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SOWELA Named Workforce Innovator of the Year

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) Recognizes the College for Its Substantial Innovations to Workforce Development in Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – November 16, 2018

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) named SOWELA Technical Community College the 2018 Workforce Innovator of the Year at its Free Enterprise Awards reception in Baton Rouge, LA. The Workforce Innovator of the Year Award was given to the College for creating, implementing, and supporting a high-caliber education or workforce development initiative aligned with closing the employment gap.

“SOWELA is a perfect example of industry’s commitment to the future of Louisiana. Numerous LABI members have a deep-rooted commitment to increasing educational opportunities for available local jobs in the STEM fields. Their direct workforce investment can be seen through the success of SOWELA,” said a statement released by LABI.

The Free Enterprise Awards are given to individuals or organizations with unparalleled devotion to their employees, local communities, and Louisiana’s future.

About the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry was organized in 1975 to represent Louisiana businesses, serving as both the state chamber of commerce and state manufacturers association. LABI’s primary goal is to foster a climate for economic growth by championing the principles of the free enterprise system and representing the general interest of the business community through active involvement in the political, legislative, judicial, and regulatory processes.

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.