The Regional P-16 Council, begun in 2007, promotes communication and collaboration of leaders from secondary education, higher education, workforce development, economic development, and the employer community. The Council’s work supports regional implementation of a state plan known as 60X30TX.
The 60x30TX plan is ambitious: By 2030, at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree. Research shows that most well-paying jobs, both those now in existence and those projected for the future, require some type of education beyond high school. Someone with a certificate or degree will earn more over a lifetime than those who are high school dropouts or those whose education ends after high school.
Creating a high-skills, high-wage population in the Valley has economic benefits for communities, the Valley, and the state. RGV LEAD coordinates regional meetings focused on sharing college and career information, focusing on the Valley’s “emerging workforce”—students moving through the region’s public schools, working with educators to help students set and pursue college-and-career-focused goals.
The Regional P-16 Council is chaired by members of the RGV LEAD executive board.