Sowela Technical Community College

3820 J Bennett Johnston Ave, Lake Charles
LA, 70616
Tel: (337)491-2698
2,775 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 2,775 students (62% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 30% 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 County, LA.
The nearest community college is Delta School of Business and Technology (3.2 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
Sowela Technical Community College Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public

Student Body

The student population of 2,775 teachers has grown by 70% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has increased from 13:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.44 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,775 students
1,287 students
Sowela Technical Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2012)
# Full-Time Students
1,729 students
832 students
Sowela Technical Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2012)
# Part-Time Students 1,046 students
1,021 students
Sowela Technical Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2012)
Sowela Technical Community College sch enrollment Sowela Technical Community College sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
Sowela Technical Community College Asian (2006-2011)
% Hawaiian
- 1%
% Hispanic
Sowela Technical Community College Hispanic (2006-2012)
% Black
Sowela Technical Community College Black (2006-2012)
% White
Sowela Technical Community College White (2006-2012)
% Two or more races
Sowela Technical Community College More (2011-2012)
Sowela Technical Community College sch ethnicity Sowela Technical Community College sta ethnicity
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 0.45
Sowela Technical Community College Diversity Score (2006-2012)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,871 is less than the state average of $5,917. The in-state tuition has grown by 81% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,604 is less than the state average of $10,050. The out-state tuition has grown by 88% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,871 $5,917
Sowela Technical Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,604 $10,050
Sowela Technical Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Source: 2012 (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.

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