WACO (October 2, 2013)--The Waco ISD has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will boost the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy where area students are taught precision welding skills.
The district plans to use money to purchase additional equipment and material for the academy, which opened in August, as well as for professional development and curriculum expansion.
"Our vision for the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy is to prepare Waco area students for productive employment, success in post-secondary 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."
The grant comes from the federal government's Magnet School Assistance Program.
"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."