RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development

RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development

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Thank you RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development for your generous donation to our TSC Foundation scholarship fund and for helping to make education more accessible to our community.
Together we shot for success…together we achieved success! - RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development

We are gearing up for our State of Education and Industry in the Rio Grande Valley coming up on October 5, 2022 and our annual S***t Shoot Fundraiser November 11, 2022.
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📍322 S. Missouri Ave. Weslaco, TX 78596
Through a collaborative partnership with Workforce Solutions and RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development, the Pharr EDC participated in the Texas Workforce Commission Externship for Teacher’s Program 2022. This three-day initiative provides a local educator the opportunity to shadow industry professionals to promote and develop effective workforce practices by making the connection between academic skills and the workplace.

Mr. Julio Navarro, a Pharr resident, and Donna ISD High School Educator was hosted at the Pharr EDC to learn about workplace practices and policies within our profession. He participated in several activities that included a groundbreaking, economics conference, learning the different facets of EDC and partner site visits. Through this experience, Mr. Navarro will be able to implement an industry related project within his classroom curriculum for student instruction.

“I’m really glad I got to experience what the EDC is all about, from helping businesses, personnel hiring to connecting students with internships and job opportunities – the reach of the Pharr EDC team was great! I’m really happy that I have this new insight that I’m bringing back to the classroom to share and improve my classes, Thank you!” – Julio C. Navarro
Thank you to all those who came to celebrate The RGVHCC Women of Distinction 2022 👑

Health: Marla Sandoval
Education: Dr. Esmeralda Adame
Government: Rose Benavidez
Entrepreneur: Rosa Gonzalez
Professional: Lizzy de la Garza Putegnat
Rising Star: Hannah Mae Orendain
Arts & Entertainment: Ruth Naomi Galindo-Cesar
Humanitarian: Lupa Silva
H-E-B Essential Leader: Betsy Klein

We also would like to thank our sponsors for always supporting us in all we do for our community ✨

HEB, Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport , Titan Fuel , Rio Grande Regional Hospital , RGC Economic Development Corporation , StarrCounty Industrial , South Texas College , RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development , MEMCO & AT&T
If you don’t know me by now you must know that I have a giving heart and the passion to serve when called. I’m so happy to announce that I have been appointed as the Vice President for RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development. It is such an honor to serve alongside Lizzy Putegnat, Board President.

As a mother and a continuing to give back to the community I love so much it was not hard to serve in this new capacity. The Rio Grande Valley is a growing community and we must prepare and equip our students for their future career. I’m beyond thrilled and so glad to share this news with you.

Best, Miss Mari

Pictured left to right: Luis Rodriguez, Naomi Perales, Lizzy Putegnat, Carolyn Mendiola, Eliza Groff.
Last week we had the honor of sharing our experience as structural engineers with RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development through a Virtual Externship session. Thank you Mr. Felipe Salinas for selecting our team to participate.
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Congratulations!!! Academy of Health Science Professions & STEM at La Joya ISD earning the RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development Excellence Award!!!
Congratulations to The Academy of Health Science Professions & STEM at La Joya ISD for earning the RGV Lead Excellence Award!!! This award recognizes the outstanding academy model and excellence in transforming business and community engagement in schools. Congratulations to all the students, teachers, staff and parents for earning this amazing award.
Thank you to Mr. Luis Rodriguez, RGV LEAD Executive Director for presenting this award to us.


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Academy of Health Science Professions & STEM at La Joya ISD
Thank you to our members for their continuous support and the work they do to serve our community! Learn more: http://ow.ly/fUSF50C00gB


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Thanks to USDA for providing Workforce Solutions, RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development, and La Joya ISD a tour of their Mexican Fruit Fly facility. We learned about their process from start to finish! Thanks to our partnership with USDA, we were able to discuss all the different ways that we can partner with them to have the students with and without disabilities complete site tours, job shadow, and complete internships!
Fruia RGV was one of the fabulous local employers who hosted educators this summer as part of the Intro to Externships program. Thank you to the wonderful FRUIA Motors Team for providing this meaningful experience to the educators!

[The INTRO TO EXTERNSHIPS program is an opportunity for RGV 8th-12th grade teachers, counselors, and administrators to work in fast-growing industries for a 3-day externship to provide firsthand experience of the world of work. The teachers then take that knowledge back into the classroom. This program is a collaboration between RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development, Region One Education Service Center, Workforce Solutions Cameron and Workforce Solutions Lower Rio and has the potential to provide a positive and lasting impact for more than 22,500 (each educator teaches an average of 125 students per day) middle- and high-school students in the region.]
Texas Southmost College in collaboration with RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development hosted over 1200 students at the 2019 Education and Career Expo held at the TSC ITEC Center.

