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SOWELA Shatters Enrollment Record

Spring 2020 Enrollment Up 19% From Last Year More Than Doubling Year-Over-Year Enrollment from 2019

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – January 22, 2020

SOWELA Technical Community College continues to see growth in the number of registered students. In the current Spring semester, enrollment has increased by 19% from this time last year. Last year, Spring semester enrollment was up 7% more than doubling year-over-year enrollment at the College in 2020.

To put that into perspective nationally, enrollment decreased by 7 percent between 2010 and 2017 (from 18.1 million to 16.8 million students), and undergraduate enrollment is projected to increase by 3 percent (from 16.9 million to 17.4 million students) between 2017 and 2028, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[1] SOWELA is already outpacing the national projection for 2028.

“The enrollment growth at SOWELA continues to increase and again this semester the College has experienced an incredible and recording setting 19% increase. Many would think with the massive industrial growth in Southwest Louisiana that our enrollment would coincide with the workforce needs directly related to these industrial expansions. However, the enrollment growth we are experiencing is not limited to our technical/industrial program areas; we are seeing growth in program areas such as Aviation, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Chemical Lab Technology, Graphic Art, and Nursing. The number of high school juniors and seniors participating in dual enrollment opportunities has also increased significantly. I can directly attribute this growth to the great student focus we practice on a daily basis and the extraordinary dedication of our faculty and staff,” said SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

The College was most recently named the #1 community college in the state, according to WalletHub, for Cost and Financing, Employment Outcomes, and Student Outcomes and ranks 11th in the nation among community colleges. 

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, and Oakdale, LA. For more information, visit www.sowela.edu.

[1] National Center for Education Statistics. “The Condition of Education: Undergraduate Enrollment” (January 21, 2020) Retrieved from https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_cha.asp.