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SOWELA’s Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technology Program Adds Three Vehicles to Training Fleet

SOWELA’s Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technology Program Adds Three Vehicles to Training Fleet

The Program Aims to Increase Hands-on Electronics Training with New Scan Tools, Tire Mounting Machine and Alignment Machine (Lake Charles,…
SOWELA Hosts Transportation Open House on June 6

SOWELA Hosts Transportation Open House on June 6

Individuals Interested in Aviation Maintenance or Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Careers are Invited to Explore Academic Offerings and Job Opportunities…
SOWELA Expands Program Offerings in Allen Parish

SOWELA Expands Program Offerings in Allen Parish

Industrial Electrical Technology Now Offered at SOWELA Oakdale with Classes Starting in August (Lake Charles, Louisiana – April 28, 2023)…
Dynamic Duo: Father and Daughter Forge Path in Chemical Laboratory Technology at SOWELA Technical Community College

Dynamic Duo: Father and Daughter Forge Path in Chemical Laboratory Technology at SOWELA Technical Community College

SOWELA Celebrates Generational Career Success During Community College Week Pictured is Daniel Jacob, a graduate of SOWELA’s Chemical Laboratory Technology…
SOWELA to Offer Paralegal Studies Concentration Starting Fall 2024 in Response to Industry Demand

SOWELA to Offer Paralegal Studies Concentration Starting Fall 2024 in Response to Industry Demand

College is the only Higher Educational Institution in Southwest Louisiana to Offer a Paralegal Credential Lake Charles, Louisiana – Monday,…
SOWELA Medical Assistant Class Earns 100% Pass Rate on Licensure Exam

SOWELA Medical Assistant Class Earns 100% Pass Rate on Licensure Exam

Students Surpass National Pass Rate Average by More Than 40% Lake Charles, Louisiana – Thursday, March 21 SOWELA’s Medical Assistant…
SOWELA Oakdale Hosts Homeschool Informational Session April 17

SOWELA Oakdale Hosts Homeschool Informational Session April 17

Homeschoolers and Their Families Invited to Learn About Available Programs and Dual Enrollment Options Oakdale, Louisiana – March 18, 2024…
SOWELA Technical Community College and Phillips 66 Announce $1 Million Donation and Expansion of Phillips 66 Process Technology Center

SOWELA Technical Community College and Phillips 66 Announce $1 Million Donation and Expansion of Phillips 66 Process Technology Center

Lake Charles College to Double Center’s Lab Space with $1.7 Million Capitol Project (Lake Charles, Louisiana) SOWELA Technical Community College…
SOWELA Offering Short-term Training in Jennings, Free OSHA 10 Certification

SOWELA Offering Short-term Training in Jennings, Free OSHA 10 Certification

Forklift and CPR First Aid Classes Also Open to the Public this Spring (Lake Charles, Louisiana – February 26, 2024)…
SOWELA Hosts Flying Tiger Open House on Saturday, April 13

SOWELA Hosts Flying Tiger Open House on Saturday, April 13

Includes Food, Giveaways, Scholarship Information and More! (Lake Charles, Louisiana – February 26, 2024) SOWELA Technical Community College will host…
SOWELA Jennings Hosts Second Annual Open House

SOWELA Jennings Hosts Second Annual Open House

Prospective Students and Their Families are Invited to Tour the College and Explore Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities (Jennings, Louisiana…
SOWELA Jennings Hosts Homeschool Tour and Informational Session

SOWELA Jennings Hosts Homeschool Tour and Informational Session

Homeschool Students and Their Families Can Learn About Dual Enrollment Options or How to Enroll as Freshmen on Thursday, March…
SOWELA’s Vehicle Maintenance Program Receives National Accreditation

SOWELA’s Vehicle Maintenance Program Receives National Accreditation

College Achieves Automotive Service Excellence After Extensive Review and On-site Evaluation (Lake Charles, Louisiana – February 6, 2024) The Vehicle…
SOWELA Foundation Honors 2023 Outstanding Donors and Community Partners at Special Reception

SOWELA Foundation Honors 2023 Outstanding Donors and Community Partners at Special Reception

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – February 2, 2024) Yesterday evening, the SOWELA Foundation spotlighted exceptional individuals and organizations at its first…
SOWELA Announces “Next Start” Initiative For New and Current Students

SOWELA Announces “Next Start” Initiative For New and Current Students

Deadline to Register for Next Start Is Thursday, March 7, 2024 (Lake Charles, Louisiana – February 1, 2024) SOWELA Technical…
SOWELA Offering Discounted Fiber Optics Technician Training

SOWELA Offering Discounted Fiber Optics Technician Training

Students Can Earn Three Certifications in One Week for $250, a $2,705 Savings (Lake Charles, Louisiana – January 29, 2024)…
SOWELA to Host High School Counselors at February 9 Luncheon

