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IMPORTANT ADVISING UPDATE

SOWELA’s Main Campus advisors are now advising students during walk-in hours. Walk-in advising hours are Monday – Thursday 8:00-11:30 and 1:00–4:00, and Fridays from 8:00–11:00. Our Main Campus advisors are located in the Sycamore Student Building. Just sign into the kiosk at the One Stop when you arrive.

*Please note that during the month of August, no advising appointments can be made, and advisors are available during walk-in advising hours only.

  • If you will be attending the Lake Charles campus, and you have specific questions about placement scores and/or courses, please email FASTadvising@sowela.edu with your questions and be sure to include the following information in your email:
    • Name, working contact phone number, your Student L# (found on LoLA) and/or DOB, and your major/program
  • If you are a student at the Jennings/Morgan Smith site, you can email Kimberly Stanton at kimberly.stanton@sowela.edu to request assistance for advising with the following information included in your email:
    • Name, working contact phone number, your Student L# (found on LoLA) and/or DOB, and your major/program
  • If you are a student at the Oakdale Site, you can email Brittany Barkdull at brittany.barkdull@sowela.edu to request assistance for advising with the following information included in your email:
    • Name, working contact phone number, your Student L# (found on LoLA) and/or DOB, and your major/program

Please note that due to the volume of students we are assisting in person, email responses may be delayed. We look forward to helping you with advising!

The mission of the Flight Advising Success Team at SOWELA Technical Community College is to support and empower students to reach their academic and career goals by promoting an environment of shared responsibility that fosters an ongoing collaboration between advisors and students.

Role of the FLIGHT ADVISOR:
  • Encourage, teach, and help students to develop a realistic academic plan consistent with educational, personal, and professional goals.
  • Inform students about college policies and procedures.
  • Inform students about resources and opportunities on campus.
  • Provide transfer information and guidance as needed.
  • Share knowledge about programs and graduation requirements.
Role of the STUDENT:
  • Carefully consider your academic and career goals and share this information with your academic advisor.
  • Review your major and degree requirements.
  • Ask questions!
  • Create an academic advising file.
  • Contact your Flight Advisor about any academic difficulties.
  • Pay attention to important dates and deadlines.
  • Review the Academic Calendar on the SOWELA website.
  • Prior to dropping or changing a course, consult with your Flight Advisor.
Role of the FACULTY ADVISOR:
  • Act as a mentor with detailed knowledge of the student’s program of study.
  • Double-check to see that the student is following an accurate plan toward graduation.
  • Inform the student of current trends in business and industry.
  • Assist the student with securing internships and networking with professionals in their chosen careers.
  • Serve as a critical link to the employment pipeline, especially as a student nears graduation.
Please prepare for your advising appointment by completing these steps, which will help both you and your Flight Advisor: