Strong start. Promising future.

RGV FOCUS is a collective impact initiative of Educate Texas, an educational arm of Dallas-based Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT).

In 2003, CFT launched the Texas High School Project to introduce the Early College High School model to the state of Texas to address the declining graduation rates for Texas high school students and the low percentage of minority, low-income, first generation students earning higher education credentials (two- or four-year, or technical college).

In 2012, CFT renamed the Texas High School Project as Educate Texas to better represent the broader scope of work being undertaken by the organization and its partners to not only educate students, but also support the teachers and leaders responsible for the education systems’ ultimate success. Also in 2012, with the recognition that the establishment of an education-focused collective impact initiative in the Rio Grande Valley could greatly improve the educational outcomes across the four-county region, CFT and Educate Texas partnered with Valley-based leaders to establish RGV FOCUS in support of the vision that all Rio Grande Valley learners will achieve a degree or credential that leads to a meaningful career and successful life.

Furthermore, RGV FOCUS’s work positions the Rio Grande Valley to support the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) goal to have 60 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds in the state earn a certificate or degree by 2030, a plan known widely as the THECB 60x30 Strategic Plan.

The Rio Grande Valley has a strong history of collaboration and success—but we are even more excited about our future. Our story continues with you.