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Scott Barrios

Manager, Electric Mobility Portfolio

Entergy

Rebecca Boniol

Vice President

Mark Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram

Fil Bordelon

Commercial Relationship Manager

Red River Bank

Todd Clemons

SOWELA Foundation Treasurer

Founder and Managing Partner

Todd Clemons and Associates

Jeff Favre

Sr. VP & General Manager

Horseshoe Casino

Taylor Finchum

Financial Advisor

Edward Jones

Daniel Frick

SOWELA Foundation President

Lead Adviser

FMP Wealth Advisers

Michelle Guidry

Program Technician

Calcasieu Parish Police Jury

Martin Guillory

Principal

Calcasieu Parish School Board

Hardtner Klumpp

Vice President

The Investors Group of Louisiana

Kevin McCarthy

Executive Chef

L'Auberge Casino Resort

Elizabeth McLaughlin

SOWELA Foundation Secretary

Field Representative

Congressman Clay Higgins

Ron Richard

Founding Partner

Richard Law Firm

Dione Sabelhaus

Marketing Director

Sabelhaus Wealth Partners

James Sudduth

SOWELA Foundation Vice President

Founder and Managing Partner

Sudduth and Associates

Donations

2024

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Phillips 66 announced a $1 million donation to SOWELA Technical Community College on March 6, 2024, to help expand the region’s only Process Technology Center.

On hand for the donation announcement are (left to right) SOWELA Foundation Chair Todd Clemons, SOWELA Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Nicole Rasco, SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Phillips 66 Field Communications Officer – Gulf Coast Megan Hartman and Phillips 66 Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex General Manager Scot Tyler.

This donation supports the talent needs of the oil and gas field – one of Louisiana’s largest workforce industries. The $1.7 million expansion of 3,500 square feet doubles the facility’s lab space, increases hands-on learning opportunities and helps the College accommodate the program’s strong enrollment in Process Technology.

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Rouses Markets recently awarded the SOWELA Foundation with a two-year supply of dairy products valued at $16,000 to help stock the College's Tiger Love Food Pantry. This unique donation provides students, faculty and staff with yogurt, half gallons of milk, cheese, butter and more. Dairy Max provided the cooler to store items in the food pantry. On hand for the donation are (left to right) SOWELA Student Government Association (SGA) Treasurer Kourtlen Thomas, SGA President Nicole Babineaux, Rouses Grocery Manager Tyler Dobson and Store Director Greg Duhon, SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, SOWELA SGA Vice President Damon Lewis, Jr. and SGA Secretary Rohama Daniel.

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The SOWELA Foundation recently received a $20,000 donation from Cameron LNG for its endowed scholarship. The scholarship is for students in SOWELA's Industrial Electrical, Industrial Instrumentation and Process Technology programs. On hand for the donation is Cameron LNG External Relations Manager Stevie Trahan, SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall and Cameron LNG Senior External Relations Representative Kayla Powers.

2023

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CITGO recently donated $20,000 to the SOWELA Foundation for STEM initiatives. On hand for the donation is CITGO Vice President and General Manager, Lake Charles Refinery, Sterling Neblett (left) and SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

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The SOWELA Foundation recently received $4,767.67 from L'Auberge Casino Resort. Each month L'Auberge guests contribute their extra change to casino floor donation boxes. The contributions are collected and matched up to $1,000 by the resort and then donated to a deserving nonprofit organization. On hand for the donation are from left SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall and L'Auberge Community Relations Partner and Executive Assistant Sarah Camp.

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The SOWELA Foundation recently received $25,000 from Phillips66 to support scholarships, technology and equipment for SOWELA's industrial technology programs. On hand for the donation are SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Lake Charles Refinery General Manager Scot Tyler, SOWELA School of Industrial Technology Dean Richard Louviere, and Field Communications Director Megan Hartman.

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The SOWELA Foundation recently received $7,500, of which $5,000 was from the Louisiana Food & Wine Festival to support student scholarships, and Chef John Currence donated his $2,500 honorarium from the event. On hand for the donation are (left to right) SOWELA Chef Joshua Hutton, Festival Founder and Director Jan Gourley, SOWELA Chef and Program Coordinator Jerry Sonnier, Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Chef Roy Angelle and School of Business & Applied Technology Dean Dr. Marie Coleman.

