T- T T+

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


SOWELA Technical Community College Announces Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Graduates

Thursday, June 24, 2021

May Commencements Were the First In-person Ceremonies Since the COVID-19 Pandemic and Included Graduates from the Past Three Terms Lake Charles, Louisiana – June 23, 2021 Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates are: Louisiana Abbeville Industrial Electrical Technology Wyatt D. Broussard Alexandria Industrial Electrical Technology Zachary Dauzat Industrial Instrumentation Technology Zachary … Read More


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

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Lake Charles, Louisiana – June 24, 2021 The following students achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying 12 or more credit hours during the Spring term for classes taken at SOWELA’s Lake Charles, Jennings, and Oakdale, Louisiana locations. FLORIDA Gulf Breeze: Jaylin Freeman   ILLINOIS Mundelein: Catherine Dempsey   LOUISIANA Abbeville: … Read More


SOWELA Morgan Smith Practical Nursing Class Attains 100% Pass Rate on NCLEX Exam

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Passing the Exam Credentials Jennings Practical Nursing Students as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) Lake Charles, Louisiana – June 15, 2021 SOWELA Morgan Smith’s Fall 2020 Practical Nursing class achieved a perfect pass rate of 100% on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX). The 11 students easily bested the NCLEX national average pass rate of 85.99%. … Read More

Student studying forest technology

SOWELA Forest Technology Program Now Available at Main Campus in Lake Charles

Friday, June 11, 2021

Forest Technology Degree Program is only one of its kind in Southwest Louisiana Lake Charles, Louisiana – June 10, 2021 SOWELA’s Forest Technology program is now available at the technical community college’s main campus in Lake Charles. The Forest Technology Degree program is one of only two in the state of Louisiana and only one … Read More

SOWELA and LSU Alexandria Sign New Articulation Agreement for Business Administration

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

SOWELA students may transfer up to 57 Business Administration credits to LSUA Lake Charles, Louisiana – June 8, 2021 SOWELA and LSU of Alexandria (LSUA) have signed articulation agreements between their Business Administration programs making it easier for students to transfer credits from SOWELA to LSUA. The new agreement lasts three years with the option … Read More