SOWELA Technical Community College and Phillips 66 Announce $1 Million Donation and Expansion of Phillips 66 Process Technology Center

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(Lake Charles, Louisiana) SOWELA Technical Community College officials announced a $1 million donation from Phillips 66 during a special check presentation today. The donation to SOWELA will help expand the region’s only Process Technology Center, which supports the talent needs of the oil and gas field – one of Louisiana’s largest workforce industries. The $1.7 million expansion of 3,500 square feet doubles the facility’s lab space, increases hands-on learning opportunities and helps the College accommodate the program’s strong enrollment in Process Technology.

“SOWELA is very fortunate to have an industry partner such as Phillips 66 who takes a focused interest in the workforce development programs we offer,” said SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall. “The $1 million donation provided by Phillips 66 helps SOWELA increase the size of our Process Technology Building and better meet the demands in the region for skilled process technicians. This is just another great example of how collaboration between industry and education makes a difference in the regional economy and improves the lives of the citizens of SW Louisiana.”

On average, industrial plants hire four process operators for every engineer, making the Process Technology Center an essential part of the workforce and economic development. This expansion will ensure well-trained process technicians are available to fill a growing number of energy industry jobs and provide specific operator training in South Louisiana and surrounding areas.

“Phillips 66 is committed to investing in the next generation of skilled industrial workforce of Louisiana,” said Scot Tyler, Phillips 66 Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex General Manager. “The valuable education that SOWELA Technical Community College provides is crucial for our region’s success. We’re proud to do our part and contribute to expanding the educational resources needed to support these students’ aspirations.”

SOWELA’s Process Technology program helps familiarize and train students in petrochemical and liquefied natural gas (LNG) environments, including monitoring, operating and maintaining equipment used to process raw material into marketable chemical or petrochemical products. It includes state-of-the-art equipment, such as an LNG training skid, a Simtronics operator training simulator, glass labs for distillation, reaction, wastewater, deionized water and extraction, and more.

In 2019, SOWELA achieved the designation and was recognized as an Industrial, Process and Liquefied Natural Gas Technology Center for Workforce Excellence by the Louisiana Board of Regents, of which the Process Technology program is a part.

About Phillips 66

Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) is a leading diversified and integrated downstream energy provider that manufactures, transports and markets products that drive the global economy. The company’s portfolio includes Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses.

Headquartered in Houston, Phillips 66 has employees around the globe who are committed to safely and reliably providing energy and improving lives while pursuing a lower-carbon future. For more information, visit or follow LinkedIn on LinkedIn.


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 more than 85 years.

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