SOWELA Students Bring Home Second Place Prize in National Video Competition

Digital Arts and Communication Students Awarded $1,000 from the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – November 10, 2023)

SOWELA Technical Community College’s Digital Arts and Communication students recently earned second place in the national Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) video competition held in Atlanta, Ga. Undergraduates across ATMAE’s 800 members received invitations to submit a one-to-three-minute video about why employers should hire current students and graduates of ATMAE-accredited programs.

“For three weeks, these Media Production students spent time filming and editing this project outside of their normal class work,” said Instructor Thunder John. “They worked hard, and their hard work certainly shows. With this being a national competition, achieving second place is a display of just how talented our SOWELA students are. As their instructor, I can’t even begin to express how proud I am of their hard work and achievements. These are just a few of the many talented students we have in the Digital Arts and Communication department.”

SOWELA’s video team includes Connor Couvillion, Chance DeCuir, Matt Dye and Noah Guidry. The team received a $1,000 scholarship award to be distributed evenly between the students.

ATMAE is a highly regarded association with hundreds of members from academia, government and industry. It is the programmatic accreditor of engineering technology and technology-related disciplines delivered at national or regional accredited institutions in the U.S. For more than five decades, this nonprofit entity has earned an esteemed reputation for setting standards in academic program accreditation, certification, and professional development, focusing on technology integration, leadership, and design.

Six of SOWELA’s 30+ programs are ATMAE accredited, including Aviation Maintenance, Digital Arts and Communication, Drafting and Design, Industrial Instrumentation, Information Systems and Process Technology.

Spring registration is now open at SOWELA for all programs, including ATMAE-accredited options, in Lake Charles, Jennings, Leesville and Oakdale, LA. For more information or to apply online, visit our Apply page. Anyone needing additional assistance can contact

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