What We Do

Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development (RGV LEAD) develops and manages collaborative projects that bring employers and educators together to help students set and achieve college-and-career goals.

The Power of the Education-Industry Partnership

The RGV LEAD business history and organizational theory make the case that there is power in the industry-education partnership. The result is much like a professional sports team: experts playing with experts. Mix in staff and board passion, and you have an intelligent and integrated strategy for growing and engaging stakeholders in the work.

Our Vision

Founded in 1992, the RGV LEAD vision is an educated and highly skilled Rio Grande Valley prepared for the global workforce. We will achieve this by facilitating collaboration between employers, community leaders, and educators from public schools, colleges, and universities to assist students in acquiring the academic and career skill-sets necessary for success in higher education, careers, and life.

Mission Engagement

Our mission is to foster partnerships between education and industry to equip students with college and career readiness that meet the region’s highly skilled workforce demands. We will achieve this by uniting the skills and experiences of our partners in our initiatives and using the full potential of digital and print communications to deliver with authenticity and relevancy.

Regional Strategies

  • 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.

Core Values

Our reputation is the ultimate asset, and these distinguishing attributes characterize how we conduct ourselves in our drive for tangible, lasting results.

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.

Our Work