Following years of steady growth, SOWELA Technical Community College saw an explosive 21 percent increase in enrollment between 2012 to 2013 as more students flocked to the institution for coursework and training in high-demand fields. The Southwest Louisiana economy has boomed recently—particularly in aerospace, advanced manufacturing and energy—and SOWELA has responded with relevant curriculum programs and strong industry partnerships. Act 360 includes two key projects, which supports the SOWELA expansion to meet demands.
One of the projects is a new campus facility at the Morgan Smith Campus in Jennings, LA, which will replace an outdated building that no longer meets student and instructor needs. The planned 36,000 sq. ft. facility will provide a range of community and technical education programs that will serve students in the corridor between Lake Charles and Lafayette. Growth programs include automotive technology, welding, nursing, office systems, accounting and general education, as well as student support services such as academic transfer programs and adult education. Moreover, the new campus will be built near Jennings High School, further increasing opportunities for dual enrollment among high school juniors and seniors.
To be determined