Metallica Foundation providing new career potential through ECTC

The Elizabethtown Community and Technical College announced a partnership and funding from Metallica’s nonprofit, the All Within My Hands Foundation. This partnership led to the creation of the Ride the Lightning Learning Lab, which provides hands-on training in advanced manufacturing sectors, and can be transported around the area.

With $100,000 in hand, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College leaders held a news conference Tuesday to announce a partnership with Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation.

The foundation provides grant money to develop innovate ways to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing.

“We’re thankful for the generosity of the band and their commitment to technical education and technical careers,” ECTC President Juston Pate said.

Metallica, famed thrash metal band from California, created the foundation in 2017, according to its website. It’s a nonprofit entity “dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger and other critical local services.”

It is works in partnership with the Ameri­can Association of Community Colleges.

Rick Games, president of Elizabethtown-Har­din County Industrial Foundation, said ECTC plays a huge role in helping to “create and maintain a well-trained and highly skilled workforce.”

“ECTC will use this grant to support programs and opportunities for students that will lead to high paying and in-demand jobs that are so valuable to our citizens,” Games said.

Megan Stith, chief institutional advancement officer, also said they’ll be giving students the opportunity to apply for Metallica Scholars, which can total $50,000 in scholarships for those enrolled in advanced manufacturing programs. This includes air conditioning technology, electrical technology, engineering and electronics technology, industrial maintenance technology, computerized manufacturing and machining, computer-aided drafting and design, and welding technology.

“We’re thrilled to be able to provide this extra support to our students and help them achieve their dream, with a little help from Metallica,” Stith said.

ECTC will give out 50 $500 awards and 10 $2,500 awards to students. The applications have no deadline, but Stith said they’ll go fast.

Stith said the foundation started awarding these grants to schools last year, starting with 10 colleges. This year, the foundation has awarded 15 colleges altogether, totaling $1.5 million. ECTC is the first college in Kentucky to receive it.

The college applied to the foundation in 2018. Although it was not selected in the first round of grants, they did keep in contact.

This partnership also led to the creation of the Ride the Lightning Learning Lab, which provides hands-on training in advanced manufacturing sectors and can be transported throughout the region for employers, high schools or campuses.

Those looking to apply to become a Metallica Scholar can do so at

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1747 or

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