Campus serving an expanding KC population also expanding as enrollment increases

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The sprawling campus on the city's northeast side is a different environment than the single-building Guadalupe Center on the city's west side.

Villa Guadalupe does much of the same, but for a new population.

"It's in the new communities. Northeast, East side, Independence, where the new Hispanic communities are starting to emerge," said Ricky Oliveras from the Guadalupe Center.

"A lot of our Hispanic and Latino families have moved to this area," said Christine Hernandez.

One of the crown jewels of this campus is Academia de Ninos, an elementary school currently serving kindergarten through third graders, it'll add grades up to fifth as more classes continue to enroll.

"Their culture is respected and we teach Spanish and English," Hernandez said.

The campus was created to expand service to the growing Hispanic population in the city, but anyone is welcome to use its services. Soon those services will help even more people through a senior living facility and other offices designed to help those in need.

"We'll be able to help our senior citizens, expand our early childhood program, and expand our social service program, and just really serve our whole family," said Hernandez.