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SOWELA Hosts Fall Commencement

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Lake Charles, Louisiana – December 11, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College is holding the fall commencement ceremony on Friday, December 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. Approximately 230 students are eligible to graduate and receive degrees or diplomas, or participate as completers in the Economic and Workforce Development programs. … Read More

SOWELA Named Workforce Innovator of the Year

Friday, November 16, 2018

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) Recognizes the College for Its Substantial Innovations to Workforce Development in Louisiana LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – November 16, 2018 On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) named SOWELA Technical Community College the 2018 Workforce Innovator of the Year at its Free Enterprise Awards … Read More

SOWELA Offers Workforce Scholarship Program for Pipefitting and Millwright Training

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – November 14, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College’s Office of Workforce Solutions is offering a Workforce Scholarship Program to individuals looking to start a new career or upskill in a millwright or pipefitting training program. Training is set to begin Spring 2019. Spots are limited. Interested individuals can attend an Informational Session … Read More

SOWELA Names CITGO Philanthropic Nominee for its Stem Talent Pipeline

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – November 13, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College named CITGO Petroleum Corporation (CITGO) its 2018 Philanthropic Honoree on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at the annual Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day luncheon. The company was recognized due to CITGO’s commitment to increasing educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) … Read More

College Community Celebrates National Philanthropy Day with SOWELA’s Week of Giving

Friday, November 9, 2018

 A Fundraising Competition between SOWELA Sites Benefits Student Scholarships through the SOWELA Foundation LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – November 9, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College faculty and staff are celebrating National Philanthropy Day with SOWELA’s Week of Giving November 12-16, 2018. The event is a week-long faculty and staff competition between each site of the College … Read More

SOWELA Graphic Art Students Win First, Second, and Third at AAF Student Conference

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – November 7, 2018 On November 2, 2018, nine Graphic Art students from SOWELA Technical Community College competed at the Houston American Advertising Federation (AAF) Student Conference with three students winning awards. The top three teams included SOWELA students Jasmine Vital earning first place, Aspen Keel earning second place, and David Sonnier … Read More

SOWELA Partners with Jacobs JumpStart Program for Workforce Training

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – October 23, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College and Jacobs Engineering Group recently announced that the first Jacobs JumpStart Program graduation will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at SOWELA’s Regional Training Center Auditorium from 6-8 p.m. The Jacobs JumpStart Program provides pre-hire training opportunities for people in close proximity to … Read More

SOWELA Culinary Arts Hosts Landry Vineyards for Food and Wine Pairing Demonstration

Friday, October 5, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – October 5, 2018 SOWELA’s Culinary Arts Department will host Landry Vineyards at the College on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 9 a.m. for a food and wine pairing demonstration. “At SOWELA, student learning includes hands-on training. This demonstration will teach students how to pair food dishes with wine. In conjunction with … Read More

SOWELA Hosts Career Fair of 55+ Employers for Students and Alumni

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Lake Charles, Louisiana – October 2, 2018 On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., SOWELA Technical Community College will host a Career Fair for students and alumni of the College in the Sycamore Student Center. More than 55 organizations will be on hand for this year’s fair, along with four-year university … Read More

Commissioner of Higher Education to Hold Stakeholder Engagement Luncheon at SOWELA

Monday, September 24, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – September 24, 2018 Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Kim Hunter Reed will hold a Stakeholder Engagement Luncheon at SOWELA Technical Community College’s Regional Training Center on Monday, October 1, 2018, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event is invitation-only. In addition, Dr. Hunter Reed will tour SOWELA’s Main Campus … Read More

SOWELA Cuts Ribbon on New Facility in Jennings, LA

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – August 29, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College will cut the ribbon on the new Morgan Smith campus in Jennings, LA on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. “The new Jennings campus and facility was truly a community project from the very beginning.  The land … Read More

SOWELA to Host Community Open House at Oakdale Site

Thursday, August 23, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – August 21, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College – Oakdale will hold a community Open House on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Central Louisiana Technical Community College will officially hand over the keys and a new sign will be unveiled. Facility updates will be given followed by a networking reception. … Read More

Aerial view of Regional Training Center

SOWELA Receives Positive Growth Award

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – August 7, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College’s Regional Training Center received the Positive Growth Award for the Institutional category at the Alliance for Positive Growth’s “Growing SWLA Strong” Awards Program on August 2, 2018. The development of the SOWELA Technical Community College’s Regional Training Center began in 2012 to answer an … Read More

