Making Noble Contributions to Education in the RGV
As the Rio Grande Valley continues to grow exponentially, business involvement and investment in our community is extremely important to our future. Our four-county area is one of the fastest growing in the nation, which has contributed to the massive economic growth over the past couple decades, and to keep up, local businesses are doing their part to prepare the next generation workers to take over. Among other industries, healthcare and education are flourishing here in the RGV, and in addition to developing the businesses of tomorrow, Noble Texas Builders is one Valley company that has committed to support students right here in our community.
With a focus on safety, quality, and producing pro-active solutions, Noble Texas Builders provides general contracting and design-build and construction management services. They have quickly become a success, and strive to use their platform to make a difference and be a part of the fabric of our community. With a corporate office based in Weslaco, the company is invested in the Valley’s success, and their hands-on, professional construction services start out with a strong foundation on their experienced and talented team. Company President Rene Capistran recognizes the importance of his team and their effect not only on the success of the business, but also on the significance of their projects for years to come. Current projects include educational facilities like STC’s new Center for Public Safety Excellence and work on South Texas ISD facilities, as well as projects with hospitals like Valley Baptist and some retail in the area.
More importantly though, Capistran noted that the company is focused is on two initiatives. In addition to providing the infrastructure, they are committed to supporting both healthcare and education in the Rio Grande Valley. One of their main goals is to introduce students to how education can be applied to their future – to help them work towards more than just a job, but to work towards a meaningful career that they are passionate about. Through their efforts with the University of Texas RGV’s Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program, also known as TexPrep, Noble Texas Builders is helping to provide students from sixth to twelfth grade with the opportunity to develop an interest in engineering and a build a foundation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. During the program, the company’s engineers and architects expose the students to their field, speaking about what they do as well as giving tours of their facilities.
Regarding the importance of getting involved with the program, Capistran said, “I believe as business leadership continues to look for the human capital of tomorrow, we need to do our part and show our students what the industry has to offer.” He encourages students to find their passion, adding, “Don’t just go get a degree, decide what you want to be and align your education to it. Then you’re working towards your passion. Don’t focus on being successful. Success is something we work towards for the rest of our life. Be a person of significance. How are you going to improve the life of your family and your community?”
To further their efforts in supporting education and improving possibilities for tomorrow’s workforce, Noble Texas Builders recently hosted their inaugural fishing tournament, Hooked 4 Life – Kids Gone Fish’n, with the intent to raise money for their foundation which supports a $25,000 scholarship with South Texas College. An endowment of $25,000 is also being set up with UTRGV and is expected to take effect in December. To have the greatest impact in giving back, Noble Texas Builders also partners with United Way, Easterseals RGV, the Boys & Girls Club of Edinburg, and other local organizations.
As can be seen through their work with students in the RGV, Capistran and company clearly focus on volunteering and make it a priority to give back. He said, “If we expect to grow as a community, I think you have to invest in education. We’re doing a lot of things because we truly believe there is so much industry coming to the RGV. I think we have a responsibility to help these students.”
Along with their corporate office in Weslaco, the company has a regional office in Wimberley, Texas and a sister company, Noble General based out of El Paso. Due to their commitment to serve the RGV, they plan to open another office in Brownsville in the beginning of next year.