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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 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. 

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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.

Real World Learning

Summer 2022 Student Internship Experience

KCPS uses a variety of programs to equip students with career experiences. These programs fall under the umbrella of “Real World Learning.”

The ultimate goal of the Real World Learning initiative is that every student will attain a “Market Value Asset” before they graduate from high school. These assets can include work and internship experiences, college credit, entrepreneurial experiences, or industry-recognized credentials. Since the Real World Learning initiative was launched in 2019, Ms. Everett and her colleagues have collaborated to tie together various existing programs, launch new efforts, and make sure that students, families and staff are aware of these opportunities.

Contact Real World Learning Team


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Crystal Everett
Career and Technical Education Manager