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The band’s foundation, All Within My Hands, is pledging $100,000 to the college through its Metallica Scholars Initiative.

Front Range Community College has been selected from a competitive pool of applicants to receive $100,000 to transform the futures of students in our communities. The funding comes from Metallica’s foundation, All Within My Hands (AWMH), which is making a multimillion-dollar investment in critical workforce programs at community colleges nationwide.

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“These funds will help our students pay for—and succeed in—several of FRCC’s critical career-technical education programs,” says President Colleen Simpson, EdD. “With this support from All Within My Hands, we’ll be able to give our Metallica Scholars the support they need to get into the Colorado workforce in high-paying, high-tech jobs.”

FRCC plans to use the MSI funding to support students in all of the programs at the college’s high-tech Center for Integrated Manufacturing in Longmont. Students in the welding program at FRCC’s campus in Fort Collins will also be eligible to apply for scholarships.

Supporting Workforce Education

“The Metallica Scholars Initiative is so important to us because we are seeing results. Five years in, with the help of community colleges across the country, we are helping people fill these essential jobs which require skills and training. We are so proud and grateful that we can facilitate this program.”

Lars Ulrich, Metallica

The Metallica Scholars Initiative (MSI) was launched in 2019 by the band’s foundation, in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The major workforce education initiative is entering its fifth year with the addition of 11 new colleges, and an ambitious expansion into new programs.

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MSI now directly supports 42 community colleges across 33 states, and by the end of this year, it will have helped more than 6,000 students to pursue careers in the trades. To date, Metallica and AWMH have invested more $6 million in the American workforce.

Reaffirming a commitment to career and technical education at the local level, each new school brings incredible opportunities to a thriving and growing community, according to AWMH Executive Director Peter Delgrosso.

“The Metallica Scholars Initiative is a strong and cooperative assemblage of the nation’s best community colleges, creating a supportive climate for participants to communicate directly and share best practices,” Delgrosso says. “As a result, our Metallica Scholars leave the program well-trained and confident. Ultimately, the impact is felt locally and nationally as Metallica Scholars enter the workforce and fill in-demand technical positions.”

Joining the Mission

FRCC is joining 41 other schools across the US that the foundation supports. “We are happy to continue to partner with Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation to support the vital career and technical education work of 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,” he adds. “These programs are responsive to the needs of local businesses and provide a pipeline of qualified workers to local industry. Partners like Metallica that continue to provide support for community colleges help us to showcase the importance of investing in the transformative power of community college education.”

Expanding Our Reach

The 11 newly added colleges are joining a roster of 31 veteran schools invited to continue in the program. Each year, the returning colleges play an integral part in helping guide the success of the new schools.

See the full list of schools supported by the Metallica Scholars Program.

What began with 10 colleges and mostly manufacturing programs has developed into a diverse offering of workforce opportunities for students interested in gaining the skills and training necessary to find meaningful and well-paying careers in fields and positions including:

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  • Agriculture
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Automotive Technology
  • Aviation, Computer-Aided Drafting & Design
  • Carpentry
  • Computerized Manufacturing (CNC)
  • Construction Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Cybersecurity
  • Diesel Technology
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Electrical Engineering
  • EMT
  • Fire Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Heating & Ventilation (HVAC)
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Hospitality
  • Industrial Maintenance Technology
  • Lineworker
  • Manufacturing & Machining
  • Mechanical Design
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Process Technology
  • Trucking (CDL)
  • Welding
  • Wind Energy


As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges leads, advocates, and advances the nation’s community colleges.  Uniquely American, community colleges deliver educational and economic opportunities for more than 10 million diverse students annually. Dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers, and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, DC, AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support to increase economic mobility for all.


All Within My Hands was established in 2017 by Metallica to invest in the people and places that have supported the band. It also allows Metallica’s fans to engage in philanthropy and volunteerism. The Foundation is dedicated to creating sustainable communities through workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services. All expenses of the Foundation are covered by the band, the board, and a few special friends so that 100% of donations go to the organizations it supports. AWMH is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


FRCC offers 200 degrees and certificates from locations in Boulder CountyLarimer CountyWestminster and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System.


The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving 114,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 35 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities.

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