SOWELA Ranked #1 Community College in Louisiana by Niche

SOWELA Also Ranked in the Top 12% Of Community Colleges Nationwide

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – October 20, 2022)

The national college review website Niche has ranked SOWELA Technical Community College as the #1 community college in Louisiana. The highly-renowned online platform also ranked SOWELA in the top 12% of community colleges nationwide. Niche’s rankings are “based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni.”

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“SOWELA’s performance has again gained national recognition as the #1 Community College in Louisiana in 2023. Even though the College suffered some drastic setbacks with COVID and Hurricanes Laura and Delta, the hard work, dedication, perseverance, and vigilance of our faculty and staff have proven that SOWELA continues to be a strong economic engine and a quality workforce provider for the SW Louisiana region,” said SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall. “This new recognition and accomplishment from Niche is yet another testament that SOWELA is a quality institution of higher learning, and our students are the true beneficiaries of this achievement.”

The newest accolades add to the list of honors for SOWELA which also achieved the highest retention rate among community and technical colleges in Louisiana.

Currently, scholarships of $500 are available for new students on a first come, first served basis in the following programs: Accounting, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Chemical Laboratory Technology, Digital Arts and Communication, Information Systems Technology, Outdoor Power Equipment Technology, Surgical Technology, Vehicle Maintenance Technology and Welding (at SOWELA Oakdale and Jennings locations). Additional scholarships and financial aid are also available for those that qualify.

For more information about any of SOWELA’s programs or to apply online, visit our How to Enroll page. Registration for SOWELA’s Spring 2023 semester will open on Monday, October 31. Anyone needing additional assistance can contact for more information.

About SOWELA Technical Community College

SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, online, 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, Louisiana.

3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615
(337) 421-6565
(800) 256-0483

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Friday: 7:45 AM to 12:00 PM
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SOWELA Technical Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:

Title IX Officer

Candy Parker

(337) 421-6510 or (800) 256-0483

3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

ADA Officer

Maegan Lewis

(337) 421-6952 or (800) 256-0483

3850 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

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