Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band gives to local technical programs as part of the Metallica Scholars Initiative

More heavy metal will be part of Clackamas Community College's career and technical education programs, thanks to a $100,000 grant from Metallica.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Instructor Wes Locke gives a lesson on machining in the new Industrial Technology Center building at Clackamas Community College.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band awarded the grant to Clackamas Community College as part of the Metallica Scholars Initiative through the All Within My Hands Foundation, an effort to help community colleges throughout the country enhance their technical programs, CCC said in a news release.

CCC President Tim Cook, in a statement, said the college will be proud to use the grant funding to purchase tools, textbooks and personal protective equipment for low-income students studying computer numerical control, industrial technology, welding and automotive technology.

"For metals students, tuition is only half the battle. Our students, many of whom are low income, struggle to purchase the tools and textbooks needed for successful study, apprenticeship and employment in their chosen careers. I believe elevating the profile of career and technical education through Metallica Scholars could forge a path out of poverty for many in our community," he said.

The Metallica Scholars also will get practice with creating résumés, being interviewed, applying for jobs plus other help with transportation, books and supplies.

"All of us in the band feel fortunate that music has provided us the opportunity to be successful doing something we're passionate about," said Metallica drummer and co-founder Lars Ulrich. "We want to share our success with others so that they can find a job where they can do the same."

The other nine recipients of the Metallica Scholars Initiative were colleges in North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan, Texas, Idaho, Washington and Kansas.

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