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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 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

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

New State-of-the-Art Welding Classroom and Renovated Workshop Now Open at SOWELA’s Oakdale Site

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

New Classroom and Renovated Workshop in Oakdale Adds to SOWELA’s Welding Programs at Jennings and Lake Charles Locations (Lake Charles, Louisiana – August 4, 2021) SOWELA officials have announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art welding classroom and renovated workshop at the college’s Oakdale site. Welding classes are available at all three SOWELA locations. SOWELA’s … Read More

SOWELA Freezing Tuition and Fees for Upcoming School Year to Ease Financial Burden of Students Caused by Last Year’s COVID Crisis and Hurricanes

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Tuition freeze is part of initiative by Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) (Lake Charles, Louisiana – July 27, 2021) For the sixth straight year, SOWELA will leave tuition and fees steady for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year to give a break to students who are still financially challenged from the COVID crisis and … Read More

SOWELA’s Surgical Technology Students Celebrate Program Completion with Pinning Ceremony

Friday, July 23, 2021

Students are the First Surgical Technology Cohort to Participate in New Curriculum Requiring a Work-based Clinical (Lake Charles, Louisiana – July 22, 2021) SOWELA Morgan Smith’s Surgical Technology program in Jennings, Louisiana will host a pinning ceremony on Tuesday, July 27, at 1:00 PM to honor 10 students’ academic achievements. The ceremony celebrates the successful … Read More


SOWELA Aviation Maintenance Program Adds Four New Airplanes to Its Fleet

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

New planes were purchased with a $635,000 donation from anonymous donor (Lake Charles, Louisiana – July 13, 2021) Utilizing a $635,000 donation from an anonymous donor, SOWELA’s Aviation Maintenance Program has added four new airplanes to its fleet. The new planes include a Cessna Citation, Cessna 337, Cessna Skycatcher and Piper Arrow. The addition of … Read More

Culinary students with decoratively-carved melons and fruit displays

SOWELA to Host Culinary Arts Informational Session on July 13

Friday, July 2, 2021

Attendees to Learn about Scholarship Opportunities, Meet Faculty and Register for the Program Lake Charles, Louisiana – July 2, 2021 SOWELA Technical Community College will host a Culinary Arts Informational Session on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at 10 a.m. on the Main Campus in the Sycamore Student Center. The event provides prospective Culinary Arts students … Read More