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The SOWELA Foundation recently received $10,000 from Westlake Chemical to support industrial program scholarships and the SOWELA Cares Fund, a fund that helps support SOWELA students in need. On hand for the donation are (left to right) Westlake Chemical Principal, Community and Governmental Affairs, Joe Andrepont and SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

“SOWELA does a very good job in supporting and preparing students to enter the job market in Southwest Louisiana. Westlake is proud to help support the education efforts that SOWELA is putting forth,” said Joe Andrepont, Principal Community and Governmental Affairs for Westlake.

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The SOWELA Foundation recently announced a $75,000 donation from Southwestern Energy for program scholarships in Machine Tool Technology, Process Technology, Industrial Instrumentation Technology, and Industrial Electrical Technology. On hand for the donation (left to right) is Southwestern Energy Community Relations Advisor Paul Pratt, SOWELA Students Nathan Palombo, Michael Camel, Tobi Dunham and Graham Fawcett, SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Southwestern Energy Senior Government Affairs Manager, Tommy Clark and Area Director Sean Burke, SOWELA Students Keagen Ellender, Seth Voisin and Ramon Zapata, and SOWELA School of Industrial Technology Dean Richard Louviere.

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The SOWELA Foundation recently received a $12,000 donation from AT&T to support scholarships for Fiber Optic training. On hand for the donation is (left to right) AT&T Business Fiber Sales Executive Wesley Royer, Retail Store Manager Brett Heath, Retail Store Manager Andrew Hill, Marketing Lead Ashley Broussard, Calcasieu Parish Police Juror Tony Guillory, SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, AT&T State President David Aubrey, Retail Store Manager Brooke Fontenot, Regional Director Levar Greenhouse, SOWELA Executive Director of Workforce Solutions Dr. David LaFargue, AT&T Network Area Manager Shane Stacey and Network Manager Faleel Ali.

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The SOWELA Foundation recently received a $50,000 donation from Mark and Rebecca Boniol benefiting a number of areas, including presenting and entertainment sponsor for Taste of SOWELA and student scholarships. On hand for the donation are SOWELA Foundation Board Member and Vice President of Mark Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Rebecca Boniol and SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

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The SOWELA Foundation recently received a $3,500 donation from the LNG Export Engineering and Construction Conference for School of Industrial Technology scholarships. On hand for the donation are SOWELA Interim Dean for the School of Industrial Technology Richard Louviere and SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

2022

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CITGO Petroleum Corporation recently donated $25,000 to the SOWELA Foundation to support Machine Tool Technology equipment and sponsor What's Up, SOWELA. On hand for the donation (left to right) is Anne Doss, Manager Lake Charles Human Resources; SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall; Sterling Neblett, VP and GM CITGO Lake Charles Refinery; Ryan Vining, GM Operations and Maintenance; and Jason Dupuis, Training Manager.

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Entergy Louisiana recently presented the SOWELA Foundation with a $10,000 check for Presenting Sponsor of What's Up, SOWELA. On hand for the donation (left to right) is Calvin Thibodeaux, Entergy Customer Service Manager II, SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, and Datis Christophe, Entergy Customer Service Manager I. What's Up, SOWELA is the Foundation's largest fundraising event of the year and raises much-needed funds for student scholarships.

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L'Auberge Casino Resort donates $5,993.88 to the SOWELA Technical Community College Foundation. Each month L'Auberge Casino Resort guests contribute their extra change to casino floor donation boxes. The contributions are collected and matched up to $1,000 by the resort and then donated to a local non-profit organization. On hand for the donation was L'Auberge Casino Resort's Sarah Fontenot, Community Relations Partner, Kevin McCarthy, Executive Chef and SOWELA Foundation Board Member, as well as SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

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Entergy Louisiana recently donated $10,000 to the SOWELA Foundation for its Entergy Louisiana NOW Scholarship. Four $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to students in Process Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Industrial Instrumentation Technology or Industrial Electrical Technology.

