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SOWELA Announces Short-Term Fall Training Options

Choose from Culinary Fundamentals or CDL Training with Scholarships and Financial Assistance Available for Those that Qualify

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – October 6, 2022)

SOWELA Technical Community College’s Office of Workforce Solutions is now registering for multiple short-term training courses this fall. Scholarships and financial assistance are available for those that qualify, and registration is open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Limited training seats are available.

Culinary Fundamentals: This five-week program starts Monday, October 17, and prepares students to enter the hospitality industry as entry-level cooks. Successful students earn two nationally recognized certifications, including the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute’s (AHLEI) Certified Kitchen Cook and the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe Manager Certification. Students can apply up to 9 credit hours toward SOWELA’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts. The cost is $50.

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Training: The Class A license training program is a comprehensive 245-hour classroom and behind-the-wheel program. Training covers Louisiana Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations, pre-trip inspection, backing pad skills, and on-the-road skills. SOWELA offers a free online CDL permit course to those who want to take the training but do not have their permit. The seven-week class starts on Monday, November 21. Students meet Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The cost is $5,950. Scholarships and financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

The final skills test necessary to receive a state license is administered by state-approved examiners. Completers who obtain their state license are qualified to drive tractor-trailers, dump trucks, tow trucks, delivery trucks, tanker trucks, and flatbed trucks.

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