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 equalto than the state community college average of 35:1.
Minority enrollment is 36% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 59%.
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 (3.20 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 92 teachers has declined by 25% over five years.
College 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
61 staff
SOWELA Technical Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 3,237 has grown by 78% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has increased from 13:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.52 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 15% over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,237 students 1,315 students
SOWELA Technical Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 35:1
22:1
SOWELA Technical Community College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 1,779 students
815 students
SOWELA Technical Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,458 students
1,061 students
SOWELA Technical Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
SOWELA Technical Community College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
SOWELA Technical Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
1%
5%
SOWELA Technical Community College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
2%
20%
SOWELA Technical Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
26%
15%
SOWELA Technical Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
64%
49%
SOWELA Technical Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
2%
3%
SOWELA Technical Community College More (2011-2013)
% Unknown races
4%
6%
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. 0.52 0.70
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 $5,590. 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 $10,086. The out-state tuition has grown by 64% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,243 $5,590
SOWELA Technical Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,861 $10,086
SOWELA Technical Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 80%
89%
SOWELA Technical Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Source: 2005 (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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Did You Know?
For Louisiana public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,437 per year for in-state students and $5,982 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,646 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 0.66, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Louisiana is Delta School of Business and Technology. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.