at the 4th Annual Nicholas Academic Centers' Graduation Celebration held at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.

Dr. Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, Santa Ana Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Donald Cardinal, Dean of the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, and Miguel Pulido, Mayor of the City of Santa Ana joined Nicholas Academic Centers' founders Dr. Henry T. Nicholas, III and (retired) Judge Jack K. Mandel in applauding the college-bound NACs class of 2012. Each high school graduate was presented a certificate and a college sweatshirt from the university where they will be attending in fall. The list of prestigious universities where the NACs students were accepted includes University of Notre Dame, UCLA, Denison College and more.

"The road these students took to get where they are today was not easy," said Hugo Gutierrez, NACs' executive director and mentoring program alumnus. "During their sophomore and junior years of high school, they made a commitment to succeed beyond their wildest dreams and worked tirelessly to earn excellent grades and apply themselves to attend top colleges and universities around the country."

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Tuesday
Jul032012

What the Letters on the Sweaters Really Say: A Look at the 4th Annual NAC Graduation Celebration

June 12, 2012

NAC New Archives

Nicholas Academic Centers, Class of 2012On Saturday, June 9, 2012, over 400 people gathered at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa to celebrate the accomplishments of the NAC’s 81 graduating seniors from the 2012 class. Friends, family, high school counselors & administrators, community leaders, and more shared an evening of great music, delicious food, and inspiring stories and speeches.
 
During the reception, the Santa Ana High School Mariachi Band treated attendees to music while the catering staff brought around a trio of pre-ceremony appetizers. The lobby featured an interactive display of pictures from past NAC events and statistics highlighting the successes of current NAC alums, including the growing number of NAC students served each year as well as the increasing number of graduates attending 4-year colleges across the United States. Guests could also familiarize themselves with the graduating class at one of two large screen TVs, each of which presented pictures and bios for this year’s NAC seniors.
 
After the ballroom doors opened and the guests were seated, the ceremony began with a short video featuring several NAC students who shared their experience with the centers. NAC juniors Marylinda Bustamante and Hector Valencia, the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies, officially began the celebration by introducing the first speaker of the evening, Dr. Henry T. Nicholas, III. Dr. Nicholas then took the stage and welcomed the crowd to the event. During his opening remarks, Dr. Nicholas commented on the $1.1 million earned by this year’s NAC seniors in grants and scholarships, and noted the significance of the NAC’s retention numbers: “Where the rubber meets the road is graduating from an institution of higher learning; it’s retention, and this is the statistic I am the most proud of. After four years of operation, our graduates have achieved a 97% retention rate. That compares to a national average of 77%.”

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Tuesday
Jul032012

NAC Helps Hispanic Students Get to Top-Tier Colleges

June 7, 2012

HispanicBusiness.com

Here's some nice news on the Hispanic academic front. About 80 Santa Ana, Calif., high school students who thought higher education was out of their grasp are off to Notre Dame, UCLA and Denison College, among other top-tier schools.

The Nicholas Academic Centers (NACs) program was able to support students who overcame financial hardships and language and cultural barriers to grasp the dream of higher education. That's exactly what the NAC program is all about, according to a news release.

Christine Rivas is headed for the University of California, Los Angeles this fall. She faced significant financial challenges as well as great responsibilities at home after her mother died. Her father is disabled, adding to the weight on her young shoulders.

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Tuesday
Jul032012

From Santa Ana to Georgetown with Class of 2010 NAC Alum Mariana Hernandez

 

June 04, 2012

NAC News Archives

NAC Alum Mariana HernandezSince the doors of NAC I opened in 2008, many students have passed through its halls. They come from different backgrounds and join for different reasons, but they are united in their purpose – their desire to overcome the odds and make college a reality. Most NAC students juggle an incredible amount of responsibilities and make sacrifices daily in pursuit of their educational goals. One such student, NAC alum Mariana Hernandez, did just that while earning the title of Valedictorian of Santa Ana High School in 2010. She managed to balance her class schedule with sports (Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Track and Field), clubs (MESA Club President, Mui Alpha Theta Match Society President, Go-Green Recycling Club President, California Scholastic Federation Vice President, Freshmen Mentor Program member, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes member), and afterschool programs (Nicholas Academic Centers, of course). Mariana’s hard work paid off when she gained admission to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. What she has done at Georgetown is no less impressive than what she did during her time at the NAC.

 
NAC: When did you join the NAC?
 
Mariana: I joined the NAC several months after it opened. I can’t recall when exactly, but I have been a part of the NAC family for a while! I joined because my best friend Karla, who was one of the first students on opening day, dragged me to the NAC, and I thank her every time I can for doing that! Usually at the NAC, I would spend about 2-3 hours when I was a sophomore, but, during my junior and senior year, I would spend about 4 to 5 hours at the NAC. I was always on the very last van ride or sometimes my friends had to drive me home because we would stay longer for extra Calculus help with Danny, or of course who can forget those long SAT prep nights? I had to go to NAC II to take them because I played sports, so sometimes I would get home at 9pm!
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Wednesday
Jun272012

Santa Ana High school grads overcame adversity and are headed to college

 

AGAINST ALL ODDS, 80 SANTA ANA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GRADUATE AND FULFILL COLLEGE DREAMS

Nicholas Academic Centers Graduation Celebration Highlights Local Students Who Overcame Adversity to Achieve the American Dream of Higher Education

WHAT: A group of 80 vibrant, graduating high school students from Santa Ana have three things in common – all have battled through financial hardships, language and cultural barriers, successfully gone through the Nicholas Academic Centers (NACs) program, and in a couple of months are all attending top-tier higher education institutions such as the University of Notre Dame, UCLA, Denison College and more.

This Saturday, June 9, the 4TH Annual Nicholas Academic Centers’ Graduation Celebration will honor 80 graduating high school students (NAC), who have dedicated 500 hours on average attending an after-school tutoring and mentoring program in Santa Ana.

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Wednesday
Jun272012

NAC Senior Ashley Blanco & Her Team Win the National "Cooking Up Change" Competition in D.C.

June 04, 2012

NAC News Archives

NAC team takes the win on the 'Cooking up Change competition.Some people spend years searching for their passion, trying to find purpose in their actions and take happiness as a reward; others recognize it early on. Whether or not the realization comes quickly or takes years to reveal itself, its arrival lends reason to celebrate. For Nicholas Academic Centers senior Ashley Blanco, the celebration has already begun. After taking a culinary class at Valley High School during her sophomore year, Ashley realized she likes working with her hands, especially in the kitchen. She finds delight in learning new recipes and then switching things up to make them her own. What’s more, she’s good at it.
 
Recently, Ashley and her classmates/teammates, Alex Hernandez and Ivan Lopez capitalized on their culinary skills and entered the “Cooking Up Change” competition, a national campaign created to advocate for “policies and practices that allow all students, teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment.” This is the campaign’s first year in California, an expansion made possible by sponsorships from Kid Healthy and Northgate Markets.
 
The first level of competition took place in March at the state level. For the competition, the team was lead by mentor and celebrity chef, Katy Clark, as well as Valley’s very own culinary instructor, Monica Aguilar. On getting Chef Katy’s help, Ashley states, “She heard about what we were doing, working with limited items to make a nutritional meal that cost less than one dollar in order to be served at school, and she got involved.”

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