Wednesday, April 14, 2021
  Community, Science & Technology

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – This month more than 700 UTRGV and Region One ESC GEAR UP students will take part in the university's annual HESTEC (Hispanic, Engineering, Science and Technology) program, which is being held online this spring.

The program, which celebrates 19 years, kicked off on Tuesday, April 13, with virtual HESTEC GEAR UP Days for 360 ninth grade students from Region One ESC GEAR UP College Now-Career Connected! and College Ready, Career Set!

The day included information and breakout sessions with the UTRGV College of Engineering and Computer Science. During the sessions, the students got the opportunity to hear from faculty and students in programs such as computer science, manufacturing engineering, civil engineering, and much more.

HESTEC continues April 15-16 with the College of Sciences and the Division of Health Affairs sharing information with students about their many academic programs.

On April 20-22, HESTEC will virtually host 360 tenth grade students from the UTRGV GEAR UP College in ACTion! and also offer information and breakout sessions from the colleges.

For more information on HESTEC, visit  


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.