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Metallica Helps Improve Community College Programs with Additional $1.85 Million in Funding


For half a decade now, Metallica‘s non-profit organization All Within My Hands (AWMH) has made headlines and been the backdrop for some pretty cool performances by the world’s largest metal band. But behind all the cool acoustic sets and merch, Metallica has managed to help raise and invest more than $6 million to help foster a more robust American workforce through the Metallica Scholars Initiative (MSI).

Now, the MSI directly supports more than 40 community colleges across 33 states and this year’s contribution is furthering that goal. According to the foundation, the initiative has generated an additional $1.85 million to expand those aforementioned programs.

AWMH Executive Director Peter Delgrosso said the additional funds will help career education at the local level, which in turn should help local economies thrive.

“With the launch of the fifth year of the program, we will now have supported well over 5,000 Metallica Scholars across workforce education. The Metallica Scholars Initiative is a strong and cooperative community of the nation’s best community colleges creating a supportive climate for participants to communicate directly and share best practices. As a result, our Metallica Scholars leave the program well-trained and confident. Ultimately the impact is felt in their local communities, and on the national scale, as Metallica Scholars enter the workforce and fill, or create, much needed workforce and technical positions.”

According to the foundation, the following schools are the 11 new institutions that will receive $100,000 to “enhance the student experience as they receive career training for economic development.”

  • Aiken Technical College – Aiken, South Carolina
  • Central Wyoming College – Riverton, Wyoming
  • Columbia State Community College – Columbia, Tennessee
  • Front Range Community College – Westminster, Colorado
  • Itawamba Community College – Fulton, Mississippi
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College – Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Oxnard College (Ventura County Community College District) – Oxnard, California
  • South Central College – North Mankato, Minnesota
  • South Louisiana Community College – Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Texas State Technical College – Waco, Texas
  • Western Dakota Technical College – Rapid City, South Dakota

That’s on top of the following list of schools returning to the program. For the full list of every school involved in the program, be sure to check out the All Within My Hands webpage.

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