Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement awarded Chrome Laptops from Dell

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75 Dell Chrome laptops were awarded to VIDA and other organizations that are part of a collaboration spearheaded by RGV Focus, Educate Texas and Communities Foundation of Texas.  

RGV Focus includes leadership from school districts, higher education institutions, philanthropic organizations and community and business leaders from Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties. 

The collaboration shares a common vision and aligns resources for students from Pre K – 12 through college with the goal to improve the quality of life through Education in the Rio Grande Valley. 

On May 26, 2021, RGV Focus Executive Director and a representative from Dell will distribute the 75 Chrome Books to VIDA students at the VIDA offices located at 417 South Ohio Avenue, Mercedes, Texas.  The drive-by event will be held from 2-5 p.m.

“The transition from in-person learning to virtual brought about by the corona virus pandemic became a barrier to so many of our VIDA participants.  Our goal is to help our participants overcome the overwhelming barriers they continually face to that they can successfully graduate with a credential in a demand occupation from one of our local institutions of higher education. The donation from Dell through RGV Focus will help bridge the digital divide and close the gap which many of our participants are struggling to meet.  Thank you RGV Focus and Dell!” said Irma Garcia, VIDA Compliance and Program Services Manager. 

For 25 years, VIDA has helped over 6,000 economically-disadvantaged valley residents achieve career success through long term career training. In 2019, graduates entered targeted demand occupations in the Rio Grande Valley earning an average annual salary of $ 44,428.80.  This work results in a return of $14.74 for every one dollar invested.  To learn more, call 956.903-1900 or 1.800.478.1770 or visit

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