BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — For the past few months, inflation has put a strain on the everyday person, and for some, they are having a tough time keeping up with the rising prices. The M.J. Foster Promise Program is giving people a leg up on making more money.

“If you don’t have the skills set, you have a minimum of two jobs,” said Monty Sullivan, president of Louisiana Community and Technical College System. “Because you’re trying to piece together enough eight and ten dollar jobs to make ends meet.”

Sullivan is wanting to change young people’s future by helping them get better-paying jobs. He said it is essential that we pour resources into our workforce.

“You cannot fully engage in this economy without more than a high school diploma and so the M.J. Foster Promise Program presents that,” said Sullivan.

The M.J. Foster Promise Program allows Louisiana residents ages 21 and older a chance to go back to school to earn credentials for jobs in growing industries like construction and healthcare.

“Again, 1.1 million of them that cannot benefit from TOPS. They find themselves stuck in an economic position because they do not have the skills to participate. That’s what the Foster Promise allows for. Those individuals to go back to school, not for two, three, four, five years but for weeks to be able to get that additional certification so that they can get into the economy,” explained Sullivan.

The M.J. Foster Promise Program is free for those that get in. Those entering must be below the poverty line and having a criminal record does not disqualify someone from being selected, as long as the offense is not violent.

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