HCR 69

Annual Response to Louisiana House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 69

Institutional and Student Profile
Label Data Sources
Purpose and Mission SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates that empower learners in transfer, career, and technical education to excel as globally competitive citizens. Our Mission
Admissions Standards

SOWELA Technical Community College (SOWELA) is committed to the principle of providing each student access to quality educational programs and lifelong learning through open admissions to the college. SOWELA has an open admissions policy which is aligned with that of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. This policy conforms to the open admission policy as established by the Louisiana Legislature and approved by the Board of Regents.

SOWELA Technical Community College adopts the following policy from the Louisiana Community and Technical College Systems (LCTCS) General Admissions Policy Statement Policy# 1.004.

Any person above the age of 16, regardless of prior academic preparation, may be fully admitted to SOWELA Technical Community College as long as the following criteria are satisfied: (1) the person has completed and submitted an application for admission; (2) the person has provided proof of selective service registration as required by Louisiana R.S. 17: 3151; and (3) the person has satisfied the requirements of Louisiana R.S. 17: 170 related to the immunization of persons entering school. Persons 16 years of age or younger must, in addition to the requirements stated above, provide proof of graduation from a state-approved high school or high school equivalency to be fully admitted to SOWELA Technical Community College.

Some educational programs may require additional information or documentation for admission. into the program in order to achieve program or industry accreditation standards; however, these requirements will not have an impact on full admission to the institution.

This policy does not apply to dually enrolled high school students, early admissions students and international students.

All LCTCS institutions offer equal opportunity for admission without regard to any protected class membership.

SOWELA is an equal opportunity, equal access educational opportunity institution committed to diversity in education and employment; and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy status, religion, veteran status, age or disability in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Age Discrimination Act, VEVRAA and Title II of the ADA.

Open Admissions Policy (PDF)
Number of Students Admitted 3,268 (Fall 2022) College Navigator - STCC (opens new window)
Percent of Students Admitted 100%
Number of Louisiana Residents 3,173
Number of Foreign (Living in State) 36
Number of Texas Residents 30
Other States 32
Total 3,268
Number of Non-Residents SOWELA did not charge any non-resident fees in Fall 2022.
Cost of Attendance (Tuition and Fees) Tuition and Fee Schedule and Further Cost of Attendance data can be found on our Student Accounts page.
Average Student Loan Student Loans are not available at SOWELA Technical Community College.
Percent on Financial Aid Percent of Aid Awarded for Any Type of Financial Aid is 89%.
Average Financial Aid Award

Pell Grant Average Amount Awarded is $5,605.

Grant or Scholarship Aid Average Amount Awarded is $7,102.

Campus Crime Statistics
Student and Faculty Engagement
Label Data Sources
Percent of Developmental Classes Taught by Full-time Faculty 75.0%
Average Teaching Load by Discipline Not Available
Average Credit Hours Taught per FTE Faculty 19.1 credit hours

In accordance with the policies established by the Louisiana Board of Regents, the LCTCS Board of Supervisors, and SACSCOC, SOWELA requires that graduates of degree programs must demonstrate competency in general education. To fulfill the General Education Core Requirement, students must complete the minimum hours of coursework as indicated by their respective degree plans.

Subject AAS A AA AS
English Composition 3 6 6 6
Math 3 3 3 6
Natural Sciences 3 6 6 6
Humanities 3 3 3 3
Fine Arts 0 3 3 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 6 6 3
  • College Catalog
    • 2022-2023 Fall Edition
    • Page 87-88
      • General Studies Core Requirements
Transfer Criteria

A transfer student is any student who has been previously enrolled at any college or university. Transfer students may enroll at SOWELA if they are eligible for readmission at the last school attended. To receive credit, transfer students must submit official transcripts to the Registrar’s Office.

Transfer students who have not received a “C” or better in a college-level English Composition and/or College Algebra course may be required to complete the SOWELA Placement Test. Transfer students who receive transfer credit for college-level English and/or Mathematics may be exempted from placement testing in the corresponding courses.

However, where placement scores are required as part of the admissions criteria set by licensure boards (i.e. the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners), no such waiver will be permitted. Information regarding the awarding of transfer credit is included in Academic Policies. Students who are ineligible to return to their previous colleges may be admitted to SOWELA on probation.

  • College Catalog
    • 2022-2023 Fall Edition
    • Page 34
      • General Admissions Requirements
    • Page 36
      • Admission of Transfer Students
Process for Evaluating Program Effectiveness Student achievement information may be found on our Student Achievement page.
Explanation of Student Outcomes for Each Program Explanations can be found in the programs section of our College Catalog at the beginning of each program description.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Definition
  • College Catalog
    • 2022-2023 Fall Edition
    • Page 52
      • Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Percent of Full-time Faculty Who Possess the Highest Degree Possible in Their Given Fields Not Available

Institutional Efficiency and Fiscal Conditions

Percent of Core Expenses: IPEDS Finance 2022-23 Data
Label Data
Instruction 43%
Research and Public Service NA
Academic Support 8%
Student Services 7%
Institutional Support 20%
Other Core Expenses 23%
Athletics NA
Percent of Core Revenues: IPEDS Finance 2022-23 Data
Label Data
Tuition and Fees 16%
State Appropriations 28%
Local Appropriations 0%
Government Grants and Contracts 42%
Private Gifts, Grants, and Contracts 5%
Investment Income 0%
Other Core Revenues 9%
Full-Time Staff by Category IPEDS Human Resource 2022-23 Data
Label Data
Instruction Staff 103
Office and Administrative Support NA
Management 23
Business and Financial 41
Computer, Engineering, and Science 8
Other 5
General Fund Appropriations (including ARRA) per In-state Full-time Equivalent Student $4,965
Total Expenditures per Full-time Equivalent Student $15,558
FY 2023 Annual Student FTE 2,310 (Total Full Year SCH Credits Earned Divided by 30)
Total FY 2023 Actual Budget (per AFR) Total Revenues: $36,618,541; Total Expenses: $35,938,550
FY 2023 State General Fund Direct Appropriations $11,469,022 (Includes State Ded)

Classroom and Lab Space Utilization from SOWELA 2021 Facilities Report

Classroom Occupied (Classrooms without Computers)
Year Data
2016 49.7%
2017 46.4%
2018 44.1%
2019 52.4%
2021 49.1%
Classroom Occupied (Classrooms with Computers)
Year Data
2016 56.2%
2017 59.7%
2018 46.8%
2019 47.3%
2021 41.9%

For further Facilities Details see the SOWELA 2021 Facilities Report (PDF).

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Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615
(337) 421-6565
(800) 256-0483

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Friday: 7:45 AM to 12:00 PM
(337) 421-6550

SOWELA Technical Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:

Title IX Officer

Candy Parker


(337) 421-6510 or (800) 256-0483

3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

ADA Officer

Maegan Lewis


(337) 421-6952 or (800) 256-0483

3850 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

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