The Nicholas Academic Centers (NAC) is an after-school tutoring and mentoring program started in Santa Ana, California. The centers are a safe and nurturing place where high school students can seek academic services, emotional support, mentoring and social services as they prepare to pursue their educational goals at an institution of higher learning. Established in 2007 by Dr. Henry T. Nicholas, III in partnership with retired Judge Jack K. Mandel, the NAC strives to provide academic assistance, social services, cultural enrichment programs, college connection opportunities, and need based scholarship opportunities for students who meet the program requirements. With highly qualified staff in Academics, Higher Education, and Social Services, students have access to the resources necessary to graduate from high school and continue onto college. The NAC provides continued support and services to its graduates during the college years to ensure students graduate from college. Services provided by the NAC are made possible through the generosity of Dr. Henry T. Nicholas, III and the Henry T. Nicholas, III Foundation. We would not be able to work with as many students without their support.
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The mission of the Nicholas Academic Centers is to provide support to underserved high school students to improve their academic performance, achieve their full scholarly and social potential, promote their admission to colleges and universities, retention, and graduation, and to impart the skills and knowledge necessary for them to live successful and productive lives. To fulfill its mission, the NAC implements a myriad of strategies: tutoring services that address the needs of the high school student population, academic support and advisement throughout studentsâ high school years, counseling to resolve independent, familial, and community issues and conflicts, and assistance with the higher education process, i.e. standardized tests, applications, financial aid, selection, enrollment, and attendance.
* Increase students' academic skills, to help them compete academically within a college setting. * Increase students' college knowledge, to increase understanding of the college application and college going process. * Increase students' global perspective and intellectual curiosity, to support them as they transition into a college learning environment. * Increase students' leadership skills, to empower them to become change agents within their college campuses and the community at large. * Increase students' life skills, to empower the to be come better prepared as they transition into adulthood within and beyond college. * Increase students' emotional intelligence and self-efficacy, to empower students to better withstand social and cultural barriers they may encounter within and beyond college. * Increase students' sense of social responsibility, to increase understanding of the importance of giving back.
College Access, Mentoring, Academics, Advocacy, Social Services
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