Marietta breaks ground on college and career academy
MARIETTA - Hundreds gathered on the west lawn of Marietta High Thursday morning for the groundbreaking of the district's $13.75 million college and career academy.
Among those in attendance were school board members, district officials, students, teachers and business and industry leaders, who for years have encouraged Marietta City Schools to transform the way children are taught.
Set to open in 2020, the roughly 80,000-square-foot, three-level academy seeks to equip Marietta students with skills they can leverage to enter the workforce directly after graduation.
The district has partnered with area businesses, local hospitals and nearby colleges and universities, and together, they are working to develop pathway-specific curriculums depending on the careers students want to pursue.
The facility is being constructed, in part, with the help of a $3.1 million grant awarded to the district by the Technical College System of Georgia in December.
Voters also approved $9 million for the academy through the city's 1 percent education sales tax in March of 2017, and board members are fast-tracking construction with the help of more than $11 million in bonds issued through the Downtown Marietta Development Authority earlier this year.
Those bonds will be paid back with interest as the sales tax revenue comes in over the next five years.
Marietta Schools Superintendent Grant Rivera said he wants students to leave high school prepared for the next chapter in their lives, whether that means going onto college or right into a high-paying job.