3820 J Bennett Johnston Ave, Lake Charles, LA 70616

School Details

SOWELA Technical Community College has been educating the region’s workforce since 1940 when it first opened its doors to students. The college was created by an act of the Louisiana State Legislature in 1938 and has been known by several different names since it was established. By the 1990s, SOWELA was among the largest and most progressive post-secondary technical colleges in the state of Louisiana. This prompted the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors to change its status to a technical community college effective July 1, 2003. Throughout the school’s more than 70-year history, the mission and core values have remained constant: “SOWELA strives for excellence in teaching, training and service, and is committed to student success, integrity, collaboration, innovation, access and diversity.” SOWELA awards associate’s degrees and certificates.

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Accreditation & Licensing

Council on Occupational Education,Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges