Oxnard College Receives $100,000 Grant from Metallica’s All Within My Hands’ Scholars Initiative
The Grant Will Fund Equipment for Oxnard College’s Career Education Students
Oxnard, Calif. (Aug. 21, 2023) — Oxnard College has been selected to receive a $100,000 grant from the Grammy Award-winning band Metallica and its foundation, All Within My Hands. The award will support students in the college’s Culinary Arts, Dental Hygiene and Fire Academy programs as the band continues its multimillion-dollar investment in critical workforce programs at community colleges nationwide.
The Metallica Scholars Initiative (MSI) was launched in 2019 by Metallica’s foundation, All Within My Hands (AWMH), in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The workforce initiative marks its fifth year with an ambitious expansion into new curricula. MSI now directly supports 42 community colleges across 33 states, and by the end of this year, it will have helped over 6,000 students pursuing careers in the trades. To date, Metallica and AWMH have invested over six million dollars in the American workforce through career education programs like those at Oxnard College.
“We’re honored to be recognized by Metallica and are grateful for their commitment to supporting Oxnard College’s impactful career education programs,” shared Dr. Oscar Cobian, Interim President of Oxnard College. “This grant will help provide much-needed technical instruments, tools and safety gear to over 100 of our hardworking students.”
The grant will fund equipment for Oxnard College students such as fire safety boots for Fire Academy cadets, professional knife kits for Oxnard College’s Culinary Arts students and dental instrument kits for Dental Hygiene students. Oxnard College’s services for career education students will also extend counseling and subsidized services such as child care, SNAP benefits and other support to Metallica Scholars and their families.