Rock legends Metallica donated $100,000 to a Houston-area community college through their foundation All Within My Hands.
Lone Star College is one of ten community colleges nationwide that received a donation of $100,000 each for programs that provide skills and services to students looking to enter a traditional trade or other applied learning programs.
The foundation will be partnering with the American Association of Community Colleges to create a new initiative called the Metallica Scholars, according to a news release.
“All of us in the band feel fortunate that music has provided us the opportunity to be successful doing something we are passionate about," said band member Lars Ulrich. "We want to share our success with others so that they can find a job where they can do the same.”
The awards are selected through a competitive application process and are designed to provide support of relevant job skill training for community college students, reinvest in communities that supported Metallica during the band's recent U.S. tour and leverage the influence of Metallica to elevate the importance of career and technical education, the news release said.
“The All Within My Hands Foundation and Metallica are proud to announce this major new initiative,” said Dr. Edward Frank, executive director of AWMH. “While the foundation continues our support for the fight against hunger and emergency community aid, we are now expanding our mission to include support for career and technical education. The goal of our Metallica Scholars Initiative is to improve career opportunities for community college students in the trades. Equally, we hope to raise the awareness of the tremendous importance, value and impact of the education provided by our nation’s community college system. The foundation and the band are thrilled by the quality of proposals we received from these colleges, and are excited to do our part to help educate students so that they have the skills and training necessary to find meaningful and well-paying jobs in their communities.”
The recipients colleges are all AACC members and based near stops on Metallica's 2017-2019 WorldWired Tour:
- Central Piedmont Community College - Charlotte, North Carolina
- Clackamas Community College - Oregon City, Oregon
- College of Lake County - Grayslake, Illinois
- Community College of Baltimore County - Baltimore, Maryland
- Gateway Technical College - Kenosha, Wisconsin
- Grand Rapids Community College - Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Lone Star College - The Woodlands, Texas
- North Idaho College - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
- Spokane Community College - Spokane, Washington
- Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology - Wichita, Kansas
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