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THE SKYLAB INNOVATION CENTER TO RIBBON CUT ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2021 AT 8:00 am AT THE AEROSPACE CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE (ACE) ON THE SUN ‘n FUN CAMPUS AT THE LAKELAND LINDER AIRPORT   Lakeland, FL: Closing the STEM achievement gap is now closer than ever due to an unprecedented and significant milestone about to be achieved at the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE). The organization confirms today that it will have its official ribbon-cutting to its main campus building initiative known as the ‘SkyLab Innovation Center’ on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 for their official re-opening. This extraordinary achievement is part of ACE’s steadfast commitment to providing curriculum-centric and standards-based K-12 STEM learning with cutting-edge aviation and aerospace STEM hands-on educational opportunities. The Aerospace Center for Excellence and its main signature building initiative is nationally recognized as a ‘solutions pioneer’ in the worldwide need for a greater STEM-prepared workforce. Further, ACE possesses a particular passion for serving the critical necessity for pilots and aircraft technicians which are required to support the growing aviation and aerospace industry.   “With the opening of the SkyLab Innovation Center,” said John “Lites” Leenhouts, ACE President and CEO, “we’re trying, right here, right now, with no waiting and no excuses, to re-engage the youth of today in STEM learning opportunities so that they are excited by the sciences and not to be afraid of them. With the opening of the SkyLab Innovation Center and the STEM aerospace education programming offered on the ACE campus, students can reconnect to STEM aerospace education with a love of learning and quickly realize that the aerospace industry has a plethora of opportunities well beyond just flying and fixing.”    The ACE education campus blueprint has expanded significantly in the 47+ year history of the organization maturing into a clear and purposeful mission to engage, educate and accelerate the next generation of aerospace professionals. In fact, ACE is the only blueprint for STEM aerospace education of its kind in the United States. Innovative and inventive, ACE is changing the very fabric of STEM aerospace education in America. ACE and its STEM aerospace education offerings are so well regarded that other aviation and aerospace museums and science discovery centers are beginning to contact ACE for support in starting their own STEM aerospace education opportunities.    Please join us in celebrating the opening of the world’s FIRST ever purposely built hands-on aerospace learning laboratories which will engage, educate and accelerate young women and men into successful careers. A tour of the SkyLab Innovation Center and refreshments will be offered following the ribbon cutting. The reception following the ribbon cutting will occur in the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation Atrium at the Skylab Innovation Center at 4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland, FL 33811. The attire is business casual/casual. Please RSVP no later than August 2, 2021, at skylabribboncutting.eventbrite or
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