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SOWELA’s Dean of Transportation & Applied Technology Receives Black Excellence Award in Education


William Mayo, Dean of the School of Transportation & Applied Technology at SOWELA Technical Community College, received the Black Excellence Award in Education during the Opening Ceremony of SWLA Center for Health Services’ Seven Days of Juneteenth Freedom Festival on June 13th. Dean Mayo was recognized for his contributions to the black community through his lifelong commitment to education.

Prior to his current role at SOWELA, he held positions as Executive Director of Workforce Development and Dean of Workforce Solutions. Dean Mayo believes that ensuring equal access to education is the key to a vibrant and engaged workforce.

SOWELA’s Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Dr. Paula Hellums, says “Mr. Mayo always looks for ways to partner with community leaders and organizations to ensure our citizens and potential students are made aware of opportunities to enhance educational attainment and knowledge that will lead to meaningful employment. Not only does he work to share information about educational opportunities, he works diligently to identify funding to reduce the financial burden to those wishing to pursue a college certificate, diploma, or degree. I am incredibly proud of Mr. Mayo and can think of no one more deserving of this award.”

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 81 years and has locations in Jennings, Lake Charles and Oakdale, LA.