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SOWELA Faculty Members Honored With Prestigious Awards By Southern Business Education Association

Friday, October 29, 2021

Wendy Sonnier wins “Post-Secondary Business Teacher of the Year” and Dr. Marie Coleman wins “Distinguished Service by an Administrator or Supervisor of Business Education” (Lake Charles, Louisiana – October 27, 2021) Two faculty members from SOWELA have been honored with prestigious awards from the Southern Business Education Association (SBEA). Dr. Marie Coleman was awarded the … 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 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 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


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


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 Business Students Recognized with Top Honors at Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference

Friday, December 18, 2020

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – December 16, 2020 Six students in SOWELA’s School of Business and Applied Technology earned top honors at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference. More than 2,000 of America’s best and brightest college students competed virtually for the opportunity to win more than $114,000 in cash awards. Award winners include Sabrina … Read More

LCTCS Awards 2020

SOWELA Faculty and Staff Honored During Statewide Conference

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Recipients Awarded at the 2020 LCTCS Annual Conference LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – November 3, 2020 SOWELA Technical Community College faculty and staff were recently honored at the annual Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Annual Conference. Honorees were nominated by fellow SOWELA employees. The conference and award ceremony were held virtually this year with … Read More

SOWELA Professor Wins 2020 Doctoral Dissertation Award

Friday, May 1, 2020

Assistant Professor Dr. Marie Coleman Takes Home Top Honor From the Association for Business and Teaching Research LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – May 1, 2020 Marie Coleman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in SOWELA’s School of Business & Applied Technology, was recently honored with the Business and Teaching Research Association Doctoral Dissertation Award. The award was presented at … Read More