M.J. FOSTER PROMISE PROGRAM

M.J. Foster Promise Program

WHAT IS THE M.J. FOSTER PROMISE PROGRAM?

The M.J. Foster Promise Program will be administered by the Board of Regents through the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance.  Students will be able to participate beginning in July 2022. All public two-year postsecondary institutions in Louisiana are eligible training providers as well as accredited proprietary schools licensed by the Board of Regents.

The M.J. Foster Promise Program will be available to all Louisiana residents (21 years or older) with individual student awards available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Students will qualify for financial support to earn credentials that align to high-demand jobs in growing industry sectors, such as construction, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, and transportation and logistics.  Click here to view the list of approved qualified program

Eligibility Requirements
Check below to see if you are eligible! 

  • Meet a family income that does not exceed 300% of the Federal Poverty Level or be unemployed or underemployed for six months prior to receiving 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
  • To view the most updated poverty thresholds and for households of six or more, visit the U.S. ASPE webpage for more information.
  • 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 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.

The M.J. Foster Promise Program will serve as a “last dollar” award, which means all applicants will be required to complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for other sources of federal aid or demonstrate eligibility for federal aid. The Promise funds would apply to any balances after federal, state, or institutional aid has been disbursed, so award amounts will differ student by student.

The Promise funds can be used over a period of three years to cover tuition and fees, but no additional funds will be rebated to students. Lifetime individual caps on the awards will match the maximum TOPS Tech benefit in current law ($6,400). The award amount is $3,200 per award year.  Student may receive maximum award amount of $6,400 if enrolled in a high-cost program. If a student does not meet the continuation requirements, like the other programs, they can file for an exception

Contact LOSFA staff at MJFoster.Promise@la.gov for more information.

ELIGIBLE PROGRAMS AT BRCC

CIP Code
(2020)

Program Title

Award Level

11.0501

Computing and Information Systems (3 conc.)

AAS

11.0701

Computer Science

AS

11.0901

Computer Networking

CTS

11.0901

Information Technology

TD

11.0901

System Analyst

CTS

11.0901

Network Administrator

CTS

11.0901

Computer Technician

CTC

11.0901

System Support Technician

CTC

11.0901

Wide Area Network Technician

CTC

11.1004

Web Development

CTC

15.0404

NCCER Instrumentation Level 4

TD

15.0404

NCCER Instrumentation Level 2

CTS

15.0404

NCCER Instrumentation Level 1

CTC

15.0699

Process Technology

AAS

15.0699

Process Technology

TD

15.0699

Process Technology Support Technician

CTS

15.1301

Drafting and Design Technician

TD

15.1301

Engineering Aid

CTS

15.1301

Drafting Fundamentals

CTC

46.0201

Carpentry

TD

46.0201

Carpentry Helper

CTC

46.0302

NCCER Electrical Level 4

TD

46.0302

NCCER Electrical Level 2

CTS

46.0302

NCCER Electrical Level 1

CTC

46.0502

NCCER Pipefitting Level 4

TD

46.0502

NCCER Pipefitting Level 2

CTS

46.0502

NCCER Pipefitting Level 1

CTC

47.0201

HVAC/R Technician

TD

47.0201

HVAC & Refrigeration Helper II

CTS

47.0201

HVAC & Refrigeration Helper I

CTC

47.0303

NCCER Millwright Level 4

TD

47.0303

NCCER Millwright Level 2

CTS

47.0303

NCCER Millwright Level 1

CTC

47.0600

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technology

AAS

47.0603

Auto Body Repair Technician

TD

47.0603

Non-Structural Repair Technician

CTC

47.0604

Automotive Technician

TD

47.0604

Automotive Suspension, Steering and Brakes

CTS

47.0607

Aviation Maintenance Technology

AAS

47.0607

Aviation Maintenance Technician:  Airframe

CTS

47.0608

Aviation Maintenance Technician:  Powerplant

CTS

47.0613

Diesel Heavy Truck Technician

TD

47.0613

Truck Suspension, Steering, and Brakes

CTS

48.0508

Welding

TD

48.0508

Structural Welder

CTS

48.0508

Welding Fundamentals

CTC

51.0801

Medical Assistant

CTS

51.0805

Pharmacy Technician

CTS

51.0904

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-Paramedic

CTS

51.0909

Surgical Technology

AS

51.0910

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

AAS

51.1012

Sterile Processing

CTC

51.3801

Nursing

ASN

51.3901

Practical Nursing

TD

 

Workforce Courses

CIP Codes

COURSE

COURSE DESCRIPTION

CERTIFICATION

COST

NOTES

51.0713

Medical Billing and Coding

This program prepares students for employment in insurance companies, medical facilities, and many other healthcare entities. Professional coders review and interpret health records, orders and billing associated with healthcare documentation for the purpose of claims processing and revenue cycles. Coders work closely with the providers and medical team to ensure accurate billing in accordance with state and federal mandates. You will learn medical terminology, regulatory compliance, claims processing, front and back-end duties, payment adjudication, and how to apply this knowledge to coding and billing.

