- Ben Brasch The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Technical College System of Georgia announced Thursday that it has awarded Marietta City Schools a $3 million grant for its upcoming expansion.
Marietta High School College and Career Academy was already expected to use $9 million in E-SPLOST, Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, funds to expand the school.
Tammy Garnes, Marietta schools spokeswoman, said academy will be “infused” into the school.
Marietta High already offers special programs like its healthcare concentration in which students learn how a gurney works. With the academy, there’ll be labs set up to look like hospital rooms with equipment donated from WellStar, Garnes said.
“We’ll have lots more space to create real-world experiences for children on the campuses,” she said.
Mark Peevy, the TCSG executive director for secondary initiatives, said school districts in Greene and Paulding counties also recieved $3 million each.
He said that money comes from a state bonds program allocated by the legislature.
“Marietta is poised to debunk the myth that college and career are separate paths to success,” Tim Brown, a Marietta schools director, said in a news release. “Our students will have opportunities to explore all of their post-high school learning and work opportunities in state-of-the-art classrooms with lessons led by industry professionals.”