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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

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.

VIDA Nurse's Budding Career Path, February Spotlight

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

ALLIED HEALTH

Luis Barrientos

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Aime Bautista

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Luisana Bustamante

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Marisela Capistran

Certificate

LVN*​*

Beatriz Castro

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Brittany Closner

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Transition****

Maria Diaz

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Progressive***

Jose Estrada

Certificate

LVN**

Jessica Flores

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Transition****

Jessica Galvan

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Transition****

Claudia Garcia

Certificate

LVN**

Audrey Garza

Associate's Degree

ADN*

Marisa Madrigal

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Progressive***

Virginia Martinez

Certificate

LVN**

Angelica Muniz

Certificate

LVN**

Valerie Pena

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Transition****

Maria Ramos

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Transition****

Victoria Ramirez

Certificate

Medical Coding Specialist

Anay Rangel

Associate's Degree

LVN-ADN Transition****

Ireli Salinas

Certificate

LVN**

Adriel Sanchez

Certificate

LVN**

Desiree Smith

Certificate

LVN**

Kristan Solis

Marketable Skills

Patient Care Assistant

Jesus Trevino

Certificate

LVN**

Grabiel Villasenor

Certificate

LVN**

*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 and  becoming licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN)

BUSINESS

Anabel Amaya

Certificate

Office Specialist

SOCIAL SERVICES 

Leticia Burgos

Bachelor's Degree
(Last two years)

High School 8-12 

Janet Cortez

Bachelor's Degree

Organizational Leadership

Miriam Espinoza

Associate's Degree

Criminal Justice

Samuel Fernandez

Associate's Degree

Criminal Justice

Ricky Granados

Associate's Degree

Teaching

Elementary EC-6 Generalist

Andrea Lerma

Bachelor's Degree

(Last two years)

Teaching

Math 7-12

Jocelyn Portez

Bachelor's Degree

Organizational Leadership

Esteban Ramos

Bachelor's Degree

Organizational Leadership

Andrew Villanueva

Associate's Degree

Social Work

Marketable Skills

Keila Caballero

Marketable Skills

Patient Care Assistant

Andrea Hernandez

Marketable skills

Patient Care Assistant

Noemi Lugo

Certificate

Patient Care Assistant

Alejandra Manzano

Marketable Skills

Patient Care Assistant

Lucia Meza

Marketable Skills

Patient Care Assistant

Bertha Valdez

Marketable Skills

Patient Care Assistant

Specialized Trades

Manuel Garcia

Certificate

Construction Supervision

Juan Macias

Associate's Degree

Welding Technology

Daniel Sanchez

Associate's Degree

Electrician Technology

Armando Soto

Associate's Degree

Diesel Technology