Sowela Technical Community College

SOWELA Technical Community College was created in 1938 by the Louisiana Legislature as the Southwest Louisiana Trade School. While it has had a variety of names over the past 65 years, its mission has always been the same: to provide opportunities for people to qualify for jobs which will lead to meaningful and productive careers.

 If you wish to earn a degree or diploma in a program of study, or if you only want to take a few classes to learn a specific skill or to upgrade existing skills, SOWELA is here to assist you. If you want to enrich your life by learning something that you’ve always wanted to know - to specialize in a particular kind of culinary art, for example - they can help you do that.

  SOWELA’s small class sizes, its affordable tuition, highly qualified faculty, convenient class times, beautiful campus, and wide variety of student services combine to make it the right choice for many people.

 They are proud of this college. They are about lifelong learning - giving people a chance to learn new things and to enrich their lives. They are committed to the principle that each and every student be given an equal opportunity to develop to his/her full potential.

The mission of SOWELA Technical Community College is to provide a lifelong learning and teaching environment designed to afford every student an equal opportunity to develop to his/her full potential. SOWELA Technical Community College is a public, comprehensive technical community college offering programs including associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates as well as noncredit courses. The college is committed to accessible and affordable quality education, relevant training, and retraining by providing post-secondary academic and technical education to meet the educational advancement and workforce development needs of the community.


  • To provide effective articulation and credit transfer to other institutions of higher education.

  • To provide counseling, career guidance, financial assistance, student activities and other services essential to developing the potential of individual students.

  • To provide student support services designed to assist students in making academic, career and personal decisions.

  • To articulate with public and private schools to provide an opportunity for high schools to enroll in courses appropriate to their needs and interests.

  • To ensure a positive public awareness of the college and its programs and services.

  • To provide educational opportunities for inmates and staff of correctional facilities.

  • To contribute to the development of business, industry and community through customized education, job training and re-training.

  • To provide a special comprehensive program of developmental courses and adult basic education necessary for preparation of students to succeed in post-secondary education.

  • To evaluate institutional effectiveness and make modifications on a continuous basis.

Sowela is located at 3820 J. Bennett Johnston Avenue in Lake Charles, Louisiana. This campus is located in Calcasieu Parish, and serves citizens of Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis, Allen, and Beauregard Parishes.

This campus is owned by the State of Louisiana. Sowela is governed by the Board of Supervisors of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

Sowela is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE). This accreditation means that, nationwide, this school will be recognized as meeting standards of training acceptable for accreditation.

Sowela Technical Community College
3820 J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70615