SOWELA Technical Community College

3820 J Bennett Johnston Ave
Lake Charles, LA 70616
Tel: (337)421-6565
3,411 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 3,411 students (53% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 33:1 is lower than the state community college average of 34:1.
Minority enrollment is 31% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 55%.
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 (3.20 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 102 teachers has declined by 31% over five years.
College SOWELA Technical Community College (LA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 102 staff
25 staff

Student Body

The student population of 3,411 has grown by 11% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has increased from 16:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.47 is less than the state average of 0.66. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,411 students 357 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 33:1
# Full-Time Students 1,815 students
382 students
# Part-Time Students 1,596 students
906 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
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. 0.47 0.66

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $2,871 is less than the state average of $2,875. The in-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,604 is equal to the state average of $5,604. The out-state tuition has grown by 24% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,871 $2,875
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,604 $5,604
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 82%
Source: 2014 (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 $2,875 per year for in-state students and $5,604 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,345 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 lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Louisiana is Delta School of Business and Technology. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.