Nunez Reschedules Foster Promise Presentation For April 7

Nunez Community College’s MJ Foster Promise Presentation has been rescheduled for April 7. 

The event was postponed in the wake of the tornado that struck Arabi near the Nunez campus on March 22. After tending to Nunez students affected by the tragic storm, the college is once again ready to invite the public to learn about this innovative new program. 

Nunez will host an Academic and Career-Technical Program Preview Night and Foster Promise Presentation on Thursday, April 7, from 5-7 p.m. in the Kane Technology Building on the Nunez campus. The presentation will serve as the public’s first opportunity to ask questions about the state’s new $10.5 million annual “last dollar” award fund, which is available to Louisianans over the age of 21 who meet broad eligibility requirements. 

“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,” according to information shared by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) and Louisiana Offices of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA). “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.” 

After students complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and MJ Foster Promise applications, whatever tuition and fees aren’t covered by financial aid will be covered by the Foster Promise Program.   

“This program will remove one of the largest barriers preventing qualifying members of our community from earning a credential or degree that sets them on the path toward earning a better quality of life,” said Nunez Chancellor Dr. Tina Tinney. “This opens the door to access to all eligible citizens in the state of Louisiana.” 

Qualifying students will be eligible to receive up to $3,200 per year or a maximum award of $6,400 if they enroll in a qualifying program at their respective college.   

Nunez’s qualifying programs include: 

  • Business Information Technology 
    • Advanced Application Fundamentals 
    • Cloud Computing Fundamentals 
    • Microsoft Office Suite 
    • Software Development 
  • Coastal GIS: Surveying Skills 
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) 
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 
  • Crane Operator/Rigger 
  • Electrical Construction 
    • Electrical Construction Advanced 
  • Emergency Medical Services Education 
    • Emergency Medical Responder 
    • Emergency Medical Technician – EMT & Refresher 
    • Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic & Refresher 
  • Forklift Operator 
  • Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration 
  • Industrial Maintenance 
  • Instrument Technician 
  • Medical Billing & Coding 
  • Nursing 
    • Nursing – Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 
    • Nursing – Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) 
  • Patient Care Technician 
    • Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician 
    • Phlebotomy Technician 
  • Process Technology 
  • Welding 

Applications for the Foster Promise Program opened on March 23 and the first awards will be disbursed in July. 

Qualifying Nunez students will be able to apply their Foster Promise awards to the second Summer term, which begins July 5, and the Fall term, which begins Aug. 15. 

The community will also have a chance to speak with program managers who head up Nunez’s various academic and technical programs during this event.