SOWELA to Host High School Counselors at February 9 Luncheon

Attendees will Learn About the Benefits of Community College and Meet SOWELA Administrators (Lake Charles, Louisiana – January 25, 2024)…
SOWELA Hosts 70-plus Actively Hiring Employers for Spring Career Fair

SOWELA Hosts 70-plus Actively Hiring Employers for Spring Career Fair

Students and Alumni are Invited to Attend and Meet One-on-One with Representatives from a Variety of Industries (Lake Charles, Louisiana…
SOWELA Offers First Public Training Course in its New Casino Dealer School

SOWELA Offers First Public Training Course in its New Casino Dealer School

Class Starts February 8 and includes Blackjack and a Secondary Game at the First-of-its-kind Culinary, Gaming and Hospitality Center (Lake…
SOWELA Technical Community College Announces Fall 2023 Graduates

SOWELA Technical Community College Announces Fall 2023 Graduates

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – January 5, 2024) Summer and Fall 2023 graduates are: Louisiana Abbeville Industrial Electrical Technology: Mason Blaine…
Students Named to SOWELA’s Fall 2023 Chancellor’s and Deans’ Lists

Students Named to SOWELA’s Fall 2023 Chancellor’s and Deans’ Lists

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – January 4, 2024) The following students were named to SOWELA’s Chancellor’s and Deans’ Lists for the…
Ryder Receives SOWELA’s Customer Service Star Award

Ryder Receives SOWELA’s Customer Service Star Award

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – December 14, 2023) Jeremy Ryder, Registrar Services Coordinator at SOWELA Technical Community College, received the Customer…
SOWELA Technical Community College Partners with CSE Federal Credit Union as the College’s Official Credit Union

SOWELA Technical Community College Partners with CSE Federal Credit Union as the College’s Official Credit Union

Partnership Celebrates 15 Years of Collaboration in Support of Financial Literacy (Lake Charles, Louisiana – December 8, 2023) SOWELA Technical…
SOWELA is First College in Louisiana to Award an Online Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science Degree

SOWELA is First College in Louisiana to Award an Online Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science Degree

College to Hold Fall 2023 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, December 14 (Lake Charles, Louisiana – December 7, 2023) SOWELA Technical…
SOWELA Announces Short-term Winter Training Options

SOWELA Announces Short-term Winter Training Options

Choose from CDL, Medical Assistant, EMT and HVAC Training with Scholarships Available for Those Who Qualify (Lake Charles, Louisiana –…
SOWELA Culinary Arts Program Hosting Scholarship Informational Session December 7

SOWELA Culinary Arts Program Hosting Scholarship Informational Session December 7

College to Offer Scholarships of up to $1,500 to New Culinary Students for Spring 2024 (Lake Charles, Louisiana – November…
SOWELA Digital Arts Students Score First, Second and Third Place at American Advertising Federation Houston Conference

SOWELA Digital Arts Students Score First, Second and Third Place at American Advertising Federation Houston Conference

Students Showcased Graphic Design Skills in ‘Real World, Real Work’ Competition (Lake Charles, Louisiana – November 17, 2023) Earlier this…
Free Fiber Optics Training Now Available at SOWELA for Calcasieu and Cameron Parish Residents

Free Fiber Optics Training Now Available at SOWELA for Calcasieu and Cameron Parish Residents

Business Faculty Leaders from Five States to Visit SOWELA for Networking and Professional Development (Lake Charles, Louisiana – November 16,…
SOWELA Students Bring Home Second Place Prize in National Video Competition

SOWELA Students Bring Home Second Place Prize in National Video Competition

Digital Arts and Communication Students Awarded $1,000 from the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (Lake Charles, Louisiana –…
SOWELA Hosts Regional Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Conference November 13-14

SOWELA Hosts Regional Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Conference November 13-14

Business Faculty Leaders from Five States to Visit SOWELA for Networking and Professional Development (Lake Charles, Louisiana – November 7,…
Spring 2024 Enrollment Now Open at All SOWELA Locations

Spring 2024 Enrollment Now Open at All SOWELA Locations

Financial Aid and Academic Advising Appointments Are Available for Prospective Students (Lake Charles, Louisiana – October 30, 2023) Spring 2024…
SOWELA’s Inaugural Feed the Tiger Food Drive Happening November 8

SOWELA’s Inaugural Feed the Tiger Food Drive Happening November 8

Event Benefits the SOWELA Food Pantry to Help Combat Food Insecurity Within the SOWELA Community (Lake Charles, Louisiana – October…
SOWELA and McNeese Sign New Articulation Agreement for Nursing Students to Transfer Credits

SOWELA and McNeese Sign New Articulation Agreement for Nursing Students to Transfer Credits

Students Can Fully Transfer Credits From SOWELA to Enter McNeese With as Few as 30 Credit Hours Remaining to Complete…
SOWELA Ranked #1 Community College in Louisiana by Niche

SOWELA Ranked #1 Community College in Louisiana by Niche

SOWELA Also Ranked in the Top 12% Of Community Colleges Nationwide (Lake Charles, Louisiana – October 20, 2022) The national…

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