SOWELA Announces Short-Term Fall Training Options

Choose from CDL, Clinical Medical Assistant, EMT or HVAC Training with Scholarships Available for Those Who Qualify

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – July 12, 2023)

SOWELA Technical Community College’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.

Emergency Medical Training (EMT): Students learn the emergency medical service system, the role and responsibilities of the Emergency Medical Technician, anatomy, physiology, pathology, patient assessment, airway management and basic cardiac life support skills. Classes are held at SOWELA’s Leesville site from 5:00-9:00 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays and one Saturday a month from August 1 through December 19. The cost is $250, a $2,000 savings for a limited time.

HVAC Training: The 22-week program, which starts Monday, August 7, includes residential and commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning training. Successful completers earn 10 hours of OSHA-authorized training and are prepared to test for the EPA Universal 608 license and the Ready to Work NATE certification. At completion, students clock a total of 695 hours. The cost of the program is $5,575. Class meets Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM at SOWELA’s Lake Charles campus.

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Training: The Class A license training program is a comprehensive 245-hour classroom and behind-the-wheel program. The curriculum covers Louisiana Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations, pre-trip inspection, backing pad skills, and on-the-road skills. The seven-week class starts on Monday, October 2. Students meet Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM at SOWELA’s Lake Charles campus, and the program costs $5,950.

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

Clinical Medical Assistant: The four-month training starts on Monday, October 9, and prepares students for employment in care facilities, home health agencies, and hospitals where basic bedside nursing care is needed. After the training program, Medical Assistant students take exams for OSHA-10 Bloodborne Pathogens, Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, EKG, and Basic Life Support (CPR). Class meets Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM and costs $3,999.

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

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Friday: 7:45 AM to 12:00 PM
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Title IX Officer

Candy Parker

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

ADA Officer

Maegan Lewis

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