Enter grants, man: Metallica provides scholarship funding to CCC

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- A community college in Nebraska is getting support from a major heavy metal band.

Central Community College was selected to receive $100,000 to help transform the future of students.

The money comes from Metallica.

The band's goal is to support community colleges across the country and foster interest in professional trades. The Metallica Scholars Initiative is now in its third year.

CCC plans to use the funds to grow its criminal justice program and will prioritize underrepresented female and minority groups.

“We are proud to work with Metallica to advance the career and technical education provided by the nation’s community colleges,” said Walter G. Bumphus, AACC’s president and CEO.  “Colleges across the country provide pathways to well-paying jobs through programs, services and training that lead to in-demand skills, certificates and degrees for students.  These programs are responsive to the needs of local businesses and provide a pipeline of qualified workers to local industry.  It’s a win-win for our students and the local economy. For Metallica to continue to invest in these students and communities is a testament to the power of the workforce education community colleges provide and we are proud to do this work with them.”

James Hetfield, Metallica’s vocalist/guitarist and co-founder said, “As a touring entity we are in direct involvement with multiple essential career choices along our path. From electrical, professional driving, culinary, mechanical maintenance, public safety, logistical organizers. And that just scratches the surface. Those, along with a multitude of other technical careers, make our touring and our performances possible. We are passionate and grateful to these trades and tradespeople.”

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