Cobb County has the highest educated residents in the state of Georgia.
In Cobb, 29 percent of residents (138,291 people) have a bachelor’s degree and 15 percent of residents have a graduate or professional degree. Cobb County is home to two universities – Kennesaw State University and Life University. Kennesaw State is the third-largest university within Georgia with an enrollment of over 35,000 students. Cobb County is also home to Chattahoochee Technical College. Workforce development programs are available at little-to-no cost, and make a substantial impact to both businesses and employees who utilize their services. Residents may request career advice, search for local jobs, have his/her resume professionally reviewed, and request job-skill training from these programs.
Cobb Workforce Partnership
The Cobb Workforce Partnership is a coalition of Cobb County and Marietta City Schools, Kennesaw State University, Chattahoochee Technical College, Georgia Highlands College, Life University, CobbWorks, and over 30 Cobb businesses—as a unified commitment to identify and address the workforce needs of our business community and to establish a pipeline of job-ready workers in Cobb. The vision is that every Cobb employer has an opportunity to educate and train their future workforce in partnership with educators as early as K-12, and every Cobb student is connected with career pathway opportunities in our community through every level of their educational track. Learn more at cobbchamber.org.
CobbWorks is a not-for-profit organization committed to strengthening our community’s workforce by providing access to a system of employment and education services and to give members access to an extensive job board. Members can search for future employees and post positions. Job seekers can find local employment opportunities and post their resumes. Learn more at worksourcecobb.org.
Georgia Work Ready
Georgia Work Ready was created to ensure that Georgia's workers have the best skills, easy access to training and world-class job opportunities. The backbone of the initiative is the Work Ready Certificate, which assesses the real world skills of Georgia's workers. The Work Ready Certificate is achieved by successfully completing assessments that measure skills in applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information, three skills that are highly important to the majority of jobs in the workplace. Acquiring the Work Ready Certificate can be a ticket to the job you desire. It's free and easy to access. The Certificate validates your work readiness skill level to potential employers and demonstrates your commitment to success. Learn more workreadyga.org.
Georgia Quick Start
Georgia Quick Start is a free program customized for companies in various industries. The oldest program of its kind in the U.S., Quick Start has improved the skill sets of more than 1 million employees in 6,500 projects. Quick Start helps companies maintain a competitive advantage by preparing workers for skill sets needed tomorrow as well as today. The Quick Start training regimen is shaped specifically for the skills that a company is looking to develop in its employees. Because of the program, workers have been able to assemble intricate aircraft components, grow bacteria for vaccines, manufacture plastic and metal products and field inquiries from customers, by phone or online. Learn more georgiaquickstart.org.
Education in Cobb County
Seven Colleges and Universities are located in Cobb County, such as Kennesaw State University and Chattahoochee Technical College. Ten colleges and universities are located within 25 miles of Cobb County, including Georgia Technical Institute (Georgia Tech), Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and Emory University.
Cobb County School District
The Cobb County School District (CCSD) is the second largest school system in Georgia and the 23rd largest in the nation. It serves nearly 113,000 students with 112 schools, including 67 elementary schools, 25 middle schools, 16 high schools, one charter school, one special education center, one adult education center and one performance learning center.
Marietta City Schools
Marietta City Schools (MCS) serves 8,900 students and is Georgia’s first Charter School System and International Baccalaureate (IB) World School District. MCS offers eight elementary choice schools, one sixth-grade school, one middle school and one high school. STEM certified programs are offered in one MCS elementary school, the sixth-grade school and the middle school. The middle school is also recognized as a Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch (2012, 2015).