State workforce officials visit GWAMA

State workforce officials visit GWAMA
Posted on 09/06/2013

Manufacturing school impresses workforce council

Robert Hawkins and Larry Jeffus, members of the Texas Workforce Investment Council, recently visited the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy. Operating under the Office of the Governor, the TWIC promotes the development of a well-educated, highly skilled workforce to address the needs of Texas businesses and workers.


Both Hawkins and Jeffus have rich backgrounds in the manufacturing trades. Hawkins is a former jouneyman pipefitter who also taught at Texas State Technical College for 30 years. Jeffus has been a welder most of his life and has authored several welding textbooks including one used at GWAMA. The men were very impressed with the newest Waco ISD campus.

"To see an innovative program like this is really exciting," said Hawkins. "This can be a model for economic development."

"In the last six years I've been to 39 states as well as Canada," added Jeffus. "What I've seen here in Waco rivals anything I've seen anywhere in my travels."

During the visit, Jeffus presented an autographed textbook to welding instructor Joy Rogerson.