Education Development

Austell Community Task Force - Educational Team Group is dedicated to bringing the community and its leaders together to foster not only parent involvement but community involvement around the success of our South Cobb schools.

The Importance of School Councils

Mountain View It is my position that School Councils are established in Georgia to "bring communities and schools closer together in a spirit of cooperation to: solve difficult education problems, improve academic achievement, provide support for teachers and administrators, and bring parents and community stakeholders into the school-based decision-making process. School councils provide advice, recommendations, and assistance to principals and local boards of education. The Georgia Law details the composition of the council, its responsibilities, and procedures for conducting business. It is also my position that the majority of school councils in Area 1 schools are not representative of the community it serves and not operating in a comprehensive and effective manner.

By Albert McRae III

Why South Cobb is a Great Place to Live

  • Rich in history
  • Family-oriented community
  • Small town charm among historic buildings
  • Quaint shops
  • Amusement parks
  • Arts
  • Exceptional Healthcare
  • Parks and Recreational opportunities for healthy living
  • Location & proximity
  • Promising Education system
  • Diverse Transportation infrastructure
  • Increasing Workforce

Working to Take South Cobb from Good to Great

CobbEDGE is a great resource to empower and build our community through the partnerships and training it offers. It is a nonprofit initiative led by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce in partnership with more than 2000 Cobb citizens from the public and private sectors including elected officials, community and business leaders, investors, utilities providers and other stakeholders.

All of South Cobb and area businesses have access to a number of free workforce development programs, topped by Georgia Quick Start- the nation’s best job-specific workforce training program for new,, existing, and expanding companies. These program are designed to address the needs of any sector, but has extensive experience delivering workforce training in biotech and health care, warehousing and distribution, automotive, advanced manufacturing, food and agribusiness and service.

To this date, more than 50 local organization support CobbEDGE.  The result: More higher-paying jobs, a stronger infrastructure, and increased quality of life.  Since their inception, they have helped to secure 13,012 new and retained jobs, stimulated over $2million in new investments, launched 11 new economic developments, and engaged with over 217 existing businesses.  It has also aided in the creation of a world-class marketing campaign.

Here are the Top Ten (10) Cobb County Employers

1.       The Home Depot - 20,000

2.       Cobb County School District – 14,100

3.       Wellstar Health System- 13, 498

4.       Lockheed Martin – 6,000

5.       Kennesaw State University – 5,146

6.       Cobb County Government – 5,068

7.       Publix Supermarkets – 3,574

8.       Six Flags Over Georgia – 2,464

9.       The Kroger Company- 2,226

10.   Marietta City Schools – 1,151

Cobb County is the site of choice for many diverse local, national, and international enterprises. Check out their job listings by going to their website.

1.       The Home Depot

2.       GE Power & Water

3.       Genuine Parts Company

4.       The Weather Channel

5.       Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

6.       Vonage Business Solutions

7.       Osmotica

8.       Pharmaceuticals

9.       Quintiles Transnational Corporation

10.   UCB Pharma, Inc

11.   WellStar Health System

12.   Kaiser Permanente

13.   Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center

14.   Greenway Health IT

15.   Atlanta Braves

Respectively Submitted:
Carolyn Turner, Group Chair
Michael Murphy
Lawrence King
Michael Owens