American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)

$3916.00

(Includes tuition, supplies, textbooks and workbooks)

272 Hours

In-person

3 days week

6-9pm

51.0801

Certified Medical Assistant

This program provides both didactic and practical instruction regarding the role of the medical assistant in the practical setting. Classroom lectures cover an overview of the human body and its systems (theory, anatomy, medical terminology, etc.). The practical component of this course teaches you skills that will be performed in the clinical environment:

·       blood pressure

·       glucometer readings

·       EKG and Phlebotomy

·       medication administration

Medical Assistants are needed in a variety of settings (clinics, doctors' offices, etc.) and are an integral part of the medical team.

National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

$2915.00

(Includes tuition, supplies, textbooks, study guides, practice exams, certification exam fee)

164 Hours

In-person

2 days week

6-9pm

51.0805

Certified Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians are in demand as one of the fastest growing occupations in healthcare. Pharmacy Technician’s assist the pharmacist as follows:

·      Mixing and packaging prescriptions

·      Referring clients to the pharmacist for counseling

·      Inventory control and purchasing

·       Collecting payment and coordinating billing

National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

$3000.00

(Includes, tuition, supplies, textbook, study guides, practice exams, certification exam fee)

180 Hours

In-person

3 days week

6-9pm

51.1009

Certified Phlebotomy Technician

The Phlebotomy training program will prepare you to draw blood samples from patients in a clinical laboratory or public health setting. The program combines classroom instruction with hands-on learning. Over the course of the program, you will gain exposure to on-the-job duties that include drawing blood samples from patients, producing quality laboratory results, gaining the trust and confidence of patients, and much more. Students will have the option to participate in an externship with a local hospital, where real-time experience may be gained. There are certain criteria/requirements that will need to be met before being accepted into the externship. These requirements will be provided at the conclusion of the program and passing of the national certification exam.

National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

$1200.00

(Includes, tuition, supplies, textbook, study guides, practice exams, certification exam fee)

75 Hours

In-person

2 days week

6-9pm

51.0706

Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist

In this program, students will learn the following:

·       What an electronic health record system is, what information is stored in an electronic record, and how to input and navigate through patient records. 

·       How to implement a system and understand the importance of these systems versus traditional paper records.

·       Medical terminology, medical conditions and procedures, word parts and structures related to the human body.

This course is a great starting point for students interested in the medical billing and coding. You can work in a variety of healthcare settings and they are an integral part of the healthcare process.

National Healtcareer Association (NHA)

$3000.00

(Includes, tuition, supplies, textbook, study guides, practice exams, certification exam fee)

177 Hours

Online Course (some in-person may be required)

3 days week

6-9pm

15.0501

HVAC Principles of Electricity

Introduces fundamental electrical concepts and theories as applied to the air conditioning industry. Topics include alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) theory, Ohm’s law, electric meters and diagrams, distribution systems, electrical panels, voltage circuits, code requirements, and safety.  Additional instruction is give on components such as pressure switches, overload devices, transformers, magnetic starters, other commonly used controls, diagnostic techniques, & installation procedures.

$550.00

HVAC Excellence Electricity

15.0501

HVAC Principles of Refrigeration

Theory of the compression refrigeration cycle and the components which make up the refrigeration system, heat transfer, and the change of state of refrigeration. Operation and analysis of basic refrigeration systems, including a study of compressors, condensers, evaporators, metering devices, ac­cessories, evacuation, charging, control adjustments, efficiency checks, and recovery, recycling and reclamation. This course provides instruction in the use and care of hand tools, special tools, as well as tools commonly used in the industry. Other topics and skills include safety, identification of pipe and tube fittings, flaring, soldering and brazing. Also covers identification and characteristics of refrigerants and oils, manifold gauges, and leak detectors.

