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

Rockstar James Hetfield recently auctioned off a pair of handmade coffee tables he welded himself – as pictured here. The funds were donated to three colleges with metalworking programs through the band’s All Within My Hands Foundation – College of Lake County was one of them.
Rockstar James Hetfield recently auctioned off a pair of handmade coffee tables he welded himself – as pictured here. The funds were donated to three colleges with metalworking programs through the band’s All Within My Hands Foundation – College of Lake County was one of them.

GRAYSLAKE – College of Lake County’s metalworking program was awarded an additional $25,000 grant from heavy metal rock band Metallica. 

Thanks to a recent GoFundMe sweepstakes in which Metallica’s James Hetfield raised more than $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.  

Harley Pletz is a Metallica Scholar who focused on welding and fabrication. He 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 that Metallica supports,” Pletz said. “Most scholarships are geared to fields that require a four-year degree at minimum. Metallica must know America needs a strong workforce to make the structures and products that make this a great country.” 

These funds are an addition to the $100,000 in grant funding donated by the rock band’s All Within My Hands Foundation. CLC was selected as one of 10 community colleges in the country to receive the $100,000 heavy metal grant for the second consecutive year. The funding, in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, is part of the Metallica Scholars Initiative sponsored by the multi-Grammy Award-winning band’s foundation. 

The All Within My Hands Foundation 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 All Within My Hands Foundation. 

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