State Superintendent Woods recognizes Marietta City Schools as Economic Development Partnership district

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Photo L-R: State School Superintendent Richard Woods, GEDA Chair Missy Kendrick, Marietta City Schools CTAE Director Tim Brown, GEDA President Kevin Shea

 Release: GaDOE Communications Office

October 16, 2018 – State School Superintendent Richard Woods recognized Marietta City Schools as an Economic Development Partnership (EDP) district at the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) conference Sept. 21 in Savannah.

The EDP program, which is endorsed by GEDA, seeks to promote improved relationships between local school districts and business/industry. In participating school districts, district leaders complete economic development training courses and 100 percent of CTAE directors, CTAE teachers, and school counselors complete a business externship every five years. Participating districts also review local Career Pathway offerings for alignment to high-demand careers and must display evidence of business and community partnerships.

Marietta is one of the first districts in the state to receive this recognition; the other honorees are Whitfield County, Muscogee County, Newton County, and Wayne County. All five districts were selected as pilot participants in 2017 and have now satisfied the necessary requirements to be named Economic Development Partnership districts.

“For the benefit of our students and our state, it’s essential that we forge stronger connections between the educational system and industry,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Marietta City Schools is doing an excellent job of working in partnership with their community to provide the best possible opportunities for students.”

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