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Scholarship affirms student’s pathway

November 21, 2023

There’s no doubt scholarships help ECTC students make college even more affordable. But being named a Metallica Scholar this fall provided something even more important for engineering and electronics technology student Channon Minton. It provided confidence.

“It means a lot to me just to have the paper,” Minton said, holding the scholarship certificate. “I’ve worked hard, and this confirms I made the right decision to come back to school.”

Minton, in her early 40s, hadn’t been in a classroom in about 15 years when she started her program at ECTC last summer. Engineering and electronics technology was a good fit for her because she likes fixing things and is intrigued by moving parts. She enjoys the innovative work and is excited about the career opportunities ahead.

As a Metallica Scholar, Minton received a $500 scholarship based on her dedication and outstanding grades, professor Marty Sutherland said.

“I’m proud to have Channon in class, and I look forward to seeing her succeed in the electronics field. She’s doing an exceptional job,” he said.

ECTC is currently in its fourth year as a participant of the Metallica Scholars Initiative. The band — yes, that band — shows its support for career and technical education through the program, which is a partnership of its foundation, the All Within My Hands Foundation, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

This year, MSI funding supports scholarships to students in the college’s six programs that lead to high-demand, high-paying careers in advanced manufacturing. In addition to engineering and electronics technology, those programs include: air conditioning technology, computer aided drafting and design, electrical technology, industrial maintenance, and welding.

Minton noted she appreciates the support of the Metallica Scholars program and the faculty and staff at ECTC.

“The instructors really are here to help you succeed, and they let you know when you’re doing a good job,” she said.

Channon Minton - Certificate of Scholarship