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Donations Pour in to SOWELA in Wake of Hurricane Laura


South Louisiana Community College contributes $5,000 among total donations

(Lake Charles) – Badly damaged and shuttered two weeks ago by one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the Gulf Coast, SOWELA Technical Community College is getting much-needed financial assistance from its fellow community colleges, including a donation of $5,000 from its sister college, South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette (SLCC).

SLCC presented the $5,000 check to SOWELA’s Hurricane Laura Disaster Fund which will provide immediate and long term recovery assistance in the aftermath of the devastating storm which badly damaged many of the 13 school buildings on the college’s sprawling main campus next to Chennault Airport in Northeast Lake Charles. Minor damage is being repaired now at SOWELA’s two satellite campuses in Jennings and Oakdale.

More than $11,200 have thus far been donated to SOWELA’s hurricane relief fund, which is aiding the college’s 4,000 students, faculty, and staff, many of whom lost everything when Hurricane Laura ripped through Southwest Louisiana with winds of 150 mph on August 27. Donations have poured in from the employees, faculty, and students at the state’s other 11 community colleges in the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

All three SOWELA campuses have been closed since the storm ravaged Lake Charles as emergency repairs are underway to try to get some classes back in session by Friday, September 25.

SOWELA was recently named #1 Community College in Louisiana and #27 nationally in WalletHub’s Best and Worst Community College Rankings. This is the fourth year in a row SOWELA has been ranked #1 in Louisiana by WalletHub.

Donations can be made to the special Hurricane Laura Disaster Relief Fund by visiting the SOWELA website’s Update Center at the top of the site at www.sowela.edu or go directly to this link at https://www.sowela.edu/give/online-giving/hurricane-laura/.

About SOWELA Technical Community College
SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers learners in career and technical education and enables transfer students to pursue a four-year degree, so all learners excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for 80 years. For more information, visit www.sowela.edu.