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As the #1 community college in Louisiana and one of the top community colleges nationally for return on investment, according to WalletHub, SOWELA is the place to launch or pivot your career. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available. Complete the SOWELA Foundation scholarship application and your FAFSA to see if you qualify.

SOWELA offers more than 25 associate degree, certificate, and technical degree programs. Short-term training opportunities are also available to quickly upskill and enter the workforce. You can also gain credits to transfer to an in-state four-year institution as a junior through the Louisiana Transfer Degree programs. Program areas include:

  • Nursing and Allied Health, such as RN, LPN, Surgical Technology, and Sterile Processing
  • Industrial Technology, such as Process Technology, Industrial Instrumentation, Chemical Laboratory Technology, and Industrial Electrical
  • Business and Applied Technology, such as Accounting, Business Administration, Digital Arts and Communication, Drafting and Design, Culinary Arts, Information Systems Technology, and Office Systems
  • Transportation and Applied Technology, such as Forest Technology, Aviation Maintenance, Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Welding, and Machine Tool Technology
  • Arts and Sciences, such as Criminal Justice, General Studies, and transfer degree programs
  • Short-term training, such as Pipeline Technician, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training, Medical Assistant, and more

SOWELA has three convenient locations to serve you with the Main Campus in Lake Charles, Louisiana and instructional sites in Jennings and Oakdale, LA. The College recently acquired the Lamar Salter campus in Leesville, LA, and is excited to begin offering quality training opportunities in Vernon Parish. Class are available in a face-to-face format, online, and in a hybrid model, which includes both online and face-to-face instruction.

Ready to Apply?

Complete your online application and then register for classes.


Call (337) 421-6550 or email onestop@sowela.edu for information. You can also visit the One Stop Enrollment Office at the Main Campus in Lake Charles or at the Jennings and Oakdale sites for assistance. SOWELA is currently enrolling for all classes.