Nonprofit corporation linking educators with employers to support both opportunities for students an

Tech Prep was founded in 1992 to manage the affairs of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Tech Prep Consortium. With partnerships expanding over time, Tech Prep staff now manage multiple regional collaborative partnerships. Current partnerships include the Lower Rio Grande P-16 Council, Academic Leadership Alliance, Education and Career EXPO, and others.

Operating as usual

11/23/2022

Everyone here at RGV LEAD send their warmest wishes. We are grateful for the amazing RGV community!

Our offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving and will resume operations on Monday, November 27.

October 2022 Newsletter 11/21/2022

October 2022 Newsletter

Our October Newsletter is out now! Visit our website to see our monthly newsletter!

October 2022 Newsletter

Photos from RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development's post 11/03/2022

SPACES ARE FILLING UP FAST!

We are only 8 days away from RGV LEAD’s 2nd annual "Shooting for Success" 2022 S***t Shoot Fundraiser! Thank you to last year's sponsors for helping RGV LEAD increase scholarship amounts to High School Students.

This will continue to fill up! DON’T Miss out!

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Photos from RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development's post 11/01/2022

TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST!

We are only 10 days away from RGV LEAD’s 2nd annual "Shooting for Success" 2022 S***t Shoot Fundraiser! Thank you to last year's sponsors for helping RGV LEAD increase scholarship amounts to High School Students.

This will continue to fill up! DON’T Miss out!

https://lnkd.in/ds6QtAUa

Photos from RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development's post 10/28/2022

TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST!

We are only 15 days away from RGV LEAD’s 2nd annual "Shooting for Success" 2022 S***t Shoot Fundraiser!

Thank you to last year's sponsors for helping RGV LEAD increase scholarship amounts to High School Students.

This will continue to fill up! DON’T Miss out!

https://lnkd.in/ds6QtAUa

Photos from DISD Donna North High School's post 10/19/2022

Photos from DISD Donna North High School's post

10/19/2022

Team building..

10/19/2022

RGV LEAD Student Ambassador Fall Leadership Workshop

Photos from RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development's post 10/12/2022

RGV LEAD is gearing up for its 2nd annual "Shooting for Success" 2022 S***t Shoot Fundraiser!

Thank you to last year's sponsors for helping RGV LEAD increase scholarship amounts to High School Students.

This will fill up fast! DON’T Miss out!

https://lnkd.in/ds6QtAUa

Photos from RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development's post 10/11/2022

RGV LEAD’s Mission is to foster a partnership between education and industry to equip students with college and career readiness that meets the region’s highly skilled workforce demands. The RGV LEAD’s State of Education brought together a panel of individuals who play an essential role in education and industry.

Thank you to our following panelists, who shared valuable insight on how they work to help build a more equitable Rio Grande Valley.
Julian Alvarez Texas Workforce Commission, Commissioner representing labor,
Alexis Bauserman, Director of College, Career, and Military Preparedness for Texas Education Agency
Dr. Tina Jackson, Assistant Commissioner for Workforce Education with Texas Higher Education Board
Manny Vela, CEO of Valley Baptist Health System
Eric Kennedy, President for SPAWGLASS
Tim Jones, Manager for Cinch Connectivity Solutions

Thank you to our Keynote Speaker, Adriana Cruz, Executive Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the Office of the Texas Governor. He provided insightful information to our attendees.

During the event, RGV LEAD Board members and staff were presented with a state flag by Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. Senator Lucio delivered closing remarks for the state of education event. Thank you, Senator Lucio!

RGV LEAD’s event was possible through generous sponsors! Thank you to all our sponsors in attendance at our event! Thank you to our Gold Sponsors, Titan Fuel, Valley Grande Institute, and Texas State Technical College. Our Silver sponsor is Workforce Solutions. The Bronze sponsors were COSTEP, Sout Texas College, Texas Gas Service, Harlingen CISD, Region One ESC, Harlingen EDC, Port of Harlingen, Spawglass, GBIC, and Texas Regional Bank.

Remember to Join our mission and help us reach our vision by taking a few minutes to complete the survey. This survey is to join an industry-based council to work collaboratively across our region.

