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SOWELA and McNeese Sign Business Administration Transfer Agreement


SOWELA Business Students Can Seamlessly Enter McNeese’s Bachelor’s Degree Program in Business Administration as a Junior 

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – January 29, 2020

SOWELA Technical Community College and McNeese State University have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to ease transferability of course work for students completing two-year degrees in Business Administration and continuing on to pursue their four-year degree. Transfer students must meet the minimum admission requirements to enter McNeese.

SOWELA transfer students who have completed the Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration may have advanced placement credit awarded by demonstrating competencies that are comparable to learning outcomes in business courses offered by McNeese State University. The articulation agreement creates a 4-year pathway into a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a major in Management, Marketing, or Business Administration from the College of Business at McNeese.

“This MoU is another great example of how partnering with four-year institutions allows our students to seamlessly move from the Associate degree to the Bachelor degree without losing credit hours. McNeese and SOWELA now have a mechanism that will allow students who complete the Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration from SOWELA to transfer 57 credit hours to McNeese and use those credit hours towards the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, or General Business.  We greatly appreciate McNeese’s willingness to further strengthen our partnership which will benefit our students and help grow the workforce and economy of Southwest Louisiana,” said SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

“Creating a clear pathway for SOWELA students to earn a four-year degree in business at McNeese provides them with the opportunity to reach their goal and it directly connects with our University mission of changing lives,” McNeese President Dr. Daryl V. Burckel said during the signing ceremony held on the SOWELA campus.

“Our faculty and staff are invested in our students and we want them to achieve their dreams and aspirations,” Burckel said, “When students graduate from McNeese, we want them to make a life, make a living, and make a difference in their communities.”

McNeese also offers SOWELA students who earn the associate’s degree in nursing a seamless process to transfer into the College of Nursing and Health Professions to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Students at both higher learning institutions receive hands-on experience and learn under qualified faculty who meet the accreditation requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

For more information about enrolling in SOWELA or transferability of course work to McNeese, contact the One Stop at OneStop@sowela.edu or (337) 421-6550.

About SOWELA Technical Community College
SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers learners in career and technical education and enables transfer students to pursue a four-year degree so all learners excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for 80 years and has locations in Jennings, Lake Charles, and Oakdale, LA. For more information, visit www.sowela.edu.

About McNeese State University 
McNeese State University is nationally ranked as one of the top public universities in the United States, is recognized as one of the finest regional universities in the South and is known as one of the best values for low tuition and high average starting salaries for graduates. McNeese continues to play a pivotal role in providing well-prepared, innovative leaders by offering outstanding academic programs and focusing on student success and affordability. McNeese faculty and staff are committed to the University’s motto of “Excellence With a Personal Touch!”