SOWELA Technical Community College

3820 J Bennett Johnston Ave
Lake Charles, LA 70616
Tel: (337)421-6565
3,237 students
Public institution
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.
School Highlights:
SOWELA Technical Community College serves 3,237 students (55% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 35:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 36% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 44%.
SOWELA Technical Community College is one of 2 community colleges within Calcasieu Parish County, LA.
The nearest community college is Delta School of Business and Technology (3.2 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 92 teachers has declined by 25% over five years.
SOWELA Technical Community College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 92 staff
59 staff
SOWELA Technical Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 3,237 teachers has grown by 98% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has increased from 13:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.44 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,237 students
1,282 students
SOWELA Technical Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 35:1
SOWELA Technical Community College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
1,779 students
810 students
SOWELA Technical Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,458 students
1,017 students
SOWELA Technical Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
SOWELA Technical Community College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
SOWELA Technical Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
SOWELA Technical Community College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
SOWELA Technical Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
SOWELA Technical Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
SOWELA Technical Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
SOWELA Technical Community College More (2011-2013)
% Unknown races
SOWELA Technical Community College Unknown (2006-2013)
SOWELA Technical Community College Ethnicity Breakdown Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.44 0.53
SOWELA Technical Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,243 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 72% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,861 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 64% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,243 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,861 $10,294
SOWELA Technical Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 80%
SOWELA Technical Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

SOWELA Technical Community College was created in 1938 by the Louisiana Legislature as The Southwest Louisiana Trades School of Lake Charles, Louisiana. While it has had a variety of names over the past, 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 – we can help you do that. SOWELA's small class sizes, affordable tuition, highly qualified faculty, convenient class times, beautiful campus, and a wide variety of student services combine to make it the right choice for many people. At SOWELA, you will see state-of-the-art curricula, facilities and equipment. Our campus is conveniently located to most regions of Southwest Louisiana, and our online courses can help you juggle the busy lifestyles of today.

Nearby Schools:

Recent Articles
Community Colleges Offer Online Options
Community Colleges Offer Online Options
Community colleges have responded to the needs of working adults with online options.
Arizona Community Colleges Defunded: What Students Need to Know
Leading the country in slashing public education spending, Arizona voted to defund higher education, including Pima and Maricopa Community College Districts, leaving many Arizona college students wondering what this new state legislation means for the future of their education.
5 Alternative Methods for Earning Community College Credits
Not all community college students spend their winter and summer break on vacation. Some utilize that time to take a few extra classes and earn credits that can help them graduate early. Other students test out of courses and receive credit for work experiences in order to get ahead. In this article, learn about the various methods you can use to pursue extra college credits.
Related School Videos

View more school videos

Did You Know?
For Louisiana public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,620 per year for in-state students and $5,498 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,864 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Louisiana is 82%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Louisiana community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.56, which is higher than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Louisiana is Louisiana Technical College-Jefferson Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.