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SOWELA Aviation Maintenance Program Adds Four New Airplanes to Its Fleet


New planes were purchased with a $635,000 donation from anonymous donor

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – July 13, 2021)

Utilizing a $635,000 donation from an anonymous donor, SOWELA’s Aviation Maintenance Program has added four new airplanes to its fleet. The new planes include a Cessna Citation, Cessna 337, Cessna Skycatcher and Piper Arrow. The addition of the four planes brings the school’s fleet total to 13. All of the planes were flown into Chennault International Airport before being transported to a hangar at SOWELA’s campus adjacent to the airport.

The mission of SOWELA’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program is to provide a hands-on learning environment and practical application of aircraft maintenance training to interested students. There are 34 students currently enrolled in the aviation maintenance program which was started in 1968.

SOWELA’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program is a federally regulated Aviation Training School, certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is an accredited program of the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). Once training is accomplished, students are then authorized to test for FAA Airframe and Powerplant certification.

“The acquisition of these four new planes allows us to prepare our students on different types of aircraft on avionics equipment, and it also gives us the opportunity to introduce students to different types of aircraft,” said Dr. William Mayo, Dean of the School of Transportation and Applied Technology.

SOWELA’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program is accepting applications for the Fall 2021 semester. Those interested in learning more can visit our Aviation Maintenance Technology page. Those interested in submitting an application may apply online by visiting this page. Anyone needing additional assistance can contact onestop@sowela.edu for more information.

SOWELA awards a Technical Diploma to all students who complete the aviation maintenance training (66 credit hours). Students receive an Associates of Applied Science Degree upon completion of the aviation maintenance training (66 credit hours) and general studies courses (15 credit hours) totaling 81 credit hours.

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 and has locations in Jennings, Lake Charles and Oakdale, Louisiana.