Dr. Nicki Washington brings over 10 years experience in higher education, and over 13 years experience providing college admissions assistance to meet every student where they are and guide them to where they need to be. She was the 2000 valedictorian of Johnson C. Smith University, receiving a B.S. in Computer Science. She received a M.S. and Ph.D. from NC State University in 2002 and 2005, respectively, becoming the first African-American female Ph.D. in Computer Science from the university, and the first Johnson C. Smith Computer Science graduate to obtain a Ph.D.
Dr. Washington was awarded over $200,000 in scholarships and fellowships to pursue her undergraduate and graduate degrees. While completing her degrees, she realized that many high-school and college students were unaware of the educational and financial opportunities available, and the necessary steps to be as competitive as possible when applying to universities, scholarships, and fellowships. To address this, she formed ‘A’ Game Educational Services, which specializes in preparing students for post-secondary academic success. She speaks across the country on a number of topics, including college preparation, mentoring, professional development, and pursuing degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), particularly computer science.
Dr. Washington’s efforts are the culmination of her successes and lessons learned as an undergraduate and graduate student, as well as her experience as a college professor. She has received positive support from university presidents and pre-college programs, non-profit organizations, and K-12 administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, and students across the country.
Dr. Washington has been a featured guest on radio and television shows such as Fox5 Morning News, “The Daily Drum,” and “The Ernest Burley Show.” She has also been a featured writer and speaker for institutions and organizations such as Google, USA Today College, Bennett College for Women, Johnson C. Smith University, The DC STEM Summit, National Coalition for Women in Information Technology, and the National Society of Black Engineers. She is a native of Durham, NC.