The Board of Regents for the University of Texas has approved a $30 million dollar plan to expand educational programs and recruit faculty in the Rio Grande Valley.
Board members and Harlingen attorney Randy Whittington believe the grant could make an impact right away. Whittington stated, "It is a five year program, but it is front loaded. Almost all of the $30 million dollars will be spent in the first year. It will start right around the first of October with the planning for residency, the implementation of the simulation center and the SMART hospital. We have trained over 800 medical students at the Regional Academic Health Center and it will only grow and expand as we get the medical school."
Board members expect the plan to provide a substantial boost in education and training for future professionals in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine.