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NAI alumni and electrical engineer Manolo Calderon, 23, left, with USC industrial engineering student, Emanuel Marquez, 22, demonstrate the light board designed to help online teachers. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

To make online learning easier, USC’s college prep program gets tech-savvy

The Neighborhood Academic Initiative realized early in the pandemic that innovative learning tools would be needed to educate its scholars, leading a new team of “tech innovators” to make lightboards a top priority.

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Luz Vasquez (second from right) with her children Emily Ramirez, Joseph Ramirez and Stephanie Vasquez (from right, behind Luz), join other NAI families at a holiday celebration. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Local working families enjoy a holiday meal, thanks to Neighborhood Academic Initiative

To show their appreciation for families in the nearby community, the USC Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative partnered with USC Hospitality to provide a warm holiday dinner.

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USC President C. L. Max Nikias visits a classroom of 8th graders studying plant cell structure during the Neighborhood Academic Initiative Saturday Academy. (USC Photo/David Sprague)

Nikias shares his own story and encouraging words with pupils in USC’s unique college prep program

The university president makes a surprise visit to students and families participating in the Neighborhood Academic Initiative, which helps children who live near USC get ready for college.