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 Community College is now registering currently enrolled and prospective students in its “Next Start” initiative. “Next Start” allows current students to add another course to their Spring 2024 schedule or for new students to sign up for Spring classes. Enrollment for the Next Start option is open now and will end on Wednesday, March 7, 2024.

Next Start classes cover topics in automotive, business, criminal justice, math, English, and more and last eight weeks. Interested students can visit our Next Start page for more information or to sign up. Next Start classes are available online with one in-person option in Vehicle Maintenance at the SOWELA Leesville site.

SOWELA offers a variety of scholarship and grant opportunities to students enrolling in Next Start classes with 67% of students receiving financial aid.

SOWELA’s programs include more than 30 technical and academic options, such as Business Administration, Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Accounting Technology and Process Technology.

For more information or to apply online, visit our Apply page. Anyone needing additional assistance can contact the One Stop Enrollment Office at (337) 421-6550 or

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 more than 85 years.

3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615
(337) 421-6565
(800) 256-0483

Mon-Thu: 7:45 AM to 4:15 PM
Friday: 7:45 AM to 12:00 PM
(337) 421-6550

SOWELA Technical Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:

Title IX Officer

Candy Parker

(337) 421-6510 or (800) 256-0483

3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

ADA Officer

Maegan Lewis

(337) 421-6952 or (800) 256-0483

3850 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

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