Dr. Neil Aspinwall SOWELA Technical Community College
Message from the Chancellor
On behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome you to Southwest Louisiana (SOWELA) Technical Community College. We are very excited that you have chosen SOWELA to help achieve your higher educational goals. As a comprehensive community college, we offer high quality technical programs that will prepare you for a career in two years or less and programs/ services designed to help you transfer to four-year colleges and universities. SOWELA is entering a new era and many exciting changes are taking place on campus as well as in the Southwest Louisiana region. Our new Arts & Humanities building officially opened in the summer of 2013 and the new Nursing and Allied Health Building is currently under construction and will open in early 2014. The Louisiana State Legislature approved Senate Bill 204 and the Governor signed it into law in June 2013. This bill provides additional funding for new facilities throughout the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) to help meet the growing demands for workforce development. SOWELA will gain two additional facilities from this legislation – a new Student Services building on the Lake Charles Campus and a brand new facility in Jennings.
With the announcement of over $50 billion in industry expansion in the Lake Charles area, SOWELA is designing and implementing new programs and services to help provide the training needed to fill the thousands of jobs that will be created by these expansions. Many of these programs and services will be housed in a new regional training facility that is also currently being designed and will be constructed on the main campus.
Our dedicated faculty and staff are student focused and pride themselves on providing the pedagogical expertise, personal assistance, and the student support services needed to ensure that you will achieve success in your chosen program of study. Whether you just graduated high school, have been out of school for many years, or are returning to update your skills to improve your current job situation, we have the educational program and/or degree that will help put you on the path to a rewarding career.
SOWELA is also a strong community partner that strives to help improve the economy of Southwest Louisiana by providing programs and services focused on strengthening the area workforce. SOWELA has established many partnerships with the businesses and industries in the region in order to help build a strong workforce and enhance the skills of the current workforce and prepare them to compete more successfully in the 21st century global economy.
As you become acquainted with the SOWELA campus and the faculty and staff, you will quickly learn that we are here to help you achieve success and accomplish the educational and life goals you have set. Pursuing a higher education takes courage, stamina, and a great deal of personal responsibility, and I want to assure you that we are here to make your journey as smooth as possible.
The “SOWELA Family” is here when you need us so please do not hesitate to call upon me or any of the faculty and staff when you need assistance or have questions. Thanks again for choosing Southwest Louisiana (SOWELA) Technical Community College, and I sincerely hope we can help you reach your destination and realize your dreams.
Dr. Neil Aspinwall
3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615 (800) 256-0483 (337) 421-6565 or TTY (337) 491-2524