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.  

Jolynda Arriaga

Eusebio Aguirre

Margarita "Rita" Olvera
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.

Doors Now Open for Janet Oliva Cortez, June Spotlight

Mentoring and Accountability Make All the Difference, May Spotlight

Changing Generations, Changing Lives, April Spotlight

 

Mere Coincidence or Serendipitous? March Spotlight

 

VIDA Nurse's Budding Career Path, February Spotlight

Wraparound Services Making All the Difference for Anna Martinez, January Spotlight

ALLIED HEALTH

Odalys Carranza

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jaime Gonzalez

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Genesis Mejia

Bachelor of Science in Nursing 

Margarita Ortega

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Cesar Romero

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Yvonne Waggoner

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Calixtro Carranza

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Salvador Castillo

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Ana Maria Galvan

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Jose Gutierrez

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Gabriella Jimenez

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Ashely Martinez

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Celedina Martinez

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Yesenia Maldonado

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Caroline Pineda

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Cary Ramirez

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Analy Reyes

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Yesenia Rodriguez

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Kimberly Flores

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Transition****

Marylou Garcia

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Transition****

Fabiola Juarez

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Transition****

Janette Lopez

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Transition****

Valeria Moreno

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Transition****

Lilia Serrato

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Transition****

Mayra Guajardo

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Progressive***

Elsa Lerma

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Progressive***

Claudia Ornelas

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Progressive***

Adriana Cervantes

Associate's Degree

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Erika Elizondo

Associate's Degree

Emergency Medical Technician

Francisco Narvaez

Associate's Degree

Emergency Medical Technician

Biribiana Becerra

Associate's Degree

Health Information Technician

Maria Aguilar

Certificate

Health Information Technician

Laura  Velasquez
Associate's Degree

Medical Clinical Lab Technician

Laura Gamez

Associate's Degree

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Jorge Aguilar

Associate's Degree

Respiratory Therapy Care

Isel Cuellar

Associate's Degree

Respiratory Therapy Care

Patricia Elizondo

Associate's Degree

Respiratory Therapy Care

Jessica Esparza

Associate's Degree

Respiratory Therapy Care

Yadira Garza

Associate's Degree

Respiratory Therapy Care

Michelle Leon

Associate's Degree

Respiratory Therapy Care

Keyla Mata

Associate's Degree

Respiratory Therapy Care

Cindy Monge

Associate's Degree

Respiratory Therapy Care

Vyktoria Olivares

Associate's Degree

Respiratory Therapy Care

Rodrigo Padron

Associate's Degree

Respiratory Therapy Care

Katia Torre

Associate's Degree

Respiratory Therapy Care

Margarita Valentin

Associate's Degree

Respiratory Therapy Care

*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)

BUSINESS

Luis Alvarez
Associate's Degree

Business Administration

EDUCATION and SOCIAL SERVICES 

Debany Rodriguez

Associate's Degree

Criminal Justice

Rosario Gonzalez

Associate's Degree

Social Work

Maria Lopez

Bachelor's Degree

Social Work

Ruby Serna

Bachelor's Degree

Social Work

Mateo Solis

Bachelor's Degree

Social Work

Andrew Villanueva

Associate's Degree

Social Work

MARKETABLE SKILLS

Jennifer Contero

Marketable Skills

Patient Care Assistant

Marissa Enriquez

Marketable Skills

Patient Care Assistant

SPECIALIZED TRADES

Francisco Gomez

Certificate

Automotive Technology Technician

 

Miguel Martinez

Associate's Degree

Automotive Technology Technician

Jesus Salinas

Associate's Degree

Automotive Technology Technician

George Ramirez

Certificate

Building Construction Technology

Jonathan Hargrove

Associate's Degree

Diesel Technology

Jose Larraga

Associate's Degree

Diesel Technology

Jose Pequeno

Associate's Degree

Electrician Technology

Pablo Badillo

Certificate

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Enrique Guzman

Certificate

Healing, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Juan Ozuna

Certificate

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and 

Refrigeration Technology

Luz Vallejo

Certificate

Residential Electrical

Carlos Sanchez

Associate's Degree

Welding Technology

TECHNOLOGY

Gregorio Castillo

Associate's Degree

Networking Specialist

Joseph Hernandez

Associate's Degree

Networking Specialist

Jesus Torres

Associate's Degree

Precision Manufacturing Technician

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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.

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