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Inspired By Excellence

We are a nonprofit fostering partnerships between education and industry to equip students with college and career readiness that meets the region’s highly skilled workforce demands.


The Rio Grande Valley (The Valley) – sits along the northern bank of the Rio Grande River (the dividing waterway between the U.S. and Mexico border) and stretches across 4,244 square miles and four counties – Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy. As of January 1, 2012, the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) – Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties – is home to more than 1.36 million people along the Texas-Mexico border.

RGV LEAD is focused on helping the Valley develop its most valuable asset: the intellectual capital of its people, especially the students moving through The Valley’s public schools. All RGV LEAD initiatives encourage students to participate in college-and-career-focused programs of study supporting students’ success. Selecting a specific career field with an established course of study and/or link to the job market puts high school students on a proven path to success.

RGV LEAD manages multiple projects that bring together leaders and staff from school districts, colleges and universities, business and industry, workforce development boards, and economic development organizations, working together to achieve mutually agreed-upon goals.

Your support goes a long way in helping students become career ready.


  • GOAL 1: Coordinate regional initiatives focused on education and workforce development that support linkages with current and emerging organizations in the Rio Grande Valley to reduce duplication of services, maximize resources, decrease fragmentation, and improve effectiveness of education and workforce systems.

  • GOAL 2: – Increase the number and percentage of high school students who graduate college-and-career-ready and transition successfully into higher education and/or the workforce.

  • GOAL 3: Increase the number and percentage of career-focused college and university students who earn certificates, degrees, and/or industry- or state-recognized licenses or certifications and transition into the workforce.


We inspire growth and innovation through learning and bold action.

We operate in a spirit of inclusiveness to achieve great things together.

We assure and maintain transparency in our relationships with each other and with our various constituencies.

We perform at our highest level of capacity to deliver outstanding results.

We do what we say we will do.




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Lead In Love 2023

February 10 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST

RGV LEAD Board Meeting

February 21 @ 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST


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