Wednesday morning Texas Workforce Commissioner Julian Alvarez presented Waco High School's Automotive Technology Lab a check for more than $220,000 for a Jobs and Education for Texans grant.
Two hours later he was "wowed" by another Waco ISD program, the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy, and promised to spread the word about the good things happening at GWAMA.
Alvarez and TWC Program Manager Emily Clodfelter got a guided tour of the Robotics & Electronics, Welding, and Precision Manufacturing departments from Academies Director Dr. Dale McCall and CTE Director Donna McKethan.
Alvarez told the Waco ISD group he and Clodfelter have been to a lot of presentations, "but we have never been wowed like this. This shows the power of JET grants," he said.
The two asked dozens of questions as they examined the state-of-the-art equipment and technology students utilize to prepare for a career soon after college. More than a dozen school districts, including Waco ISD, send students to GWAMA for classes that include dual-credit programs and apprenticeships that often lead to jobs soon after graduation.
The TWC Commissioner suggested he may bring a delegation to Waco from other parts of the state to see the good things happening at GWAMA and GWACHA.