Vol. 2, Iss. 7 | March 2021

The Regional TRPN Leadership team met on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday! “Oh, the places you’ll go!”, one of his most famous quotes, is the thought behind planning for students in the TRPN grant.

Amanda Longtain and Lindsey Phillips, TEA, shared experience opportunities and college and career advising tips.

TRPN Ad Hoc Committee Meets

On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell conducted a successful experiment with the telephone. This breakthrough, during which he uttered his famous directive to his assistant, Thomas Watson, “Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you.” is recorded in the March 10 entry in his 1875-1876 Lab Notebook. Communication had taken a new direction!

The RGV LEAD intermediary team incorporated Bell’s historic event by using communication as the central theme during the March 10, 2021, TRPN Ad Hoc Leadership team meeting. Discussions from the meeting led the ad hoc team to strategize how to bridge the gap between the TRPN secondary high schools, post-secondary institutions, and business partners.

The members were given a plan of action form to complete before the next TRPN meeting. Targeted topics will include: initiatives taken by each district, re-
sources to be used, the timeline for the initiative, and who will be responsible for ensuring the initiative is running smoothly. The goal is to have clear communication to move the TRPN students forward.

Participation districts include La Feria ISD, Lasara ISD, Rio Hondo ISD, San Isidro ISD, San Perlita ISD, and Santa Rosa ISD.

Rio Hondo and Santa Rosa TRPN Partners Meet

If you ask Felipe Salinas, an RGV LEAD Intermediary team member, how the TRPN business partner meetings are going, you might get a response like, “Rockin’ and Rollin!”  This is because the meetings are running smoothly, and business partnerships are gaining momentum. The South Cluster TRPN meeting on March 23rd included Rio Hondo Assistant Superintendent Roger Ellis, Amanda Posada from TSTC, and Jaime Espinoza from OneWind. Rio Hondo ISD has students who will begin the renewable energy pathway in the fall.

OneWind will meet with students virtually to share career opportunities in the renewable energy field. Students will also have an opportunity to visit OneWind’s San Benito facility where they can see first-hand what their technicians do and the kind of equipment they use.

Another meeting was held to discuss the health professions programs. Rocio Ramos and Antony Cantu from Santa Rosa ISD, Jose Arambul from TSC, Dalia Tova, and Rosa Loya from Su Clinica mentioned that the SRHS students in the health science pathway are actually taking business classes up through their junior year, and then RGV College is providing a couple of classes in the Senior year that leads to a certified medical assistant certification. TSC will offer academic core classes via dual credit to these students since they don’t have the capacity to offer dual credit health courses at this time. SRHS has developed four-year plans for all of its pathways, including the health pathway. Su Clinica will schedule a virtual presentation to interested students in early April. They are also looking into the possibility of a visit to Su Clinica’s teaching clinic, which is right next to SRHS, and a visit to their Raymondville clinic. The work-based learning activities are on the move! RGV LEAD looks forward to hearing about the activities at the next TRPN meeting.

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