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CCC will use the grant funding to purchase tools, textbooks, personal protective equipment for low-income students

SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO - The workforce-training grant will focus on welding, automotive technology and other careers. Thanks to the band Metallica, Clackamas Community College (CCC) is moving more heavy metal into its career technical education programs. The college is one of 10 recipients of a $100,000 grant from the Metallica Scholars Initiative, funded by Metallica's All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH).

This major workforce education initiative provides direct support to community colleges to enhance their career and technical education programs. These programs provide skills and services to students who are looking to enter a traditional trade or other applied learning program. CCC is one of 10 community colleges from across the country chosen through a competitive proposal process to receive $100,000 to support students training to enter the American workforce. These students will become the first cohort of Metallica Scholars.

Partnering with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a Washington, D.C.-based organization that represents the nation's 1,103 community colleges, the Metallica Scholars awards are designed to provide support of relevant job skill training for community college students, reinvest in communities that supported Metallica during its recent United States tours, and leverage the influence of Metallica to elevate the importance of career and technical education.

CCC will use the grant funding to purchase tools, textbooks, personal protective equipment for low-income students studying computer numerical control, industrial technology, welding and automotive technology. In addition to the tools, equipment and textbooks, the CCC cohort of Metallica Scholars will receive resume and interview prep and practice, job and/or internship placement assistance, advising, career coaching and additions support in transportation, books and supplies.

In addressing why the foundation chose workforce education as part of its mission, Lars Ulrich, Metallica's drummer and co-founder said, "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."

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