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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 Honored with Prestigious “2021 Great College to Work For” Distinction

Monday, September 13, 2021

SOWELA is One of Only 24 Two-Year Institutions Throughout the U.S. to Receive Recognition (Lake Charles, Louisiana – September 13, 2021) SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by the Great Colleges to Work For program. The results, … Read More

SOWELA Launches “Hope for Hospitality” Major Gift Campaign for New State-of-the-Art Culinary, Gaming and Hospitality Building on Lake Charles Campus

Friday, September 10, 2021

Donations now being accepted for naming rights to various spaces within the brand-new facility Lake Charles, Louisiana – September 10, 2021 SOWELA officials today announced the launch of “Hope for Hospitality,” a major gift campaign to raise funds for the new state-of-the-art Culinary, Gaming and Hospitality building being built on its Lake Charles Campus. There … Read More


Students Named to SOWELA’s Summer 2021 Dean’s List

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – August 30, 2021) The following students achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying 6 or more credit hours during the Summer term for classes taken at SOWELA’s Lake Charles campus, Morgan Smith site in Jennings or at the Oakdale site. Florida Gulf Breeze Jaylin Freeman Illinois Mundelein … Read More

After Nearly $40 Million in Damages from Deadly and Destructive Hurricane Laura, SOWELA Close to Completing Repairs and Seeing Major Enrollment Increases in Workforce Programs

Monday, August 23, 2021

Friday Marks the One-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Laura Barreling into Southwest Louisiana (Lake Charles, Louisiana – August 23, 2021) On August 27, 2020, Hurricane Laura decimated the Lake Charles area damaging all 13 of SOWELA’s Lake Charles campus buildings resulting in nearly $40 million in damages. Right away, work feverishly began on all 13 buildings … Read More

SOWELA Surgical Technology Students Achieve 100% Pass Rate on Certified Surgical Technologist Exam

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

SOWELA’s Jennings-based Surgical Technology Program Also Honored with Association of Surgical Technologists 2020 Galaxy Award (Jennings, Louisiana – August 18, 2021) SOWELA’s latest class of Surgical Technology students recently achieved a 100% pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist Exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Students took their exams … Read More

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SOWELA Foundation to Host Flying Tigers Car Show on Saturday, September 18

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

All Fundraiser Proceeds Help Support Student Scholarships (Lake Charles, Louisiana – August 10, 2021) On Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the SOWELA Foundation will host the Flying Tigers Car Show with all proceeds benefiting student scholarships. The car show is free and open to the public. The event will be … Read More

SOWELA Oakdale Hosts Open House for Prospective Students

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Explore Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities and Learn About Available Programs LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – August 5, 2021 SOWELA Technical Community College in Oakdale, Louisiana is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, August 10, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at 117 Highway 1152, Oakdale, Louisiana 71463. The event provides prospective students with the chance to … Read More

New State-of-the-Art Welding Classroom and Renovated Workshop Now Open at SOWELA’s Oakdale Site

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

New Classroom and Renovated Workshop in Oakdale Adds to SOWELA’s Welding Programs at Jennings and Lake Charles Locations (Lake Charles, Louisiana – August 4, 2021) SOWELA officials have announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art welding classroom and renovated workshop at the college’s Oakdale site. Welding classes are available at all three SOWELA locations. SOWELA’s … Read More