Polk State: Metallica Scholar Finds Sense of Stability and Home at Polk State
Christopher Needham had a difficult upbringing and “had to do what I had to do to make ends meet.” But his life is now a bit easier thanks to his determination, a scholarship from Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation, graduation from Polk State College as a Metallica Scholar, and employment as a machinist with JC Machine, Inc.
Needham, who was working in the service industry before he was laid off due to impacts of the pandemic, admits that he didn’t show up to class often in high school.
“But here at Polk State, the people made me want to show up,” he said. “The opportunity to better myself and prove to my family that I can do something great with my life made me want to do better for myself and for my daughter.”
And he did. Needham graduated in December from Polk State’s Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Machining Program with the College’s first class of Metallica Scholars. The Metallica Scholars Initiative at Polk State offers free, quality CNC machining training to students through a $100,000 grant from the All Within My Hands Foundation.