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Our Designations and Networks

2016 UTRGV Distinguished Community Engagement Partner Award

Dr. Luzelma G. Canales and RGV FOCUS were recognized as the UTRGV Distinguished Community Engagement Partner on April 2016. This award was received for the collaboration with the university on improving student outcomes and facilitating the creation of the English and Math College Prep Courses in response the 83rdLegislative Session House Bill 5.

StriveTogether Network

RGV FOCUS joined the StriveTogehter Network in 2014. StriveTogether is a national nonprofit network of 70 community partnerships. Strive Together works to ensure that every child succeeds from cradle to career, regardless of race, income or zip code. StriveTogether helps communities identify and scale what works in education.

2017 UTRGV Distinguished Community Engagement Partner Nomination

Eugenio Longoria Saenz and RGV FOCUS were nominated for the 2017 Distinguished Community Engagement Partner Award for its Teaching Excellence work in collaboration with the university.

Lumina Foundation Talent Hub Community

In 2018, the Rio Grande Valley joined 22 other communities designated as Talent Hubs by Lumina Foundation. Through this designation, RGV FOCUS partners UTRGV, Texas Southmost College and South Texas College are focused on increasing degree/credential completion for young adults with some college credits but no degree and on strengthening the reverse transfer process between the three institutions.

Ford Corridors of College Success

In 2014, RGV FOCUS was invited to participate in the Corridors of College Success initiative. The Ford Foundation established the Corridors of College Success initiative (often referred to as Corridors) to better understand and support place-based work related to postsecondary access and completion. The Ford Foundation supported five communities as they planned, organized, and applied a collective impact or place-based approach in order to improve pathways into and through college and into family-sustaining careers for low-income and first-generation students and other vulnerable populations.