Project Description

Students are at the center of everything we do!

RGV LEAD manages a network known as the Academies of the Rio Grande Valley, school districts and high school campuses that utilize a career academy model founded on Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) strategies.  The Ford NGL career academy model promotes experiential learning and proactive business and civic engagement in schools.  RGV LEAD introduced Ford NGL to the Valley in 2014, and eight school districts began implementing academies in 2015-2016.

In December 2016, Ford NGL national leadership honored the Academies of the Rio Grande Valley as an official Ford NGL Designated Region.  RGV LEAD manages the network; coordinates RGV CEO Champions and Industry Councils meetings to facilitate business partnerships; provides ongoing support, training and evaluation for districts in active implementation; and provides opportunities and support for other districts joining in later phases of implementation.  In 2017, RGV LEAD’s Director joined the Ford Next Generation Learning National Leadership Team.

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The RGV LEAD and Ford NGL partnership comprise a network of mutually supportive Rio Grande Valley communities that encourage one another to continuously improve.

The Partnership is a community-driven approach to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Living a Full Life –  increased community prosperity shared by all.

  • Build Talent – a strengthened talent pipeline.

  • Focus On Students – young people prepared for college, careers, lifelong learning, and leadership.

  • Educational Fairness – educational equity and justice for all.

  • Career Placement – the capacity to contribute and go further.

RGV LEAD mobilizes Rio Grande Valley educators, employers, and community leaders to prepare a new generation of young people who will graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and life — prepared to compete successfully in the 21st-century economy.

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The RGV LEAD / Ford NGL Experience

Learn how Ford NGL is reigniting and transforming the educational experience in Rio Grande Valley by helping to create the talent pipeline that will help spur growth and prosperity.

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PANELISTS

FRANK ACEVEDO
FRANK ACEVEDOChief Nursing Officer
Valley Regional Medical Center
Health Science Career Cluster
RYAN SOLIS
RYAN SOLISCity Attorney - Raymondville
Law Offices of Ryan C. Solis, P.L.L.C.
LIZZY DE LA GARZA PUTEGNAT
LIZZY DE LA GARZA PUTEGNATAccount Executive
Energy & Sustainable Services
Schneider Electric

RGV Academy Leaders’ Coalition Presents Career Panel

BY JANIE JOHNSTON LOPEZ

On February 11th, several Rio Grande Valley school districts came together to participate in the annual RGV Academy Leaders’ Coalition meeting. The coalition consists of regional education and workforce leaders collaborating to learn about and implement new research-based best practices.

The Coalition’s focus is on the National Standards of Practice for Career Academies, specifically integrating more work-based learning initiatives. Participants were privileged to listen to guest speakers from various business sectors. Dr. Norma Salaiz, RGV LEAD Board member, and Contractor encouraged attendees to network and collaborate with other regional leaders with a common interest.

Dr. Salaiz went on to say that each district should strive to become the career academy expert in their district, learn about and implement new research-based best practices that engage students, teachers, and employers, and lead the district in becoming an “Academy Showcase” for others to visit. Highlighting the coalition meeting was an industrial panel discussion with three specific career pathways. The pathways Health Science, Law, and Business. RGV LEAD wishes to thank the following panelists who participated in the RGV Academy Leaders’ Coalition meeting. (Pictured below) Also, pictured are Dr. Norma Salaiz,(left) and Janie Johnston Lopez (right) who served as moderator for the event.

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PANELISTS

FRANK ACEVEDO
FRANK ACEVEDOChief Nursing Officer
Valley Regional Medical Center
Health Science Career Cluster
RYAN SOLIS
RYAN SOLISCity Attorney - Raymondville
Law Offices of Ryan C. Solis, P.L.L.C.
LIZZY DE LA GARZA PUTEGNAT
LIZZY DE LA GARZA PUTEGNATAccount Executive
Energy & Sustainable Services
Schneider Electric

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