The Texas Graduate Center is seeking partners who will lend their support to improving the quality of the educational system in the Rio Grande Valley by investing in our teachers’ professional development. Teachers make the difference in the classroom and their knowledge and skill in teaching directly impacts student achievement. We invite you to partner with us to increase the educational opportunities available for our teachers to earn an advanced graduate degree in the areas of critical need in the Rio Grande Valley: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.




Texas Valley Communities Foundation

The Texas Valley Communities Foundation (TVCOF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation located in the US – Mexico border city of Mercedes, Texas and focuses its efforts within the Rio Grande Valley, comprised of four counties – Hidalgo, Willacy, Starr, and Cameron. The mission of the Foundation is to create endowments to address the critical needs of the communities of the Rio Grande Valley. TVCOF has a diverse board of directors; it is composed of committed leaders of the community who share the values and understand the needs held and challenges faced by the Rio Grande Valley’s communities particularly in education and economic development.




Harvard Extension School

Harvard strives to create knowledge, to open the minds of students to that knowledge, and to enable students to take best advantage of their educational opportunities. To these ends, the College encourages students to respect ideas and their free expression, and to rejoice in discovery and in critical thought; to pursue excellence in a spirit of productive cooperation; and to assume responsibility for the consequences of personal actions. Harvard seeks to identify and to remove restraints on students’ full participation, so that individuals may explore their capabilities and interests and may develop their full intellectual and human potential. Education at Harvard should liberate students to explore, to create, to challenge, and to lead. The support the College provides to students is a foundation upon which self-reliance and habits of lifelong learning are built: Harvard expects that the scholarship and collegiality it fosters in its students will lead them in their later lives to advance knowledge, to promote understanding, and to serve society.

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis is a private institution that was founded in 1853. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,540, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 169 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Washington University in St. Louis's ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 18. Its tuition and fees are $51,533 (2017-18). Washington University in St. Louis is located in a city that offers professional sports in football, baseball and hockey in addition to a wide range of options for dining and entertainment. The Wash U Bears are members of the NCAA Division III University Athletic Association. Freshmen are required to live on campus in one of the residence houses. After freshman year, students can choose to live in suite-style housing, on-campus apartments, fraternity houses or off-campus apartments and homes. Approximately 25 percent of students are affiliated with Greek life at Wash U.

University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland is the flagship campus of the state’s higher educational system and a top-ranked public research institution. We are a diverse community of 38,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 352,000 alumni, all dedicated to the pursuit of Fearless Ideas. Located just outside Washington, D.C., we discover and share new knowledge every day through our renowned research enterprise and programs in academics, the arts and athletics. And we are committed to social entrepreneurship as the nation’s first “Do Good” campus.




Region One GEAR UP

The GEAR UP: Ready, Set, College! partnership is a federal grant funded program to serves approximately 10,500 cohort students in 44 middle schools at 27 regional school districts arrayed along the U.S.-Mexico border from Laredo to Brownsville, Texas. It consists of a partnership between local public school districts, institutes of higher education, and businesses/organizations that help students and their families toward college and career readiness. Students are currently engaged in eighth grade activities and services for the 2012-2013 school year in regional middle schools.




City of Mercedes

Mercedes is known as “The Queen City of the Valley” or “La Reina del Valle”. The city of Mercedes was founded September 15, 1907, by the American Rio Grande Land & Irrigation Company, and was incorporated March 8, 1909. It is one of the oldest towns in the Rio Grande Valley, and the city celebrated its centennial in 2007.




Texas Instruments

Since the introduction of the TI-81 graphing calculator in the mid-1990s, TI has become one of the top technology choices for students, and math and science educators in kindergarten through post-graduate study programs. We involve educators in every step of our product development and rely on the latest pedagogical research to provide teachers and students with the best and most effective educational technology.

School Districts Partners