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SOWELA Announces “Second Start” Initiative for New and Current Students

Deadline to take advantage of Second Start is Monday, March 15, 2021

(Lake Charles) – February 10, 2021

SOWELA has announced a new “Second Start” initiative for currently enrolled and prospective students. The initiative allows current students to add another course to their Spring 2021 schedule or for new students to sign up for Spring classes. Enrollment for the Second Start option is open now and will end on Monday, March 15, 2021. Second Start classes cover topics in business, history, English, information technology and more and last seven weeks. Interested students can visit https://www.sowela.edu/second-start-classes/ for more information or to sign up.

SOWELA is currently offering online, hybrid, and in-person options dependent on course availability and requirements since it began the Spring 2021 semester on January 19. SOWELA’s main campus is in Lake Charles with satellite campuses in Jennings and Oakdale.

Recently, SOWELA achieved the highest retention rate amongst community and technical colleges in Louisiana. The Lake Charles college was also named WalletHub’s #1 community college in Louisiana for the third straight year. SOWELA is also ranked #27 overall in the entire U.S. out of all 1,167 community colleges in the rankings.

Currently, five of SOWELA’s 13 main campus buildings are open for instruction. Beginning last Spring in 2020, SOWELA shifted many of its programs to online and/or hybrid options due to COVID, and officials will continue the online and hybrid options for some of the college’s programs in the Spring 2021 semester. Some programs will have in-person options for hands-on training and lab instruction. To help students gain access to online instruction, SOWELA recently provided more than 1,000 mobile hotspots to its students, staff, and faculty.

SOWELA offers more than 30 technical and academic programs including Practical Nursing, Machine Tool Technology, Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice, Surgical Technology, Accounting Technology, and Forest Technology.

For more information or to apply online, visit www.sowela.edu. Anyone needing additional assistance can contact info@sowela.edu.

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. For more information, visit www.sowela.edu.