Metallica Scholars logoMississippi Gulf Coast Community College was selected from a competitive field of community colleges across the country to receive $100,000 to transform the future of career and technical students in the community through the Metallica Scholars Initiative.

Since establishing the initiative in 2019, All Within My Hands (AWMH) has been working with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to provide direct support for career and technical education programs across the U.S.

“We are honored to be chosen by All Within My Hands Foundation to expand opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Jordan Sanderson, Associate Vice President of Teaching and Learning. “Participation in the initiative will allow us to grow our knowledge base and will provide us tools to make our programs more successful and beneficial to our students.”

Having grown from a concept to a thriving educational strategy that focuses on enhancing skills while providing services to students looking to enter a traditional trade or other applied learning program, the Metallica Scholars Initiative has generated a proven and measurable impact.

“Our goal for the Metallica Scholars Initiative is to shine a light on workforce education and support the next generation of tradespeople. With the addition of the 2022-2023 Metallica Scholars program, our grants will reach over 2,000 men and women in 32 community colleges across 27 states,” Pete Delgrosso, executive director, AWMH. “We are honored to support these students of all ages and backgrounds and look forward to growing the program even farther in the future.”

Direct impact on job and wage growth drives the Metallica Scholars Initiative. On average, students who complete the program see new job opportunities and increased salary potential up to three times higher than pre-program. MGCCC will focus its efforts on programs related to the hospitality and tourism industry through marketing, scholarships, and paid work-based learning experiences for students. The college’s goal is to elevate students’ skill sets by meeting industry standards and raising the level of academic programs offered.

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offers exceptional academic transfer programs and more than 50 career and technical programs at 10 locations in George, Harrison, Jackson, and Stone counties. Named the Best Community College in Mississippi, MGCCC is the only community college in the tri-state area to be named to the nation’s list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers in the large community college category. The college has been designated gold for the Military Friendly School’s list for the nation’s largest community colleges, a Military Friendly Spouse School, and a Great College to Work For. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.


About All Within My Hands (AWMH)

Established by the members and management of Metallica in 2017 as a means to invest in the people and places that have supported the band, the Foundation is focused on supporting sustainable communities through workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services. All expenses of the Foundation are covered by the band, the board, and a few special friends so that 100 percent of donations go to the organizations it supports. AWMH is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


About American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the AACC delivers educational and economic opportunity for more than 10 million diverse students searching for the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s nearly 1,100 member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers, and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all.

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