Author Archives: VBR

Department of Labor launches application development contests

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced two contests with a total of $70,000 in prize money for software applications that showcase innovative uses of the department’s data. The Occupational Employment Statistics challenge calls on developers to create visualizations using OES data from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics to assist individuals in planning their education, considering a career change, moving to a new geographical area or negotiating pay…

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$1.2 million grant awarded for postsecondary partnership

United Way of Southern Cameron County has been awarded a $1,299,909 grant to guide the continuing participation of the Brownsville postsecondary partnership in a three-year demonstration funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Partners for Postsecondary Success initiative is part of the Gates Foundation’s postsecondary strategy to double the number of young adults (aged 16-26) who earn a postsecondary credential with labor market value by 2025. Partners for Postsecondary…

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McAllen Business Plan Competition workshop Aug. 3

The McAllen Business Plan Competition has added a workshop session on Aug. 3 from 3:30-5 p.m. to help entrepreneurs prepare their business plan application. The competition, offered by The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Economic Development Corporation, offers a $5,000 award to foster new business creation in the area. The competition is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture…

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Tickets and sponsorships available for Weslaco Chamber gala

The Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing guests to “Casablanca” with its 3rd annual Gala & Auction Aug. 26 at Victoria Palms Suites and Conference Center. Table sponsorships are currently available, as well as individual tickets priced at $100. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 and dancing to live entertainment until midnight. Live and silent auctions will also take place during the evening. Guests are…

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Online master’s degree in computer science offered this fall

With the start of the fall semester at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College on Aug. 22 is the new offering of an online master’s degree in computer science. Having the same curriculum and professors as the university’s traditional master’s degree in computer science, students are required to complete 36 credit hours of graduate level computer science courses and 21 hours of electives. Juan Iglesias, associate…

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Global Leadership Summit Aug. 11-12

Christian leaders are invited to Palm Valley Church (1720 E. Griffin Parkway, Mission) Aug. 11-12 for the Global Leadership Summit, an event geared “to transform Christian leaders around the world with an annual injection of vision, skill development, and inspiration for the sake of the local church.” Palm Valley is one of 185-plus cities in North America which serves as a Summit Site, connecting attendees to the events and speakers…

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Affordable Homes of South Texas awarded $1.5 million

The U.S. Treasury recently awarded local non-profit Affordable Homes of South Texas Inc. $1.5 million to expand access to affordable financial products and services to eligible families in the Rio Grande Valley. The largest independent grant specializing in mortgage lending that AHSTI has received in its history, the funds will be used locally to finance the construction of new homes and provide a revolving loan fund for low-income families. Affordable…

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Chamber president awarded top honor

Weslaco Chamber president/CEO Martha Noell recently received the Marvin Hurley Award from the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives during the annual TCCE conference on June 28 in Las Colinas. The Marvin Hurley Award is considered the highest honor a Texas chamber executive can receive from the state association for chamber professional. Noell is one of four chamber executives from the Rio Grande Valley and only the fourth woman to receive…

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Onion Fest receives top awards

The Texas Festivals and Events Association recently recognized the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce with three marketing and advertising awards for their promotion of the 2011 Texas Onion Fest. Chamber president/CEO Martha Noell, marketing director Laura Espinoza and office manager attended the TFEA annual conference in Corpus Christi and accepted the three awards of Best Event (within an existing festival) for the Culinary Kitchen built by Lowe’s, Best Sponsor (STC…

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Explore healthcare fields at STC July 21

South Texas College is hosting “Explore Careers in Nursing and Allied Health” July 21 from 4-7 p.m. STC’s Nursing and Allied Health Campus, 1101 East Vermont (East of McColl) in McAllen. Representatives from the college’s NAH Division will give demonstrations and tours of the college’s facility and assistance with admission, registration, financial aid, advising and testing will be available. Programs and career training available through the college are associate degree…

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