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Hurricane Laura Mercy Chefs

In the Midst of Hurricane Recovery, SOWELA Students Advanced to the Frontlines in Their Culinary Careers to Help During Relief Efforts

SOWELA Technical Community College students teamed with Mercy Chefs to feed the needy (Lake Charles, LA) – With only a year of culinary school under their belts, three SOWELA Technical Community... Read More
Post Laura - A&H

Donations Pour in to SOWELA in Wake of Hurricane Laura

South Louisiana Community College contributes $5,000 among total donations (Lake Charles) – Badly damaged and shuttered two weeks ago by one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the... Read More

SOWELA Classes to Resume Friday, September 25 Online Only at Lake Charles Campus with In-person and Online Classes at Jennings and Oakdale

Major repairs continue at Main Campus damaged by Hurricane Laura (Lake Charles) – SOWELA Technical Community will resume classes online only on Friday, September 25, 2020, for students at its... Read More
Post Laura - A&H

All SOWELA Campuses Closed Until At Least Monday, September 14

SOWELA Technical Community College officials launch hurricane damage assessment (Lake Charles) – Officials with SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles have announced that all three campuses in Southwest Louisiana... 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)

The SOWELA Experience

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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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Meet Christopher

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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Meet Kortney

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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