On September 14, 1992 the Texas Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners (BVNE) approved the Vocational Nursing (VN) program for Valley Grande Academy, Weslaco, Texas. Founded by Professor Andrew Leonie, B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Dr., C.C.C.; the program began with 12 students and operated as a post-secondary program for Valley Grande Academy. Presently, the school is now sectarian, but still reflects its original beginnings and previous affiliation with the Seventh-day Adventist educational system. The relationship is demonstrated in its philosophy as the school continues to build upon those Christian traditions that deal with the development of the "whole" person. After putting approved associated degree programs in place, the school adopted the name Valley Grande College of Health and Technology. On September 07, 2001, the school's board voted to change the name to Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies.
Valley Grande Institute is dedicated to providing excellence through a sense of pride, creativity and innovation.