Top Educator Believes Rio Grande Valley Will Rival Dallas, Houston in 15 Years

Dr. Ruben Alejandro, superintendent of Weslaco ISD, cites energy, SpaceX, and more.

The Rio Grande Valley will become a major metropolitan region like Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth in the next 15 years, predicts one of the area’s top educators.

Dr. Ruben Alejandro, superintendent of Weslaco ISD, said he does a lot of environmental scanning and can clearly see trend lines of explosive growth. He spoke with reporters about his vision at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Weslaco Early College High School that has been developed in partnership with South Texas College.


Weslaco ISD Superintendent Ruben Alejandro spoke at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Weslaco ISD’s Career and Technical Education Early College High School. [Courtesy of Rio Grande Guardian]

Alejandro said students graduating from the school with associate degrees in welding, diesel mechanics and precision manufacturing will be well positioned to secure high paying jobs associated with energy production and distribution in the Gulf of Mexico and the Port of Brownsville and with SpaceX’s space exploration program.

“This area is going to grow phenomenally, because of the…

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