Governor Abbott Celebrates RGV LEAD, Education And Industry Partnerships 10/06/2022

Governor Abbott Celebrates RGV LEAD, Education And Industry Partnerships

Governor Abbott Celebrates RGV LEAD, Education And Industry Partnerships Governor Greg Abbott today congratulated Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development (RGV LEAD) for its work in developing education and industry partnerships that help students set and achieve college and career goals for an educated and highly skilled workforce in the Rio Grande Va...

Photos from Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement - VIDA's post 10/05/2022

Photos from Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement - VIDA's post

Photos from Pharr Economic Development Corporation's post 10/05/2022

Photos from Pharr Economic Development Corporation's post

State of Education and Industry in the Rio Grande Valley 09/30/2022

State of Education and Industry in the Rio Grande Valley

SOLD OUT EVENT!

State of Education and Industry in the Rio Grande Valley: RGV LEAD is proud to present an opportunity to hear from and ask questions from top-level state officials and local industry experts.

RGV LEAD proudly presents Senator Eddie Lucio JR to help close out this great event. Senator Lucio has been a champion for education within the Rio Grande Valley for 30 years. He improved access to higher education in South Texas. Senator Lucio helped create several colleges and universities in the Rio Grande Valley through legislation.

Check-in for the event begins at 10:30 AM. Our Program will start promptly at 11:00 AM.

State of Education and Industry in the Rio Grande Valley SOLD OUT! State of Education and Industry in the Rio Grande Valley SOLD OUT EVENT! State of Education and Industry in the Rio Grande Valley: RGV LEAD is proud to present an opportunity to hear from

State of Education and Industry in the Rio Grande Valley 09/20/2022

State of Education and Industry in the Rio Grande Valley

State of Education and Industry in the Rio Grande Valley: RGV LEAD is proud to present an opportunity to hear from and ask questions from top-level state officials and local industry experts.

We are honored to have a top state official and a leader for economic development in the State of Texas as our Keynote Speaker. RGV LEAD proudly presents the Executive Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the Office of The Texas Governor, Adriana Cruz. Adriana plays a vital role in the expansion of our great state.

Check-in for the event begins at 10:30 AM. Our Program will start promptly at 11:00 AM

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State of Education and Industry in the Rio Grande Valley 11 days left... Don't Miss Out! State of Education and Industry in the Rio Grande Valley State of Education and Industry in the Rio Grande Valley: RGV LEAD is proud to present an opportunity to hear f

Photos from RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development's post 09/07/2022

State of Education and Industry in the Rio Grande Valley: RGV LEAD is proud to present an opportunity to hear from and ask questions from top-level state officials and local industry experts.

We are honored to include local subject matter experts representing healthcare, construction, and manufacturing as part of our panelists. Thank you to Valley Baptist Health System, Spawglass, and Cinch Connectivity Solutions for saying yes and sharing locally what each is doing to contribute to and prepare our future leaders.

Please join us Wednesday, October 5, 2022, from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Knapp Medical Conference Center in Weslaco, TX.

09/02/2022

RGV LEAD offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 5, 2022. Thank you. Have a great weekend!

Photos from RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development's post 08/30/2022

State of Education and Industry in the Rio Grande Valley: RGV LEAD is proud to present an opportunity to hear from and ask questions from top-level state officials and local subject matter experts.

Our goal for this event is to share valuable information on how each of the different State agencies(Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency, is working together and helping promote and expand high-demand occupations in the Rio Grande Valley.

Please join us Wednesday, October 5, 2022, from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Knapp Medical Conference Center in Weslaco, TX.

Sponsorship information is attached.

For more information, contact the RGV LEAD office at 956-405-3091

Photos from Texas Southmost College's post 08/26/2022

Thank you to the TSC Foundation & Alumni for all the continued oppurtunities you are giving to local students. We at RGV LEAD are honored to present you with this $5,000 donation to help expand opportunities for students to attend Texas Southmost College.

08/09/2022

RGV LEAD wishes all educators and students a great, safe and successful school year. Make sweet and wonderful memories on your first day. Best of luck!

Photos from RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development's post 07/26/2022

Congratulations to our Class of 2022 Scholarship Recipients! 🎓🎉

Esmeralda Loera from La Joya ISD received RGV LEAD’s $5,000 scholarship!

