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SOWELA to resume Lake Charles classes online, other campuses in-person

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 12:54:58-04

Southwest Louisiana Technical Community College says that classes will resume for students on Friday, September 25.

Classes will be online only for students at its main campus in Lake Charles with in-person and online classes taking place at the college's Jennings and Oakdale campuses.

Major repairs are underway at the campus in Lake Charles where several of the 13 buildings reportedly sustained moderate to major roof and/or structural damage caused by Hurricane Laura.

SOWELA says that it has completed a thorough assessment of the damages to the main campus in Lake Charles and the instructional sites in Jennings and Oakdale.

Due to significant damage to the main campus buildings in Lake Charles, on-campus classes in Lake Charles will not resume. Minimal damage was also reported on the Oakdale campus which houses programs such as Forest Technology, Industrial Instrumentation Technology, and Practical Nursing.

School officials say that SOWELA’s Morgan Smith Instructional Site in Jennings was spared any significant damage.

Fall classes that began face-to-face on the main campus in Lake Charles will be converted to online instruction only, where possible, until the buildings are ready for use, they say.

Students will be notified, via Canvas, whether their Lake Charles face-to-face classes will be converted to online instruction. Classes that can be converted to online will resume September 25, 2020.

The college says that additional details will be published in the coming weeks, along with an updated academic calendar on

In person, hybrid and online classes that started the fall semester in August at Jennings and Oakdale will resume also on September 25, 2020.

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The college's three campus have been closed since August 28.

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