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KCPS is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with profiles of Latinos who have made a difference in our community. Today, we remember Yvonne Vazquez Rangel, an education advocate who lobbied for access to bilingual education. 

John Fierro Kansas City Notable Latino

KCPS is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring notable Latino community members who have made a difference in the city and/or the nation. Today, we honor John Fierro, President/CEO of Mattie Rhodes Center and a long-time public figure in Kansas City.

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KCPS is continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a spotlight on Rebecca Jaramillo, an advocate for equal rights and a founder of Fiesta Hispana, one of the first celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City.

Local Kansas City Hero Primitivo Garcia

Primitivo Garcia is often referred to as Kansas City's first local Hispanic hero. One KCPS elementary school is named after this hero after he gave his life to save his English teacher in 1967.

Nguyen-Hernandez Recognized as NCAN Fellow

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Congratulations to Joyce Nguyen-Hernandez, Manager of College Access and Success, for her selection as a National College Access Network College and Career Readiness Fellow! The fellowship will focus on professional development in order to grow the fellows into more effective college and career readiness leaders in their schools, communities, and states. Ms. Nguyen-Hernandez was one of just 15 fellows selected nationally.

NCAN established the fellowship program with support from the recently-awarded Postsecondary Pathways Project. Fellows are an on-the-ground resource for NCAN to receive feedback on various K-12-focused resources. Through communication with the fellows, NCAN will be able to produce materials that are responsive to specific needs identified by practitioners themselves.

Ms. Nguyen-Hernandez’s selection reflects her dedication to helping remove barriers for KCPS students to attend college. This year, KCPS expanded the college access team to help more students navigate the admission process.