The Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy received a $45-thousand gift in memory of a prominent Waco businessman. Wick and Markham Dossett, sons of the late Walter Dossett, Jr., presented the donation to Academy Director Brandon Cope during a recent tour of the school.
Now in its second year, the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy is designed to teach high school students skills that are currently in high demand in the local work force such as welding, metal manufacturing, machining and robotics. About 175 students from school districts throughout the Waco area are enrolled at the Academy.
"Dad would have been extremely delighted and excited about what we're seeing today," remarked Markham Dossett. "A facility that produces skilled craftsmen was right down his alley."
Walter Dossett, Jr. had a long and distinguished business career in Waco as well as other Texas cities. He served as president of Central Texas Compress Company, president of the Board of Royal Seating Corporation of Cameron, officer and director of Exporters and Traders Compress and Warehouse Company, chairman of the Brazos Masonry Corporation Board of Directors, principal of Iron Horse Iron Works, and president of the National Cotton Warehouse Association.
"Dad was always interested in growing business and industry in Waco," said Wick Dossett. "That's the reason we're honoring him with this gift to the manufacturing academy."