3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Ave
Lake Charles, LA 70615
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  • 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 3,068 students (48% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 37% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 55%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 3,068 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,662
  • Out-state tuition: $6,590
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 13:1
  • Minority enrollment: 37%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

SOWELA Technical Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Louisiana for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 234 teachers has grown by 129% over five years.
SOWELA Technical Community College
(LA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Special Focus Two-Year: Technical Professions
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 years but < 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
234 staff
37 staff
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Number of Programs Offered
35
5

Student Body

The student population of SOWELA Technical Community College has declined by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 17:1 over five years.
The SOWELA Technical Community College diversity score of 0.62 is less than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,068 students
376 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
17:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,470 students
287 students
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# Part-Time Students
1,598 students
395 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
232 students
233 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
3,068 students
284 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
18 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,171 students
980 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
1 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
217 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
4%
5%
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% Black
23%
33%
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% White
63%
45%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
3%
2%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
3%
10%
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Diversity Score
0.62
0.68
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
3.65%
2.05%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.87%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$35,800
$31,100
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,662 is more than the state average of $2,971. The in-state tuition has declined by 12% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,590 is more than the state average of $6,101. The out-state tuition has declined by 13% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,662
$2,971
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,590
$6,101
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
70%
94%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$3,750
$9,994
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$3,500
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
100%
79%
ACT Composite
n/a
21
ACT English
n/a
21
ACT Math
n/a
20

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
10 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Be the Match, Criminal Justice Club, Fishing Club, Graphic Arts Club, Louisiana Restaurant Association Student Chapter, National Technical Honor Society, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, SkillsUSA, Student Government Association
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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.
Profile last updated: 09/20/2022

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does SOWELA Technical Community College cost?

SOWELA Technical Community College's tuition is approximately $3,662 for In-State students and $6,590 for Out-State students.

What is the acceptance rate of SOWELA Technical Community College?

The acceptance rate of SOWELA Technical Community College is 100%, which is higher than the state average of 79%.

What is SOWELA Technical Community College's ranking?

SOWELA Technical Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Louisiana for: Largest student body, Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation) and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 3,068 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,662
  • Out-state tuition: $6,590
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 13:1
  • Minority enrollment: 37%
  • Source: Verified school update

Did You Know?

For Louisiana public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,971 per year for in-state students and $6,101 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,930 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Louisiana is 81%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Louisiana community colleges have a diversity score of 0.68, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Louisiana is River Parishes Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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