Hudson County Community College’s welding program receives $50K from heavy metal band Metallica

One of the world’s most famous heavy metal bands is providing scholarships to a group of Hudson County Community College students to enhance their careers and support their technical education.

As the band continues to rock a summer stadium tour, the heavy metal titans also celebrate the fifth year of their foundation’s All Within My Hands Metallica Scholars Initiative. The band’s multimillion-dollar investment in critical workforce programs at community colleges throughout the nation is expanding, and HCCC has been invited to participate for a second year in this project and continue receiving Metallica Scholars funding.

HCCC received $100,000 from the Metallica Scholars Initiative in 2022 and $50,000 in 2023 to provide a pathway to welding careers for 21 previously incarcerated individuals.

“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,” Metallica’s Lars Ulrich said.

Launched by Metallica’s foundation in 2019, the Metallica Scholars Initiative, in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, marks its fifth year with an ambitious expansion into new curricula.

The Metallica Scholars Initiative now directly supports 42 community colleges across 33 states and will help an estimated 6,000 students pursuing careers in the trades by the end of this year. Metallica and AWMH have invested over $6 million in the American workforce.

Returning colleges like HCCC play an integral role in helping guide the success of the 11 community colleges joining the roster of veteran schools this fall.

“Metallica has shown us the transformative power of music and education,” HCCC President Christopher Reber said. “We are honored to reaffirm our partnership with the Metallica Foundation and AACC to continue empowering our community with the education and training for sustainable careers.”

The life-changing HCCC program is offered in partnership with the New Jersey Reentry Corp. and the Governor’s Reentry Training and Employment Center in Kearny. The funding provides students with tuition, textbooks, materials, Occupational Health and Safety Administration 10 training, consumables, helmets, safety glasses, jackets and exam fees for American Welding Society certification.