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The foundation started by the heavy metal band Metallica is giving a job-training grant to a local college.
The All Within My Hands Foundation, created in 2017, will provide Grand Rapids Community College with a $100,000 grant to connect more non-traditional students to welding jobs.
GRCC is one of 10 community colleges selected in an initiative to provide students with more workforce training and to re-invest in cities where the band has toured.
Metallica will perform at Van Andel Arena on March 13.
“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 Lars Ulrich, co-founder and drummer, Metallica. "We want to share our success with others so that they can find a job where they can do the same.”
GRCC will use the funds to launch an intensive welding program in January, targeted toward non-traditional students, that takes less time to complete than traditional courses.
The program will include smaller class sizes with flexible scheduling options and career preparation assistance.
GRCC will partner with local employers, so students can participate in site visits, employee panels and mentoring to help them determine if welding is a good fit for their career goals.
The Metallica foundation previously supported efforts to fight hunger and provide emergency community aid, and it is now expanding its focus to include career and technical education support.
"The goal of our Metallica Scholars Initiative is to improve career opportunities for community college students in the trades," said Edward Frank, executive director, All Within My Hands Foundation. "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.”