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SOWELA Instructor Honored at National Conference

Business Administration Instructor Receives Significant Research Award for Work on “High School Counselors’ Perceptions of Career and Technical Education”


Dr. Marie Coleman, Instructor of Business Administration at SOWELA Technical Community College, was recently presented with the Outstanding Research Poster Award at the Annual Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) Conference in in San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Coleman’s poster was part of her dissertation work while completing her doctoral degree. It featured insights from her research study designed to determine if a correlation exists among high school counselors’ specific demographics, their educational experiences (i.e., professional development, training, and other coursework) and the advising of high school students. The study focused on the factors public high school counselors consider when advising college-bound students to enroll in career and technical education (CTE), the factors public high school counselors consider advising career-bound students to enroll in CTE, and the counselors’ perceptions of CTE.

Posters were scored by conference researchers using a rubric to determine which had the greatest impact on career and technical education.

About Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE)

ACTE provides educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce, and strives to empower educators to deliver high quality career and technical education programs that ensure all students are positioned for career success.


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.