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SOWELA iCamp Offers Free STEM Experiences for Middle Schoolers this Summer

Applications Accepted on a First Come, First Serve Basis for Camps Held During Two Separate Weeks in May and July LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – May 16, 2019 SOWELA Technical Community... Read More

SOWELA Dual Enrollment Student to Graduate from High School and College Simultaneously

Graduate to be Honored at Dual Graduate Breakfast at the College LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – May 8, 2019 A SOWELA Technical Community College dual enrollment student will graduate this Spring... Read More

SOWELA Hosts Spring Commencement

Lake Charles, Louisiana – May 9, 2019 SOWELA Technical Community College is holding the spring commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Lake Charles Civic... Read More

SOWELA Chef Roy Angelle Completes Rigorous Yearlong Certification

American Culinary Federation Names Culinary Arts Instructor Certified Culinary Educator LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – April 30, 2019 SOWELA Technical Community College’s Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Roy Angelle was named a... Read More

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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