Sowela to offer short-term summer training sessions

Published 10:07 am Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Sowela’s Office of Workforce Solutions will offer three short-term training options this summer at the main campus in Lake Charles. Classes include CDL Training, HVAC day and evening classes and Clinical Medical Assistant. All classes are open to the public.
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Training: The Class A license training program is a comprehensive 245-hour classroom and behind-the-wheel program. The curriculum covers Louisiana Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations, pre-trip inspection, backing pad skills, and on-the-road skills. The seven-week class starts on Monday, May 6. Students meet Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sowela’s Lake Charles campus, and the program costs $5,950.
State-approved examiners administer the final skills test necessary to receive a state license. Completers who obtain their state license are qualified to drive tractor-trailers, dump trucks, tow trucks, delivery trucks, tanker trucks, and flatbed trucks.
HVAC Training: The 18-week program includes residential and commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning training. Sowela’s day class starts Monday, July 8, and the evening HVAC class begins Tuesday, July 9. Successful completers earn 10 hours of OSHA-authorized training and are prepared to test for the EPA Universal 608 license and the Ready to Work NATE certification. At completion, students clock a total of 695 hours. The cost of the program is $5,575.
Clinical Medical Assistant: The four-month training starts on Monday, August 5, and prepares students for employment in care facilities, home health agencies, and hospitals where basic bedside nursing care is needed. After the training program, Medical Assistant students take exams for OSHA-10 Bloodborne Pathogens, Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, EKG, and Basic Life Support (CPR). Class meets Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and costs $3,999.
To learn more or to register, visit For questions, contact Sowela’s Office of Workforce Solutions at (337) 421-6560 or email

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