Sowela Technical Community College, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, was established in 1938 and began operations in 1940. Over the years the school has gone through several names reflecting the growing nature of the school. STCC is constantly expanding its educational offerings and updating its facilities. The school serves residents of south western Louisiana, and has grown is scope, offering traditional and distance learning classes.
Sowela Technical Community College offers a variety of programs for transfer or career development. The school is accredited to award certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. Credit transfer to four year institutions is possible for students seeking to continue their education, while technical and vocational programs prepare students for immediate work in their field of study.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Sowela Technical Community College maintains an open enrollment policy. Students wishing to apply should complete the application and submit it along with all pertinent documents (transcripts, test scores). Financial aid is available to eligible students. Students admitted to Sowela will have an easier time determining financial aid status when applying. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and obtain a PIN in order to determine their eligibility and awards.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,900. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range:
- State Residents: $3,300-$4,000
- Out-of-State: $6,800-$8,114
- Part-time students are charged:
- State Residents: $140-$170 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $280-$340 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||85%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||85%||$4,938|
|Receiving Student Loans||1%||$3,866|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help support students, Sowela Technical Community College may offer student services like those listed below:
- Online classes
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
- Assisting students to find work
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for SOWELA, versus those community colleges in Louisiana, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Sowela Technical Community College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Sowela Technical Community College.
- Lamar State College - Port Arthur in Port Arthur, TX (47 miles away)
- South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette, LA (66 miles away)
- Acadian Campus - Baton Rouge Community College in Baton Rouge, LA (121 miles away)
- River Parishes Community College in Gonzales, LA (137 miles away)
- L E Fletcher Technical Community College in Schriever, LA (151 miles away)