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SOWELA’s School of Business & Applied Technology Earns Prestigious Certification From Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs


Newly Acquired Accreditation Applies to SOWELA’s Business Administration, Office Systems Technology, and Accounting Technology Programs

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – December 8, 2021)

SOWELA’s School of Business & Applied Technology has earned the highly sought-after certification from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The accreditation covers three programs within the school at SOWELA: Business Administration, Office Systems Technology and Accounting Technology. Currently, SOWELA’s business programs have more than 250 students enrolled.

ACBSP provides a set of standards and criteria to assist ACBSP associate degree member institutions in achieving excellence in business program education. The council uses a rigorous standard to award its accreditation including self-study, onsite visits and assessments. SOWELA is one of only eight institutions in Louisiana to receive the distinction.

“This accreditation is huge for our students because it lets them know they are receiving a high-quality education and it proves to businesses and industries that SOWELA is committed to continuous improvement in helping our students gain the skills needed to succeed. Our School is one of approximately 1,200 schools in 60 countries to earn this accreditation,” said Dr. Marie Coleman, School of Business and Applied Technology Dean. “I’m extremely appreciative to all the faculty, staff, students, and administration who were involved in the three-year process of assisting our business programs achieve this worthy accomplishment.”

SOWELA offers more than 30 technical and academic programs including Practical Nursing, Machine Tool Technology, Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice, Surgical Technology, Accounting Technology and Forest Technology.

For more information about any of SOWELA’s programs or to apply online, visit this page. Anyone needing additional assistance can contact onestop@sowela.edu for more information.

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 80 years.