SOWELA Technical Community College has been educating the region’s workforce since 1940 when it first opened its doors to students. The college was created by an act of the Louisiana State Legislature in 1938 and has been known by several different names since it was established.
By the 1990s, SOWELA was among the largest and most progressive post-secondary technical colleges in the state of Louisiana. This prompted the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors to change its status to a technical community college effective July 1, 2003. Throughout the school’s more than 70-year history, our mission and core values have remained constant and relevant to meet the changing needs of the community that we serve.
SOWELA strives for excellence in teaching, training and service, and is committed to student success, integrity, collaboration, innovation, access and diversity.
SOWELA Technical Community College currently has leadership in place that is focused on growth, further improving the academic experience and looking ahead toward the school’s future. A new strategic plan has been adopted and is currently being implemented in all aspects. The future at SOWELA is bright.
SOWELA is located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in Calcasieu Parish and serves citizens of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis parishes.
SOWELA Technical Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:
|Title IX Officer:||Compliance Officer||ADA Officer:||Ms. Christine Collins|
|3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave.||3850 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave.|
|Lake Charles, LA 70615||Lake Charles, LA 70615|
|(337) 421-6565||(337) 421-6969|
|(800) 256-0483||(800) 256-0483|
To learn more about the College’s ADA policy and how to access ADA services, see the Disability Services page. Students are encouraged to visit the Student Success Center in the Magnolia Building or call (337) 421-6576.
For more information on enrollment, educational programs, faculty and staff and student life at SOWELA, Contact Us.