WorkReady U

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A high-demand, high-wage job is within reach! Earn your high school diploma while earning college credit or an industry-based credential. SOWELA Technical Community College and the Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana can help you learn a skill and receive an education. Financial aid is available for those that qualify. For more information or to apply, contact the Literacy Council at (337) 494-7000 or the Adult Basic Education WRU Transitions Office at (337) 421-6578.

The WorkReady U program offers the following course pathways:

WRU Pathways
Program Available Sites
Computer Networking Technology Main Campus
Industrial Electrician Main Campus Morgan Smith Instructional Site
Nurse Assistant Main Campus Morgan Smith Instructional Site
Office Systems Technology Main Campus Morgan Smith Instructional Site
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technology – Automotive Concentration Main Campus
Welding Main Campus Morgan Smith Instructional Site

Lex’s Success Story

Successful WorkReadyU Students are Our Story

“When I enrolled in the WRU program and began classes, I continued to tell my teachers and staff that I just wanted my HSE. I did not want to go to college. I just wanted to work. Close to the end of the semester, I had obtained my HSE. During the semester, I noticed that other students were asking me for assistance in the computer course, as well as math. I didn’t even realize that I was actually good at it, but faculty and staff noticed and I was once again encouraged to give college a try. After the semester was over, I continued to think about what the Literacy Council staff told me.

After hearing, ‘We believe in you, Lex’ and ‘You CAN do college, Lex,’ I began to think maybe I could do it. I then made the decision to enroll in SOWELA, and I am now in my third semester in the Industrial Electrician program. I am also working at the Literacy Council through the work-study program at SOWELA. Through work-study, I’ve been tutoring students and have become a role model for those who think there is no way they can go to college. I have shared my story with as many students that I can and, hopefully, I can encourage or motivate them. I always tell them, ‘It takes hard work and dedication, but if Lex can do it, you can do it.'”

 WRU is a state-wide initiative for colleges like SOWELA in the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. It is designed to help colleges identify pathways to post-secondary education for those in the community who are participating in an adult education program or who have recently earned a high school equivalency diploma.