Category Archives: Technology

UTRGV Receives Grant for Latina STEM

Latinas in STEM

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley a $249,992 grant for the NSF INCLUDES Symposium for ADVANCING STEM Latinas in Academic Careers. The federal funds will be made available to UTRGV on Aug. 1. The funding allows UTRGV to place emphasis on increasing the number of Latinas in STEM workforce areas. The NSF symposium will provide a national platform to  discuss and address the issues that affect…

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Local Partnership Seeks to Close Tech Gap

(photo Valley Technical Academy)

Valley Technical Academy and Woz U are working together via an online learning portal to address the diversity gap in tech employment when it comes to Hispanics. According to Valley Technical Academy, only seven percent of the tech sector is comprised of Hispanics. Through this partnership, the Mission-based center will provide Woz U’s tech-based curriculum in immersive education sprint formats. This format enables students to learn skills required to enter a…

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VTX1 Acquires Ranch Wireless

VTX1 aquires Ranch Wireless

VTX1 Companies has acquired Ranch Wireless Inc., a provider of fixed wireless internet service based in Seguin, Texas. Adding Ranch Wireless customers to VTX1‘s existing customer base will gives the company close to 20,000 total customers, making it one of the largest rural service providers in Texas. “This acquisition is important for VTX1 Companies in that we overlap approximately 4,000 of their 17,000 square-mile service area through our northern exchanges,” said Dave Osborn, CEO of…

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Taking a Byte from the Apple

Jose David Avila and his son David hold a vintage IBM keyboard like one they sold online for $1,000. (VBR)

A father/son team has carved out a niche in the recycling industry by working with products no one else in the Rio Grande Valley touches: electronics. RDA Technologies in Brownsville recycles anything with electronic components inside, ranging from old computers to ice makers to televisions and more. “I started in my living room in 2012 destroying old computers. Then my wife kicked me out to the garage,” said Jose David…

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CodeRGV Attends CodeWars 2018

Representatives from CodeRGV attend CodeWars in Houston. CodeRGV is currently planning events to help local students prepare for next year's event. (photo CodeRGV)

More than 750 high school level Computer Science enthusiasts converged on the HPE campus in Houston last weekend to participate in CodeWars 2018. CodeRGV was in attendance to learn more about the program and to build a stronger partnership with school districts across the state. In addition, the group learned how Valley school districts can participate in future HPE events like this one. The students, representing close to 100 districts across…

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STC IT Career Expo This Week

STC cybersecurity students engaging in class. Current and future students can find out more about the program at the annual STC IT Career Expo Feb. 22. (photo STC)

South Texas College’s Information Technology Program hosts its IT Career Expo Feb. 22, providing both current and future students the opportunity to learn more about the program. Information Technology faculty member Angelita Teniente says the expo is not to be missed by those interested in IT careers. “Students attending this event will benefit greatly as they will get an up close and personal perspective of the many IT opportunities available locally from…

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CodeRGV to Host First Area Hackathon


All backgrounds invited to create projects to benefit the RGV People of all technology expertise, from total beginner to experienced programmer, are invited to participate in CodeRGV‘s first Hackathon at the Weslaco EDC. The event takes place overnight, Jan. 20-21, and brings together people from different skills and professional backgrounds to make projects that can benefit the Valley. The Hackathon features exclusive data from across the Rio Grande Valley, from historical…

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UTRGV Is a Best Online College

photo UTRGV

UTRGV listed fourth in Top 20 in Texas ranking The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been ranked fourth on a list of the Top 20 Best Online Colleges in Texas by The website focuses on helping students and parents make better-informed decisions about online college programs and opportunities available. It also processes information that can facilitate their search for an online curriculum that suits their needs and interests.…

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Forbes 30 Under 30 Includes RGV Native

Alberto Altamirano

Cityflag co-founder is also Mission EDC’s Expert-in-Residence Cityflag CEO Alberto Altamirano is part of Forbes 2018 30 Under 30 list. The Mission native was selected for the social entrepreneurs category. The list includes 600 winners, ranging from top entrepreneurs and innovators to philanthropists and game-changers. Altamirano is the first San Antonio tech startup leader to be chosen by Forbes. Altamirano’s accomplishment further solidifies Cityflag’s ongoing growth and momentum. He and Cityflag are serving…

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STC Certifies STEAM Educators

South Texas College's third cohort of faculty members from area school districts celebrate completing intensive professional development training via STC's RGV STEM Faculty Institute. (photo STC)

South Texas College celebrates third and final cohort of graduating faculty making a difference through STEM-based training More than 50 educators from across the Rio Grande Valley are now certified by South Texas College’s RGV STEM Faculty Institute, becoming leaders in science, technology, engineering and math Working under the Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator, 56 faculty members from school districts across the Valley successfully completed the training. This includes  intensive…

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