SOWELA Women in Nontraditional Careers Seminar Spotlights Local Trailblazers

Female Industry Representatives Share Their Path to Career Success on June 13 in Aviation Maintenance, Drafting, Process Technology, Truck Driving, Welding and Vehicle Maintenance

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – May 16, 2023)

SOWELA Technical Community College will host a Women in Nontraditional Careers Seminar on Tuesday, June 13, from 5:30-6:30 PM at its Main Campus in Lake Charles, LA. Attendees will hear from women actively working in Aviation Maintenance, Drafting, Process Technology, Truck Driving, Welding and Vehicle Maintenance. The event is free and open to the public.

“Put aside what you think is traditional or preconceived notions about community college,” said SOWELA Drafting and Design Technology alum Patricia Stroderd, one of the event’s guest speakers representing Recon Management Services. “To me, saying it’s nontraditional drives me to make it a traditional career path for women—to work harder and show that I can be successful. Don’t limit yourself. Go for it and make your career path your own.”

Additional speakers include Sunshine Dickson, Citadel Completions; Denise Dowling, SOWELA Vehicle Maintenance and Repair; Chasity Ware-Greve, LyondellBasell; Ma-Hogney Lewis, Brock Industrial Services; Francina Rankins, DS Bus South; and Taylor Winfrey, FEMA.

To register for the Women in Nontraditional Careers Seminar, visit this registration page (opens new window). For more information, contact SOWELA’s One Stop Enrollment Office at (337) 421-6550 or

SOWELA’s student body is 54 percent female. Many of them are finding success in nontraditional career paths. A career path is considered nontraditional when one gender comprises less than 25% of individuals employed in that field or occupation.

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 85 years.

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