AACC is partnering with Metallica’s All Within My Hands on the Metallica Scholars Initiative. This national effort will continue to promote and showcase career and technical education as a pathway to well-paying jobs.
AACC and AWMH believe this is a uniquely positioned effort that will:
- Provide support of relevant job skill training for community college students.
- Reinvest in the communities that supported Metallica by connecting students to skill-building opportunities that bridge the talent needs of employers using the community college system.
- Leverage the influence of the leadership of Metallica to elevate the importance and dignity of career and technical education.opens PDF file
AACC is currently accepting proposals for up to 10 member colleges for Cohort 4. To find out more, opens in a new window please click here for RFP Instructionsopens PDF file .
- The RFP will open on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 9 am ET
- The RFP will close on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 5 pm ET
- opens in a new windowAnnouncements will be made in June 2022
Members who are ready to submit an RFP, can opens in a new windowclick here.
“The fact that you’re working, trying to work, trying to find the path that works best for you – that should be the ultimate goal and most respected thing. So, putting the options out there for people: trade schools, community colleges, even [helping provide] gas money to get to and from school – there are many things you can help with.” – James Hetfield, Vocalist/Guitarist, Metallica.
In 2019, AACC and AWMH provided 10 colleges with $100,000 each to support student accessibility through scholarships for tuition offset, student safety gear and learning materials, etc.
Metallica Scholars Initiative colleges:
- opens in a new windowCentral Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina
- opens in a new windowClackamas Community College, Oregon City, Oregon
- opens in a new windowCollege of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois
- opens in a new windowCommunity College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland
- opens in a new windowGateway Technical College, Kenosha, Wisconsin
- opens in a new windowGrand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
- opens in a new windowLone Star College, The Woodlands, Texas
- opens in a new windowNorth Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
- opens in a new windowSpokane Community College, Spokane, Washington
- opens in a new windowWichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology, Wichita, Kansas
This initiative proved successful with more than 700 Metallica Scholars with 80-90% program completion rate, and 95% job placement for those Metallica Scholars who completed their certifications/studies. opens in a new windowHear more from the students who were affected by this initiative.
In 2020, AACC and AWMH opens in a new window partnered again to expand the Metallica Scholars Initiative. In addition to the 10 colleges listed above, five new grantees joined the initiative:
- opens in a new windowAlvin Community College, Alvin, TX
- opens in a new windowElizabethtown Community and Technical College, Elizabethtown, KY
- opens in a new windowPolk State College, Winter Haven, FL
- opens in a new windowValencia College, Orlando, FL
- opens in a new windowWestchester Community College, Valhalla, NY
In its third year, Metallica Scholars proved it had fundamentally improved the earning potential for students so nine new schools joined the cohort including:
- opens in a new windowCentral Community College, Grand Island, NE
- opens in a new windowClinton Community College, Clinton, IA
- opens in a new windowColumbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles, OR
- opens in a new windowHartnell College, Salinas, CA
- opens in a new windowNorthwest-Shoals Community College, Muscle Shoals, AL
- opens in a new windowNorthern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA
- opens in a new windowPima County Community College, Tucson, AZ
- opens in a new windowVictor Valley College, Victorville, CA
- opens in a new windowWest Virginia University Parkersburg, Parkersburg, WV
Watch the Metallica Scholars Initiative Cohort II Launch meeting that took place on May 11, 2020: opens in a new windowhttps://vimeo.com/418425070
Watch the webinar Marketing Opportunities to Leverage the Visibility of the Metallica Scholars Initiative in Local Markets that took place on June 12, 2020: opens in a new windowhttps://vimeo.com/428648968
opens in a new windowKeep up to date on the Metallica Scholars Initiative by following opens in a new windowAACC’s CC Daily and social media, and opens in a new windowAll Within My Hands for updated stories.