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SOWELA Technical Community College Overview

SOWELA Technical Community College is a public institution located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. 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?

2,322 Undergraduate Awards
  • Students at SOWELA have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The associate's degree is the highest award offered at SOWELA.
  • In 2017-2018, 53% 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
#3 Best Industrial Production Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is SOWELA Technical Community College?

Location of 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:

Since SOWELA Technical Community College has an open admissions policy, you should not have any trouble getting into the school as long as you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Can I Afford SOWELA Technical Community College?

3% Take Out Loans
4.5% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SOWELA, approximately 3% of students took out student loans averaging $4,889 a year. That adds up to $19,556 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SOWELA is 4.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

SOWELA Technical Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,796 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,459 undergraduate students at SOWELA, with 1,796 being full-time and 1,663 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SOWELA

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,796 full-time undergraduates at SOWELA, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SOWELA

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SOWELA Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 10
Black or African American 433
Hispanic or Latino 57
White 1,180
International Students 9
Other Races/Ethnicities 107

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

189 Took All Classes Online
1,068 Took At Least One Class Online
25.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,068 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 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SOWELA

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at SOWELA Technical Community College was 25.8%. This is the #775 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SOWELA regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SOWELA majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 39%
Culinary Arts 11%
Personal & Culinary Services 11%

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 122 114 216 452
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 99 77 162 338
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 68 24 85 177
Accounting 88 24 60 172
Culinary Arts 21 15 60 96
Design & Applied Arts 29 17 50 96
Criminal Justice & Corrections 40 16 39 95
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 50 0 44 94
Computer Information Systems 39 15 30 84
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 16 17 50 83
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 17 65 82
General Business/Commerce 0 19 61 80
Business Support & Assistant Services 15 15 45 75
Precision Metal Working 23 0 52 75
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 22 6 46 74
Physical Science Technicians 13 12 38 63
Horticulture 43 0 0 43
Building Management & Inspection 43 0 0 43
Plumbing & Water Supply 25 0 4 29
Nursing 0 22 0 22
Computer Programming 0 5 14 19
Computer Systems Networking 2 6 3 11
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 0 0 8 8
Allied Health Professions 0 4 0 4
Forestry 1 0 3 4
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 3 3
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 759 425 1,138 2,322


*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.

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