High school students from across the Rio Grande Valley will interact with community leaders as they learn about career opportunities close to home.
The 11th Annual Education and Career EXPO, headed by RGV LEAD (formerly Tech Prep RGV,) will feature displays by Valley businesses and colleges. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Casa de Amistad convention hall located at 1204 Fair Park Boulevard in Harlingen on Oct. 15.
The idea of the EXPO is to allow local high school students to match their desired educational program with a long-term career based in the Valley.
“Often, students don’t know that there are many good jobs here in the Valley, and most of these jobs require some type of postsecondary preparation,” said Martha Gutierrez, the chair of the EXPO leadership committee.
Last year, over 1,700 Valley high school students attended the EXPO and heard about career opportunities from more than 80 regional education and business institutions.
RGV LEAD is working with such sponsors as HEB, SpawGlass, Texas State Technical College, Magic Valley Electric Cooperative and many others to put on this year’s EXPO.
There are still booths available for local businesses or educational institutions. Although there is no booth fee, exhibitors are encouraged to supply door prizes. For more information, contact Martha Gutierrez at email@example.com or Todd Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guitierrez said the EXPO will help Valley students start thinking of college and beyond early on.
“If the students begin in high school, they can save money toward a college degree and get ready for a good job close to home,” Gutierrez said.
RGV LEAD is the name for a regional non-profit, community-based organization involved in the “business of education” since 1992. The organization essentially finds itself as a middle ground between educators, community leaders, and worker-hungry employers, and it works on behalf of these entities to establish partnerships.
The mission is to engage kids in college-and-career focused learning opportunities in order to deliver sharp and capable students into the workforce, according to Executive Director Patricia Bubb.
“We are a regional collaborative effort that belongs to nobody and everybody at the same time,” Bubb said. “RGV LEAD’s work complements the work done by school districts and colleges. We are doing things they do not do, while at the same time giving employers a more meaningful role in education that just giving money.”