What Makes Cobb Great

… “Cobb invests heavily in the education of its workforce and creates highly qualified…

Georgia (Jan 10, 2014) — … “Cobb invests heavily in the education of its workforce and creates highly qualified labor for businesses,” says Dr. Richard M. Franza, associate dean of academic affairs for Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business.  “Companies move for various reasons, but if a certain location has a rich pool of labor, they don’t have to spend money to recruit workers.”


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The MBA Advantage

In addition to talented college graduates of every discipline, Cobb County is also home to Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business, which was recently ranked the No. 2 “Best MBA Program” in the state by Bloomberg Businessweek magazine and No. 22 in the entire country. Tracking the evolution of Cobb County, Kennesaw State University has nearly doubled in size in less than a decade, earning accolades and creating robust graduate programs. “With the HOPE scholarship, and by virtue of being located where we are, the quality of the institution has gone up significantly,” says Franza. “We have become much more of a school of choice for the people of Cobb County.”

With part-time MBA classes conveniently offered at the main campus and near the Perimeter at the Cobb Galleria, KSU has certainly become the school of choice for full-time workers looking to advance their business careers without having to drive into the city. “We are affordable and convenient, but none of that matters if you aren’t good,” says Franza. “Our MBA program has become better instead of bigger, and we have raised the bar by admitting more highly qualified students into the program every year. While Coles College has evolved over time, our MBA students are looking to accelerate upward mobility, retool and change industries or perhaps move up in the companies they are already in.”

With 80 percent of Coles MBA graduates looking to stay close to Cobb after graduation, the real returns on having a top-rated MBA program in the heart of Cobb County are reaped by the local business community. “One of our major strategic thrusts at Coles College is to interact more with Cobb businesses through consulting and engaging with companies,” says Franza. “We are listening to the business community and creating the types of workers businesses want to hire. And in the future, we at Coles expect to contribute more to the economic growth of the county through the creation of an entrepreneurial center that focuses on developing and growing new businesses and creating job opportunities.” 


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu