Grand Opening for GWAMA

Grand Opening for GWAMA
Posted on 08/12/2013

Hundreds turn out to see new welding school

Waco ISD and the Waco Business League held a grand opening for the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at the campus, located at the former site of Doris Miller Elementary School, 2401 J.J. Flewellen Road.

The newly renovated building is a place where students from Waco ISD and nine surrounding school districts will have an opportunity to learn industrial skills that are in high demand in Waco as well as Texas and the nation. The building has been retrofitted with specialized classrooms and state-of-the-art welding stations to accommodate this new and unique partnership between industry and education.

Opening this August, the Academy will introduce students to the world of welding and precision metal manufacturing. Much more than a trade school, the Academy will also teach math and science skills that are mandatory to acquire today's high-tech industrial jobs.

School districts participating in the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy include: Bosqueville ISD, China Spring ISD, Crawford ISD, Connally ISD, Midway ISD, LaVega ISD, Lorena ISD, McGregor ISD, Riesel ISD, Robinson ISD, Waco ISD and Methodist Children’s Home.

Founding business partners are: Waco Business League, University School of Engineering & Computer Science, Capstone Mechanical, Caterpillar, CenTex AGC, Central Texas Iron Works, Elixir Industries, Grainger, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Lochridge-Priest, Manitou Group, Matheson Gas, Mazanec Construction, Packaging Corporation of America, SpaceX, Sturdisteel, T-Squared Manufacturing, Texas State Technical College-Waco, Time Manufacturing, Tymco, Vantran, Wallace Group, and Education Service Center Region 12.