READY TO USE IN TWO YEARS: Across the country, employers are facing labor shortages, especially for jobs requiring certain skills. But a new program is about to begin to eventually help fill the employment gap. Beginning in July, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System will provide training in five growing industry sectors for adults 21 and older to gain essential skills for jobs in construction, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, transportation and logistics. And the big news is that the training is free. Monty Sullivan, president of the LCTCS explained the program during his recent appearance before the Press Club of Baton Rouge.
“There are a whole range of possibilities for our employees to take care of themselves with a short period of training at our colleges and now the funding is there to ensure that happens in the Murphy J / Mike Foster Promise program “Sullivan said. mentioned.
The state legislature has allocated $10.5 million for the program named after the late Governor Mike Foster, considered the father of Louisiana’s university system. The MJ Foster Promise program is the first such program in state history. The program is aimed at people 21 or older who do not have a degree and who are in the lowest income brackets.
Sullivan said approximately 4,000 applications were received for the 2-year training program. The maximum student benefit will be $6,400, enough to cover all training expenses, fees, and course materials.
Students can attend any of Louisiana’s community and technical colleges across the state, as well as LSU in Eunice, Southern University in Shreveport, and accredited proprietary schools. There are a few eligibility requirements and to find out more: www.mjfosterpromise.com