Wednesday, September 18, 2019

By News and Internal Communications

EDINBURG, TEXAS – The UTRGV Office of Professional Education & Workforce Development will facilitate a series of workshops for managers and directors from all departments at the City of Edinburg, starting this month.

The workshops are scheduled once a month for the next six months and are custom designed to train municipal staff leaders to become highly efficient in their leadership roles.

The sessions also are part of the City of Edinburg’s commitment to serve through a new Strategic Framework called PRISM, which includes synergy creation and cross training. Topics were hand-picked by city leadership and include Organization Leadership, Managing Multi-generational Workforce, Resolving Conflict with your Team, and Project Management.

Edinburg City Manager Juan Guerra said City leadership is excited to be collaborating with UTRGV for these trainings.

“I truly believe that without a good team, we cannot be effective in implementing the policies of the mayor and City Council. In order to have a good team, I need to give them the tools to do their jobs correctly, and one of the many tools they need is training.

“UTRGV’s education programs are progressive, and the courses are well-suited to help Edinburg employees continue to succeed in providing great services,” Guerra said.

Jayshree Bhat, UTRGV’s assistant vice president for Professional Education and Workforce Development, said the university is looking forward to collaborating with the City of Edinburg.

“We can help provide targeted professional development program with the help of our world-class faculty, and practitioners who are highly responsive to these sorts of training needs in the community,” she said.


The university’s Office of Professional Education and Workforce Development leverages academic and institutional resources to create new and innovative workforce development opportunities regionally and globally through cutting-edge, responsive and high-quality education programs aligned with UTRGV’s strategic plan and mission.

Faculty and Leaders from the City of Edinburg
Pictured are Tom Reyna, City of Edinburg assistant city manager; Erika Balli, City of Edinburg Human Resources Manager; Jayshree Bhat, UTRGV Assistant Vice President for Professional Education and Workforce Development; Belinda Torres, City of Edinburg Human Resources Director; Dr. Marco Garza, UTRGV faculty and program instructor; and Andy Garcia, UTRGV associate director for Continuing Education. (Courtesy Photo)


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.