Frida Garza (La Joya ISD), Jaretzy Cavazos (Sharyland ISD), Trevor Huddleston (Sharyland ISD), and Charles Kromer (Weslaco ISD) received our $1,000 scholarship!

Photos from Pharr Economic Development Corporation's post 07/22/2022

RGV LEAD is proud to be part of this partnership. More pictures coming soon from the 3-day Intro to Teacher Externship.

07/20/2022

Visiting McAllen Career Institue and our ALA Externships program.

07/20/2022

Visiting McAllen Career Institue and our ALA Externships program.

07/05/2022

RGV LEAD is hosting Vitalant at our office. Please consider donating, if you are able, to ensure that Rio Grande Valley hospitals and our community have access to possibly life saving blood. Thank you for supporting RGV LEAD and your community!

Photos from RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development's post 06/17/2022

RGV LEAD, in partnership with McAllen EDC, Workforce Solutions and Region One ESC conducted its Summer Virtual Academic Leadership Alliance (ALA) Educator Externship this week. Thank you to all the employers and educators (see pictures below) that collaborated in identifying the most critical employability skills needed for success in the world of work. A special thanks to RGV LEAD staff, Luis Rodriguez, Eliza Groff, and contractors Janie Johnston Lopez, and Norma Salaiz for organizing and conducting the event.

06/16/2022
Photos from RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development's post 06/09/2022

Spent the last few days at the Jobs for the Future (JFF) Horizons 2022 Conference in New Orleans as part of our work with RGV LEAD’s Pathway to Prosperity programs. Stakeholders from across the nation gathered to share emerging trends and issues impacting students’ successful transition to postsecondary and the workplace. The sessions were informative and plenty of networking opportunities. Coming home with lots of ideas and best practices.

Photos from RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development's post 06/07/2022

Executive Director Luis Rodriguez and TRPN contractor Dr. Norma Salaiz are attending the Horizons JFF Conference in Louisiana.

Through these grants, RGV LEAD is in partnership with 12 school districts spanning the Rio Grande Valley.

The Texas Regional Pathways Network (TRPN) was launched in 2019 in efforts to increase economic prosperity in Texas by linking education and industry. With the grants, districts will work to develop refine and scale high quality career and education pathways. Districts can share knowledge, practices, make connections to service their goals.

05/30/2022

Take time to honor and remember all those who have given their lives to serve our country today and every day

05/09/2022

Today, Executive Director, Luis Rodriguez, continued to deliver the Young Entrepreneur Challenge winners their awards. These three winners split the top prize of $1500.

Congratulations to 1st Place winners from Hanna Early College High School, Javier Aguirre, Joe Elizardi, and Rogelio Rivera! Brownsville Independent School District

05/08/2022

Wishing moms far and wide a very special Mother’s Day! 🌷💐

From your friends at RGV LEAD.

05/05/2022

Congratulations to Brownsville ISD student, Cesar Suárez Jr., for winning 2nd place at the Young Entrepreneurship Challenge! $1000

Pictured with Cesar is Ms. Vanessa Rivera and Dr. Juan Chavez, CTE Administrators.

Photos from RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development's post 05/05/2022

Congratulations to 3rd Place and 4th place winners from Weslaco East High School! Today, Executive Director, Luis Rodriguez, had the pleasure to deliver the winners their prize.

Students Ruben Espinoza and Raymundo Tello received 3rd place in last week’s Young Entrepreneurship Challenge. $750

Tristan Quintero, Andy Villanueva, and Victoria Cruz received 4th place in last week’s Young Entrepreneurship Challenge. $500

03/08/2022

Happy International Women’s Day to all of the incredible women!

Photos from RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development's post 03/03/2022

Today, we thank the sponsors and donors from the Shooting for Success S***t shoot and the LEAD in Love event. Because of your support, we made a five thousand dollar donation to The TSTC Foundation, which they will match dollar for dollar. That is TEN THOUSAND DOlLARS of scholarships given to students who will attend Texas State Technical College.

On Another note, TSTC in Harlingen and RGV LEAD - Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development are collaborating to highlight students working on Dual Enrollment and will further their education at TSTC. It will be a college signing day on April 14, 2022. If you would like to attend our event, please RSVP to RGV LEAD Executive Director Luis Rodriguez at [email protected]



Pictured from Left to Right- Richard Mesquias (TSTC Foundation), Amanda Posada (TSTC Provost), Luis Rodriguez (Executive Director, RGV LEAD)

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Weslaco, TX
78596

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