Gov. Edwards plans to dedicate $10.5M to community college financial support program

Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks at a press conference about the proposed budget for the state.
Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks at a press conference about the proposed budget for the state.(WAFB)
Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 3:02 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is set to dedicate $10.5 million to the MJ Foster Promise Program Fund, according to his budget proposal.

The program provides financial support to certain Louisiana students to receive credentials from the community and technical colleges for high demand jobs across the state.

Some community colleges talked about the impact this could have on students participating in the program and the La. workforce.

“Life happens, situations come up and sometimes people aren’t able to attend some type of form of training if you will,” said Gerald Joshua, Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce at Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College.

“This particular program, the MJ Foster Program is a game changer. It’s really focused on ensuring that the adults of Louisiana get the necessary workforce skills that’s going to allow them to seek jobs or get employment in areas where they can get a livable wage,” said Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development at Southern University-Shreveport, Janice Sneed.

To for the program you must be at least 21-years-old, a Louisiana resident, and earn credentials in these industry sectors:

Construction, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, and transportation or logistics.

To be eligible for the program you must:

  • Meet a family income that does not exceed 300% of the Federal Poverty Level or be unemployed or underemployed for six month prior to receiving the grant. (Household of 1 = $38,640, Household of 2 = $52,260, Household of 3 = $65,880, Household of 4 = $79,500, Household of 5 = $93,120)
  • Have earned a high school diploma or equivalent or co-enroll in a qualified program of study and in a program to earn high school credential
  • Have not previously earned an undergraduate degree at the associate level or above
  • Be a Louisiana resident (21 or older) and U.S. Citizen
  • Commit to reside in Louisiana one year after completion and to perform 20 hours of community service, an internship, or a mentorship annually to maintain the award
  • Be earning credentials in construction, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, and transportation or logistics industries

If you want information about the programs SUSLA offers you can call their Department of Community and Workforce development at (318) 670 -9470 or visit their website at www.susla.com.

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