June 13, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 98 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
HONORING THE NICHOLAS ACADEMIC CENTER; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 98
(Extensions of Remarks - June 13, 2018)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E835-E836] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE NICHOLAS ACADEMIC CENTER ______ HON. J. LUIS CORREA of california in the house of representatives Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Mr. CORREA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Nicholas Academic Center in Santa Ana, California. The Nicholas Academic Center is an after-school tutoring and mentoring program that first opened in 2008. Now with three centers opened throughout the city, high school students have been given the opportunity to have a safe and nurturing space where they can receive academic and study assistance, emotional support, mentoring and social services to prepare students as they pursue their educational goals at an institution of higher learning. The Nicholas Academic Center was established by Henry T. Nicholas Ill and Judge Jack K. Mandel in 2008. Their goal was to establish a center where all the necessary tools could be provided to underprivileged students for them to succeed in the future. The Nicholas Academic Center has provided students with academic assistance, college connections, and scholarship opportunities. Staff member are also highly qualified and dedicated to helping students succeed not only in high school but also through college. Today, the Nicholas Academic Center has served more than 1,500 students in their 10- [[Page E836]] year-history and their students have been awarded nearly $60 Million in scholarships and grants. Due to the help received from the center, students have been accepted to some of the nation's most prestigious institutions, like University of California, Los Angeles, University of Notre Dame, Stanford University and Harvard University. With 95 percent of the graduates being Latino, 90 percent of these graduates are first- generation college students. Out of the Nicholas Academic Center's 2018 graduating class consisting of 195 students, 100 percent of the class will be attending college this Fall. The services provided by the Nicholas Academic Center would not be possible without the generosity of Dr. Nicholas Ill through the Henry T. Nicholas Ill Foundation, who has donated $14.3 million dollars to the center over the past ten years. Mr. Speaker, I am honored to recognize the Nicholas Academic Center who has dedicated the past decade to helping underprivileged students succeed. ____________________