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Metallica’s All Within My Hands (AWMH) foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is marking its fifth year with the addition of 11 new colleges to its existing 31-college roster.

With the new expansion, the Metallica Scholars Initiative (MSI) now directly supports 42 community colleges across 33 states to enhance their career and technical education programs. To date, Metallica and its foundation have invested more than $6m in the American workforce.

“The Metallica Scholars Initiative is so important to us because we are seeing results," Lars Ulrich said. "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.”

Each of the 11 new schools will receive $100k to enhance the student experience as they receive career training for economic development. The 11 schools joining MSI this year include Aiken Technical College in South Carolina, Central Wyoming College, Columbia State Community College in Tennessee and Front Range Community College in Colorado.

Students can study agriculture, automation and robotics, carpentry, criminal justice, automotive technology, aviation, computer-aided drafting and design, culinary arts, health care and much more. Curiously, there's no program for learning how to shred a guitar, but we assume Metallica has that covered. Find more information here, while we practice "Master of Puppets" on air guitar.