Metallica Scholars Initiative grants $ 100,000 to Victor Valley College for vocational training



Victor Valley College was selected as one of nine schools scattered across the country to receive $ 100,000 from the philanthropic arm of Metallica – one of the most influential hard rock groups of all time – to assist members community to achieve their vocational training goals.

VVC officials said the Metallica Scholars Initiative grant will primarily support at-risk community members who need short-term training to help them achieve “a more stable economic future.”

Job seekers, the unemployed, homeless youth, those no longer in foster care and those formerly incarcerated will likely form the core of VVC’s “Metallica Scholars” group, the college in a press release.

Dr Todd Scott, vice president of education at VVC, said the grant will enable the college to launch a new career path focused on creating a “channel” from education to certification to certification. through employment in local industries.

“Through the logistics and distribution training path, students will have access to forklift training, OSHA safety certifications, and a commercial driver’s license program, all of the skill sets that will prepare students for Highly paid and sought after local careers, ”Scott said in The Release.

Metallica in concert in San Francisco on September 6, 2019.

Since its formation in 1981, Metallica has grown into one of the music industry’s most recognizable and successful groups, selling hundreds of millions of records and winning nine Grammy Awards.

Led by singer and guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, the group, complemented by longtime guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo, three years ago established the Metallica Scholars Initiative to support students through Career and Technical Education, or CTE, which teaches career-specific skills.

The initiative is part of the group’s non-profit foundation, All Within My Hands, a name that comes from the last song on Metallica’s 2003 album, “St. Anger.”

“As a touring entity, we are directly involved in several essential career choices throughout our journey,” Hetfield said in a separate statement. “Electrical, professional driving, cooking, mechanical maintenance, public safety, logistics organizers. And that only scratches the surface. These, along with a multitude of other technical careers, make our tours and performances possible. We are passionate about and grateful for these trades and trades people.

Through this initiative, Metallica awarded $ 100,000 to ten community colleges in 2019. More than 700 “Metallica Fellows” then combined for a program completion rate of over 80%, according to the American Association of Colleges. community groups, which joins the group. In addition, 95% of individuals found a job after completing their certifications or studies.

Last year, five new community colleges joined the initiative. This year, VVC was one of only two colleges in California selected to receive funding. Hartnell College in Salinas is the other.

Automotive students at Victor Valley College are working on a Switch Lab vehicle kit, which allows them to build fully functional electric cars from start to finish, during a lab class in November 2019.

The Victor Valley College Foundation helped secure the grant to help ensure vital training programs equip High Desert residents with the skills they need to acquire workforce readiness skills, the VVC statement said. .

All Within My Hands executive director Dr Edward Frank said the foundation and group members are monitoring students’ progress, adding that “lives have been changed” as a result of the initiative.

“What makes this work so unique is that in addition to directly supporting students, our goal is not only to change individual lives, it is to shamelessly promote professions as meaningful career paths. and well paid, ”Frank said in the VVC release. “We’re not afraid to be loud or dig into things we believe in, and we believe in these students.”

Daily Press editor-in-chief Matthew Cabe can be reached at [email protected] or 760-490-0052. Follow him on Twitter @DP_MatthewCabe.


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