LAKE CHARLES, La. - As part of a safe reopening plan called "Safe Start," all classes at SOWELA Technical Community College will be virtual for the first two weeks of the upcoming Spring 2021 semester. Classes for the new semester begin online on Tuesday, January 19. The two weeks of online classes will serve as a waiting period to ensure the health and safety of SOWELA students, faculty and staff due to increased potential exposure to COVID-19 over the holiday break, according to a release from the school. Scheduled in-person learning will resume on Monday, February 1.
Spring 2021 enrollment at SOWELA is currently open through Tuesday, January 19, for interested students for all technical and academic programs at all three regional community college's locations in Southwest Louisiana. SOWELA is currently offering online, hybrid and in-person options dependent on course availability and requirements. SOWELA's main campus is in Lake Charles with satellite campuses in Jennings and Oakdale.
Currently, five of SOWELA's 13 main campus buildings are open for instruction for its current students and faculty. Beginning last Spring in 2020, SOWELA shifted many of its programs to online and/or hybrid options due to COVID, and officials will continue the online and hybrid options for most of the college's programs in the Spring 2021 semester. Some programs will have in-person options for hands-on training and lab instruction. To help students gain access to online instruction, SOWELA recently provided more than 1,000 mobile hotspots to its students, staff and faculty.
SOWELA offers more than 30 technical and academic programs including Practical Nursing, Machine Tool Technology, Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice, Surgical Technology, Accounting Technology and Forest Technology.
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