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SOWELA Graphic Art Students’ Designs Win Chennault International Airshow Art Contest

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Student Artwork to be Showcased in Airshow Posters and T-shirts LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – April 10, 2019 Two SOWELA Graphic Art students’ designs were selected as part of the Chennault International Airshow’s poster and T-shirt contest. SOWELA student Jade Higginbotham created the winning poster and Vivian Barrilleaux, also a SOWELA student, designed the Airshow’s commemorative … Read More

SOWELA Instructor Honored at National Conference

Friday, January 4, 2019

Business Administration Instructor Receives Significant Research Award for Work on “High School Counselors’ Perceptions of Career and Technical Education” LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – January 4, 2019 Dr. Marie Coleman, Instructor of Business Administration at SOWELA Technical Community College, was recently presented with the Outstanding Research Poster Award at the Annual Association for Career & Technical … Read More

Shankle Receives SOWELA’s Customer Service Star Award

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Lake Charles, Louisiana – December 17, 2018 Dr. David Shankle, School of Business & Applied Technology Dean at SOWELA Technical Community College, received the Customer Service Star Award for the Fall 2018 semester at the Annual Holiday Luncheon. SOWELA’s Customer Service Committee selects award winners from nominations submitted by faculty and staff of the College. … Read More


SOWELA Named Workforce Innovator of the Year

Friday, November 16, 2018

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) Recognizes the College for Its Substantial Innovations to Workforce Development in Louisiana LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – November 16, 2018 On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) named SOWELA Technical Community College the 2018 Workforce Innovator of the Year at its Free Enterprise Awards … Read More

SOWELA Graphic Art Students Win First, Second, and Third at AAF Student Conference

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – November 7, 2018 On November 2, 2018, nine Graphic Art students from SOWELA Technical Community College competed at the Houston American Advertising Federation (AAF) Student Conference with three students winning awards. The top three teams included SOWELA students Jasmine Vital earning first place, Aspen Keel earning second place, and David Sonnier … Read More

Aerial view of Regional Training Center

SOWELA Receives Positive Growth Award

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – August 7, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College’s Regional Training Center received the Positive Growth Award for the Institutional category at the Alliance for Positive Growth’s “Growing SWLA Strong” Awards Program on August 2, 2018. The development of the SOWELA Technical Community College’s Regional Training Center began in 2012 to answer an … Read More

SOWELA Students & Faculty at SkillsUSA National June 2018

SOWELA Students Receive Silver in World’s Largest Skills Competition

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

10 Additional Students Place in the Top Five Nationally   LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – July 10, 2018 Sky McMillian and David Sonnier, SOWELA Technical Community College Graphic Art students, won Silver in Television (Video) Production in the recent SkillsUSA Championships. This event, by invitation only, was for first place state medalists in 100 competition areas … Read More

First SOWELA Professorship Awarded

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – May 22, 2018 The SOWELA Foundation awarded The Oliver G. “Rick” and Donna G. Richard III Endowed Professorship to Graphic Art Instructor Erik Jessen at a recent employee appreciation luncheon. This is the first professorship awarded at the College. To be considered for the professorship, faculty must apply or be nominated … Read More

Tracy Beaugh Rising Star Award Winner Torrie Lasha

Krewe of Athena Supports SOWELA Graphic Art Student

Monday, May 21, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – May 21, 2018 The Krewe of Athena recently presented the “Tracy Beaugh Rising Star Award” to Victoria (Torri) Lasha for the Spring 2018 semester at SOWELA Technical Community College. The Krewe created the award in honor and remembrance of the College’s former faculty member, Tracy Beaugh, in the Department of Graphic Art. … Read More

SOWELA SkillsUSA winners 2018

SOWELA Students Win 21 Medals at Louisiana SkillsUSA Competition

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – May 1, 2018 SOWELA Technical Community College students attended the statewide SkillsUSA competition April 19-20. The competition was also hosted by the College. SkillsUSA provides students with an opportunity to highlight their expertise in a variety of occupations for a chance to win gold, silver or bronze medals in different categories. … Read More