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Monica Munoz Applies Mathematics at Tella Tool & Manufacturing Company
Monica Munoz, a Brownsville ISD student, enjoyed using the CMM machine to check dimensions of automotive parts at Tella Tool & Manufacturing in July. Munoz spent part of her summer at Tella Tool in Brownsville through a Brownsville Career Center Project internship managed by RGV LEAD. Read more..

RGV LEAD Mission Career Center Project Student Intern Is a Future Editor
Grecia Ramirez, a June 2015 Sharyland ISD graduate, plans to attend UTRGV to pursue a degree in English with a long-term goal of becoming a book editor. Read more..
Mission Career Center Spring Closing Ceremony
On May 1, 2015, Mission community leaders gathered at The Cimarron in Mission to celebrate accomplishments of the Mission Career Center Project, a partnership of Mission EDC, RGV LEAD, La Joya ISD, Mission CISD, Sharyland ISD, and other partners. Read more..
Brandon Barr of Harlingen CISD, Winner of RGV LEAD Scholarship
RGV LEAD is pleased to announce that Brandon Barr of Harlingen High School, Harlingen CISD has been named recipient of a $2,000 SpawGlass Scholarship to Texas State Technical College. Barr received the award as part of the RGV LEAD Scholarship competition in Spring 2015.
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Andrew Robert Castellano of Edinburg CISD, Winner of RGV LEAD Scholarship
Andrew Robert Castellano, a 2015 graduate of Edinburg CISDís Robert Vela High School, has been named recipient of a $5,000 RGV LEAD Scholarship. To be eligible to compete for the scholarship, Castellano first graduated as an RGV LEAD Scholar. Read more..
EDITORIAL: LEADing the RGV — education/business leader summit a smart event
There were a lot of plaudits and praise among educational leaders and business executives who attended a regional summit on Thursday at the McAllen Convention Center. Their goal: To better connect academic leaders with industry leaders. Read more..
RGV LEAD Student Ambassador Team Building Challenge
“What you get from achieving your goals in not as important as what you become when you achieve your goals,” said Virdiana Garcia, a Los Fresnos High School student. Read more..
Transforming Education: An RGV LEAD and Ford NGL Partnership
On December 4, over a hundred Rio Grande Valley leaders came together at UTPA to develop a regional plan for Ford Next Generation Learning in the Valley. Read more..
Brownsville ISD Student Gets a Glimpse
of her Future

