Free CDL Class B Training Available at SOWELA for Cameron Parish Residents in Partnership with Venture Global LNG

Training is Valued at Nearly $6,000 and Prepares Students for the Louisiana CDL Class B Exam

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – July 27, 2023)

SOWELA Technical Community College’s Office of Workforce Solutions is now registering for a free Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class B training in partnership with Venture Global LNG. Students must be Cameron Parish residents to qualify for the free training, which will take place at SOWELA’s Main Campus in Lake Charles, LA. Class starts Monday, August 7, and spots are limited.

The Class B license training program is a comprehensive classroom and behind-the-wheel program. Training covers Louisiana Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations, pre-trip inspection, backing pad skills, and on-the-road skills. SOWELA also offers a free online CDL permit course to those who want to take the training but still need their permit.

State-approved examiners administer the final skills test necessary to receive a state license. Completers who obtain their state license are qualified to drive tractor-trailers, dump trucks, tow trucks, delivery trucks, flatbed trucks and bucket trucks.

According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Tractor-trailer truck drivers are four-star jobs based on salary, job outlook, and educational requirements. Experienced truck drivers can earn more than $28/hour and are in demand nationally.

For more information or to register for the free CDL training class, call (337) 421-6560 or email

Non-Cameron Parish residents interested in CDL training can register for the October 2023 CDL Class A training session, which costs $5,950. Scholarships and financial assistance are available for those who qualify.

The CDL program recently added the L3 Harris Hawk-I Virtual Reality (VR) Experience and L3 Harris simulator, valued at over $130,000. As the first college in Louisiana to incorporate VR technology, this tool provides students with pre-trip inspection practice, giving users a checklist to work through on the virtual 18-wheeler. Additionally, it helps students understand essential truck maintenance and troubleshooting.

The CDL simulator helps students familiarize themselves with driving a tractor-trailer before getting behind the wheel of a real one. Students’ driving skills develop in a safe and controlled environment where they can make mistakes virtually. Feedback tools enable the instructor to pinpoint areas of improvement and provide customized critiques.

About SOWELA Technical Community College

SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, online, 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 85 years and has locations in Jennings, Lake Charles, Leesville and Oakdale, Louisiana.

3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615
(337) 421-6565
(800) 256-0483

Mon-Thu: 7:45 AM to 4:15 PM
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

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