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Metallica are known for their charity work. Now, the band has announced that this Labor Day, all sales from Carhartt.com will be donated to Metallica’s All Within My Hands’ (AWMH) Metallica Scholars Program.

AWMH has given $1.5 million in scholarships and matching funds from partners to community colleges across the U.S. to help students learn critical trades. It’s been proven successful, too. Following the first year, the Metallica Scholars Initiative resulted in a job placement rate of more than 90%.

Since it launched in 2019, the Metallica Scholars program has served more than 1,000 students at community colleges across the U.S.

In Michigan, the program has benefited the Grand Rapids Community College.

“To build the workforce of the future, we need to connect more people to the training and education that helps fill essential jobs,” said Janet Ries, vice president of marketing at Carhartt. “With our partnership, we’re sending the message that whether you’re in high school looking for a first step, or out of work looking for a new start: come join the skilled trades.”

“Carhartt and All Within My Hands are bound by our shared passion for supporting workforce education,” added Dr. Edward Frank, executive director at All Within My Hands Foundation. “As two organizations dedicated to providing opportunity, we hope to expand the Metallica Scholars program to include even more schools this year, and to get even more students trained for a career in the skilled trades.”

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!