This profile is an overview of Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA), based in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. A nonprofit, community-based organization that serves a four-county region, VIDA supports unemployed, underemployed, and low-income individuals, including those on public assistance, in their pursuit of certificate and degree programs in high-demand occupations. VIDA provides extensive wraparound support services and financial assistance to all participants so that they can attend college full time. VIDA also operates an intensive 16-week College Preparatory Academy that offers math and literacy remediation for individuals at the tenth- to twelfth grade levels so that they can pass the state college entrance exams and place directly into college credit courses.
OPRE – Career Pathways Program Profile: Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA)