Governor Edwards visits SOWELA

Updated: Jan. 29, 2019 at 8:39 PM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Governor John Bel Edwards wanted to find out about new technologies now available to students at SOWELA.

“I was pleased to learn that enrollment is up nine percent from this time last year," Edwards said. “We know that the economy here continues to be on fire with the job creation on a per capita basis. It’s the strongest in any city in the United States of America, but it wouldn’t happen if we didn’t have educated, skilled, and trained employees.”

Edwards wants to continue the state’s growth, “Just being here is the key to success for our state going forward. That’s how we continue to attract investment and job creation in Louisiana, is to inspire confidence.”

Edwards says to further inspire confidence in employers, SOWELA and the Governor announced they are moving forward with a $10.2 million investment first announced in August. That money comes from the state and will fund SOWELA’s newest building, a culinary, gaming, and hospitality center.

He said he wants to continue the progress SOWELA has made with their hands-on approach to education.

“That really isn’t offered anywhere else in the state," Edwards said. "So, this facility, this investment is going to allow those skills and that knowledge to be imparted to students who can then go to work; not necessarily just here in southwest Louisiana, but all over the state and beyond, if they want to.”

Edwards said the progress here at SOWELA can provide inspiration for the rest of the state.

“Just serves to reinforce what we’re doing; our current approach is exactly right for the state of Louisiana if we want our children and grandchildren to have the opportunity for success here in Louisiana,” Edwards said.

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