SOWELA Announces Short-Term Summer Training Options

Choose from Cooking Boot Camp, Clinical Medical Assistant and CDL Training with Scholarships Available for Those Who Qualify

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – April 20, 2023)

SOWELA Technical Community College’s Office of Workforce Solutions is now registering for multiple short-term training courses this summer. Scholarships are available for those that 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.

Cooking Boot Camp: This 120-hour program starts Monday, May 22, 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 hours of credit toward SOWELA’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts. Day and evening classes are available, and the cost is $50.

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Training: SOWELA offers a free online permit prep course for those pursuing a CDL. This permit is needed to start the training program. 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, June 12. Students meet Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and the cost is $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, June 19, and prepares students for employment in care facilities, home health agencies, and hospitals where primary 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). The class is held Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM, and the cost is $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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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

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