About Us


    A 2005 survey of U.S. manufacturing employers found that 80 percent of respondents said that they had a serious problem finding qualified candidates for the highly technical world of modern manufacturing. (National Association of Manufacturers)

    In conjunction with the Waco Business League, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Texas State Technical College, and area manufacturing businesses, the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy was created.


    Redefining High School Graduation & Beyond

    GWAMA Certification/Graduation Pipeline

    The Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy offers advanced technical 
    and manufacturing training for high school students. Attendees of the academy 
    are expected to leave the academy with one of the following exit points in mind:

    • Marketable Skill Awards
    • Skills Certificates
    • Advancing Degrees

    Career-focused Instruction with Community Input


    • Attend classes at their home campus during the 9th and 10th grades
    • Attend GWAMA in the afternoon during the 11th/12th grades
    • Courses taken:
      • Two Career (Welding/Metal Manufacturing) Courses
      • One Math Course (11th / 12th Grade Math)
      • One Science Course (11th / 12th Grade Science)
      • Seminar Fridays (dedicated to social-skill building and tutoring)

    Capacity Building

    The Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy provides the curriculum, equipment, qualified instructors, tools, and business partners necessary to train the highly skilled workforce that advanced manufacturers need.

    Stakeholders (school districts, business partners, students, and parents) define the specific skills and knowledge needed to complete the work that these businesses desire in their workforce.


  • Mascot:

    • Dragons

    Participating School Districts:

    Academic Programs:

    • Welding 
    • Precision Metal Manufacturing 
    • Robotics & Electronics 
    Dates subject to change

    Student-to-Faculty Ratio:

    • 18:1
    • (based on half-time equivalent students to full-time equivalent instructional faculty)

    Student Enrollment:

    • 165

    Participating School Districts:

    • Any school district within a 60-mile radius may attend