The foundation of our work is rooted in building relationships and trust by addressing barriers to achieving personal/career/educational goals (i.e., finances, employment, and access to mentors/coaches/sponsors. We help Latino students and their families overcome barriers with our intensive case management, bilingual/bicultural staff, wrap-around services and academic support programming.

La Escuelita Preschool

The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan is a partner site for the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative Preschool Programs. Located at the San Juan Diego Academy, La Escuelita is a free bilingual classroom designed to increase the accessibility of early scholastic resources for vulnerable children and provide quality education to children in our neighborhoods.

Download the 2018-2019 Parent Handbook here

For more information, please contact Celeny Quintino, Lead Teacher.


Open enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year starts Monday, May 3, 2021.

The deadline is September 7th, 2021.

Forms needed for enrollment:

    • Birth Certificate
    • Immunization Dates
    • School Health Appraisal Form
    • Proof of Residency
    • Proof of Income

Instructions on how to apply

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GED en Español

When asking why you should finish your diploma, the answer might simply be that it can be difficult to find a job. Millions of adults in the U.S. did not graduate from high school but are eligible to take the GED test.

The GED credential is a valid substitute for a high school diploma, and 98 percent of colleges and universities in the United States accept it in applications. All branches of the U.S. military and most employers accept the GED test.

At the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, we offer GED classes IN SPANISH ONLY and are classes designed for each student to go at their own pace.

For more information, please contact Jocelyn Romero at or call (616) 2460563

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Youth Employment Initiative

We offer a 6 to an 8-week program that prepares students between the ages of 14-24 for the workforce. Students gain valuable work experiences and skills through a paid internship, allowing them opportunities to explore various occupations and connect to local businesses and communities.

The program targets students living in the Grand Rapids area.

For more information, please contact Guadalupe Gutierrez at