Extended Hours for Fall Registration in the One Stop Enrollment Center

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

  The extended hours for Fall registration in the One Stop Enrollment Center are: August 6th- 24th Monday – Friday 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Regular hours will resume the week of August 27th: Monday – Thursday 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday 7:45 a.m. to 12 noon

iCamp participants - July 2018 session

SOWELA iCamp Offers Free STEM Experiences for Middle Schoolers this Summer

Monday, July 23, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – July 23, 2018 For the second time this summer, SOWELA Technical Community College is offering a free camp to introduce rising sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students to STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) career fields by immersing them in a different program every day. iCamp availability was limited and interested … Read More

SOWELA Culinary Arts Students Explore International Cuisine in Canada

Monday, July 23, 2018

Lake Charles, Louisiana – July 20, 2018 A group of 10 SOWELA Culinary Arts students attended a Culinary International Odyssey Externship in Canada June 24 – 30, 2018. Students visited international restaurants in Toronto; researched locally sourced ingredients in city markets and Chinatown; toured bakeries, specialty shops, and food stores; explored two wineries in Niagara … Read More

SOWELA Students & Faculty at SkillsUSA National June 2018

SOWELA Students Receive Silver in World’s Largest Skills Competition

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

10 Additional Students Place in the Top Five Nationally   LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – July 10, 2018 Sky McMillian and David Sonnier, SOWELA Technical Community College Graphic Art students, won Silver in Television (Video) Production in the recent SkillsUSA Championships. This event, by invitation only, was for first place state medalists in 100 competition areas … Read More

SOWELA Acquires Oakdale, LA Site

Friday, June 29, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – June 29, 2018 Effective July 1, 2018, SOWELA Technical Community College will acquire the Oakdale, LA site, which is currently a part of Central Louisiana Technical Community College. The move is part of a statewide realignment of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System to improve administrative efficiency and delivery of … Read More

SOWELA Announces Spring 2018 Graduates

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Lake Charles, Louisiana – June 28, 2018   Spring 2018 graduates are: Bell City Computer Networking Specialist: Joshua Keith Trahan Computer Software Specialist: Joshua Keith Trahan Graphic Art: Tyler Michael Fitkin Millwright: Gabe Land Bunkie Business Administration: Allison Nicole Soileau Cameron Graphic Art: Henry Albert McCall, III, Jacee Camille Miltenberger Industrial Instrumentation Technology: Jarrett P. … Read More

Students Named to SOWELA’s Spring 2018 Dean’s List

Friday, June 15, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – June 15, 2018 The following students achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying 12 or more credit hours during the Spring semester for classes taken at SOWELA’s Lake Charles campus or Morgan Smith campus in Jennings. LOUISIANA Bell City: Kaylee Clark Cameron: Ashley Price Choudrant: Chad Puckett … Read More

First SOWELA Professorship Awarded

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – May 22, 2018 The SOWELA Foundation awarded The Oliver G. “Rick” and Donna G. Richard III Endowed Professorship to Graphic Art Instructor Erik Jessen at a recent employee appreciation luncheon. This is the first professorship awarded at the College. To be considered for the professorship, faculty must apply or be nominated … Read More

Tracy Beaugh Rising Star Award Winner Torrie Lasha

Krewe of Athena Supports SOWELA Graphic Art Student

Monday, May 21, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – May 21, 2018 The Krewe of Athena recently presented the “Tracy Beaugh Rising Star Award” to Victoria (Torri) Lasha for the Spring 2018 semester at SOWELA Technical Community College. The Krewe created the award in honor and remembrance of the College’s former faculty member, Tracy Beaugh, in the Department of Graphic Art. … Read More

Phi Theta Kappa Induction Spring 2018

81 New Members Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Friday, May 18, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – May 17, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College hosted an induction ceremony for the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society earlier this month. The local Beta Phi Iota Chapter of PTK was proud to induct 81 new members. To be invited to join this honor society, a student must complete at least … Read More

SOWELA Modifies Summer Hours

Monday, May 14, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – May 14, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College will modify its summer office hours beginning May 21, 2018, to adopt a 4 1/2-day work week with most offices open from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Monday – Thursday and 8:00 a.m. – Noon on Friday. Summer office hours will conclude on … Read More

