Sowela Technical Community College
About Sowela Technical Community College
Sowela Technical Community College is located in the city of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Lake Charles is the fifth largest city in the state, and a major cultural and educational center in the southwest region. With over 75 festivals held annually, the city is referred to as the Festival Capital of Louisiana. A few of the events to visit include Mardi Gras, the Cajun Music and Food Festival, the Gallery Promenade Arts Showcase, and the Celtic Nations Heritage Festival. Lake Charles is also home to several small museums and other cultural facilities, such as the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, whose Black Heritage Art Gallery is one of the sites featured on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. Local theater groups such as the Lake Charles Little Theatre provide theatrical entertainment using local talent. In addition, the city boasts its own symphony orchestra known as the Lake Charles Symphony.
Sowela Technical Community College is one of Louisiana¡¦s newest comprehensive technical community colleges. Sowela was originally the Southwest Louisiana Trade School, established by the Louisiana Legislature in 1938. In 1940 classes began in five programs of training. In 1962, the name was changed to Sowela Technical Institute to reflect the expansion of facilities, growth of the student body, increased curricula, and the need for additional technical education. In 2003, Sowela Technical College became Sowela Technical Community College, a comprehensive technical community college expanding its mission to include academic programs designed to transfer to four year colleges and universities. The two-year public institution is accredited by the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The commercial art program at Sowela provides students with the opportunity to learn skills necessary for employment and advancement in the fields of advertising, photography, printing, video, and animation. Completion of the two-year program results in an AAS degree in commercial art. Students are required to complete the college's general education requirements, plus program courses including commercial art, illustration, color, desktop publishing, advertising theory, typography, creative copy writing, design, computer graphics, screen printing, pre-press, videography, computer animation, photography, and portfolio preparation and presentation. Students must also complete an additional elective course in either advanced videography or interactive media.
The drafting and design technology program at Sowela provides students with the opportunity to obtain the board and computer drafting skills needed for employment and advancement in the area of architectural drafting. The two-year program results in an AAS degree in drafting and design technology. In addition to the general education requirements, students complete courses in computer-aided drafting, drafting fundamentals, geometric construction, machine drawing, architecture, structural materials, and civil surveying, plus a course in job seeking skills.
A number Sowela Foundation and institutional scholarships are available to new and returning students due to the generosity of local donors and supporters of STCC. Departmental scholarships are available as well. Students are selected based upon academic success, leadership, general accomplishments, and financial need. Students wishing to be considered for a scholarship must complete a scholarship application, available on campus at the financial aid office. Lists of available scholarships are posted around campus and in the program departments. Applications for private scholarships must be made with the specific grantors.