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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Education

Congressman Gonzalez firmly believes that children are the future and that all children deserve a quality education from nursery school to college and beyond.

The congressman works tirelessly to ensure that South Texas K-12 schools receive proper funding to equip teachers and prepare young people for the challenges they may face in the classroom and beyond.

Congressman Gonzalez is a strong supporter of Head Start, Title I, GEAR-UP, Pell Grant, and other programs that support early childhood education, secondary education and post-secondary education and enable children in low-income communities to fulfill their academic potential and graduate from high school ready for college.

The congressman realizes that while invaluable, a top-notch education can come at a high price. Congressman Gonzalez supports efforts to lower student loan debt and make college more accessible and affordable. The congressman co-sponsored two pieces of legislation that would address these issues: H.R. 2015, the Equitable Student Aid Access Act, which would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to facilitate the process of applying for financial aid, and H.R. 813, the Affordability for Constant and Continual Education to Enhance Student Success Act, which amends the higher education fund of 1965 to increase the number of Pell Grants a student can receive in one year.

 

 

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September 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible applicants in the 15th District of Texas to apply for available Recruiting Assistant positions for the 2020 Decennial Census. 

August 31, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) have announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $100,000 to South Texas College (STC) in McAllen, Texas for workforce and economic development.

This EDA investment will support South Texas College and the Starr County Industrial Foundation as they develop the Starr County Strategic Plan. The Plan will be focused on diversifying and boosting economic development throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

August 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has awarded a $7,231,095 continuation grant to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) initiative.

August 28, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the National Institute of Aging (NIA), under the direction of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institute of Health (NIH), has awarded $657,603 to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s (UTRGV) Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR). The NIA awarded UTRGV $3,276,391 to establish the Partnerships for Progress Center.

August 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) has awarded $239,713 to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). This funding will fuel a partnership between UTRGV’s mathematical sciences units with those of the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).

August 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) has awarded $239,713 to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). This funding will fuel a partnership between UTRGV’s mathematical sciences units with those of the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).

August 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced today that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) has received $1,480,002 in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to stimulate the university’s Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Program and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses.

July 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez’s (TX-15) amendment encouraging high schools with U.S. Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) to add cybersecurity coursework was included in the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 5519, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The House adopted the Conference Report by a vote of 359-54 on Thursday, July 26, 2018. The Report now heads to the Senate for consideration.

July 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) $495,042 to assist Department of Computer Science studies on the algorithmic self-assembly of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).

The project is under the direction of Principal Investigator, Dr. Robert Schweller, and Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Timothy Wylie. The project began July 1, 2018 and is estimated to continue until June 30, 2021.

July 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, has awarded The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) nearly $500,000 in federal funding. The grant will finance the research and development of a Nano formulated Anti-HIV drug.