LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Construction has begun on a new Culinary, Gaming and Hospitality building at a community college in southwest Louisiana.
SOWELA Technical Community College says in a news release that the $10.2 million development on its Lake Charles Campus will cover 28,000 square feet (2601.26 sq. meters).
It will be used to train students for jobs and careers in Louisiana's $18.8 billion hospitality industry. Citing figures from Louisiana's Workforce Commission, SOWELA expects the state to see a nearly 15% increase in hospitality jobs by 2026.