Manufacturing Academy receives funds for growth
Waco ISD has been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to further enhance the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy. The school opened its doors in August and is now teaching precision welding skills to students from Waco and the surrounding area.
The grant for GWAMA is part of the federal government’s $89.8 million in Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) grants announced last week. A major goal of the grants is to promote courses of instruction within magnet schools that will substantially strengthen students' knowledge of academic subjects and attainment of tangible and marketable vocational skills.
"Magnet schools help increase public school options for parents and students in communities across the country," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "These grants will help students gain access to challenging curricula that will help prepare them for college and 21st century careers."
“Our vision for the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy is to prepare Waco area students for productive employment, success in postsecondary education, or both,” said Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain. “Right now, we know that many of our local manufacturing businesses need welders so we’re trying to meet that demand.”
Waco ISD plans to use the grant awarded to GWAMA to purchase additional equipment and consumables, provide professional development staff and students, and expand the curriculum offered at the school.
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