1,000 Metallica Scholars coming to CPCC, thanks to grant from thrash-metal band

Metallica on stage at Spectrum Center Monday night.
Metallica on stage at Spectrum Center Monday night.

Thrash-metal band Metallica is giving a financial boost to 1,000 students at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte to earn health care degrees and obtain jobs.

The CPCC students will be among the first Metallica Scholars in the nation named by the band’s All Within My Hands Foundation, CPCC said in a news release Wednesday.

Metallica’s foundation this week awarded a total of $1 million in grants to 10 colleges across the country, “supporting students training to enter the American workforce,” the band tweeted on Tuesday.

Metallica’s foundation awarded CPCC a $100,000 grant “to support students in four healthcare programs,” the college said in its news release. “The band partnered with the American Association of Community Colleges to select 10 community colleges from across the country that best demonstrated support of relevant jobs skill training.”

CPCC is the only community college in the Southeast selected for a grant from Metallica’s foundation, Top40-Charts.com reported.

“We are thrilled to be part of Metallica’s commitment to the community college system and improving career opportunities for community college students in technical programs,” CPCC President Kandi Deitemeyer said in a statement.

Scholarships will help CPCC students “to complete their studies and become licensed health care professionals” through CPCC’s dental assisting, medical assisting, ophthalmic medical personnel and pharmacy technology programs, the college’s news release said.

Metallica established its foundation in 2017 and chose community colleges for its Metallica Scholars program that are “in and around stops on Metallica’s 2017-2019 WorldWired Tour,” Top40-Charts.com reported.

Metallica performed before 17,000 fans at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center on Oct. 22.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.