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CCC rocks on for year five of Metallica Scholars initiative
OREGON CITY — Metallica’s foundation, All Within My Hands, continues
its multimillion-dollar investment in critical workforce programs at community
colleges nationwide. Among the schools, Clackamas Community College was
invited to return for year five and will continue to receive Metallica Scholars
funding to enhance career and technical education programs.
The Metallica Scholars initiative was
launched in 2019 by All Within My Hands in partnership with the American
Association of Community Colleges. The workforce initiative marks its fifth
year with an ambitious expansion into new curricula. Metallica Scholars now
directly supports 42 community colleges across 33 states, and by the end of
this year, it will have helped more than 6,000 students pursuing careers in the
trades. To date, Metallica and its foundation have invested over $6 million in
the American workforce.
“The Metallica Scholars Initiative is so important to us because we are
seeing results. Five years in, with the help of community colleges across the
country, we are helping people fill these essential jobs which require skills
and training. We are so proud and grateful that we can facilitate this
program,” Lars Ulrich of Metallica said.
Reaffirming a commitment to career and
technical education at the local level, each new school brings incredible
opportunities to a thriving and growing community.
“Clackamas Community College is honored to be part of Metallica Scholars.
Through this partnership, we are providing essential skills and training to our
students, preparing them for meaningful careers,” CCC President Tim Cook said.
“The Metallica Scholars program exemplifies the power of collaboration between
education and industry, and we remain committed to ensuring the success of our
students and the growth of our community.”
What began with 10 colleges and mostly
manufacturing programs has developed into a diverse offering of workforce
opportunities for students interested in gaining the skills and training
necessary to find meaningful and well-paying careers in fields and positions,
including CCC’s heavy metals programs like welding, industrial technology and
“The Metallica Scholars Initiative is a strong and cooperative assemblage 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 locally and nationally as Metallica Scholars enter the
workforce and fill in-demand technical positions,” said Peter Delgrosso, All
Within My Hands executive director.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES
As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of
Community Colleges leads, advocates, and advances the nation’s community
colleges. Uniquely American, community colleges deliver educational and
economic opportunities for more than 10 million diverse students annually.
Dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s member colleges
provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers, and family-supporting
wages. Located in Washington, DC, AACC advocates for these not-for-profit,
public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support to
increase economic mobility for all.
ALL WITHIN MY HANDS
All Within My Hands was established in 2017
by Metallica to invest in the people and places that have supported the band.
It also allows Metallica’s fans to engage in philanthropy and volunteerism. The
Foundation is dedicated to creating sustainable communities through workforce
education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services. All expenses
of the Foundation are covered by the band, the board, and a few special friends
so that 100% of donations go to the organizations it supports. AWMH is a
registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.