RGV Academy Leaders Coalition Presents Career Panel

Vol. 2, Iss. 6 | February 2021

On February 11th, several Valley school districts participated in the annual RGV Academy Leaders’ Coalition meeting. The coalition comprises regional education and workforce leaders collaborating to learn about and implement new research-based best practices. It focuses 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: Business, Health Sciences, and Law. RGV LEAD wishes to thank the following panelists who participated in the RGV Academy Leaders’ Coalition meeting: Frank Acevedo, Chief Nursing Officer, Valley Regional Medical Center; Lizzy de la Garza, Account Executive, Schneider Electric; and Ryan Solis, Law Office of Ryan C. Solis, P.L.L.C.  Also pictured are Dr. Salaiz and Janie Johnston Lopez, who served as moderators for the event

FRANK ACEVEDO, Health Science Career Cluster
Chief Nursing Officer
Valley Regional Medical Center

LIZZY DE LA GARZAa PUTEGNAT, Business, Finance, and Marketing
Account Executive
Schneider Electric

RYAN SOLIS, Law and Public Service Career Cluster
City Attorney – Raymondville
Law Office of Ryan C. Solis, P.L.L.C.

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