Edinburg, Texas – On September 28, 2017, the executive team of FIRST RGV was invited by the Texas Workforce Solutions of McAllen to attend a very special “Regional Leaders: Careers in Texas Power Luncheon” that was hosted at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley campus. This very leadership luncheon was attended by high school “Ambassadors” from all over the Rio Grande Valley.
FIRST RGV typically attends events specific to issues involving science, technology, engineering or math ( STEM) , but this event created a great dialogue opportunity organized by the RGV Lead program. This allowed students to talk with invited business leaders about their careers in not just the sciences or technology, but other industries in the Rio Grande Valley.
Jason Arms and Milly Hernandez attended the event and took time to speak with groups of attendees about the importance of their careers but also the importance of community leadership; as they do on a regular basis with programs such as FIRST RGV. Mrs Hernandez was heard talking about the importance of giving back to the younger generations and to make sure they take the time to volunteer as she does to help lift up others to do more.
Community pride and engagement is a focus of FIRST and events like this reminds everyone that this program is much more than robots.
FIRST invited several attendees of todays event to come and experience the excitement at one of their upcoming events which features the use of FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge robotics with having student organizations from UTRGV and the US Navy volunteering their time to mentor and referee the programs year over year. Students from the UTRGV School of Engineering and business programs also mentor and help officiate the events.
FIRST RGV continues to appreciate the support of Dr Ambrosio Hernandez, Mayor for the City of Pharr and Dr Narciso Garcia, Superintendent of Vanguard Academy for making sure that this program is available to more than 2,200 students valley-wide.