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Metallica Give Back With $1 Million Toward Major Workforce Education Initiative
Not all heroes wear capes. In fact, some wear all black. Enter Metallica, by now known as much for their massive stadium-filling riffs as their enlarged hearts. The GRAMMY-winning quartet's All Within My Hands Foundation has announced a new workforce training intuitive that will spread $1 million across ten community colleges to support more than 1,000 students, who will be known as the first-ever Metallica Scholars.
According to a statement from the band, the funds will go to career and technical community college programs that "provide skills and services to students who are looking to enter a traditional trade or other applied learning program."
Each of the 10 community colleges chosen will receive $100,000 in support. For the selection process, the band partnered with the American Association Of Community Colleges to conduct a competitive application process.
“The All Within My Hands Foundation and Metallica are proud to announce this major new initiative,” said Dr. Edward Frank, executive director of AWMH. "The goal of our Metallica Scholars Initiative is to improve career opportunities for community college students in the trades… so that they have the skills and training necessary to find meaningful and well-paying jobs in their communities.”
Metallica drummer and co-founder Lars Ulrich added, “All of us in the band feel fortunate that music has provided us the opportunity to be successful doing something we are passionate about. We want to share our success with others so that they can find a job where they can do the same.”
For more information on All Within My Hands, including a full list of the community colleges selected, visit the organization's website.