Metallica Scholars grant rocks Lone Star College workforce programs

By: Lone Star College - Montgomery
| Published 08/18/2022


THE WOODLANDS, TX – Legendary rock band Metallica selected Lone Star College from a competitive field of community colleges across the country to receive funding through their All Within My Hands (AWMH) Foundation. The money will support students while also elevating the importance of career and technical education.

“We are so grateful for the continued generosity of Metallica and their All Within My Hands Foundation,” said Linda Leto Head, LSC Senior Associate Vice Chancellor External and Employer Relations. “They are to be commended for supporting the community by obtaining technical skill and certification to get a great job.”

This is the fourth year in a row that Lone Star College was awarded an AWMH grant in conjunction with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Direct impact on job and wage growth drives the Metallica Scholars Initiative. On average, students who complete the program see new job opportunities and increased salary potential up to three times higher than pre-program. Lone Star College will focus its efforts on preparing students to become welders and work with a different type of heavy metal, or enter the performing arts industry setting up lighting, sound and stages for entertainers such as Metallica by completing the Live Entertainment Technology program. The college’s goal is to elevate students’ skill sets by meeting industry standards and raising the level of certificate programs offered.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment of welders is projected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030.

“The Lone Star College Live Entertainment Technology program trains students the skills to work with audio, video and lighting for live music events or Broadway shows,” said Katie Gruenhagen, LSC-Montgomery Live Entertainment Technology Program Director. “Graduates of the program will be able to design, maintain, and operate technology systems in entertainment and sporting venues, churches, auditoriums, theatres, convention hotels and trade shows.”

“Our goal for the Metallica Scholars Initiative is to shine a light on workforce education and support the next generation of tradespeople,” said Pete Delgrosso, Executive Director, All Within My Hands. “With the addition of the 2022-2023 Metallica Scholars program, our grants will reach over 2,000 men and women in 32 community colleges across 27 states.”

In addition to funds from AWMH, Lone Star College Foundation is matching the award to provide even more financial resources for students.

“We are so excited to be partnering with Metallica and the All Within My Hands Foundation,” said Nicole Robinson Gauthier, CFRE, Lone Star College Foundation Executive Director. “This is a wonderful opportunity to help our students receive world-class training and be prepared to enter the workforce.”

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“The Metallica Scholars program has proven to provide significant resources for community college students looking to learn the skills needed for today’s workforce,” said Walter G. Bumphus, AACC’s president and CEO. “We are honored to partner with the All Within My Hands Foundation to continue to expand this opportunity for community colleges and their students.”

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