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SOWELA Cuts Ribbon on New Facility in Jennings, LA


SOWELA Technical Community College will cut the ribbon on the new Morgan Smith campus in Jennings, LA on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

“The new Jennings campus and facility was truly a community project from the very beginning.  The land for the building was purchased collaboratively by the City of Jennings, the Jeff Davis Parish Police Jury, and the Jeff Davis Parish Board of Education. This new building will allow SOWELA to expand instructional programs and services throughout Jeff Davis Parish and the surrounding communities. It is amazing how a new structure creates excitement and renewed interest in higher education possibilities. This excitement and renewed interest has already helped increase enrollment at the new location,” said SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

Funds for the $10.2 million building were provided through State Capital Outlay funds. The purpose of the new building is to provide students and the greater Jennings, La. community with a state-of-the-art educational facility that promotes learning and enhances training.

The new building houses 10 classrooms and seven labs with satellite instruction technology. Program-specific labs encourage hands-on training for improved learning outcomes, including a hospital lab with moderate and high-fidelity mannequins, welding labs, and full-service industrial kitchen. SOWELA Morgan Smith also offers meeting space rental options, such as a Multipurpose Room that accommodates up to 175 people and an Executive Conference Room.

In addition to a new facility and equipment, the SOWELA Jennings campus expanded program offerings to include an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts, a Certificate of Technical Studies in Sterile Processing, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology. Other programs offered at the site include Accounting Technology, Business Administration (available on campus or online), Nurse Assistant (CNA), Industrial Electrician, Office Systems Technology, Practical Nursing (LPN), and Welding.

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, LA.