Founded in 1992, Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development (RGV LEAD) develops and manages collaborative projects that bring employers and educators together to help students set and achieve college-and-career goals. RGV LEAD’s initiatives are all cross-sector collaborative projects, with partners including school districts, colleges and universities, business and industry, and government. The work of RGV LEAD staff in the various projects is like that of the project manager in a joint venture: RGV LEAD brings the partners together in projects where they collaborate to achieve mutually agreed-upon goals. RGV LEAD evaluates all initiatives, operating in a continuous-improvement model.
The RGV LEAD business history and organizational theory make the case that there is power in the industry-education partnership. The result is much like a professional sports team: experts playing with experts. Mix in staff and board passion, and you have an intelligent and integrated strategy for growing and engaging stakeholders in the work.