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  By: Cyrier H.R. No. 1358
         WHEREAS, Students and aviation and aerospace professionals
  are gathering in Austin on April 11, 2017, for Texas STEM Powered by
  Aviation and Aerospace Day at the State Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, The Lone Star State is a world leader in the aviation
  and aerospace industries, and accordingly, it places a strong
  emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  (STEM) education; students can prepare for careers in these fields
  in 23 college and university-level aeronautical programs, 36 public
  high schools offering aeronautical courses, and 13 Federal Aviation
  Administration-approved aviation maintenance technology schools;
         WHEREAS, To introduce students to aerospace fields, Karnes
  City Independent School District, McKinney ISD, Irving ISD, Grand
  Prairie ISD, and Sterling Aviation High School in Houston have all
  created aviation-centric STEM courses, while Texas State Technical
  College, Tarrant County College, Texas Southern University, and San
  Jacinto College are producing pilots and aviation engineers,
  mechanics, and technicians; and
         WHEREAS, Companies such as Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream
  Aerospace, Southwest Airlines, and Garver are establishing
  partnerships with secondary and postsecondary schools to ensure
  that students are ready for rewarding careers in aviation; in
  addition, many firms promote the acquisition of skills required in
  these key industries, among them Redbird Flight Simulations, which
  manufactures innovative training devices for classroom use;
  organizations such as the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association,
  the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Experimental
  Aircraft Association, and Texans for General Aviation are also
  committed to cultivating aviation-centric STEM curricula; and
         WHEREAS, The aviation and aerospace industries contribute
  significantly to the prosperity of Texas, and the development of a
  highly skilled workforce with a strong STEM foundation is essential
  to the continued vitality of this sector of the economy; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize April 11, 2017, as Texas STEM Powered
  by Aviation and Aerospace Day at the State Capitol.