UTPA/TMAC: Six Sigma Training & Certification

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Week 1: Oct 5 – 8

Week 2: Nov 9 – 12

Week 3: Dec 7 – 10

Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Location: TBD

 All workbooks, software, texts books and meals are included, as well as certification!

Project implementation is required to obtain certification. Coaching for project implementation is also included.

Weeks 1&2 are Green Belt Training. Weeks 1,2, and 3 are for Black Belt Training.

Successful completion of two weeks of training and implementation of project will lead to a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. The cost for 2 weeks of training is US$5,000.

Successful completion of one additional week of training and implementation of project will lead to a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. The cost for 1 additional week of training is US$3,000

Requirements to take this course are basic computer, math and statistics. Class is usually provided in English but our instructors are bilingual and can answer questions in either English or Spanish.

Advanced registration is required (Deadline to register is Tuesday September 15th).

You can register online at www.utpa.edu/tmac or fill out the attached registration form. (Click link for registration form… RegistrationForm14)

Feel free to contact Gabriela Sosa if you have any questions or need additional information. (956) 665-7089, gsosaz@utpa.edu

Three-year Study Targets Retail Growth in Weslaco

Anticipating more than 6 percent population growth in the Mid-Valley’s primary retail trade area, the Weslaco Economic Development Corp. has agreed to a three-year study aimed at identifying the city’s strengths and implementing a plan to spur additional growth.

EDC Executive Director Joey Treviño said the corporation, in partnership with the City of Weslaco, has contracted The Retail Coach, a market research and retail recruitment firm, to conduct the study. At a cost of about $40,000, Treviño said the firm will provide retail trade area determination, a retail gap analysis, demographic and psychographic reports and a workplace population study.

The purpose is to identify a “broader region from which the city is attracting consumers,” the retail goods and services that consumers are finding outside of Weslaco and to differentiate between those who live and work in the city.

On the psychographics analysis, Treviño said trends in formal wear, electronics and furniture will be considered.

“They get a little more specific,” Treviño said of The Retail Coach’s approach. “The idea is we have pretty much a retail trade area that encompasses the Mid-Valley, and it looks like we have 182,000 people in that primary retail trade area. It was mapped out as far as what we’re looking at, and what we’re looking at is 6.4 percent growth in the next five years.”

The director said such growth may bring the Mid-Valley’s population to about 200,000 by 2020.

With regard to the scope of the studies, Treviño said the firm will also examine potential sales in several areas, and will determine whether the gap analysis — the study that identifies the products consumers are leaving Weslaco for — will show a surplus or leakage in those shopping in…

Read more at The Brownsville Herald.

McAllen Pedestrian Bridge Installed at Bicentennial Trail

Photos courtesy of the McAllen Monitor.

Photos courtesy of the McAllen Monitor.

The city’s first pedestrian-only bridge was installed over the irrigation canal that runs parallel to the Bicentennial Hike and Bike Trail recently.

The bridge is meant to connect the recreational path near Wisteria Avenue and lead hikers and bicyclists on a safe route across railroad tracks in north McAllen close to Bill Schupp Park.

55bf96d85e75d.imageCity commissioners approved a contract with Foremost Paving Inc. in October for $149,000. It was nearly $70,000 over the initially planned budget but the lowest bid that was submitted. Foremost Paving Inc. is a construction firm based in Elsa and commissioner Trey Pebley works as its chief administrative officer. Pebley recused himself from voting on the project.

In late June, commissioners approved a change order for $10,625 to be paid to Foremost Paving Inc. for additional site work. Fees paid to AEP Texas totaled an additional $4,268 too. In total, the cost of the bridge was nearly…

Read more at The McAllen Monitor.

BPUB Releases Drinking Water Quality Report

Courtesy of BPUB.

Courtesy of BPUB.

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) released its annual Drinking Water Quality Report, also known as the Consumer Confidence Report. It can be found online at the BPUB website, and it was also sent out to all customers as the June bill insert. People interested in reading more about BPUB’s water quality can also pick up a copy at the BPUB Administration Building.

The Drinking Water Quality Report is an annual report mandated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that provides consumers information about the quality of the water that comes out of their taps. It includes data on many different things, including the sources of water, educational health information as well as constituents found in the water. All drinking water, including bottled water, can contain some measure of constituents. The report also includes information on how you can contact BPUB with any questions or concerns.

BPUB’s water meets all state and federal guidelines for drinking water. In fact, BPUB has a superior rating for its water quality. These were some of the things that were discussed at a public meeting at the BPUB Administration Building to discuss this year’s Drinking Water Quality Report. BPUB employees were on hand to explain what all of the…

Read more at Brownsville-PUB.com.

Group Offers School Immunizations

Texas Medical Association officials announced Thursday a back-to-school immunization campaign in time for the back-to-school season and National Immunization Awareness Month.

