Career Services

SOWELA's Office of Career Services educates and supports individuals in life planning and career self-reliance. Students at all SOWELA locations can utilize its innovative and informative job placement services for employment support during their college experience or in preparation for life after graduation. The Office of Career Services is at the Main Campus in Lake Charles, LA, in the Magnolia Building, Student Success Center.

Online Job Bank

SOWELA's Career Services Office offers innovative and informative job placement services to our students. One of those services is our online job bank (opens new window).

  • To access the job bank, you must enter your student ID as your username and then click "forgot password."
  • Services are available to students, alumni, and employers.
  • Approved employers may post jobs and search resumes.
  • All services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • After you register to the site, it is very important that you cheeck your email daily for alerts and announcements from the Career Services Coordinator regarding job openings, career fairs, workshops, etc.

Job Search Services

Coast Guard Lateral Entry Program

SOWELA has a Lateral Entry Program with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). This enables SOWELA graduates in specific programs to directly enlist into the USCG or USCG Reserve at a higher rank and pay. As part of the program, eligible SOWELA graduates can also bypass USCG technical training due to their degree credential.

Helpful Links

Contact Information

Joseph W. Lavergne
Director of Student Recruitment and Career Services
(337) 421-6951

SOWELA does not guarantee job placement, however, the office staff will do their very best to assist students with job placement needs.

3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615
(337) 421-6565
(800) 256-0483

Mon-Thu: 7:45 AM to 4:15 PM
Friday: 7:45 AM to 12:00 PM
(337) 421-6550

SOWELA Technical Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:

Title IX Officer

Candy Parker

(337) 421-6510 or (800) 256-0483

3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

ADA Officer

Maegan Lewis

(337) 421-6952 or (800) 256-0483

3850 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

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