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SOWELA Receives Positive Growth Award


SOWELA Technical Community College’s Regional Training Center received the Positive Growth Award for the Institutional category at the Alliance for Positive Growth’s “Growing SWLA Strong” Awards Program on August 2, 2018.

The development of the SOWELA Technical Community College’s Regional Training Center began in 2012 to answer an urgent question in Southwest Louisiana, “How do we most effectively train the skilled workers demanded by multiple and diverse industry expansion projects?”

The resulting 67,000 square-foot building includes offices, classrooms, labs, a 200-seat auditorium, a caterer’s kitchen, and large open instructional spaces that can be configured according to changing needs. The Regional Training Center’s modern appearance was designed by the Lake Charles architectural firm Champeaux, Evans, Hotard. Its location on the main street bisecting the SOWELA campus makes it highly visible, and a landscape plan by Hornsby Landscaping provides welcoming curb appeal.

Since construction was completed in late 2016 the building has not only housed high-demand, high-skill training programs, it has played host to various community and educational forums and meetings. Additionally, Louisiana Economic Development’s FastStart division maintains a regional project office in the building, providing a local presence for regional FastStart projects.

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.