STATE OF EDUCATION AND INDUSTRY IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY
What an exciting time it is to work in the Rio Grande Valley! I’m incredibly proud to work as Executive Director for RGV LEAD and continue to uphold RGV LEAD’s Mission
to foster a partnership between education and industry to equip students with college and career readiness that meets the region’s highly skilled workforce demands.
We recently hosted The RGV LEAD’s State of Education and Industry, which brought together a panel of individuals who play an essential role in education and industry. RGV LEAD would like to thank the following panelists who shared valuable insight on what they are doing to help build and empower a skilled workforce in the Rio Grande Valley:
- Julian Alvarez, Texas Workforce Commission, Commissioner Representing Labor;
- Alexis Bauserman, Director of College, Career, and Military Preparedness for the Texas Education Agency;
- Dr. Tina Jackson, Assistant Commissioner for Workforce Education with Texas Higher Education Board;
- Manny Vela, CEO of Valley Baptist Health System;
- Eric Kennedy, President for Spawglass South Texas Division; and,
- Tim Jones, Manager for Cinch Connectivity Solutions.
Thank you to our Keynote Speaker, Adriana Cruz, Executive Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the Office of the Texas Governor. She provided insightful information on our state’s robust economy. During the event, RGV LEAD Board members and staff were presented with a state flag by Senator Eddie Lucio Jr., who delivered heartfelt closing remarks.
RGV LEAD’s event was made possible through our generous sponsors! Thank you to all our sponsors in attendance at our event!
- Gold Sponsors: Titan Fuel, Valley Grande Institute, and Texas State Technical College;
- Silver sponsor: Workforce Solutions; and,
- Bronze sponsors: COSTEP, South Texas College, Texas Gas Service, Harlingen CISD, Region One ESC, Harlingen EDC, Port of Harlingen, Spawglass, GBIC, and Texas Regional Bank.
RGV LEAD was proud to host the State of Education and Industry in the RGV and hopes that the information shared at the event reinforced amongst educators and businesses the need for ongoing partnerships throughout the Rio Grande Valley. We are creating new Regional Industry Advisory Councils and asking all industry leaders to participate and help us build a talent pipeline in the RGV.