Jacob Courville with Entergy stated, “Entergy Power Generation has seen a large number of craft-level positions filled with candidates from SOWELA who have been valuable contributors quickly to the organization. In many cases those employees have progressed and become title leaders. Entergy wanted the scholarships to draw attention in the community to the life-changing impact a degree from SOWELA can make!”

On hand for the donation were several leaders with Entergy Louisiana, including Entergy Louisiana CEO, Phillip May, Vice President Power Plant Operations, Jason Willis, and Vice President Customer Service, Yovanka Daniel as well as SOWELA leaders and Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

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Cheniere Energy Inc presented a check for $50,000 to the SOWELA Foundation for the College's Machine Tool Technology program. On hand for the donation is Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Dr. Paula Hellums, Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, and from the Cheniere Sabine Pass Facility Manager, Asset Training, Chad Dearien and Manager, Local Government and Community Affairs, Amy Miller.

“We are honored to continue our long standing partnership with SOWELA by investing $50,000 for their Machine Tool Technology Program,” said Dearien. “SOWELA's various programs are essential for preparing individuals for the workforce and has truly made a difference in the lives of so many in Southwest Louisiana.”

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Phillips 66 generously donated $25,000 to the SOWELA Foundation to fund scholarships and program support at the College. On hand for the donation is (left to right) Phillips 66 Public Relations Director Megan Hartman, Operations Manager Jim Baron, SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Phillips 66 HR Manager Andrew Sona, and Phillips 66 Site Training Lead Jeremy Donovan.

2021

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Cameron LNG recently donated $20,000 to the SOWELA Foundation for its Cameron LNG Endowed Scholarship. SOWELA students in Process Technology, Industrial Instrumentation Technology and Industrial Electrical Technology are eligible to apply for the scholarship. On hand for the donation is Cameron LNG External Relations Manager Stevie Trahan and SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

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Through the generosity of donors in the community like L'Auberge Casino Resort, the SOWELA Foundation is able to provide scholarship funds to more than 430 qualified students annually. SOWELA does not participate in the Federal Student Loan program which is why scholarship support is so important to student access and success.

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Cheniere generously donated $60,000 to the SOWELA Foundation to fund mechanical equipment maintenance at the College. On hand for the donation is (left to right) Asset Training Manager Chad Dearien, SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall and Cheniere Local Government & Community Affairs Associate Amy Miller.

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Enbridge donated $5,000 to the SOWELA Foundation to create the Enbridge Industry Awareness Scholarship for students in Process Technology, Welding and Machine Tool Technology. On hand for the donation (left to right) is SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Enbridge Senior Advisor Erin Casey, Enbridge Area Manager Donald Doucet, and Area Supervisor Kevin Corbello.

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The SOWELA Foundation received a generous $10,000 donation from the Chennault International Airshow. The donation will help fund STEM education in the form of scholarships. On hand to accept the donation for the Foundation is SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall (center) with Chennault International Airport Executive Director Kevin Melton (left), and Airshow Director Mary Jo Bayles (right).

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The Cajun Navy Foundation recently donated $5,500 to the SOWELA Foundation for the Workforce Solutions Construction Program. Pictured for the donation (left to right) is SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Cajun Navy Foundation President Rob Gaudet, and SOWELA Director of Business and Industry Services Judy McCleary.

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Northrop Grumman donated $35,000 to fund five scholarships in Aviation Maintenance Technology, Process Technology, Industrial Instrumentation Technology, Industrial Electrical Technology, and Machine Tool Technology. On hand for the donation (left to right) is SOWELA Foundation Board Member and Northrop Grumman Site Manager Michael Flatt, SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, and Director, Aircraft Maintenance and Fabrication Center, Northrop Grumman, Eric Price.

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The Gene Haas Foundation recently donated $12,500 to the SOWELA Foundation for Machine Tool Technology scholarships for CNC training. Accepting the donation on behalf of the Foundation are (left to right): Machine Tool Technology students Jordan Solieau, Jason Cos, Dalton Fontenot; Machine Tool Technology Instructor Randall Kimbro; School of Transportation and Applied Technology Dean Dr. William Mayo; Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall; Vince Chancellor of Academic Affairs Dr. Paula Hellums; and Machine Tool Technology students Nathan Drott, Gabriel LeJeune, and Michael McLaughlin.

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