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Metallica awards GRCC $100,000 for workforce training program

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S - Drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica performs live at U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 20, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Daniel DeSlover/Zuma Press/TNS)

Grand Rapids Community College is one of 10 schools nationwide to be awarded $100,000 from metal band Metallica for workforce training programs.

Yes, you read that correctly. GRCC is partnering with hardcore rockers.

The grant will be used for the welding program at GRCC’s M-TEC center to help non-traditional students finish their programs sooner than traditional welding courses. The plan for those students include smaller class sizes and help to prepare them for a career in welding.

GRCC President Bill Pink believes the partnership between Metallica, GRCC and the American Association of Community Colleges will connect students to jobs they may not have been introduced to before and will help them establish a different career.

“We’re excited that Metallica and AACC will partner with GRCC to expand opportunities for people in West Michigan to gain in-demand skills leading to rewarding careers,” Pink said in a press release about the grant. “Our programs prepare people for great jobs today and build on those skills as they start down a pathway of lifelong learning. This partnership will assist us in this work.”

Metallica announced on Tuesday the 10 schools chosen nationwide to receive the $100,000 in funds, totalling $1 million, which are part of the band’s All Within My Hands Foundation.

We’re incredibly proud to announce Metallica Scholars, a partnership between @AWMHFoundation and @Comm_College that will provide $1 Million in grants to 10 colleges from across the country, supporting students training to enter the American workforce,” the tweet read.”

Lars Ulrich, Metallica’s co-founder and drummer, said he and the band are eager to share some of their success with those who are in the workforce looking for work.

“All of us in the band feel fortunate that music has provided us the opportunity to be successful doing something we are passionate about,” Ulrich said in the press release. “We want to share our success with others so that they can find a job where they can do the same.”

To sign up for welding classes or find more information on welding technology degrees or certificates at GRCC, visit the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC, located at 622 Godfrey Ave. SW in Grand Rapids, or visit the welding page on GRCC’s website.