Former Broadcom CEO opens second education center

By FERMIN LEAL The Orange County Register

SANTA ANA -- A second tutoring and mentoring center aimed at increasing the number of Santa Ana students who go on to four-year colleges opened Thursday at Valley High School.

The Nicholas Academic Center II, funded by embattled Broadcom co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III, will serve up to 60 students daily with computers and other equipment and will be staffed by part-time teachers and counselors.

"I am completely and thoroughly committed to the success of this academic center," said Nicholas, who will donate $500,000 annually to run the center. Nicholas also gave about $250,000 to convert and furnish the former faculty lounge near the center of campus at Valley High. "Many of the students who will come here will be the first in their families who go on to college. Through this center, we want to give them the support they need."

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Ashley Temm