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SOWELA Honored with Prestigious “2021 Great College to Work For” Distinction

SOWELA is One of Only 24 Two-Year Institutions Throughout the U.S. to Receive Recognition (Lake Charles, Louisiana – September 13, 2021) SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles is one... Read More

SOWELA Launches “Hope for Hospitality” Major Gift Campaign for New State-of-the-Art Culinary, Gaming and Hospitality Building on Lake Charles Campus

Donations now being accepted for naming rights to various spaces within the brand-new facility Lake Charles, Louisiana – September 10, 2021 SOWELA officials today announced the launch of “Hope for... Read More

Students Named to SOWELA’s Summer 2021 Dean’s List

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – August 30, 2021) The following students achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying 6 or more credit hours during the Summer term... Read More

After Nearly $40 Million in Damages from Deadly and Destructive Hurricane Laura, SOWELA Close to Completing Repairs and Seeing Major Enrollment Increases in Workforce Programs

Friday Marks the One-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Laura Barreling into Southwest Louisiana (Lake Charles, Louisiana – August 23, 2021) On August 27, 2020, Hurricane Laura decimated the Lake Charles area... Read More

Alum Kat Stevens at Presidential Press Event

Alum Kat Stevens at Presidential Press Event

[President Donald Trump]
I would also like to invite Kat Stevens, who re-trained and found a job here when she needed it most.

And she got a tremendous story to tell. I want to thank you Kat and also, Kat, where’s Kat? Kat? Where’s Kat?

Thank you.

[Kat Stevens]
Thank you. Nice to meet you.

Hello everyone. My story is more of a journey than a story. It started in 2014 when my husband lost his oil field job. He was a drilling supervisor of 13 years. And ours like Ronald was immediate.

We have seven children from college to elementary school. No income, no insurance It was a lot. I went to the job fair and met several people from Cameron LNG and decided at that point I needed to come back to college. So, I went to SOWELA Community College here in Lake Charles.

(applause)

And with the support of my family, my parents especially and my husband, graduated ahead of time. Got to do my internship out here and just absolutely fell in love with everybody out here. The culture, the people, everything they stand for. And as soon as I graduated, Mr. Dan Callens hired me and I’ve been here ever since and it’s just fabulous.

And everything they stand for they do truly stand for safety above all because they realize that I have a family to go home to. Everyone out here has a family to go home to. We’re all children of someone and that means a lot to me, it really does.

And Mr. Trump and Sempra thank you so much for everything you’ve done. And thank you for your energy independence. It’s gonna be great for my family. Thank you very much

(audience clap and cheer)

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Our campus has changed dramatically over the past five years by adding five new buildings. Our coursework is accredited by SACSCOC, enabling easy transfer to a 4-year program.


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Meet Christopher

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SOWELA Welding Student

“I never thought I’d love welding, but I do. What I love about SOWELA class is the instructors. The skills I obtain at SOWELA can take me all over the country.”


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Meet Kortney

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SOWELA Culinary Arts Student

“I chose SOWELA because I heard it was such a great program. Everything they offer is so hands on, which I enjoy so much. Also, the positive attitude and everyone being so supportive.”


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