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SOWELA Officially Acquires Lamar Salter Campus in Leesville, Louisiana


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Issues Accreditation to SOWELA Effective July 1, Clearing the Way for the Acquisition of the Former Central Louisiana Technical Community College Campus

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – June 23, 2022)

SOWELA Technical Community College has officially added the Lamar Salter campus in Leesville, Louisiana, effective July 1, under its expanding administrative leadership. Lamar Salter was part of Central Louisiana Technical Community College in Alexandria, Louisiana.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) issued SOWELA its formal accreditation this week, clearing the way for SOWELA’s acquisition. The campus realignment was approved in Spring 2021 by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors to improve administrative efficiency and the delivery of instructional and workforce training.

“We are excited to join the Vernon Parish community. It not only expands our reach geographically, but the Lamar Salter campus also helps SOWELA expand its program offerings to include Carpentry and Outdoor Power Equipment. We are also looking forward to strengthening relationships with the military community at Fort Polk,” said SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

SOWELA’s acquisition of the Lamar Salter campus makes general education classes transferable for students, enabling them to transfer credits to an accredited university for a bachelor’s degree. Transferability saves students significant dollars in tuition and gives them more flexibility. SOWELA currently has 10 transfer agreements with four-year institutions and will continue to add more to the list.

Programs at the Lamar Salter campus include Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technology, Business Administration, Carpentry, Outdoor Power Equipment, Practical Nursing (LPN), and Welding. It has workforce development partnerships with Fort Polk and multiple private businesses to train active-duty military who are nearing the end of their enlisted service for civilian careers. Facility and technology improvements are underway so students can learn using industry-standard equipment. SOWELA also brings a robust Foundation to Lamar Salter, increasing student scholarship opportunities.

Adding the Lamar Salter campus in Leesville brings SOWELA’s total to four, with the main campus in Lake Charles and its two other satellite campuses in Oakdale and Jennings. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has accredited all locations to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. The College was named the #1 Community College in Louisiana by WalletHub for three years running.

Currently, the instructional site is home to 120 students, including high school dual enrollment, adult basic education, workforce development training, general education courses, and career and technical education programs.

For more information or to enroll at SOWELA Lamar Salter, call (337) 537-3135 or email onestop@sowela.edu. Classes begin Monday, August 15.

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, Oakdale and Leesville, LA.