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Polk State News: Polk State Metallica Scholar Overcomes Adversity, Gets Opportunity to Take Guitar Company to Next Level

As a musician, Noel Rosa’s resume speaks for itself, but there have been numerous trials and tribulations along the way. Rosa, 55, of Lakeland, takes great pride in finding solutions to his own problems.

This time, he had some help from a nonprofit founded by another group of well-known musicians. Through Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation, in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, Rosa is receiving valuable computer numeric control machining training at Polk State College at no cost to him. His new skills will greatly help his guitar company, New Sound Acoustics.

“It was an incredible help at a time when I needed it the most,” he said. “I’m so grateful for this opportunity because I would have never been able to afford to do this course if it wasn’t for Metallica’s scholarship. The fact that they’re doing this is absolutely amazing.”

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