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USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative: Ricardo Ramiro Jr. and parents
With the support of his parents, Ricardo Ramiro Jr. went through the USC Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative and will attend the university in the fall. (USC Photo/Saúl García)

Family’s shared determination creates a path to USC

Ricky Ramiro Jr. — a new graduate of USC’s signature college prep program, the Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative — says his parents’ hard work and sacrifices helped him become a Trojan.

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designing lightboards
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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NAI holiday meal
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.