OUR LIFE CHANGERS
There are countless stories we could tell about individuals in the Rio Grande Valley who made the decision to allow VIDA to help them change their lives and, for so many of them, their children's lives, as well. In the process, these men and women, committed to completing their degrees and certificates, have also changed our communities--educationally, financially, emotionally, and in numerous other ways.
We wish we could share every story with you, but instead, we are telling the stories of a few who represent the many who chose to grow...who chose a better VIDA.
After earning her bachelor's, Jolynda worked at VIDA as a case manager for three years. She went on to earn her master's degree at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Jolynda now works for Santa Rosa ISD earning $45,000 plus benefits. She is married with three children.
JOLYNDA IS A LIFE CHANGER
2011 - Single mom on public assistance, working 20 hours a week at $7.35 per hour
Eusebio was earning $6.50 an hour as a health-care provider when he applied to VIDA. He had limited English
skills at the time and thought college was out of his reach.
Eusebio's VIDA case manager helped him turn that thinking around. After being accepted into the LVNProgram at South Texas College, Eusebio graduated and passed the national licensure exam. He now works at an adult-day-care center, and he tripled his income!
EUSEBIO is a LIFE CHANGER!
Margarita "Rita" Olvera
VIDA helped Rita with child care and tuition, as well as counseling and guidance. She earned a bachelor's in teaching and then went on to get her master's. Rita is a special-education teacher in San Benito ISD earning over $60,000, plus benefits!
RITA IS A LIFE CHANGER, now inspiring Valley students!
Rita was a divorced, unemployed mom on public assistance when her sister told her about VIDA!
VALLEY BUSINESS REPORT SHINING A SPOTLIGHT ON A VIDA LIFE CHANGER EACH MONTH
We are grateful to Valley Business Report for spotlighting our current students and our graduates, and we want to share those spotlights with you! You will learn more about our VIDA Life Changers through these stories.
One Door Closes, Another VIDA Opens, February 2021 Spotlight
A Life Is Turned Around with VIDA, January 2021 Spotlight
Never Too Late to Seek a Brighter Future, December 2020 Spotlight
From Restaurant Cook to Patient Care, November 2020 Spotlight
Army Vet Feels Secure on Path to Success, October 2020 Spotlight
Financial Stability Offers Cindy Monge a New VIDA, September 2020 Spotlight
A Mother's Guide to Empowering Her Daughter, August 2020 Spotlight
Removing Roadblocks Among Stepping Stones, July 2020 Spotlight
Doors Now Open for Janet Oliva Cortez, June 2020 Spotlight
Mentoring and Accountability Make All the Difference, May 2020 Spotlight
Changing Generations, Changing Lives, April 2020 Spotlight
Mere Coincidence or Serendipitous? March 2020 Spotlight
VIDA Nurse's Budding Career Path, February 2020 Spotlight
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Associate Degree in Nursing
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Physical Therapy Assistant
Licensed Vocational Nurse
Patient Care Assistant
Juan De La Rosa
Brenda Nunez Gonzalez
Education and Training
Sign Language Interpreter
Precision and Manufacturing Technology
Automotive Technology Technician
Business Mangement Technology
*ADN - Associate's Degree in Nursing
**LVN - Licensed Vocational Nurse
***LVN-ADN Progressive - This is for those who have been accepted into the LVN Program and will automatically move into the ADN Program.
****LVN-ADN Transition - Designed for LVNs working toward an eventual bachelor's in nursing to become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN)