SOWELA Graduates It’s Tenth Process Technology Fast Track Class

College to Hold Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday, May 21st

Lake Charles, Louisiana – Thursday, May 16

SOWELA Technical Community College will host its 59th Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 21. The ceremony also marks the 10th anniversary of the Process Technology Fast Track program, which is designed to help those with an associate degree or higher attain a degree in Process Technology in as little as one semester. Since its inception, the program has awarded degrees to 211 students.

As a Spring 2024 graduate of the tenth Fast Track cohort, Brock Saltzman is grateful for such a program, which enabled him to launch a new career to support his family quickly.

“I went into the program without knowledge of the field,” said Saltzman, who already had a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine. “I was able to come in and learn. It was straight to the point and very condensed, which allowed me to get in, get it done, and then I was ready to go.”

Saltzman will immediately use his new diploma with a highly sought-after summer internship as a process operator at Cameron LNG.

Saltzman and 314 other students are eligible to graduate and receive degrees for Spring 2024.

The Commencement ceremony begins at 2 p.m. in the Lake Charles Event Center.

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital’s retired Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Manley Jordan, will give the Commencement address. Dr. Jordan led the health system as CMO from 2016 to 2024 after practicing with Memorial Pulmonary Associates since 2004.

SOWELA’s graduation ceremony is open to the public. For information about Commencement, contact SOWELA at (337) 421-6550 or email

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 more than 85 years.

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