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Nichole Downes is Director of the Wonderful Career Center (WCC) at the Wonderful Company. She partners with the Wonderful Education’s College Success Team to provide career readiness services to Wonderful Scholars. Through the WCC, she oversees early career access through apprenticeships and internships while Scholars are pursuing their four year degrees. These programs prepare Scholars to return to their communities where they can grow their skills and earnings to overcome generation poverty. In addition Nichole oversees talent acquisition for the Wonderful Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Group. Nichole holds Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and brings over 30 years’ experience serving underrepresented students K-12 in urban public and charter systems as a teacher, school site leader and district level administrator.