Elementary & Secondary Education
Southwest Louisiana is proud to have many distinguished graduates of our elementary and secondary public school systems that include Dr. Michael DeBakey, noted heart surgeon and creator of M.A.S.H. units, David Filo, co-creator of Yahoo!, Ralph Eggleston, 2000 Academy Award winner for animation and artistic director of Toy Story, and Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America and Tony Award winner.
Vincent Settlement Elementary School selected as 2008 No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon School.
Westwood Elementary and Frasch Elementary Schools received the Chamber Foundation’s Southwest Louisiana Quality Award of Significant Progress.
Bobby Jack Thompson, LaGrange High Principal, and Jill Portie, Lebleu Settlement Elementary Principal, were named State Principals of the Year. Buzz Sarver, S. J. Welsh Middle, was selected Regional Middle School Principal of the Year.
Maplewood Middle Principal Margaret Goode was named State Principal of the Year at the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators, and Arlene Cain from Barbe High was named State Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Judy Antoine, Oak Park Middle School, was named Louisiana Counselor of the Year.
For information on individual public schools in Southwest Louisiana, contact the following:
Michael K. Doucet, Superintendent
Allen Parish Schools
P.O. Drawer C
Oberlin, LA 70655
Stephanie Rodrigue, Superintendent
Cameron Parish Schools
P.O. Box 1548
Cameron, LA 70631-1548
Rita Mann, Superintendent
Beauregard Parish Schools
P.O. Drawer 938
DeRidder, LA 70634-0938
David Clayton, Superintendent
Jefferson Davis Parish Schools
P.O. Box 640
Jennings, LA 70546
Wayne Savoy, Superintendent
Calcasieu Parish Schools
1724 Kirkman Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
626 North 4th Street
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064
There are several colleges and universities in Southwest Louisiana or within reasonable commuting distance from the area. McNeese State University, located in Lake Charles, has an approximate student population of 8,400. Founded as a junior college division of Louisiana State University in 1939, it is today now a fully accredited university operating under the Louisiana Board of Trustees. It provides notable degree programs including an MBA program and degrees in Nursing, Engineering, Education, etc. All in all, McNeese offers over 100 degree programs.
For more information contact:
P.O. Box 92495
Lake Charles, LA 70609-2495
The mission of SOWELA Technical Community College is to provide an accessible, affordable, quality education that prepares students for employment, advanced studies and career enrichment. The area has numerous vocational technical schooling available ranging from hair care to business to electronics to nursing to fashion. Technical schools provide resident necessary training for future jobs. The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) has demonstrated a commitment to employers by offering a “Day One Guarantee” that will promise a highly skilled, trained workforce and free retraining for any graduate not meeting the needs of businesses.
P.O. Drawer EM
Louisiana Technical College - Morgan Smith Campus
The mission of Delta Tech is to recruit, train, graduate, and assist in placing students with the job skills that are in demand by employers. Our career preparation provides individuals with quick access to the job market while maintaining a standard of excellence that promotes competence and success on the job. Delta Tech, founded in 1970, is a private co-educational school offering business, medical, and technical courses. The school is located in Lake Charles' historical district at 517 Broad Street. Today, Delta Tech offers diploma and Associate Degrees in such fields as Drafting, Information Technology, Business Management, Accounting, Medical Office Assistant, and Administrative Assistant.