Supporting Workforce Education
What Is The Metallica Scholars Initiative?
Metallica Scholars is a major workforce education initiative that provides direct support to community colleges to enhance their career and technical education programs. These programs provide skills and services to students who are looking to enter a traditional trade or other applied learning program. In 2019, ten colleges from across the country received $100,000 each to support more than 1,000 students training to enter the American workforce. The success of the program prompted us to expand the program to 15 schools in 2020, then 23 schools in 2021, and in 2022 - our fourth year funding workforce education - we are proud to support 32 schools in 27 states.
How Are Schools Selected?
Partnering with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a Washington, DC-based organization that represents the nation’s 1,103 community colleges, the Metallica Scholars awards were selected via a competitive application process and are designed to provide support of relevant job skill training for community college students, reinvest in communities that supported Metallica during its recent United States tours, and leverage the influence of Metallica to elevate the importance of career and technical education.
Which Schools Are Supported By The Metallica Scholars Program?
- Central Community College - Grand Island, Nebraska
- Central Piedmont Community College - Charlotte, North Carolina
- Clackamas Community College - Oregon City, Oregon
- Clark State Community College - Springfield, Ohio
- Clinton Community College - Clinton, Iowa
- College of Lake County - Grayslake, Illinois
- Columbia Gorge Community College - The Dalles, Oregon
- Community College of Baltimore County - Baltimore, Maryland
- Elizabethtown Community & Technical College - Elizabethtown, Kentucky
- East Central College - Union, Missouri
- Gateway Technical College - Kenosha, Wisconsin
- Grand Rapids Community College - Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Guilford Technical Community College - Jamestown, North Carolina
- Hudson County Community College - Jersey City, New Jersey
- Lone Star College - The Woodlands, Texas
- Middlesex Community College - Lowell, Massachusetts
- Milwaukee Area Technical College - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Perkinston, Mississippi
- North Idaho Community College - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
- Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale, Virginia
- Northwest-Shoals Community College - Muscle Shoals, Alabama
- Pima Community College - Tuscon, Arizona
- Polk State College - Winter Haven, Florida
- Rockland Community College - Suffern, New York
- Spokane Community College - Spokane, Washington
- Salt Lake Community College - Salt Lake City, Utah
- San Juan College – Farmington, New Mexico
- Valencia College - Orlando, Florida
- Victor Valley College - Victorville, California
- West Virginia University Parkersburg - Parkersburg, West Virginia
- Westchester Community College - Valhalla, New York
- WSU-Tech - Wichita, Kansas
Get To Know Our Students
Check out our Scholars Spotlight to meet some of our students who have shared their stories with us.
They come from different backgrounds and have selected different fields of study, but they share the common goal of investing in their futures for themselves and their families.
We continue to be inspired by each of them and are honored to assist them in their educational pursuits.
Support For Our Scholars
We have been fortunate to catch the eyes of some major players in the workwear industry who have made significant contributions to our workforce education program. Both Carhartt, through its "Hard Rock is Hard Work" Labor Day campaign, and Wolverine, through its Project Bootstrap program, have helped us train the skilled trade professionals of tomorrow.