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As a part of its commitment to students, and as evidence of the College’s continuing renewal to ensure that students that come to SOWELA and/or graduate from the College are accorded due recognition of the quality of work they have undertaken and achieved, SOWELA has achieved the following accreditations:

Regional Accreditation (Whole Institution)
SOWELA was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) effective January 1, 2014.

Address of the SACSCOC
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033
Phone: 404-679-4500
Fax: 404-679-4558 (opens new window)

Programmatic Accreditation (Whole Program)
Additionally, the following degree programs offered by SOWELA Technical Community College are accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE):

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Art
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Technology – Networking
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Technology – Programming
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Drafting and Design Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Industrial Instrumentation Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Office Systems Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Process Technology

ATMAE sets standards for academic program accreditation to recognize the attainment of certain professional goals and standards for technology and to encourage “Continued Quality Improvement.”

Address of the ATMAE
1390 Eisenhower Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: (734) 677-0720 (opens new window)


SOWELA’s Economic Impact Programs

SOWELA provides programs of instruction in the various disciplines that gives students the opportunity to increase their knowledge. The College is strongly committed to its mission to provide state-of-the-art traditional and distance learning experiences and to award certificates, technical diplomas, and associate degrees that empower students in transfer, career, and technical education to excel as globally competitive citizens.

Workforce Development Unit:
Among significant program units available at SOWELA is the Workforce Development (WFD) unit. The mission of WFD unit is to develop, design, support, and provide education and training programs and services that meet the specific needs of the employers, employees, and citizens in the communities we serve. SOWELA WFD unit is pleased to coordinate the STEP (Senior Technical Education Program). This program assists clients of the Office of Family Services with educational and training services that lead to employment and career with upward mobility. This enables these students to overcome dependence on public assistance and become independent through self-reliance.

Continuing Education:
SOWELA provides continuing education opportunities for professional and personal growth. These courses are conducted for groups of individuals on an as-needed basis. This can range from a course to teach health care workers how to perform a successful venipuncture to work as a phlebotomist to a course in regional cuisine preparation for couples wanting to learn new culinary skills for entertaining their families and friends.


The Future of SOWELA

SOWELA has the opportunity to eliminate the skills’ crisis of the workforce, decrease worker shortages, decrease the college equity gap, increase college preparation, and increase college participation. As a College with the vision of being an exemplary Institution recognized for excellence in education, training, and service, SOWELA makes changes as required in course offerings, curricula, academic policies, and other rules and regulations affecting students, to be effective whenever determined by the institution.

To ensure this premise, SOWELA employs advisory boards and committees with members drawn from business and industry to assist the College in ensuring that what is taught to students meets the principles of: a) best practices, b) student expectations, and c) the institutional mission and goals, thereby fulfilling the College’s visionary dreams. Any changes are undertaken to ensure student achievement of their stated goals and governs SOWELA’s application of sound principles in managing and administering the College for the benefit of current and formerly enrolled students. Hence, the course offerings and requirements of SOWELA are continually under examination and revision.