Metallica Scholars Initiative

Accelerated Skill Training

Valencia College has been selected as one of 42 community colleges that have received more than $100,000 grant from the legendary heavy metal band Metallica’s All Within My Hands foundation through its “Metallica Scholars Initiative” workforce program.

Metallica Scholars Initiative students will be trained in welding, industrial automation, or the operation of heavy construction equipment. Graduates of these programs earn starting wages that average $14 to $26 an hour in Central Florida.

Fast Training. New Skills. More Pay.

Prepare for high-demand, higher-wage careers in just weeks. Valencia College Accelerated Skills Training programs focus on intensive, hands-on training designed to help you get a job and make more money.

Instructors take their real-world experience and teach the newest industry techniques—giving you knowledge that prepares you for a rewarding career.

Do you qualify for funding?

To learn more about the scholarship opportunities and our programs please complete the AST application today.

Heavy Equipment Operator

Get hands-on training with a career that powers your passion.


Brush up on metals and find a career made of steel.

Industrial Automation Technician (Mechatronics)

Sharpen your skills to troubleshoot technology in a high-tech career.

Commercial Vehicle Operator

Open your possibilities to navigate a new path.

Find out if you qualify for funding.

Funding is available. You or someone you know may qualify for funding through this initiative or other partnerships. We’re here to help. Complete the information below and we’ll have a program advisor reach out to you.