SOWELA Announces Short-Term Fall Training Options

Choose from Pipefitting, Forklift and OSHA and Construction Safety Training with Scholarships Available for Those Who Qualify

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – October 17, 2023)

SOWELA’s Office of Workforce Solutions is now registering for multiple short-term training courses this fall. Scholarships are available for those who qualify, and registration is open on a first-come, first-serve basis. A limited number of training seats are available for each program, held at SOWELA’s Main Campus in Lake Charles, LA.

Pipefitting Training: Students learn the skills needed to become a pipefitter, including safety principles and tools, as well as the basic concepts of installation and repair of high- and low-pressure pipe systems used in manufacturing, the generation of electricity and the heating and cooling of buildings. Successful completers earn two certificates, NCCER Core and a Pipefitting Certification of Completion. The 12-week class begins Wednesday, November 1, and meets Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The cost is $2,500.

OSHA and Construction Safety: The four-day class prepares students to certify for OSHA and NCCER Core: Construction Site Safety certifications. Class begins Monday, November 6, and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-9:00 PM. The cost is $50.

Forklift Training: A one-day class for individuals wanting to learn the proper forklift operating techniques. The training is available on Monday, October 30, or Tuesday, October 31, from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Students receive a certificate of completion, and the cost is $50.

For more information or to register, visit our In-Person Training page or call (337) 421-6560 or email

About SOWELA Technical Community College

SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, online, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers career and technical education learners 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 85 years and has locations in Jennings, Lake Charles, Leesville and Oakdale, Louisiana.

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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