August 09, 2021
NOVA receives $ 100,000 from Metallica Scholars Initiative to serve nursing students
[Annandale, Va.] – Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has been selected from a nationally competitive group of community colleges to receive $ 100,000 to transform the future of students in the region. Funded by Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) and led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Metallica Fellows Initiative was designed to directly support students while elevating the importance of l vocational and technical education. This work is showcased globally by leveraging the influence of Metallica (the heavy metal band) which continues to speak out on the importance of professional trades and community colleges.
The Metallica Scholars Initiative (MSI) is now in its third year and has fundamentally improved the earning potential of students who become Metallica Scholars. With this funding, NOVA intends to provide resources to students pursuing careers in the health field. Specifically, this program will support students starting their careers in NOVA’s Certified Practical Nursing (CNA) program. Cost is often a barrier for students, and MSI’s generous support will allow students to access additional services to meet their career goals and earn an entry-level degree that will lead to in-demand employment in a fast growing industry.
“Our region recorded nearly 9,100 vacancies for positions in the health sector in the last quarter. This data highlights the critical need to develop the regional talent pool, ”said Steven Partridge, vice president of workforce strategy, research and innovation at NOVA. “We are honored to partner with Metallica, AWMH and AACC to expand training opportunities and remove barriers to enable more people to pursue careers in healthcare. ”
James Hetfield, singer / guitarist and co-founder of Metallica said: “As a touring entity, we are directly involved in several essential career choices throughout our journey: electrical, professional driving, culinary, mechanical, maintenance, public security, logistics organizers; and that’s only scratching the surface – these, along with a host of other technical careers, make our tours and performances possible. We are passionate about and grateful for these trades and trades people. “
“The foundation and the group pay attention and follow these programs and students, and there is no doubt that lives have been changed. What makes this work so unique is that in addition to directly supporting students, our goal is not only to change individuals’ lives, it is about shamelessly promoting the trades as meaningful and well-paying career paths. We are not afraid to be loud or dig into the things we do. believe, and we believe in these students, ”said Dr Edward Frank, director of the AWMH.
“We are proud to work with Metallica to advance vocational and technical education in community colleges across the country,” said Walter G. Bumphus, President and CEO of AACC. “Colleges across the country provide pathways to well-paying jobs through programs, services and training that lead to skills, certificates and degrees in demand for students. These programs meet the needs of local businesses and provide a pool of skilled workers for the local industry. It’s a win-win situation for our students and the local economy. For Metallica, continuing to invest in these students and communities is a testament to the power of workforce education that community colleges offer and we are proud to do this work with them. “