A few seats still available for BLOSSOM

A free event for girls age 13 and older has been scheduled for July 23 in Sweetwater at the TSTC (Texas State Technical College) West Texas campus.Plant the seeds of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) during "Blossom" — a free, fun-filled day of learning and hands-on activities. Girls will have the opportunity to see how STEM affects everyone everyday and the available careers.Girls will also get the chance to hear the inspirational story of Black Hawk pilot Elizabeth McCormick. McCormick has been featured on 20/20 and MSNBC. She shares her inspirational real stories of overcoming obstacles as she became a Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot for the U.S. Army. She is a 2011 Congressional Veteran Commendation recipient. McCormick has flown in air assault/rappelling, VIP, command and control and military intelligence-gathering missions. In 1999, she supported UN peacekeeping operations in Kosovo.McCormick retired from the military in 2001 after suffering a career-ending injury and is currently an advocate for disabled veterans and inspirational speaker. She is also a #1 best selling author. Her fifth book, The P.I.L.O.T Method is due out in September.Admission, lunch and a t-shirt will be free of charge.Blossom will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sweetwater and Abilene campus. The Breckenridge and Brownwood campus will hold the event the following day, July 24.For more information, contact Joni Coons at 325-235-7418 or joni.coons@tstc.edu.