WHO WE ARE
Our philosophy is very simple: A well-trained, well-educated population will not only be ready for tomorrow's jobs. Rather, they will be able to live a more prosperous, healthy, and happy life. The ultimate goal is job retention--not job placement--which will develop strong citizens who are self-sufficient taxpayers providing a clear return on investment of federal, state, local, and private funding. Our graduates have not only helped the families they support and the businesses that now employ them. Their ability to successfully move from the ranks of the low-income has helped us all. Their increased earnings have also enhanced their contributions to our tax system and reduced their dependence on public welfare. VIDA demonstrates a model for success by graduating participants into high-demand occupations that normally remained unfilled or were filled,at a very high cost, by people from outside our community.
Our mission is to formulate new institutional relationships in the Rio Grande Valley that simultaneously address employers' needs for skilled workers and prepare the area's unemployed and underemployed residents with high-skill, high-wage jobs identified in the region.
Our Unique Service Strategy
VIDA's unique program model is at the core of the resounding success demonstrated by an average 90-percent persistence rate while in training. Our career counselors/case managers work closely with each student to address barriers that historically plague this demographic and ultimately quash their efforts to complete their education. Financial matters, family issues, and time management are but a few of the elements addressed during weekly counseling sessions. In addition, VIDA counselors infuse group sessions with soft-skills training, such as general employability, resume preparation and interviewing, financial management, and study skills. Guest speakers are invited to speak to our participants about home buying, savings, investments, and retirement planning. Wrap-around services, training, and counseling, equip VIDA participants with the knowledge, skills, and commitment necessary to enter--and be successful in--the workforce.