Sowela workforce development services earn national recognition

By Special to the American Press

Two key workforce development services provided by Sowela Technical Community College have retained and raised their national

rankings in an annual top 100 index.

Sowela ranks 18th in the nation for the number of engineering technology graduates and 29th in the country for the number

of two-year certificates earned by students.

The rankings of the “Community College Top 100 Producers” are compiled annually by the education journal Community College

Week. Sowela’s ratings were announced in the journal’s June edition.

“We are very pleased to be recognized as one of the Top 100 Producers, as it reflects the quality of instruction we provide

and the relevance of the programs and courses we offer,” said Chancellor Neil Aspinwall. “It underscores the commitment of

the faculty and staff in preparing our students to be job ready with marketable skills when they complete their program of


The ratings represent a jump from last

year’s national rankings, when Sowela was 24th in engineering technology


and 45th in awarding two-year certificates, according to Randy

Jolly, Sowela’s executive director of institutional advancement.

It is the fourth consecutive year the process technology program ranked in the top 25 for engineering technology graduates.

“The rankings show that Southwest Louisiana Technical Community College is keenly aware of the market trends in our region

and is positioned to lead in the area of workforce preparedness for a broad range of high-demand jobs,” said Rick Bateman,

vice chancellor for academic affairs and student success.

“Students earning their two-year certificates are entering a marketplace that pays good salaries for the skills and training

the college provides.”

Sowela’s process technology program job-placement rate has regularly exceeded 95 percent.