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CONGRESSMAN RUBÉN HINOJOSA ANNOUNCES NEARLY $300,000 GRANT TO TEXAS LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY FROM THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Washington, D.C. – Today – Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded Texas Lutheran University a grant award in the amount of nearly $300,000. This award is funded through the project entitled “Inverted and Active Learning Pedagogies (IALP) for Student Success and Retention.”   “I wish to congratulate Texas Lutheran University, a Hispanic Serving Institution, for receiving much needed funding from the National Science Foundation to identify best practices for expanding student access and success in STEM.  This funding is especially critical for underrepresented students, including Latinos and Latinas in Texas. We must continue to promote innovation in the STEM fields in order to continue moving our nation forward.”   The IALP for Student Success and Retention project is a research experiment that analyzes students in a “flipped” classroom atmosphere in order to identify and maximize success for underrepresented st











CONGRESSMAN RUBÉN HINOJOSA ANNOUNCES EARLY HEAD START CHILD CARE PARTNERSHIP GRANT TO UTRGV
Washington, D.C. – Today – Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) announced that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) will receive a five year grant in the amount of close to $7 million from the Department of Health and Human Service Administration (HHS) for Children and Families as part of the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships program (EHS-CCP).   “I am pleased that HHS has awarded UTRGV with an EHS-CCP grant of nearly $7 million,” said Congressman Hinojosa. “This funding will help expand EHS services and provide underserved infants and toddlers in the Rio Grande Valley with high quality care, family support services, and continuous, intensive, and comprehensive learning programs.”   Under the direction of Dr. Hilda Medrano, Director of UTRGV EHS Grant Office, UTRGV has been working for the past 18 months with Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District’s EHS program. And, starting today, September 1st, 300 infants, up to age three, will ben











Luncheon at UTSA
with Dr. Ricardo Romo, President of UTSA, Dr. Harriett Romo, Direcotr of Mexico Center, Dr. Rajendra Bopanna, Deputy Chair for UTSA Computer Science Department, and Mr. Al Salgado, Director for Small Business Development Center











COMMENTARY: Promote adult literacy in RGV
Perhaps there is no skill more important to help Americans succeed in any industry or professional field than literacy. Proficiency in reading and writing is key to advancement, prosperity and citizenship. As September marks “National Literacy Month,” we must once again do all that we can to raise awareness and focus attention on resources toward raising literacy rates. According to the National Commission on Adult Literacy, an estimated 80 to 90 million adults — about half of the adult workforce — do not have the basic literacy skills required to obtain or succeed in jobs paying a family-sustaining wage; 36 million struggle with literacy rates so low that it significantly impedes their ability to fully function at home, work and in their communities. While South Texas is home to non-English speakers and residents for whom English is their second language, the literacy rate remains too low — 58 percent, and 50 percent in Hidalgo County alone. In fact, 19 percent of adult Texa














 
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