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SOWELA Now Enrolling for Pipeline Technician Training

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Successful Completers Earn TC Energy Pipeline Academy’s Pipeline Technician Certificate (Lake Charles, Louisiana – October 14, 2021) SOWELA Technical Community College is now accepting applications for its Pipeline Technician training class in the TC Energy Pipeline Academy, the only academy of its kind in Louisiana. The class is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 1. … Read More

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SOWELA Oakdale Practical Nursing Graduate Excels Through Pandemic

Friday, October 8, 2021

Jennifer Hobson Launched Her Nursing Career 10 Days Before Louisiana’s Stay-At-Home Order (Lake Charles, Louisiana – October 8, 2021) When SOWELA Oakdale graduate Jennifer Hobson completed her Practical Nursing degree, she had no idea a global health crisis from COVID-19 was about to unfold. “After passing the NCLEX-PN exam, I began working as an LPN … Read More

SOWELA Achieves Highest Student Retention Rate Among All Community Colleges in Louisiana for Third Consecutive Semester

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

SOWELA’s retention rate from Spring 2021 to Fall 2021 is #1 at 74.18% (Lake Charles, Louisiana – October 6, 2021) Despite the challenges from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and just one year after devastating damage from two disastrous hurricanes, SOWELA has achieved the highest student retention rate among Louisiana’s community colleges of 74.18% from the … Read More

SOWELA Hosts Fall Career Fair of 50-Plus Employers for Students and Alumni

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – October 5, 2021) On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, SOWELA Technical Community College will host a Fall Career Fair for students and alumni of the College in the Sycamore Student Center. More than 50 organizations will be on hand for this year’s fair, along with four-year … Read More

SOWELA Launches Eight-Week Compressed Fall Class Schedules Called “Next Start” Beginning October 11

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Shorter Courses Offer Flexible Options for Working Adults (Lake Charles, Louisiana – September 28, 2021) Officials at SOWELA Technical Community College have announced a “Next Start” option for students at all campuses. “Next Start” offers students an eight-week compressed course schedule with online and hybrid courses available. The compressed course schedule designed for working adults … Read More

SOWELA Honored with Prestigious “2021 Great College to Work For” Distinction

Monday, September 13, 2021

SOWELA is One of Only 24 Two-Year Institutions Throughout the U.S. to Receive Recognition (Lake Charles, Louisiana – September 13, 2021) SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by the Great Colleges to Work For program. The results, … Read More

SOWELA Launches “Hope for Hospitality” Major Gift Campaign for New State-of-the-Art Culinary, Gaming and Hospitality Building on Lake Charles Campus

Friday, September 10, 2021

Donations now being accepted for naming rights to various spaces within the brand-new facility Lake Charles, Louisiana – September 10, 2021 SOWELA officials today announced the launch of “Hope for Hospitality,” a major gift campaign to raise funds for the new state-of-the-art Culinary, Gaming and Hospitality building being built on its Lake Charles Campus. There … Read More

Students Named to SOWELA’s Summer 2021 Dean’s List

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – August 30, 2021) The following students achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying 6 or more credit hours during the Summer term for classes taken at SOWELA’s Lake Charles campus, Morgan Smith site in Jennings or at the Oakdale site. Florida Gulf Breeze Jaylin Freeman Illinois Mundelein … Read More

After Nearly $40 Million in Damages from Deadly and Destructive Hurricane Laura, SOWELA Close to Completing Repairs and Seeing Major Enrollment Increases in Workforce Programs

Monday, August 23, 2021

Friday Marks the One-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Laura Barreling into Southwest Louisiana (Lake Charles, Louisiana – August 23, 2021) On August 27, 2020, Hurricane Laura decimated the Lake Charles area damaging all 13 of SOWELA’s Lake Charles campus buildings resulting in nearly $40 million in damages. Right away, work feverishly began on all 13 buildings … Read More

SOWELA Surgical Technology Students Achieve 100% Pass Rate on Certified Surgical Technologist Exam

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

SOWELA’s Jennings-based Surgical Technology Program Also Honored with Association of Surgical Technologists 2020 Galaxy Award (Jennings, Louisiana – August 18, 2021) SOWELA’s latest class of Surgical Technology students recently achieved a 100% pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist Exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Students took their exams … Read More