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VIDA is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity.

Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA) helps low-income, unemployed and underemployed residents

of the  Rio Grande Valley get the education and training they need to secure  high-skilled, high-wage jobs.

© Copyright 2020 Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement

ELIGIBILITY

VIDA welcomes your interest in our unique training model. Our staff will work diligently with you to help you find the resources you need to attend college in a high-demand occupation. In addition to providing the necessary financial assistance you may need, VIDA is also committed to providing you with case management and career counseling. VIDA's process for entry into our program is extensive and will require your time and commitment. Our case managers will assist you in developing a training plan to help you commit to a long-term training program. They will work with you to help you understand your abilities, determine a career path, and develop academic goals.

Placement Sessions
In order to attend a placement session, please complete the online registration process, which will ask you a series of questions.

For more information on Placement-Session dates, please visit our website at vidacareers.org or call 1-800-478-1770.

Requirements
Resident of the Rio Grande Valley
18 years or older
Eligible to work in the United States
Earning below federal-poverty guidelines, or underemployed with family responsibilities, earning less than $10.00 per hour, or unemployed with family responsibilities, registered with the Texas Workforce Commission.

Required Documentation

  • Identification (Texas I.D. or driver's licence)

  • Birth certificate or U.S. residency documents

  • Social-Security card

  • Proof of Selective Service

  • Proof of residence (current electric, water, or gas bill or Medicaid letter with name and address. If the bills are not under your name, we will need a statement from the person whose name appears on the bill with a copy of the bill)

  • Copy of GED or high-school diploma/high-school transcript

  • THEA scores / ACCUPLACER scores / Compass Scores

  • Degree plan for program of study

  • Copy of official current transcripts

  • Statement of account

  • Detailed class schedule

  • Financial-aid award  or financial-aid denial letter

  • Voter-registration card

  • Nursing and Allied-Health applicants only:  Letter of acceptance into the program


Additional Required Documents for Proof of Income

  • Current food stamps / Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) print out with applicant listed as recipient

  • Documentation of unemployed-insurance benefit or Texas Workforce Commission work-history print out if unemployed

  • Underemployed (if making less than $10.00 per hour) - recent check stub with current wage visible

  • If low income:

  1. Wage information for the past six months for all household members employed and/or receiving benefits, such as social security, veteran's, workman's compensation, or disability

  2. Official documentation of self-employed income for the past six months

  3. Official documentation of all other income