A suburban community college just got a big donation from an unlikely source, as a famous rock band is helping students learn job skills and find employment after college.
This week, rock band Metallica announced that it had partnered with the American Association of Community Colleges to donate a total of $1 million to 10 schools across the country. The project, funded by the band’s All Within My Hands Foundation, is called the Metallica Scholars Initiative, and will help provide support for job skill training and invest in communities across the country.
College of Lake County in Grayslake is one of the 10 schools chosen during a competitive bidding process, and will receive a $100,000 grant to help 1,000 students get training and employment in the trades.
“The goal of our Metallica Scholars Initiative is to improve career opportunities for community college students in the trades,” AWMH Executive Director Dr. Edward Frank said in a statement. “The Foundation and the band are thrilled by the quality of proposals we received from these colleges, and are excited to do our part to help educate students.”
Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan were also named among the recipients of the funds.
The AWMH Foundation, formed in Feb. 2017, donates to charities across the country to fight hunger, support workforce education, and providing other critical local services.