Heavy metal band encourages CTE students to rock on
The iconic heavy-metal band Metallica has supported career technical education (CTE) programs at Clackamas Community College for the second year in a row.
On Wednesday, Jan. 29, leaders from the college in Oregon City announced that their CTE program was a recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Metallica Scholars Initiative.
Founded in 2019, the initiative is a partnership between the band's All Within My Hands Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges, which represents more than 1,000 community colleges. Fifteen colleges from communities that supported Metallica during its recent U.S. tours were selected for grants from the foundation and matched funds for programs training students entering the workforce.
"Our 2019 Metallica Scholars have exceeded expectations and inspired us in more ways than we could have possibly imagined. We're really excited to be able to expand the initiative in its second year, assisting more students in achieving their dreams and transforming their lives in 2020," Metallica's drummer and co-founder Lars Ulrich said in a press release.
Clackamas Community College will use the grant funds for tools, textbooks, personal protective equipment for low-income students studying computer numerical control, industrial technology, welding and automotive technology.
CCC's Metallica Scholars also will receive resume and interview assistance, career coaching, help with job or internship placements and additional support for transportation, books and supplies.
"CCC is proud to provide a cost effective education for students to pursue 'metals' careers working in automotive, welding and computer controlled machine manufacturing in greater Portland," said Tim Cook, president of the college. "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."
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