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SOWELA Acquires Lamar Salter Campus in Leesville, Louisiana

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Acquisition of Campus from Central Louisiana Technical Community College is Effective July 1, 2021 Lake Charles, Louisiana – April 14, 2021 Effective July 1, 2021, SOWELA Technical Community College will acquire the Lamar Salter campus located in Leesville, Louisiana. Lamar Salter is currently part of Central Louisiana Technical Community College in Alexandria, Louisiana. This campus … Read More

SOWELA Receives Donation from CITGO for Cloud-Based Simtronics Software

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Donation will Fund Software for SOWELA’s Process Technology Program Lake Charles, Louisiana – March 25, 2021 Officials from SOWELA Technical Community College announced today a donation from CITGO that will fund cloud-based Simtronics software for students enrolled in SOWELA’s in-demand Process Technology (PTech) program. Simtronics is world renowned for its Operator Training Simulator (OTS) technology. … Read More

SOWELA Achieves Highest Student Retention Rate Among All Community Colleges in Louisiana

Thursday, February 25, 2021

SOWELA’s retention rate from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 leads at 83.71% (Lake Charles) February 25, 2021 – Despite the challenges from COVID-19 and damage from two disastrous hurricanes, SOWELA has achieved a student retention rate of 83.71% from the Fall 2020 to the Spring 2021 semester. SOWELA, damaged heavily by record-breaking Hurricane Laura, did … Read More

Four SOWELA Students Overcome COVID and Hurricanes to Complete National Center for Construction Education & Research Pipefitter Training

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

SOWELA’s Office of Workforce Solutions provided the training with funding by Venture Global LNG February 23, 2021 (Lake Charles) – Despite their pipefitter training being delayed not once, not twice, but three times due to COVID and back-to-back Hurricanes Laura and Delta, four SOWELA students have completed their National Center for Construction Education & Research … Read More

SOWELA Announces “Second Start” Initiative for New and Current Students

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Deadline to take advantage of Second Start is Monday, March 15, 2021 (Lake Charles) – February 10, 2021 SOWELA has announced a new “Second Start” initiative for currently enrolled and prospective students. The initiative allows current students to add another course to their Spring 2021 schedule or for new students to sign up for Spring … Read More

Students Named to SOWELA’s Fall 2020 Dean’s List

Thursday, January 21, 2021

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – January 21, 2021 The following students achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying 12 or more credit hours during the Fall term for classes taken at SOWELA’s Lake Charles campus, Morgan Smith site in Jennings, or at the Oakdale site. FLORIDA Jacksonville: Chelsy Sharpe ILLINOIS Mundelein: Catherine … Read More

SOWELA Becomes First College in Louisiana to use New PeriopSim Surgical Virtual Reality Apps for Surgical Technology Program

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

VR Surgical Technology was Developed to Continue Hands-On Student Training During Pandemic (Lake Charles) – To ensure college students continue to receive essential hands-on surgical training during the COVID-19 pandemic, SOWELA’s Jennings campus is offering new groundbreaking technology and virtual reality components to its surgical technology students. Currently, the surgical technology program has 30 students … Read More

SOWELA Holds Two Weeks of Virtual Learning for Spring 2021 Semester

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Students Begin Classes Online January 19th and Return to On-Campus Instruction February 1st LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – January 5, 2021 SOWELA’s Spring 2021 semester will begin on Tuesday, January 19.  Due to the potential of increased exposure to COVID-19 from holiday gatherings, the College will implement a “Safe Start” period during the first two weeks … Read More

Students Named to SOWELA’s Summer 2020 Dean’s List

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Lake Charles, Louisiana – November 24, 2020. 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. Alabama Union Springs: Taylor Townzen Louisiana Abbeville: … Read More

SOWELA Adds New “Concentration in Cloud Computing” With Certification From Amazon Web Services

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

New Concentration is Course Offering in SOWELA’s Information Systems Technology Program (Lake Charles) – SOWELA is adding a new “Concentration in Cloud Computing” which will give all students who complete the program a certification in Amazon Web Services (AWS). SOWELA will become the first and only college in the Southwest Louisiana region currently offering the … Read More