SOWELA SGA officers for 2018-19 with the Chancellor

SOWELA Announces SGA Officers for 2018-2019

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – May 9, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College announces a new slate of officers for the Student Government Association (SGA) for the 2018-2019 academic year. Every student enrolled at SOWELA is considered a member of SGA which is designed to facilitate student involvement within the College. SGA promotes the general welfare of … Read More

SOWELA Hosts Spring Commencement

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Lake Charles, Louisiana SOWELA Technical Community College is holding the spring commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. Approximately 287 students are eligible to graduate and receive degrees or diplomas or participate as completers in the Economic and Workforce Development programs. Graduation includes the United … Read More

SOWELA SkillsUSA winners 2018

SOWELA Students Win 21 Medals at Louisiana SkillsUSA Competition

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – May 1, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College students attended the statewide SkillsUSA competition April 19-20. The competition was also hosted by the College. SkillsUSA provides students with an opportunity to highlight their expertise in a variety of occupations for a chance to win gold, silver or bronze medals in different categories. … Read More

2018 NAPTA Competition-SOWELA students and instructor

North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) Endorses SOWELA’s Process Technology Program

Monday, April 30, 2018

Lake Charles, Louisiana – April 30, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College’s Process Technology team placed third at the 2018 North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) Troubleshooting National Competition held at River Parishes Community College in Gonzales, Louisiana. The competition is designed to address the need for critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the field of … Read More

New Surgical Technology Program Earns Regional Accreditation

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – April 18, 2018 SOWELA has received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to offer the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Surgical Technology. This program will begin in May 2018 at the SOWELA–Morgan Smith Instructional Site in Jennings, LA. The College is currently accepting … Read More

Nursing program students and instructor with mannequin patient

SOWELA’s Associate of Science degree in Nursing Receives Initial Accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Friday, April 13, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – April 13, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College’s Associate of Science degree in Nursing (ASN) has achieved initial accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). As SOWELA’s first class of Registered Nursing students graduate in May 2018, they complete their studies graduating from an ACEN accredited program, allowing those … Read More

SOWELA Offers Multiple Term Options

Monday, March 26, 2018

SOWELA Offers Multiple Term Options for Increased Flexibility and Retention Launch or Continue Your College Career During the Upcoming May Intersession, Summer Term, or Fall Semester to Move Ahead on Your Path to a Degree LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – March 26, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College is offering three different term options in the coming … Read More

SOWELA Hosts Sixth Annual Women in Non-Traditional Careers Seminar

Friday, March 23, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – March 23, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College is hosting its Sixth Annual Women in Non-Traditional Careers Seminar on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Arts & Humanities Building, Multipurpose Room 145. Representatives from area businesses and industry will present information on non-traditional career opportunities available to … Read More

Parking lot at Annual Flying Tigers Car Show

3rd Annual SOWELA Foundation Flying Tigers Car Show

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Get Your Motor Running to the Third Annual SOWELA Foundation Flying Tigers Car Show Presented by Sasol LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – March 22, 2018 On Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the SOWELA Foundation will host the Flying Tigers Car Show presented by Sasol with all proceeds benefiting student scholarships and … Read More

SOWELA to Host Open House for Prospective Students

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Lake Charles, Louisiana – March 13, 2018 ­­On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, SOWELA Technical Community College will host an Open House for individuals interested in attending the College. The event will take place from 5 – 6:30 p.m. in the Sycamore Student Center Multipurpose Room. The first 100 individuals to sign up for the event … Read More

Students Spring into Commencement Mode with Grad Fest

Monday, March 12, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – March 9, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College will hold Grad Fest on Tuesday, March 13, from Noon – 2 p.m. in the Sycamore Student Center for students graduating this spring. The event provides graduates with the opportunity to celebrate their collegiate accomplishments, as well as pick up their cap and gown, … Read More

SOWELA Foundation Donation

Monday, February 19, 2018

Michael Kane, Sasol’s Vice President of Operations Lake Charles West Plant, and Gina Jones, Sasol’s Learning and Development Manager, present a check for $10,000 to Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Chancellor of SOWELA Technical Community College. The contribution supports the SOWELA Foundation as Presenting Sponsor of the Flying Tigers Car Show and provides funding to the Sasol/Curt … Read More