Deal allows easier transfer of credits for nursing students

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, October 26, 2022

By Emily Burleigh

American Press

Southwest Louisiana nursing students now have more versatile higher education options.

SOWELA Technical Community College and McNeese State University signed an Articulation Agreement on Tuesday to make the credit transfer process between the two institutions easier for nursing students.

Representatives from SOWELA and McNeese gathered to celebrate the transfer agreement.

This agreement was made possible through the interconnective partnership between the two universities. “This nursing transfer agreement is another collaborative effort between McNeese and SOWELA that makes the pathway to a bachelor’s degree a seamless process,” said SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

He continued by explaining that this unique partnership has made attaining an advanced degree more possible for area residents. “Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana are fortunate to have two strong higher educational institutions that are constantly working together to make the attainment of an advanced degree more accessible while removing the obstacles that prevent success,” he said.

Dr. Daryl V. Burckel, McNeese President, stated that McNeese and SOWELA share the same goals. “McNeese and SOWELA share a common interest in providing access to quality higher education in Southwest Louisiana,” he said. “Working with SOWELA to streamline the transfer process between our academic programs is in the best interest of the region and our economy.”

Current SOWELA student Zach Schwartzenburg will be positively impacted by the Articulation Agreement.

He began his path in higher education at McNeese to pursue a science degree. After seeing the hard work of nurses during the birth of his son, he decided that nursing was the right path for him. “There were nurses from SOWELA while we were in the labor process,” he said. “They were able to help my wife and our family during that time.” He explained that he began to talk to the nurses there about their RN program, and then began exploring SOWELA’s opportunities.