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The college's metal programs will recieve funding from an auction by vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield

COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Metallica Scholars at Clackamas Community College receive a variety of supports from the program.

A heavy metal band is supporting the Clackamas Community College welding program.

While quarantining during the COVID-19 outbreak, Metallica lead vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield spent time designing a pair of one-of-a-kind coffee tables that were auctioned for $75,000. The proceeds will be divided among three schools, including Clackamas Community College.

Last spring, CCC received a $100,000 grant from Metallica's All Within My Hands Foundation. The funding from the grant and the auction supports the college's Metallica Scholars and its "heavy metals" programs of manufacturing, automotive and welding. The money goes toward tools, textbooks and personal protective equipment for low-income students studying welding. CCC Metallica Scholars receive resume and interview preparation, job or internship placement assistance, career coaching and other supports.

"The continued support we have received from the All Within My Hand Foundation has been astounding. Thanks to this extra funding, our Metallica Scholars are not only graduating but finding jobs. Our job placement rates (exceed) 90 percent," said Cynthia Risan, dean of Clackamas Community College.

Students are appreciative of the program and the opportunities it presents to them.

"By this program providing me with essential tools and equipment required to work in this field, I was able to build the confidence needed to obtain multiple welding certifications and jump feet-first into the industry, that regardless of COVID-19, still needs qualified and skilled essential workers," said Jessica Jones, a Metallica Scholar studying welding.


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