Beginning Monday, the “Be Wise — Immunize” program kicks off at the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, where TMA physicians, alliance members and local organizations will offer free and low-cost vaccinations for kids preparing for the coming school year, according to a news release.

Immunizations will be given in the Sam Risica unit at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, 5501 S. McColl Road in Edinburg from…

Read more at The Brownsville Herald.

Hospital Outlines Growth Plans During Speech

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Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance continues to look locally to expand.

The Rio Grande Valley’s only doctor-owned hospital wants to double its capacity, train physician specialists and its own technicians and nurses. And it hopes to look to local residents to fill those jobs, Israel Rocha, the hospital’s chief executive, said during its first “state of the hospital” address Thursday evening.

“We want to be daring and take on the biggest challenges that we can face,” he said. “We are no longer waiting for cures to come to use but we want to make that cure.”

Rocha outlined plans for a new 300-bed medical tower equipped with a helipad, an eight-bay ambulatory trauma center, an 80-bed emergency room and 18 operating suites — but only if approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. There’s a planned 1,000 spot parking lot and a private hotel in the works.

Overall, the improvements would cost $200 million.

Rival private hospitals have criticized the doctor-owned hospital’s ambitious expansion plan, petitioning federal regulators to deny it, saying the hospital has not done its part to provide enough uncompensated care to low-income and indigent patients.

In 2014, Doctor’s Hospital grossed $1.85 billion, according to Medicare and Medicaid payment data calculated by the Becker’s Hospital Review. During that same year, the hospital provided $137 million worth of…

Read more at The Brownsville Herald.

UTRGV to Open Restaurants with Varied Menus

Construction workers at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Brownsville campus are working quickly to build three new hangouts for students by the start of the fall semester.

The projects include a new restaurant called “The Grid” at the library, which will sell foods such as sandwiches, salads, yogurts and coffees; a restaurant called the “SubConnection,” a Subway-like chain located at the Student Union; and a restaurant currently referred to as “The Grille” also at the Student Union, which will serve daily lunch specials such as meatloaf, pizza and burgers.

“We’re working with contractors and equipment suppliers to be able to hopefully have at least one of these three venues open by Aug. 31,” said Roberto Cantu, executive director of auxiliary business services at UTRGV.

The decision to add three new eateries was made after surveying the needs of the student body, Cantu said.

In addition to the new restaurants, the university is looking into new transportation options for…

Read more at The Valley Morning Star.

Weslaco Takes Comprehensive Approach to Business Recruitment

Economic development leaders say new retail business will soon be making its way to the Mid-Valley as a result of a comprehensive study undertaken by the City of Weslaco.

Local consumers should begin seeing retail they have never seen before in the Mid-Valley, according to EDC director Joey Treviño.

“We are planning expansion of our retail activity,” Treviño told the Rio Grande Guardian when asked about what he foresees in the immediate future. “I think we are at a prime spot in the Mid-Valley to create that.”

The City of Weslaco has embarked on a new study being conducted by the Retail Coach, a market research and retail recruitment firm charged with formulating the plan to increase and retain business in the mid-Valley.

The firm will help Weslaco plan for anticipated growth and recruit those businesses that the area’s needs, Treviño said.

Retail Coach will conduct the study in two parts. The firm will begin by establishing a Retail Trade Area Determination, finding out which areas in Weslaco are attracting the most business. The second part will include a Retail Gap Analysis that will determine the goods and services consumers are leaving the city for.

Using data specific to Weslaco and national and regional site selectors’ criteria, the team will create a Retailer Match List, or businesses that would likely be successful and welcomed in Weslaco. Customized marketing packages will be sent to contacts with these national and regional brands and developers in hopes of recruiting them to…

Read more at The Rio Grande Guardian.

STITCH Collaboration Brings Preventive Health Care to Valley

UTRGV Photo by Kristela Garza. Pictured: UTRGV medical resident Dr. Charles Lewis checks blood pressure for residents of the Indian Hills colonia during a recent STITCH health care fair.

UTRGV Photo by Kristela Garza. Pictured: UTRGV medical resident Dr. Charles Lewis checks blood pressure for residents of the Indian Hills colonia during a recent STITCH health care fair.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has launched an interdisciplinary approach to providing preventive health care for Valley residents who are underserved.

UTRGV, in partnership with the Hidalgo County Health Department and a host of other collaborators including hospitals, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, has started offering health screenings and other services to Valley residents who live in the colonia of Indian Hills in Hidalgo County, and in Cameron Park in Cameron County.

The colonia health program is part of UTRGV’s South Texas Interprofessional Team Collaborative for Health, known as STITCH, which involves representatives from a variety of professions including researchers, clinicians, promotoras and others, in providing care to the community.

The colonias were selected based on their size, need for care, level of infrastructure and other criteria set by the state.

UTRGV and the Hidalgo County Department of Health on July 11 kicked off the health care program at Indian Hills with free screenings, including blood pressure monitoring, vision and hearing testing, immunizations…

Read more at The Valley Morning Star.