WESLACO, Texas – The leadership of Texas Southmost College is hoping that lawmakers from across the state visit their campus as part of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership’s Legislator’s Tour.

TSC President Jesus Rodriguez and TSC Board Trustee Adela Garza met with RGV Partnership President Daniel Silva at a “Legislative Send-Off” reception co-hosted by RGVP and the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The event was held to wish the Valley’s legislative delegation a successful session in Austin. The 88th Legislature begins Jan. 10.

RGVP’s Legislator’s Tour takes place Jan. 26-29. Legislators from across the state will be on the tour, which will cover Cameron and Willacy counties.

“We are very pleased the Partnership is bringing the lawmakers to the Valley. Hopefully, they will stop by Texas Southmost College so that we can showcase everything we do for our communities,” President Rodriguez told the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service.

Rodriguez said it would be great to have an audience with the visiting lawmakers and give them a tour of the TSC campus. He said it would allow him to explain just how important community colleges are, particularly when it comes to workforce training.

“We are not a university. Nor do we want to be a university. We are a comprehensive community college. When it comes to training a skilled workforce, we are built for that. We are not a research institution. We are a teaching institution.”

Rodriguez said that if the visiting lawmakers visit TSC he will be able to brag about a new agreement the college has signed with Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station to develop and provide training courses for Texas A&M RGV Advanced Manufacturing Hub’s TRAIN Es Tu Futuro program.

“The program’s purpose is to develop a skilled workforce in advanced manufacturing techniques in the Rio Grande Valley,” Rodriguez said. “Through this partnership we are forging a new pathway of economic development for the communities we serve.”

Those communities, Rodriguez said, are all of Cameron and Willacy counties.

Rodriguez said the 88th Legislature will be important to TSC and other community colleges.

“Working through the Texas Association of Community Colleges, we are asking the Legislature for a transformation in the way we are funded. The current funding system is antiquated,” he said.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Rio Grande Valley Partnership President Daniel Silva, Texas Southmost College Board Trustee Adela G. Garza, and Texas Southmost College President Jesus Roberto Rodriguez.

Editor’s Note: The above news story is the first in a four-part series about the recent RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce-RGV Partnership legislative sendoff reception.


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