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Houston’s Aviation Club Sees Early Success

March 8, 2013

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The Houston Airport System's Aviation Club has enjoyed tremndous success in its first few months of existence.
Just six months after its formation, the Houston Airport System’s Aviation Club is having tremendous success in attracting new student members and securing financial assistance for the advanced education of those participants.

Launched in October 2012, the Aviation Club encourages students at Sterling High School and Carnegie Vanguard High School to explore possible careers in the fields of aviation and aerospace.

“Houston’s legacy as a world leader in aerospace jobs will continue with the development of this exciting and innovative community outreach to the next generation,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “By creating the spark in the minds of young people, we ensure that ‘Space City’ will continue to change the world as an economic driver in the aviation and aerospace industries.”

Since the program’s formation, club enrollment has swelled to 65 at Sterling High School and Carnegie Vanguard High School. Community outreach efforts have also been successful in securing several scholarship donations from local business leaders.

These donations are designed to assist in the secondary education of those students interested in pursuing advanced training in aviation-related fields.

“The Houston Airport System and its Director Mario Diaz are serving as catalysts to engage our young men and women in aviation and generate excitement toward math and science,” said Dr. Mark A. Friend, Dean of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University central region-worldwide campus. “This is exactly what our youth need as they mature and pursue their dreams through higher education.”

But even more community assistance is needed, as additional students near their High School graduation ceremony. If you’d like to learn more about how you can support the efforts of the Houston Airport System’s Aviation Club, contact Maria Fink, HAS chief human performance officer and aviation club's program director at

Additional information on the Aviation Club itself can be found on the airport system’s Web site at
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