- Sponsorship -

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.

- Sponsorship -
Erin Albanese
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 or email Erin.

LATEST ARTICLES

Fourth-grade hockey fan gets a magical hour on ice: ‘I made the shot!’

Raised as a Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins hockey fan, Jackson Solow lights up while skating on an ice rink wearing his favorite hockey jersey...

‘This time it is continued learning’

One school’s switch from in-person to virtual education last week was nearly seamless, especially when compared with the forced school closure in March...

Foundation grants $28,285 in fall funding requests

Virtual phys ed and art experiences, materials to improve classroom focus and books on social issues aimed at middle-schoolers are among the grants approved this fall...

Latest school closings expand on state-ordered high school mandate

More Kent County districts continue to announce temporary school building closures, as schools contend with a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Kent County and Michigan...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles

GRCC participates in study around product that could slow COVID spread

The inhaled mist device, developed by a FHPS and GRCC grad, could prove useful in schools...

Culinary, design departments partner to make chocolate violins

GRCC’s Mechanical and Architectural Design and Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts are partnering to use (literally) cutting-edge laser technology to create intricate molds for use in the Cake Decorating Basics course...

A promise for college fulfilled: ‘I’m so grateful’

This fall some 250 students are attending Grand Rapids Community College on a Promise Zone scholarship, including 160 from Grand Rapids Public Schools...
- Sponsorship -

HOW'S SCHOOL TODAY?

Engagement: The Most Important Measure of Student Success

Polls find that students’ engagement in their school work declines as they ascend the grades. Tests that don’t relate to their real-life experiences exacerbate the problem...

RADEMACHER & FRIENDS

Food ‘angels’ support hungry kids through pandemic

They work all across Kent County, guardian angels with peanut butter on their hands and crumbs on their shirtsleeves...
- Sponsorship -

MEDIA PARTNERS

Maranda Where You LiveWGVU

SUSTAINING SPONSORS