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Texas Regional Pathways Network Focus on College and Career Advising


RGV LEAD, Jobs for the Future, and The Texas Education Agency met with the Texas Regional Pathways Network (TPRN) districts to continue working on the TRPN grant. The focus of the meeting was to review which TRPN objectives have been covered since the grant was put into place and to revisit College and Career Advising. The Texas Education Agency has this to say about College and Career Advising. “High-quality professional school counseling is an integral component to a comprehensive education for Texas students. College and career advising is a key component of comprehensive school counseling programs that are also [...]

Texas Regional Pathways Network Focus on College and Career Advising2021-05-16T21:39:32+00:00

Don’t Wait!


“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.” ~ Orison Swett Marden AUTHOR, PUBLISHER In reading this quote, I reflected on the past year and how the pandemic and the unexpected freeze have altered our way of life. We see the world through a different set of glasses. We don’t see germs, and never have, but now we are intentional about battling them. Homes, offices, hands, and even gas pumps are constantly disinfected; and we’re better for it! We are aware of germs! We think differently, too. Our thoughts are preoccupied with the “what ifs” [...]

Don’t Wait!2021-05-07T15:34:29+00:00

Juanita Baldwin Ambassador Orientation Keynote Speaker


You can take the Valley girl out of the Valley but you can’t take the Valley out of the girl! ~ Juanita Baldwin, SHRM-CP, PHR Education and Outreach Coordinator Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Originally from Brownsville, Juanita Baldwin now lives and works in the Austin area, where she graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources. Although she no longer lives in Brownsville, she was quick to point out that her roots are deeply embedded in the Rio Grande Valley; and she is passionate about growing the next generation of leaders. As Baldwin [...]

Juanita Baldwin Ambassador Orientation Keynote Speaker2021-05-11T23:39:15+00:00

La Feria High School Senior Delivers Welcome Address


I am happy to say that RGV Lead has surpassed my expectations and has given me insight into skills and net-working that will benefit me in the future. ~ Oneida Molina “Good morning and welcome to the 2021 RGV Lead Ambassador Orientation. It is great to see so many student leaders in one place, although that place is Zoom. My name is Oneida V Molina and I am a current junior at Los Fresnos High School. This is my second year as an RGV Lead student ambassador. I have learned a lot from RGV Lead in so many different [...]

La Feria High School Senior Delivers Welcome Address2021-05-11T23:39:30+00:00

RGV LEAD Ambassadors Virtual Orientation


“Leaders aren’t born; they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” ~ Vince Lombardi  Take a folding canopy, support it with several spokes, join them in the center, lift them up, and what do you get? You’ll get a gigantic RGV LEAD umbrella. RGV LEAD has many initiatives under its umbrella, but one that is near and dear to its heart is the RGV LEAD Student Ambassador program. Each year, RGV LEAD provides a leadership orientation to incoming [...]

RGV LEAD Ambassadors Virtual Orientation2021-05-11T23:39:43+00:00

Academic Leadership Alliance Goes Virtual!


Educators from several school districts across the Rio Grande Valley met on March 31st to gather information from RGV LEAD on the pilot A-L-A Summer Educator Externship which is scheduled to take place June 14 - 18. Educators participating in the program will be paired with businesses relative, but not limited to, to the subjects they are teaching. An example would be that a math teacher will visit a construction site to better understand how to integrate the need for math in the career area. Employer topics will include: “Employability Profile”, “Getting the Job”, “Keeping the Job”, “Employee Growth”, “Industry [...]

Academic Leadership Alliance Goes Virtual!2021-05-11T23:39:57+00:00

RGV LEAD Participates in JET Grant Presentation


Jobs & Education for Texans (JET) Grant Program Congratulations to all RGV LEAD partners and Julian Alvarez, Texas Workforce Commission and former RGV LEAD Board member, for being here to present 11 local school districts 2.6 million in Jobs & Education for Texans (JET) Grants. The JET program provides grants to eligible educational institutions to defray the start-up costs associated with developing career and technical education programs. JET grants provide potential economic returns through supporting new, emerging industries or high-demand occupations, and offering new or expanded dual credit career and technical educational opportunities in public high schools. Eligible grantees [...]

RGV LEAD Participates in JET Grant Presentation2021-05-11T23:40:14+00:00

Norma Salazar Named Higher Education Educator of the Year


“You never know the impact you can have as an educator on the lives of a child and their family.” ~ Norma Salazar  It was a moment filled with great pride and admiration for Norma Salazar, Director of the Office of Student Success at Texas State Technical College, when Sonia del Angel from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, declared that Norma was selected as the RGV LEAD Postsecondary Educator of the Year. “It Takes a Village to raise a child, the RGV LEAD P-16 Council is taking time now to recognize members of the village who have [...]

Norma Salazar Named Higher Education Educator of the Year2021-05-11T23:40:26+00:00



Work-Based Learning Mentoring Program Introduced If you are asked, “Who was your mentor in life”, what would your answer be? Would it be the coach who motivated you, your teacher who inspired you, your parents who supported you, the counselor who ad-vised you, or someone who just happened to be there for you at a time you needed him or her? Whomever it was, that person may have been the one who helped you make some critical decisions such as the college you attended or the career choice you made. Maybe that mentor helped build your self-confidence so [...]

TRPN News2021-05-11T23:40:38+00:00

Congratulations, Gonzalo Salazar!


It was with great pride that Lizzy de la Garza Putegnat announced to the RGV LEAD Board that Dr. Gonzalo Salazar, Los Fresnos CISD Superintendent, and RGV LEAD board member, was recently selected by the Texas Association of School Administrators to serve in a leadership role in the statewide organization. “Salazar, who has been the Los Fresnos superintendent since 2006, has been an active member of the association for 15 years. He has represented Region One on the TASA Executive Commit-tee for the past 12 years and has served on the TASA Legislative Committee for the past 10 years. [...]

Congratulations, Gonzalo Salazar!2021-05-11T23:40:53+00:00
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