CCC Partners Again with Metallica Scholars

August 1, 2023

Central Community College has been invited to return for a third consecutive year with the All Within My Hands’ (AWMH) Metallica Scholars Initiative. CCC will continue to receive funding to enhance career and technical education programs.

Now in its fifth year, the Metallica Scholars Initiative is currently supporting 42 community colleges across 33 states. By the end of this year, it will have helped over 6,000 students pursuing careers in the trades. To date, Metallica and AWMH have invested over $6 million in the American workforce.

“The Metallica Scholars Initiative is so important to us because we are seeing results,” said Lars Ulrich, Metallica member. “Five years in, with the help of community colleges across the country, we are helping people fill these essential jobs which require skills and training. We are so proud and grateful that we can facilitate this program.”

CCC is one of 31 returning Metallica Initiative institutions, which have been joined by 11 newly selected schools.

"It is encouraging to know of a national foundation and band, like AWMH and Metallica, supporting such essential careers like law enforcement and criminal justice during times of great regional and national need,” said CCC President Dr. Matt Gotschall.

In the first two years of being a Metallica Scholars Initiative institution, CCC gave out 100 scholarships to criminal justice students.

“The Metallica Scholars have become leaders in CCC’s criminal justice program,” said Michael David, criminal justice program director. “They have also become role models to other students.”

The Metallica Scholars Initiative was launched in 2019 in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

“We are happy to continue to partner with Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation to support the vital career and technical education work of the nation’s community colleges,” said Walter G. Bumphus, AACC president and CEO. “Partners like Metallica that continue to provide support for community colleges help us to showcase the importance of investing in the transformative power of community college education.”