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2018 Q4 Newsletter

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October - December, 2018  |  Quarterly Newsletter

2018 Careers in Texas Industries HESTEC Week:


Careers in Texas Industries Youth Career Expo 

Workforce Solutions partnered with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) to host the Careers in Texas Industries Youth Career Expo on October 1, 2018 at the Field House on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus. The expo officially kick-off UTRGV’s nationally recognized HESTEC (Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology) week. Over 3,500 students representing 22 school districts attended the expo. In addition to visiting over 100 exhibits focusing on careers and post-secondary education, youth had the opportunity to tour the UTRGV campus and/or the newly built UTRGV School of Medicine (SOM). 


RGV LEAD Student Ambassador Power Luncheon

The luncheon was held simultaneously as the Youth Expo on October 1, 2018. The “Power Luncheon” was held at Field House II on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus as part of the RGV LEAD’s Student Ambassador planning meeting. Over 400 student ambassadors, ranging in grades from freshman to seniors from over 15 school districts attended the planning meeting and luncheon. The “Power Luncheon” portion of the meeting had over 40 employer and post-secondary representatives attend.  Each representative was seated at a table with 8-10 student ambassadors. This format allowed youth to interact with business professionals for career exploration and aided in the honing of student’s communication skills.



October 2, 2018 through October 4, 2018, Workforce Solutions hosted a booth during UTRGV’s STEAM Expo. The event attracted 1,000 middle school students from across the area each day. 

Workforce Solutions utilized Texas Workforce Commission Career Selfie Boards, to share local labor market information with youth attending the event.


Inaugural Women in Business Conference & Expo

The 2018 Women in Business Conference & Expo hosted by Workforce Solutions in collaboration with Mission Economic Development Corporation (Mission EDC), the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Small Business Development Center (UTRGV SBDC), and the Women’s Business Center of Cameron County was held on October 11, 2018 at the Mission Event Center, Mission, TX.

The event focused on providing female entrepreneurs with information and the resources necessary to help with becoming a successful entrepreneur. A variety of talented professionals contributed their knowledge and expertise including the Texas Workforce Commission Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers, Ruth R. Hughs.  Chair Hughs delivered a special keynote address providing an overview of the variety of resources available for business owners. 


The conference consisted of four tracks customized with subject matter experts who provided information to those who have yet to start their business (pre-venture), current business owners, information on staffing and human resource management and a track especially for Spanish speakers. There were a total of 12 breakout sessions.  In addition, onsite child care was available at no cost.

The conference included an expo and networking component where 27 local female entrepreneurs participated as exhibitors and displayed their products. 

Throughout the day, approximately 220 female entrepreneurs, presenters and exhibitors participated in the 2018 Women in Business Conference & Expo. 


Workforce Solutions Recognized at Annual Texas Workforce Conference

Each year, the Texas Workforce Commission provides Board Incentive Awards to recognize the outstanding work boards are doing in their service areas.

On November 28, 2018, Workforce Solutions was recognized at the Annual Texas Workforce Conference for its exceptional efforts for FY 2018. Workforce Solutions was awarded a combined total of $80,000 for program performance and community initiatives. Such recognition is possible with the continued support of the Workforce Solutions Board of Directors, community partners, and stakeholders.


Hiring Red, White & You! Job Fair

Hiring Red, White and You! The job fair is part of a statewide initiative spearheaded by the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Veterans Commission in partnership with the 28 local workforce development boards across the state.

The Hiring Red, White and You! job fair was hosted on November 8, 2018, at the Mission Event Center in Mission, Texas.  The event connects veterans with employers who value the skills and experience only a veteran can bring to the workplace. Workforce Solutions is proud to provide priority of service to veterans.


2018 RGV LEAD Regional Conference

Workforce Solutions, in partnership with RGV LEAD, hosted the Regional Education and Workforce Summit on December 6 - 7, 2018, at the Hilton Garden Inn in South Padre Island, TX. 

The conference provided regional leaders representing business, area school districts, institutions of higher education, students, and community stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the necessity of aligning education and business to develop the skills of our workforce. 

Upcoming Events

For the most accurate information, please visit our Calendar of Events!

  • McAllen Public Library Job Fair - February 2, 2019
  • Rio Grande City Employer Expo + Job Fair - February 6 - 7, 2019
  • Child Care Camp - Powered by STEAM - March 12 & 14, 2019

Copyright © 2018 Workforce Solutions - Lower Rio Grande Valley, All rights reserved. Workforce Solutions is one of 28 Texas Workforce Development Boards serving Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties. 


Lower Rio Grande Valley Workforce Development Board dba Workforce Solutions is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to include individuals with disabilities. TTY/TDD via RELAY Texas service at 711 or (TDD) 1-800-735-2989/1-800-735-2988 (voice).

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3101 W. Business 83 :: McAllen, TX 78501


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