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Additional $25K from Metallica gives scholarships to CLC welding students

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Aug 31, 2020

College of Lake County’s heavy metalworking program was awarded an additional $25,000 grant from the heavy metal rock band, Metallica. Thanks to a recent GoFundMe sweepstakes where Metallica’s James Hetfield fundraised over $75,000 through the sale of his handmade coffee tables, CLC was selected as one of three colleges to receive additional funds because of the institution’s metalworking curriculum.

James Hetfield with the coffee tables he made

Harley Pletz is a Metallica Scholar who focused on welding and fabrication. He also recently started work as an apprentice mold maker. The scholarship helps him pay for tuition and fees, books and some daily living expenses. Best of all it allows him to take a few additional technical courses in addition to welding.

“It makes me feel proud that I am learning a trade which Metallica supports,” Pletz said. “Most scholarships are geared to fields which require a four-year degree at minimum. Metallica must know America needs a strong workforce to make the structures and products which make this a great country.”

These funds are an addition to the second consecutive year of $100K in grant funding donated by the rock band’s All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH). CLC was selected as one of 10 community colleges in the country to receive this heavy metal grant for the second consecutive year. The funding, in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), is part of the Metallica Scholars Initiative sponsored by the multi-Grammy Award-winning band’s foundation.

AWMH occasionally conducts online fundraisers typically in the form of eBay auctions, or in the form of sweepstakes conducted by GoFundMe Charity. These fundraisers allow fans to bid on and enter to win unique Metallica experiences and autographed Metallica memorabilia. Proceeds from these fundraisers benefit AWMH.

Students interested in the welding career training program should apply for a Metallica scholarship online.

About College of Lake County:

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable, high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.