A Memorandum of Understanding agreement was signed Dec. 7 between The University of Texas-Pan American and the Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA) for the purpose of providing bachelor's and master's nursing degrees to VIDA participants. VIDA is a nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income unemployed and underemployed residents of the Rio Grande Valley to obtain the necessary skills to secure high-skilled, high-wage jobs. Under the agreement, VIDA, acting on behalf of and as a member of the Rio Grande Valley Health Training Alliance, will provide tuition assistance to eligible students pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in nursing at UTPA. Primary funding will be provided through U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Demonstration Project Funds. VIDA offers job training assistance to eligible persons in any allied health field as well as in education, social services, manufacturing and technology. Pictured at the signing between UTPA and VIDA are front (left to right) Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, provost/vice president for Academic Affairs; Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, UTPA president; and Dominique Halaby, VIDA executive director. Rear (left to right) are Dr. Vicky J. Borrego, VIDA program developer/director; and Guadalupe Cavazos, VIDA operations manager. For more information, contact VIDA at 956/973-8600 or 1-800/478-1770.