$550.00

HVAC Excellence Section 608 Universal, HVAC Excellence A/C

15.0501

HVAC Central A/C

This course Introduces fundamental theory and techniques to identify major components and functions of air conditioning systems. Instruction is given on types of air conditioning systems and use of instruments. Topics include types of AC systems, heat load calculations, duct design, air filtration, and safety principles

$550.00

HVAC Excellence Light Commercial A/C

15.0501

HVAC Commercial & Residential Heating

Theory and study of the principles and practices for the operation, diagnosis and service of residential and small commercial heating systems. Topics covered will include electrical controls, gas valves, piping, venting, code requirements, principles of combustion and safety for gas and electrical heating. The application of service procedures, controls (electrical & gas), gas valves, piping, ventilation, code requirements and safety for gas and electrical heating systems for residential and small commercial uses. Provides installation and servicing heat pumps, and related systems. Topics include installation procedures, servicing procedures, troubleshooting, valves, electrical components, safety, geothermal ground source energy supplies, and dual fuel. Installation procedures, diagnosis, servicing procedures, valves, electrical components and geothermal ground source applications, dual fuel systems, and safety are topics included

$550.00

HVAC Excellence – Gas Heat, Oil Heat, Electric Heat, Heat Pump

15.0614

AWS Welding – 120 Hours

Instruction is provided in various processes and techniques of welding – SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, & GTAW.  Weld positions for welding processes is also covered.

$550.00

AWS Certification

47.0603

Collision Repair – Non Structural Damage

Training will consist of up to 14 modules. Class topics range from introduction to repair process, procedures, terms, parts, tools, equipment, attachment methods, mechanical and safety systems, vehicle and construction material. Types of hardware and an overview of their uses during the repair process is also covered. Additional topics covered include, removing damaged and undamaged fasteners, thread reinstallation, adhesive bonding materials, and basic knowledge of Gas Metal Arc welding.

$1,050.00

I-Car Pro Level 1 Non Structural Technician

47.0603

Collision Repair Paint & Refinish

Training will consist of up to 14 modules. Class topics cover refinishing and corrosion protection. Also, covers color maps, electronic paint formulation systems, and techniques to make spray out panels for color evaluation and tri-coat finishes for the paint class. Other techniques include final sanding, masking, color mixing and tinting, spray booth operations, and applying primers, sealers, and clear coats.

$1,200.00

I-Car Pro Level 1 Paint & Refinish Technician

47.0603

Collision Repair Structural Damage

Covers types of damage and initial steps in developing a repair plan. Also covers making decisions about removing parts versus keeping parts attached, anchoring, and locating anchoring points.

$500.00

I-Car Pro Level 1 Structural Technician

47.0603

Collision Repair Appraisal

Covers common industry terms to use in a damage report along with collision-estimating guides to identify additional information that should be obtained from the customer prior to writing a damage report.

$1,000.00

I-Car Pro Level 1 Estimator

46.0000

Construction Site Safety Technician Program

This is a 2 course program consisting of CSST Field Safety & CSST Safety Technology.  Topics covered in this course include: hazard communication, work zone safety, personal protective equipment, fall protection, trenching safety, job safety analysis and task safety analysis, safety meetings, permit policies, risk analysis and assessment. Those who complete the course and pass all examinations receive certification as a construction site safety technician through the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

$350.00/Course

NCCER Construction Site Safety Technician

NCCER Construction Site Safety Supervisor

NCCER Field Safety

NCCER Safety Technology

47.0605

Diesel Engine ASE Medium/Heavy

Diesel engine repair trains for the service and repair of diesel engines. This course covers the design, construction, operation, diagnosis, and repair of both mobile and stationary diesel engines, as well as those preparing for ASE Medium/Heavy Truck Test T2-Diesel Engines, Test T6-Electrical/ Electronic Systems, and Test T8- Preventive Maintenance Inspection (PMI). This course is compressed training and utilizes the NATEF curricula for medium/heavy truck systems. Students will be introduced to the field and learn various topics such as: cylinder head and valve training, engine block, cooling system, air induction and exhaust systems, fuel system, electronic fuel management system, engine brakes, A/C system – general, air/ mechanical , refrigerant recovery, recycling, and handling, preventive maintenance and inspection, and heating and cooling systems.

$500.00

ASE Certifications T1-T8

15.0702

Non Destructive Testing

Non Destructive Testing (NDT) is the process of inspecting, testing, or evaluating materials, components, or assemblies for discontinuities, or differences in characteristics without destroying the serviceability of the part or system. The NDT course involves the use of visual inspection, liquid penetrant inspection, magnetic particle inspection, ultrasonic inspections and radiography inspection.

