October 18, 2014: Aviation and Aerospace Teacher Education Day

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to 235 public use airports, 225 licensed aircraft dealers, 70 licensed flight schools, 5 aircraft manufacturers, 6,800 registered aircraft and 16,000 licensed pilots; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan has 883 public schools and academies serving over 1.5 million students grades K-12; and,

WHEREAS, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education is an important focal point as competent, talented young people are needed to ensure a strong, innovative technological future for our State, and,

WHEREAS, teacher professional development is key to providing our youth with engaging, relevant and exciting learning opportunities that result in them being competitive on a global stage; and,

WHEREAS, aviation related activities contributes over $10 billion annually to Michigan’s economy and provides significant positive economic and quality of life impacts in Michigan communities throughout the State; and,

WHEREAS, The Michigan Aeronautics Commission has provided leadership and sound counsel regarding the growth and advancement of aeronautical activity in the State of Michigan since 1929; and,

WHEREAS, The General Aviation Committee of the Michigan Aeronautics Commission in partnership with the Square One Education Network, supporting the growth of a strong, active aviation community and the value it can bring to schools in communities throughout the State is conducting an aviation/aerospace teacher workshop on October 18, 2014.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 18, 2014 as Aviation/Aerospace Teacher Education Day in Michigan.