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1605, 2021

Texas Regional Pathways Network Focus on College and Career Advising

By |May 16th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|

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. [...]

705, 2021

Don’t Wait!

By |May 7th, 2021|Categories: Thought of the Month|Tags: , |

“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, [...]

605, 2021

Juanita Baldwin Ambassador Orientation Keynote Speaker

By |May 6th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , |

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 [...]

605, 2021

La Feria High School Senior Delivers Welcome Address

By |May 6th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , |

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 [...]

605, 2021

RGV LEAD Ambassadors Virtual Orientation

By |May 6th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , |

“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 [...]

605, 2021

Academic Leadership Alliance Goes Virtual!

By |May 6th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , |

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 [...]

605, 2021

RGV LEAD Participates in JET Grant Presentation

By |May 6th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

505, 2021

Norma Salazar Named Higher Education Educator of the Year

By |May 5th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Tags: |

“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 [...]

105, 2021

TRPN News

By |May 1st, 2021|Categories: Latest News, TRPN News|Tags: |

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 [...]

2604, 2021

Congratulations, Gonzalo Salazar!

By |April 26th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , |

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 [...]

1603, 2021

Congratulations, Yvonne Chamblin

By |March 16th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , |

The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today. ~Francis of Assisi This year’s RGV LEAD Regional Teacher of the Year is Yvonne Chamblin from PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM ECHS in Pharr ISD. She is a graduate of the PSJA Class of 2003 and The University of Texas Pan American Class of 2006 where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing. She [...]

1503, 2021

Be Inspired

By |March 15th, 2021|Categories: Latest News, Thought of the Month|Tags: , |

When I look at the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes. ~ Oprah Winfrey When you look in the mirror, who do you see in the reflection? I’m not referring to your facial features like your eyes, nose, and mouth. I’m talking about looking deeper into the mirror. Do you catch a glimpse of your honesty, respectfulness, empathic nature, and servitude towards [...]

2901, 2021

Young Leaders Summit Keynote Speaker

By |January 29th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , |

Being a school ambassador is a very prestigious role and such a great leadership opportunity. ~ Susie Chapa Speach by Susie Chapa, UTRGV Every day each of you will have the opportunity to learn, to grow, to accept, and to be accountable for yourself: YOU! Being the best at what you do, and who you are has to do with outdoing YOURSELF! Waking up every morning and [...]

2901, 2021

Sharyland ISD Reboots Mentoring Program

By |January 29th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , |

Sharyland ISD Reboots Mentoring Program Not rain, nor sleet, nor a pandemic can stop the Sharyland ISD, RGV LEAD-inspired, mentoring program from going forward! Mentors reconnected with their mentees after the mentoring program came to a screeching halt last spring. Yoelia Nava, CTE director, and her administrative staff strategized how to get the program back on track and they concluded that virtual mentoring is the way to [...]

2901, 2021

RGV LEAD Hosts Young Entrepreneurs of the RGV Challenge

By |January 29th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , |

On your mark! Get set! GO! Educators from across the Rio Grande Valley came together on January 21st for the Young Entrepreneurs of the RGV Challenge kick-off! The annual event is sponsored by Ameriprise Financial, BBVA, Magic Valley Electric Cooperative, RGV Partnership Foundation, Texas Gas Service, UTRGV Center for In-novation and Commercialization, and RGV LEAD. Students, grades 9th-12th, are undertaking the challenge to develop a business idea utilizing [...]

2901, 2021

January 2021 Thought for the Month

By |January 29th, 2021|Categories: From the Desk of Luis Rodriguez, Latest News, Thought of the Month|Tags: , |

"Talk to yourself once in a day, otherwise you may miss meeting an excellent person in this world." ~ Swami Vivekananda  Thought for the Month January 2021 During the RGV LEAD Young Leaders’ Summit on January 20th, the Mercedes High School Ambassadors presented a program entitled, “Improving Your Mental Health During the Pandemic”. It was interesting to see how students took to heart the [...]

2901, 2021

La Joya ISD Academy of Health Science Professions & STEM Honored

By |January 29th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , |

At AHSP & STEM, we are a family that works together with mutual respect and understanding to achieve a common goal: Success for all students. ~ LeAnn A. Herrera  The Rio Grande Valley Academy Excellence Award honors a secondary campus that exemplifies innovative school reform focused on transforming teaching and learning, and business and community engagement. The Academy of Health Science Professions & STEM, from La Joya ISD, [...]

2901, 2021

2020-2021 Honorees

By |January 29th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , |

RGV LEAD 2020-2021 HONOREES During the past seven years, she has provided high school seniors with a unique academic experience through the CTE Project-Based Research course and AP Cap-stone Diploma Program. This year’s Higher Education Administrator of the year epitomizes the definition of a servant leader. Mrs. Norma Salazar Director of the Office of Student Success at TSTC. She has worked for TSTC [...]

2901, 2021

RGV LEAD Hosts Virtual Regional Conference

By |January 29th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , |

David Leal Speaks at Regional Conference  Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. ~ Henry Ford  For the past twenty-plus years, counselors, administrators, business partners, and students have traveled to South Padre Island for the annual RGV LEAD Regional Conference. The event has provided phenomenal guest speakers, breakout sessions, door prizes, and great camaraderie. This year was no different, except that [...]

2901, 2021

Off to a Fast Start in 2021

By |January 29th, 2021|Categories: From the Desk of Luis Rodriguez, Latest News|Tags: , |

Luis Rodriguez, Executive Director RGV LEAD is Off to a Fast Start in 2021 Happy New Year! It’s January 2021 and RGV LEAD is off and running hosting meetings all month long! Some of the activities scheduled include RGV LEAD meetings with the Texas Regional Pathways Network, the RGV LEAD Regional Conference, RGV LEAD Ambassadors Young Leaders Summit, and the Young Entrepreneurs Challenge kick-off. RGV LEAD [...]

2001, 2021

Ambassador Virtual Young Leaders Summit

By |January 20th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , |

Ambassador Virtual Young Leaders Summit A summit for students, led by students! The RGV LEAD Ambassadors conducted the Young Leaders’ Summit on January 20th. The summit began at 9:00 a.m. and concluded at 12 noon. Abigail Gauna from Mission High School gave the opening remarks and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. She, then, introduced Luis Rodriguez to all the Ambassadors in attendance. Sophia Silva from Sharyland [...]

1701, 2021

Academic Leadership Alliance Kick-Off Meeting

By |January 17th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|

Academic Leadership Alliance Kick-Off Meeting One of the buzz words heard throughout the Rio Grande Valley school districts is “teacher externships.”  The externships allow educators to work side-by-side with business and industry, thus gaining insight into career fields outside of the school settings. The educators, then, return to the classrooms and share their findings with their students.  RGV LEAD, in conjunction with Workforce Solutions, has provided the Academic [...]

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