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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 Hosts Fall Career Fair of 50-Plus Employers for Students and Alumni

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – October 5, 2021) On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, SOWELA Technical Community College will host a Fall Career Fair for students and alumni of the College in the Sycamore Student Center. More than 50 organizations will be on hand for this year’s fair, along with four-year … 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

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SOWELA Technical Community College Hosts Spring Commencement

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Marks First In-person Graduation Since COVID-19 Began and Hurricanes Laura and Delta Lake Charles, Louisiana – May 25, 2021 SOWELA Technical Community College will host two commencement ceremonies on Wednesday, May 26, and Thursday, May 27, at 6:00 PM in the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. The events are the first in-person graduation ceremonies since … Read More

SOWELA Offering Exclusive Scholarships of $500 to FFA Members

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Special FFA scholarships are open to FFA students graduating from high school in Spring 2021 Lake Charles, Louisiana – April 19, 2021 SOWELA has announced a special scholarship available to high school seniors who are members of FFA and will graduate this Spring. The scholarships of $500 each will be applied to students’ Fall 2021 … Read More

Career Fair

SOWELA Hosts Career Fair of 40-Plus Employers for Students and Alumni

Monday, April 19, 2021

Military and Four-Year Universities Will Also Be Present for Enlistment and Transfer Opportunities Lake Charles, Louisiana – April 19, 2021 On Friday, April 23, 2021, from 9 to 11 a.m., SOWELA Technical Community College will host a Career Fair for students and alumni of the College in the Sycamore Student Center. More than 40 organizations … 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

Hurricane Laura Mercy Chefs

In the Midst of Hurricane Recovery, SOWELA Students Advanced to the Frontlines in Their Culinary Careers to Help During Relief Efforts

Saturday, September 19, 2020

SOWELA Technical Community College students teamed with Mercy Chefs to feed the needy (Lake Charles, LA) – With only a year of culinary school under their belts, three SOWELA Technical Community College students were thrust into the frontlines of their aspiring careers, cooking thousands of meals each day for the survivors of Hurricane Laura, the most … Read More

SOWELA Technical Community College Announces New Spring 2020 Commencement Date

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Diplomas to be Mailed to Graduates in June LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – May 19, 2020 SOWELA’s Spring 2020 Commencement Exercises originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, will now take place on Thursday, August 6, at 2 p.m. in the Lake Charles Civic Center. Due to the circumstances associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the College … Read More

SOWELA’s Future Business Leaders of America Bring Home 30 Medals from State Competition

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Louisiana Phi Beta Lambda Competition Gives Students the Opportunity to Test Business-Related Skills Among Peers LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – April 15, 2020 SOWELA’s Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) students recently competed in a virtual statewide competition, bringing home 30 medals in a variety of categories. The conference provides students with … Read More