SOWELA to Host High School Counselors at February 9 Luncheon

Attendees will Learn About the Benefits of Community College and Meet SOWELA Administrators

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – January 25, 2024)

SOWELA Technical Community College will host a High School Counselor’s Luncheon on Friday, February 9, in the Culinary, Gaming and Hospitality Center at its Main Campus in Lake Charles, LA. Counselors from the region’s 10 parishes can attend. They will learn about the benefits of a community college education, including quickly connecting students with a sustainable career path and the financial savings in its transfer opportunities.

“High school counselors are the first line of support for high school students,” said Director of Recruitment and Career Services Joseph Lavergne. “They can help guide students through childhood and adolescence and connect them with educational opportunities. We have this luncheon to showcase SOWELA so counselors can know what SOWELA can offer their students.”

Attendees will also meet SOWELA administrators and receive updates about the institution. SOWELA’s Culinary Arts department will provide the high school counselors with lunch.

SOWELA recently celebrated 85 years of educating Southwest Louisiana and was named the #1 community college in Louisiana for five years running from 2018-2023.

SOWELA offers over 30 technical and academic programs, including Chemical Laboratory Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Culinary Arts, Drafting and Design Technology, Surgical Technology, Accounting Technology, Process Technology and Forest Technology. An LPN to RN program will begin in Summer 2024 at the SOWELA Lamar Salter site in Leesville, LA, and as part of the College’s new Casino Dealer School, Blackjack and a Secondary Game training will start February 8 at the Lake Charles campus.

For more information, contact SOWELA Director of Recruitment Joseph Lavergne at

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 more than 85 years.

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