VIDA Awarded $625,000 ACE Grant

Bringing Valley residents out of poverty and into high-demand occupations, Feb. 21, 2020

The Texas Innovative Adult Career Education (ACE) Grant Program recently awarded the Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA) a two-year, $625,000 grant.  This grant will allow VIDA to serve hundreds of Valley residents who are unemployed and underemployed, providing wraparound services to help them graduate into high skilled, high-wage jobs in the region.  Holding the check, from left to right, are Laura Lopez, VIDA placement services coordinator, Irma Garcia, VIDA compliance/program services manager, Mary Lou Saenz, VIDA case aide, Astrid Rangel, current VIDA participant, Priscilla Alvarez, VIDA executive director, Isidro Ramos, VIDA workforce development manager, Angie Salinas VIDA accounting assistant, and Ruben Garcia, Jr., VIDA career counselor.

VIDA Receives $10,000 Workforce Development Grant from Union Pacific Foundation, Dec. 6, 2019

Photo Caption: Ivan Jaime, senior director of public affairs for Union Pacific, presents a check for $10,000 to Irma Garcia, compliance and program services manager for Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement.  This Workforce Development Grant will underwrite job training and comprehensive, wraparound services for students in the fields of commercial and residential electrical, welding, and civil and electrical engineering.