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.

Army Vet Feels Secure on Path to Success, October Spotlight

Financial Stability Offers Cindy Monge a New VIDA, September Spotlight

A Mother's Guide to Empowering Her Daughter, August Spotlight

Removing Roadblocks Among Stepping Stones, July Spotlight

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

Bachelors:

Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Cinthia Rodriguez

Associate's Degree:

Associate Degree in Nursing

Esmeralda Cardenas

LVN-ADN Progressive***

Alejandra Abdeljalek

Anna Martinez

Crystal Sanchez

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Monica Enriquez

Laura Gamez

Physical Therapy Assistant

Yvette Salinas

Radiology Technician

Barbie Gonzalez

Isabel Lopez

Allison Medelez

Michael Ortiz

Surgical Technician

Analisa Garza

Certificate:

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Maria Alanis

Karina Alvarado

Anai Bernal

Jennifer Bulnes

Kimberly Castellanos

Johanadel Castillo

Bianca Guzman

Hassel Lambarri

Lisbeth Luna

Jaquelene Martinez

Melinda Mendoza

Jorge Ochoa

Daniel Oliva

Jeanette Perez

Claudia Perez

Yvonne Segura

Stacey Vela

Charlen Villarreal

Evelyn Villarreal

David Zapata

Marketable Skill:

Patient Care Assistant

Juan De La Rosa

 

BUSINESS

Bachelors:

Organizational Leadership

Dalila Perez

EDUCATION
and
SOCIAL SERVICES 

Associate's Degree:

Criminal Justice

Brenda Nunez Gonzalez

Jose Quezada

Education and Training

Victoria Castillo

Sign Language Interpreter

Amelia Ximenes

MANUFACTURING

Associates Degree:

Precision and Manufacturing Technology

Agapito Sarmiento

SPECIALIZED TRADES

Associates:

Automotive Technology Technician

Santiago Espinoza

 

Certificate:

Combination Welding 

Miguel Leal

Structural Welding 

Jose Dominguez

TECHNOLOGY​

 

Associates:

Engineering ​

Joe Singleterry

STEM​

 

Bachelors:

Business Mangement Technology  ​

Marisa Olivarez

Math  ​

Eduardo Torres

*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)

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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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