Louisiana Vehicle Maintenance Training Program Receives ASE Accreditation

Feb. 8, 2024
Sowela Technical Community College's two-year program trains students in work involving fuel, electrical, cooling, brake systems, drivetrains, and suspension systems. 

The Vehicle Maintenance and Applied Technology program at Sowela Technical Community College in Lake Charles, Louisiana, has received Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Training Program accreditation from the ASE Education Foundation, the American Press reports.

The two-year program in Louisiana trains students to perform service and maintenance on all kinds of vehicles. The curriculum includes malfunction diagnosis and the study of fuel, electrical, cooling, brake systems, drivetrains, and suspension systems. 

An accreditation submission was sent by the Sowela Vehicle Maintenance Advisory Committee, comprised of local industry representatives, asking for the college to be considered for accreditation. 

As School of Transportation and Applied Technology Dean Robert Null points out, Sowela works closely with the local community to put students in touch with employment opportunities after graduating. This is something the ASE Education Foundation noted as being particularly impressive upon its on-site review of the school’s instruction, facilities, and equipment.

“Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that Sowela’s graduates will be employable entry-level technicians,” stated ASE Education Foundation President Michael Coley.