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SOWELA Technical Community College Overview

Located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, SOWELA Technical Community College is a public institution. The city atmosphere of Lake Charles makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is SOWELA Technical Community College Known For?

2,068 Undergraduate Awards
  • The highest award offered at SOWELA is the undergraduate certificate.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 54% of the faculty were full-time.

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SOWELA Technical Community College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SOWELA.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Industrial Production Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Business & Commerce Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Electromechanical Engineering Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Industrial Production Technology Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Value Engineering Technologies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#73 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#79 Best Value Health Professions Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#86 Best Value Allied Health Professions Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#107 Best Value Nursing Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SOWELA has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Value Colleges for Industrial Production Technology College Factual
#5 Best Other Industrial Production Technologies Schools College Factual
#6 Best Value Colleges for Engineering Technologies College Factual
#16 Best Industrial Production Technology Schools College Factual
#20 Best Engineering Technologies Associate Degree Schools College Factual
#22 Best Electromechanical Engineering Technology Schools College Factual

Where Is SOWELA Technical Community College?


Contact details for SOWELA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Ave, Lake Charles, LA 70615
Phone: 337-421-6565

How Do I Get Into SOWELA?

You can apply to SOWELA online at:

As long as you submit the requested materials to SOWELA Technical Community College when applying, you shouldn't have to worry about getting in since the school has an open admissions policy.

Can I Afford SOWELA Technical Community College?

1% Take Out Loans
24.1% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SOWELA, approximately 1% of students took out student loans averaging $7,961 a year. That adds up to $31,844 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SOWELA is 24.1%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

SOWELA Technical Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,492 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,914 undergraduate students at SOWELA, with 1,492 being full-time and 1,422 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 1,492 full-time undergraduates at SOWELA, 48% are male and 52% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of SOWELA Technical Community College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 7
Black or African American 351
Hispanic or Latino 48
White 968
International Students 22
Other Races/Ethnicities 96

Over 10 countries are represented at SOWELA. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Vietnam, and Nepal.

Online Learning at SOWELA Technical Community College

388 Took All Classes Online
1,560 Took At Least One Class Online
41.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 1,560 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SOWELA has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 28th most popular in Louisiana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of SOWELA

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at SOWELA Technical Community College was 41.0%. This is the #751 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SOWELA regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

SOWELA Technical Community College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Industrial Production Technology 131 123 121 375
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 82 79 88 249
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 87 55 81 223
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 15 203 218
Business Support & Assistant Services 148 7 15 170
Precision Metal Working 91 0 54 145
General Business/Commerce 59 32 38 129
Computer Information Systems 39 20 16 75
Accounting 37 16 17 70
Culinary Arts 35 7 21 63
Criminal Justice & Corrections 25 19 18 62
Design & Applied Arts 18 9 24 51
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 17 3 30 50
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 36 36
Physical Science Technicians 20 7 7 34
Nursing 0 33 0 33
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 3 8 21 32
Plumbing & Water Supply 22 0 0 22
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 12 0 0 12
Allied Health Professions 0 9 0 9
Computer Programming 0 0 5 5
Forestry 2 0 1 3
Computer Systems Networking 2 0 0 2
TOTAL 830 442 796 2,068


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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