Brownsville ISD student Krystal Rosas spent part of her summer as an intern at the Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center (BARCC) through RGV LEAD's Brownsville Career Center Program.   Read more..
Building Student Leaders
Seventy-two students from Harlingen CISD, La Joya ISD, Los Fresnos CISD, Sharyland ISD, and Mission CISD participated in RGV LEAD's student leadership workshop in Harlingen on April 29.   Read more..
Sonia del Angel Honored as RGV LEAD's 2013 Postsecondary Counselor of the Year
On December 12, 2013, Sonia del Angel, Director of Educational Talent Search at The University of Texas-Pan American, was named RGV LEAD’s 2013 Postsecondary Counselor of the Year.   Read more..
2013 Teacher of the Year
On December 12, 2013, James Boyle, a history Teacher at Sharyland North Junior High School, was named RGV LEAD’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.  Read more..
RGV LEAD’s 2013 Regional Conference—Promoting Student Success: The Power of Partnerships
RGV LEAD extends MANY THANKS to the many wonderful people whose contributions made RGV LEAD’s Regional Conference a success! The 2013 Regional Conference, held at South Padre Island’s Isla Grand Beach Resort Read more..
A•L•A 2013: An Educator and Employer Perspective
“I want to thank whoever came up with A•L•A program…I went from college and then straight to the classroom; and I never got hands-on experience,” said Aimee Lafevers, McAllen ISD teacher, during the closing luncheon of the 2013 Academic Leadership Alliance (A•L•A) Summer Educator Externship. Read more..
Sharyland Students Learn About Careers in Construction
On May 27, 2013, 17 high school students from Sharyland ISD spent half a day with a team of architects, engineers, project managers, and technicians to see exactly what it takes to build a SpawGlass building. Read more..
Security First Hosts Students for Job Shadowing
On April 18, 36 students from Palmview and Juarez Lincoln High Schools of La Joya ISD visited McAllen Construction, Security First Credit Union, Hidalgo County Courthouse, Univision Radio, and Doctor’s Hospital Renaissance to learn more about possible future careers.
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GenTX Day – May 3rd – Come Celebrate With Us!
RGV LEAD and Texas State Technical College will celebrate the Third Annual Generation TX Day on May 3 in partnership with local media KGBT-TV Channel 4. GenTX Day is a statewide initiative that promotes college awareness to students from grades K-12.
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RGV LEADís Third Annual Employers and Education Forum: Thank you to our Sponsors!
RGV LEAD would like to thank all our supporters and sponsors for making our Third Annual Employers and Education Forum a huge success! Read more..
TSTC president honored for 20-year service
Texas State Technical College President Cesar Maldonado was recognized as a RGV LEAD All-Star along with state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. and Albert G. Chronis, an architect with ERO Architects, during RGV LEADís third annual Employers and Education Forum on Friday at the Knapp Medical Center Conference Center.
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20 yr service
RGV LEAD’s 2012 Regional Conference—Linking Economic and Academic Development
RGV LEAD extends MANY THANKS to the many wonderful people whose contributions made our Regional Conference a success! This year, our 2012 Regional Conference was held at the Isla Grand Beach Resort in South Padre Island. We are grateful for all the presenters and participants who participated and made the event a great success. Read more..

Lower Rio Grande P-16 ECHS Planning Consortium
The Lower Rio Grande P-16 Council created an Early College High School Planning Subcommittee in February 2011. Through an application process, the Texas Education Agency approved the work of the subcommittee as the Lower Rio Grande P-16 Early College High School Planning Consortium.
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Job Shadowing Helps Students Set College and Career Goals

On February 23, students from high schools throughout the Rio Grande Valley got to experience the real world of work by shadowing professionals at their workplaces during one of Tech Prep’s Job Shadow Days. Read more..

Job Shadow Day Opening Ceremony

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., and Dylan Wells, a Weslaco High School junior, were among the participants when the Rio Grande Valley Partnership and Tech Prep of the Rio Grande Valley celebrated the beginning of regional Job Shadow Days initiatives in Weslaco on February 2, 2012. Read more..

AT&T Supports Tech Prep

On December 12, 2011, Sergio Contreras, External Affairs Regional Director for AT&T, presented a $2,000 check to Pat Bubb, Executive Director of Tech Prep of the RGV and to Rene Capistran, President of Tech Prep Board, to support Tech Prep’s initiatives and programs. Read more..

Job Shadowing Gives Harlingen High School South Students a Firsthand Look at Their Career Pathways

On December 13, 2011, Tech Prep RGV gave several Harlingen High School South students the opportunity to explore various career pathways of their choice. Read more..

Partnership - United Launch Alliance and Tech Prep

The $1,000 check that Ernest Roybal, Jr., Director of Harlingen Operations, United Launch Alliance, presented to Tech Prep Executive Director Pat Bubb and Worksite Learning Specialist Martha Gutierrez, represents the aerospace company’s long-term commitment to STEM education.  Read more..

2011 Tech Prep Teacher and Counselor of the Year Recipients

Tech Prep honored two wonderful educators with the 2011 Tech Prep Teacher and Counselor of the Year awards at Tech Prep's annual regional conference on December 1, 2011. Read more..



Tech Prep extends MANY THANKS to the many wonderful people whose contributions made the Tech Prep Regional Conference/ Lower Rio Grande P-16 ECHS Planning Institute a success! Read more..

Annual Report 2013
RGV LEAD - Linking Economic & Academic Development © 2013