Public 2 Year

Sowela Technical Community College

Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Sowela Technical Community College overview
Location Lake Charles, Louisiana
Online sowela.edu
School Type Public 2 Year
Setting Small City
Sowela Technical Community College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing No
Level of Study Undergrad
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Sowela Technical Community College, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, provides vocational and technical education to a diverse student body. Established in 1938, Sowela has grown to offer a broad range of associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificate programs, particularly known for its offerings in fields such as aviation maintenance technology, culinary arts, and process technology, reflecting regional employment needs. The campus presents a contemporary setting with facilities designed for hands-on learning. While Sowela does not offer on-campus housing, it emphasizes accessibility for commuter students and those balancing education with work or personal commitments. Situated roughly 200 miles west of New Orleans, Sowela serves the Southwest Louisiana region, leveraging its proximity to the industrial and cultural hub of Lake Charles. The college sustains an open admissions policy, focusing on serving all students seeking technical education and vocational skills development.

Sowela Technical Community College has an open admission policy which permits enrollment by any high school graduate or GED holding student.  1,640 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,628 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $3,335 plus fees of $930.


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Costs for Sowela Technical Community College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$930
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $10,468
Budget for Other Expenses$5,470
Total One Year Cost$21,503

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Popular subjects studied by Sowela Technical Community College students
Subject Percent of Class
Engineering Technology 33%
Mechanic and Repair Technologies 14%
Business 14%
Construction Trades 9%
Health Professions 7%

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