Louisiana's Community and Technical Colleges

"Student Success Stories"Adrian Johnson moved to Lake Charles from Bossier City on a basketball scholarship to attend a four-year university. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and accepted a position at the Department of Social Services, where he worked for seven years.

When the stress of his position took a toll on him, Johnson decided to change his career and enrolled at Sowela Technical Community College (Sowela).

“I went from a career wearing a button down shirt and tie to a job requiring steel-toed boots, a welding hood, and leather gloves and I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” said Johnson.

Johnson enrolled in Sowela’s fast track welding program on a workforce scholarship offered through the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. He wanted to acquire a high-demand, high-wage skill that would lead to a stable career.

Upon completion of the program, Johnson obtained the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) credential in welding, and was hired by CB&I to work on the Cameron LNG project in Hackberry, Louisiana.

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