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Rockford company supports GRCC program, provides boots

Rockford-based footwear company Wolverine is joining forces with the band Metallica to support GRCC students with funds for a workforce training program — and provide the necessary gear to boot.

Wolverine has partnered with the Metallica Scholars program which, through the legendary heavy metal band’s All Within My Hands Foundation, provides workforce training for community college students and reinvests in cities where the musicians have performed.

Students in GRCC’s welding program recently received new work boots and gear and had the chance to meet Wolverine representatives at GRCC’s Tassell M-TEC in Grand Rapids.

Along with GRCC, Wolverine is collaborating with Lonestar Community College in Texas and Wichita State’s Technology School in Kansas to expand the program and support students. Each college received a $100,000 joint grant from Wolverine and Metallica Scholars, and every participating student received boots and clothing from the company’s Project Bootstrap program, according to GRCC.

GRCC was one of 10 colleges selected nationwide for the initial Metallica Scholars grant in 2018, and was awarded additional funds in 2019. With this funding, GRCC created an intensive welding program that takes less time to complete than traditional courses.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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