SOWELA Technical Community College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$3,335
2022 Average Net Price
$8,996
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
8.93%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
3,268
50.2% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
40.2%
224 Graduates

About

SOWELA Technical Community College is a higher education institution located in Calcasieu Parish, LA. In 2022, the most popular 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentrations at SOWELA Technical Community College were General Studies (196 degrees awarded), Other Industrial Production Technology (102 degrees), and Instrumentation Technology (88 degrees).

In 2022, 1,988 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at SOWELA Technical Community College. 43.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 56.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,426 degrees), 4.04 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (353 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at SOWELA Technical Community College is $3,335, which is $−4,777 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at SOWELA Technical Community College is $3,335, which is $−4,777 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $8,996.

In 2022, 79% of undergraduate students attending SOWELA Technical Community College received financial aid through grants.

Tuition Costs

$3,335
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at SOWELA Technical Community College was $3,335. The cost of tuition at SOWELA Technical Community College is $−4,777 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$8,996
2022 Value
4.22%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 SOWELA Technical Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $8,996. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of SOWELA Technical Community College grew by 4.22%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,932
Room and Board
$1,300
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at SOWELA Technical Community College was of $9,932 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 1.4% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

79%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants

79% of undergraduate students at SOWELA Technical Community College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 6.76% with respect to 2021, when 74% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
8.93%
2019 Default Rate
41
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at SOWELA Technical Community College was 8.93%, which represents 41 out of the 459 total borrowers.

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Enrollment

SOWELA Technical Community College had a total enrollment of 3,268 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at SOWELA Technical Community College is 1,640 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,628. This means that 50.2% of students enrolled at SOWELA Technical Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at SOWELA Technical Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 62.1% White, 22.8% Black or African American, 4.87% Hispanic or Latino, 4.13% Two or More Races, 1.07% Asian, 0.643% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.184% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at SOWELA Technical Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (37.7%), followed by White Female (29%) and Black or African American Female (14%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

50.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at SOWELA Technical Community College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,268 students. The full-time enrollment at SOWELA Technical Community College is 1,640 and the part-time enrollment is 1,628. This means that 50.2% of students enrolled at SOWELA Technical Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

60%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at SOWELA Technical Community College was 60%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), SOWELA Technical Community College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,031 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    745 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    159 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at SOWELA Technical Community College is 62.1% White, 22.8% Black or African American, 4.87% Hispanic or Latino, 4.13% Two or More Races, 1.07% Asian, 0.643% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.184% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 101 students (3.09%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 272 fewer women than men received degrees from SOWELA Technical Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at SOWELA Technical Community College is white (1,426 degrees awarded). There were 4.04 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (353 degrees).

The most common 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentration at SOWELA Technical Community College is General Studies (196 degrees awarded), followed by Other Industrial Production Technology (102 degrees) and Instrumentation Technology (88 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at SOWELA Technical Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering Technologies (620 degrees awarded), Construction (276 degrees), and Science Technologies (28 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at SOWELA Technical Community College are Police officers (129,956 people), Other managers (78,882 people), Construction managers (47,151 people), Software developers (37,468 people), and Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists (31,011 people).

The most specialized majors at SOWELA Technical Community College in 2022 are Engineering Technologies (620 degrees awarded), Construction (276 degrees), Science Technologies (28 degrees), Precision Production (88 degrees), and Personal & Culinary Services (103 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at SOWELA Technical Community College are Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Physicians, Chief executives & legislators, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, and Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing

The most specialized majors at SOWELA Technical Community College are Engineering Technologies (620 degrees awarded), Construction (276 degrees), Science Technologies (28 degrees), Precision Production (88 degrees), and Personal & Culinary Services (103 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at SOWELA Technical Community College are Justice, public order, & safety activities (304,726 people), Construction (125,172 people), Elementary & secondary schools (70,955 people), Computer Systems Design (61,703 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (41,354 people).

The most specialized majors at SOWELA Technical Community College are Engineering Technologies (620 degrees awarded), Construction (276 degrees), Science Technologies (28 degrees), Precision Production (88 degrees), and Personal & Culinary Services (103 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by SOWELA Technical Community College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 196 degrees awarded
  2. 102 degrees awarded
  3. 88 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common 1 to 2 year postsecondary certificate concentration at SOWELA Technical Community College was General Studies with 196 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,130
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
858
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 1,130 degrees were awarded to men at SOWELA Technical Community College, which is 1.32 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (858).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 257 degrees were awarded to men at SOWELA Technical Community College in Other Industrial Production Technology, which is 4.43 times more than the 58 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 177 degrees were awarded to men at SOWELA Technical Community College in General Studies, which is 5.21 times more than the 34 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

29%
100% Completion Time
43%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 29% of students graduating from SOWELA Technical Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 43% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 45% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at SOWELA Technical Community College is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.893% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,426 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    353 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    77 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at SOWELA Technical Community College is white (1,426 degrees awarded). There were 4.04 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (353 degrees).

0.402% of degree recipients (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Male
    889 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    537 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    221 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at SOWELA Technical Community College is white male (889 degrees awarded). There were 1.66 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (537 degrees).

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Operations

SOWELA Technical Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $1.91M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNk (−7.78%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, SOWELA Technical Community College had a total salary expenditure of 35.6M. SOWELA Technical Community College employs 75 Instructors, 16 Assistant professors and 5 Associate professors. Most academics at SOWELA Technical Community College are Male Instructor (41), Female Instructor (34), and Female Assistant professor (14).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at SOWELA Technical Community College are: Business and Financial Operations, with 41 employees, Management, with 23 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 16 employees.

Endowment

$1.91M
2022 Endowment
5.73%
growth from 2021

SOWELA Technical Community College has an endowment valued at about $1.91M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of SOWELA Technical Community College grew 5.73% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $3.3M lower than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: High Career & Technical-High Traditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$11.7M
2022 Salaries
0.651%
growth from 2021

In 2022, SOWELA Technical Community College paid a median of $11.7M in salaries, which represents 32.8% of their overall expenditure ($35.6M) and a 0.651% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.75M
Instructional Salaries
103
Number of Employees

In 2022, SOWELA Technical Community College paid a total of $5.75M to 103 employees working as instructors, which represents 49.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
75 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
41 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at SOWELA Technical Community College were Instructor with 75 employees, Assistant professor with 16 employees, and Associate professor with 5 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at SOWELA Technical Community College were Business and Financial Operations with 41 employees, Management with 23 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 16 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Instructor
  2. Female Instructor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at SOWELA Technical Community College was Male Instructor with 41 employees, Female Instructor with 34 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 14 employees.

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