$4,000.00

ASNT Liquid Penetrant

ASNT Magnetic Particle

ASNT Radiation Safety

ASNT Radiographic Testing

ASNT Ultrasonic Testing

ASNT Visual Testing

15.1103

Practical Hydraulics & Hydraulics Safety

This course covers, safety, symbols, hydraulic laws & principles, types of valves, pumps, hydrostatic systems, reservoirs, coolers, hoses, & connectors

$500.00

Fluid Power Training Institute – Practical Hydraulics & Hydraulics Safety

15.1103

Troubleshooting Hydraulic Systems & Components

This course covers troubleshooting & testing hydraulic pumps, pressure control valves, directional valves, check valves, hydrostatic transmissions, & motors

$500.00

Fluid Power Training Institute – Troubleshooting Hydraulic Systems & Components

46.0502

NCCER Pipefitting

Pipefitters plan and install detailed pipe systems for commercial and industrial projects. These pipes my carry water, chemicals, or gases to the crucial building systems. Pipefitters use many tools to cut and bend pipes to exact specifications. This program covers four levels of training based on curriculum developed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Topics covered include threaded pipe fabrication, excavations, and steam traps. Students who successfully complete the program will be nationally certified by NCCER.

NCCER Certification

Levels 1 & 2

$850 each

Levels 3 & 4

$1275 each

Includes textbook and materials

Core & Level 1

150 Hours

Level 2

150 Hours

Level 3

160 Hours

Level 4

180 Hours

49.0202

NCCER Heavy Equipment Basics

This course begins NCCER’s CORE curriculum, which is a prerequisite to all other craft courses. The modules covered in CORE include topics such as basic safety, construction math, hand tools, power tools, blueprint reading, basic rigging, basic communication skills and basic employability skills. Completing the CORE curriculum gives the trainee the basic skills needed to continue education in any craft area. Students will receive 350 clock hours of training in NCCER’s Heavy Equipment Operator Level 1 curriculum plus three modules from Level 3 in addition to OSHA standards. Training will be comprised of heavy equipment safety, identification of heavy equipment, introduction to earthmoving, dozers, backhoes, and excavators. Equipment types included in this program are bulldozer, backhoe loader, skid steer loader, and mini-excavator. Equipment is subject to change. Students will receive a certificate of completion from the NCCER’s National Registry.

NCCER Certification

$2000

Includes textbook and materials

350 Hours

46.0302

NCCER Electrical

This course begins NCCER’s CORE curriculum, which is a prerequisite to all other craft courses. Electricians install and maintain all the electrical and power systems for our homes, businesses and factories. Electricians in large factories usually do maintenance work that is more complex. These kinds of electricians may repair motors, transformers, generators, and electronic controllers on machine tools and industrial robots. Electrical Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4.

NCCER Certification

 Levels 1 & 2

$850 each

Levels 3 & 4

$1275 each

Includes textbook and materials

Core & Level 1

180 Hours

Level 2

145 Hours

Level 3

155 Hours

Level 4

180 Hours

15.0404

NCCER Instrumentation

This course begins NCCER’s CORE curriculum, which is a prerequisite to all other craft courses. Instrument Fitters and Technicians perform key installation and maintenance functions across several industries. The field of instrumentation covers important processes and knowledge areas, including piping, tubing, fasteners, and metallurgy. Instrumentation Technicians and Fitters are familiar with electrical systems, craft-specific drawings, and are experts in the hand and power tools specific to their trade. NCCER’s Instrumentation curriculum addresses all learning objectives associated with this broad and demanding field, in areas such as fasteners, relays and timers, and grounding and shielding of instrumentation wiring. Students will be introduced to the field and will learn various topics such as fasteners; anchors; oxy-fuel cutting; tools of the trade; valves; pumps and drivers; and test instruments. Classes will utilize classroom and hands-on training.

NCCER Certification

 Levels 1 & 2

$850 each

Levels 3 & 4

$1275 each

 Includes textbook and materials

Core & Level 1

180 Hours

Level 2

185 Hours

Level 3

150 Hours

Level 4

150 Hours

47.0303

NCCER Millwright

This course begins NCCER’s CORE curriculum, which is a prerequisite to all other craft courses. Millwrights work on construction sites and in factories assembling and disassembling machinery. This work can involve intricate technical repairs or heavy machining tools, depending on the project. Millwrights have to be able to understand technical manuals for many different types of machines and have a high level of problem-solving skills.

NCCER Certification

Levels 1 & 2

$850 each

Levels 3 & 4

$1275 each

Includes textbook and materials

Core & Level 1

150 Hours

Level 2

150 Hours

Level 3

160 Hours

Level 4

150 Hours

Level 5

165 hours

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