The Metallica Scholars Initiative, now in its third year and led by the American Association of Community Colleges, is designed to support students in career and technical education. NW-SCC will use the funds in its advanced manufacturing and construction industries programs.
“The foundation and the band pay attention and follow these programs and students, and there is no doubt that lives have been changed. What makes this work so unique is that in addition to supporting students directly, our goal is not just to change individual lives, it is to unabashedly promote the trades as meaningful and well-paying career pathways,” said Edward Frank, executive director of All Within My Hands.
James Hetfield, Metallica’s vocalist and guitarist and co-founder, said, “As a touring entity, we are in direct involvement with multiple essential career choices along our path. From electrical, professional driving, culinary, mechanical maintenance, public safety, logistical organizers — and that just scratches the surface. Those, along with a multitude of other technical careers, make our touring and our performance possible. We are passionate and grateful to these trades and tradespeople.”
NW-SCC is the only Alabama community college selected and joins 22 other schools across the U.S. that have been impacted by the Metallica Scholars Initiative. NW-SCC has almost 3,400 students with campuses in Muscle Shoals and Phil Campbell, where it offers more than 100 certificate and degree programs.