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SOWELA Receives $50,000 Gift From Era Group Inc.


SOWELA Technical Community College received a $50,000 gift from Houston-based Era Group Inc.


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SOWELA launches fast-track Ptec program

American Press | June 27, 2014

One of the most popular programs offered at Sowela Technical Community College is process technology. Now the school’s PTEC students have a choice on how to obtain their degree.



Chennault wants to fund part of new Sowela building

American Press | June 26, 2014

Chennault International Airport officials want to coordinate with the city of Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish to fund part of the $8 million cost...



Lake Charles technical college earns accreditation | June 23, 2014

SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles has been granted accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).



SOWELA receives SACS Accreditation

KPLC 7 News | June 23, 2014

...SACS accreditation LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - SOWELA Technical Community College has been granted accreditation through the Southern Association...



SOWELA Deserves Accreditation

American Press | June 22, 2014

The significance of the recent announcement that SOWELA Technical Community College had earned regional accreditation cannot be overplayed, either for the institution or Southwest Louisiana.



SOWELA Gets Accreditation

American Press | June 21, 204

When Neil Aspinwall became chancellor of SOWELA Technical Community Cololege in 2012, he siad the school had an image problem: People thought of it as the old vo-tech school, the place where students enrolled to get their barber's certificate.



Calcasieu Soccer Club (CSC)

American Press | June 8, 2014

CSC President Dr. Charles Stewart (also a department chair at SOWELA) receives a donation for the Calcasieu Soccer Club in support of its Youth League.



Kids Fitness Camp at Morgan Smith

This camp is fun and healthy with lots of activities! Kids entering the third through the sixth grade will...

  • Learn about fitness
  • Participate in fun physical exercises
  • Explore healthy living and eating habits

The camp cost $70 and will take place at SOWELA Morgan Smith (Jennings, LA). Two sessions for kids will be offered from 8-11 a.m. on the following dates:

  • June 16-20 (girl's camp)
  • July 7-11 (boy's camp)

To register or for more information, please call 337.421.6560.


Scheduled Maintenance

Joule (aka “Moodle”) and all Banner systems (INB, SSB, LoLA, Cognos, etc.) will be down from 7 p.m. Friday, June 20, until 5 a.m. Monday, June 23.


The Bookstore Is Open!

Below are the dates and times that the bookstore will be open for the summer semester.

  • May 29: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • May 30: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • May 31: 8 a.m. - Noon
  • June 2-5: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • June 6: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

For more information, please call 877.859.2652, go to their website, or visit the bookstore located on SOWELA's Lake Charles campus in portable building A7.


Community College Growth Astounding

American Press | May 29, 2014

The growth of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System in recent years has been nothing short of astounding.



Celebrate Summer at SOWELA

2014 Youth Camps

  • Kids in the Kitchen
  • Culinary Camp
  • Kids Fitness Camp

Enroll today!



SOWELA Graduation

American Press | May 21, 2014

SOWELA Technical Community College held its 2014 commencement ceremony Tuesday night in the Lake Charles Civic Center.



SOWELA's Practical Nursing Program Pins 17 Future Caregivers

SOWELA's Practical Nursing Class 139 was honored in a pinning ceremony held at the First Baptist Church of Westlake.



SOWELA Students from Jennings Receive Highest Awards at SkillsUSA State Competition

On May 8 and 9, eleven students at the SOWELA Morgan Smith site in Jennings competed at the 2014 Louisiana Post-secondary Skills USA Conference.



Parking Tags & Student ID

To serve the students for the summer semester, the SOWELA Parking Tag and ID office will be open in the Mechanical Hangar, Room 6006, on the following dates and times.

  • May 5-29 & June 2-12 (NOTE: The office will be closed on Fridays.)
    • 9 - 11 a.m. & 1 - 2 p.m.



2014 GRAD Fest

Friday, May 2, 2014
Graduation Candidates for 2013-2014, please mark your calendar and plan to attend Grad Fest. You will be able to complete the check-out process, pick up your cap & gown and take pictures with friends and faculty. This festival will be held in the Maintenance Hangar and adjacent Administration Building parking lot from noon to 2:00 PM.


2014 Spring Final Exam Schedule

This semester is coming to a close, and final exams will be given during May 5-8. Click here to access the 2014 spring final exam schedule.


2014 Contraband Days Poster

Congratulations to Graphic Arts Instructor Erik Jessen on winning the Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival Poster for 2014!

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SOWELA Illumination Series

KPLC-TV | April 2, 2014

An award winning photographer will be the first speaker in the Illumination Series at SOWELA.
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Three SOWELA Students Receive Phi Theta Kappa Honors | March 31, 2014

Three SOWELA students receive Phi Theta Kappa honors at the recent Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) conference, three...


Grad Photo Day

Graduates, Candid Campus Photography will be on campus on April 2 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Click here to find out more information.


ASVAB Testing

SOWELA will be administering the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test starting in April. Visit our Testing Center webpage to find out more information.



SOWELA is now offering the High School Equivalency Assessment (HiSET). Visit the SOWELA Testing Center webpage to find out more information.


Machining & Millwright

American Press | March 25, 29, & 30, 2014

The Office of Economic & Workforce Development at SOWELA Technical Community College is offering these programs starting April 14, 2014!


Students Look for Future Opportunities at Career Fair

American Press | March 25, 2014

SOWELA Technical Community College hosted its first career fair of the year Monday with more than 250 students attending. Students were able to talk and receive information from local businesses, service agencies and universities about opprotunities after graduation.


Bill Targets Workforce Shortage

American Press | March 24, 2014

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate could help close the gap in workforce shortage in Southwest Louisiana, a workforce official said.


SOWELA Can Handle Larger Student Base

American Press | March 10, 2014

Enrollment at SOWELA Technical Community College continues to grow, with more than 3,200 students having signed up for spring classes, the highest spring enrollment in the school's history.


College System Eyes Workforce Needs

American Press | March 7, 2014

In his second week as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Monty Sullivan said his main goal in the upcoming year will be to meet the needs of workforce development in the state.


New LCTCS President Visits SOWELA

KPLC-TV | March 6, 2014

Dr. Monty Sullivan is the new President of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.


Cooking with SOWELA's Culinary Program

KPLC-TV | February 27, 2014

Watch the demonstration of the Culinary Arts program cooking up some seared ahi tuna with balsamic reduction.

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SOWELA Student Enrollment Continues to Grow

KPLC-TV | February 26, 2014

With more businesses planning to call the lake area home, colleges are also already seeing an impact.

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Under Maintenance

The LCTCS has scheduled a maintenance window for 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 28 through 6 a.m. Saturday, March 1. Please be aware that Banner and all related subsystems, such as Joule, LoLA, SSB, and INB, will NOT be available during this time.


School Looks to Keep Pace with Job Growth

American Press | February 21, 2014

With more than $66 billion in industrial expansions and more than 25,000 construction jobs coming to Southwest Louisiana in the next four years, education leaders say it is now time to focus on training workers for future jobs.


Soaring SOWELA

American Press | February 21, 2014

For the second straight semester SOWELA Technical Community College has received a record number of students enrolling in programs.


SOWELA Nominated for $1M Aspen Prize

American Press | February 1, 2014

SOWELA Technical Community College has been nominated for the Aspen Institute $1 million prize for Community College Excellence.


Personal Fitness Trainer

Click on the link above to learn how you can become a certified personal fitness trainer.


Student IDs and Parking Tags

Click on the link above to find out more information on the office hours at our Main Campus and Morgan Smith site.



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