Cobb Schools Board of Education Awards Contract for New Career Academy

 In 2020, students from across the Cobb County School District will have the opportunity to focus on strengthening their science, technology, engineering, math, and other career tech skills in the new Cobb Career Academy. 

Members of Cobb’s Board of Education voted Thursday, March 21 to award the $14.5 million contract for the construction of the new career academy to Carroll Daniel Construction Company.  

Using SPLOST-Ed funds, the state-of-the-art career academy is slated to be completed by May 2020 and will be located on the campus of Osborne High School, which is also being upgraded to a four-story building. Soon after the replacement of the majority of Osborne’s current classrooms, students will also have access to a new 3,000-seat gym. 

The Cobb Career Academy, adjacent to Osborne, will function much like the six magnet programs throughout Cobb County except it will be more geared to preparing students for a career tech pathway. The students who attend will be even more equipped to start successful careers after high school or further their training at a technical school or college.  

The Cobb Career Academy, which will have a capacity of about 500 students, will be an extension of Cobb’s current Career, Technology, and Agriculture Educational programs. More than 36,000 students participated in CTAE classes last year, and work-based learning students earned $758,547. 

“Our CTAE programs are not only preparing students for choice-filled lives through career opportunities, but clearly, they already having a positive impact on our county’s economic development, and they have yet to graduate from high school, said Jennifer Lawson, Cobb Schools Chief Academic Officer.   

Cobb Career Academy students will be fulltime Osborne students, which means they will complete their core and CTAE coursework as an Osborne student although they may be also able to accomplish that through Cobb Virtual Academy and Dual Enrollment. The Cobb Career Academy, which will be open to any rising 9th grader, will provide students the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications, participate in work-based learning, dual enrollment, and advanced placement among other benefits. 

In addition to approving the next step in opening the new Cobb Career Academy, members of the Board heard the initial introduction of the budget for FY2020, which will prioritize all Cobb County School District students and staff.  

“This budget will be a reflection of two simple priorities: every Cobb student and every Cobb teacher in a financially responsible way,” Cobb Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said.  

After the budget update, the Board named the first new principal to join the Cobb leadership team after the 2018-2019 school year ends. Dr. Kevin Carpenter will take over the reins of principal at Cheatham Hill Elementary School from his current position of assistant principal at Powers Ferry Elementary School effective June 1, 2019.