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SOWELA Faculty and Staff Honored During Statewide Conference

Recipients Awarded at the 2020 LCTCS Annual Conference

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – November 3, 2020

SOWELA Technical Community College faculty and staff were recently honored at the annual Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Annual Conference. Honorees were nominated by fellow SOWELA employees. The conference and award ceremony were held virtually this year with the following individuals recognized:

Outstanding Faculty Member: Mr. Todd Carrere
Todd Carrere is the Associate Professor of Mathematics at SOWELA, where he has taught since 2008. He began his career as a Graduate Instructor at McNeese State University, teaching developmental mathematics and college algebra and serving as a mentor and tutor in mathematics and statistics. Carrere has taught mathematics for elementary school teachers, pre-calculus, college algebra, and developmental mathematics while also advising pre-med students. He holds the 2011 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award, the 2006 Anne Ferguson Award for Outstanding Alumnus of the National Association for Developmental Education, and was the 2011 LCTCS Award recipient for Outstanding SOWELA Faculty Member.

Outstanding Professional Staff: Dr. Paula Hellums
Paula Hellums is the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and has served in this role for the past six years. As a registered nurse, she began her career caring for medical-surgical and organ transplant patients in a large teaching hospital. She went on to teach for over 15 years in practical nursing programs before being named a practical nursing department chair. Hellums then transitioned to her current role, during which time she has served on the Nursing Supply and Demand Council, Simulation Medical Training and Education Council, and the Health Works Commission. As Accreditation Liaison, Hellums was a key member of the College’s 2019 SACSCOC reaffirmation team. More recently, she has served as a member of the College’s COVID-19 planning team and has worked to promote the safety and welfare of students and employees. Paula completed her undergraduate studies at Louisiana College. She went on to obtain her Master of Science in Nursing degree from McNeese State University and her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is the proud mother of three wonderful children.

Outstanding Professional Support Staff: Ms. Magan Soileau
Magan Soileau is the Site Coordinator for SOWELA Oakdale. Her post-secondary education began at the Oakdale campus where she earned Associate Degrees in Office Systems Technology and Accounting Technology. Soileau also holds an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She started her career in higher education as a student worker for the Oakdale campus and was hired as an Accounting Clerk from 2000-2004. In 2004, she replaced the retiring accountant and remained in that position until shifting into Human Resources in September 2013. When SOWELA acquired the Oakdale campus on July 1, 2018, she transitioned into her current role as Site Coordinator and assists as the Human Resources Manager.

Distinguished Retiree: Ms. Marianne White
Marianne White served as the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, Alumni Affairs and Community Engagement at SOWELA from 2015-2018. White worked with SOWELA’s leadership team, the SOWELA Foundation board of directors, business and industry partners, donors and friends to advance the mission of the College. Prior to joining SOWELA, she served as the Coordinator of Planned Giving and Donor Research at the McNeese State University Foundation and as the first Executive Director of Calcasieu Community Clinic. She has a master’s degree in business administration from McNeese and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Texas A&M University.

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