Partners in Education: Kennesaw State and Marietta High School


Multiple institutions join in student success initiative under broader Cobb County educational…

Georgia (Feb 23, 2016)

Multiple institutions join in student success initiative under broader Cobb County educational partners plan
KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Feb. 23, 2016) — Kennesaw State University signed a formal partnership agreement with Marietta High School (MHS) on Monday to identify opportunities and create initiatives that support greater student learning and success. The new partnership is part of a broader “Partners in Education” initiative sponsored by the Cobb Chamber, the Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools to match businesses and organizations with K-12 schools to provide extra funding, unique services and volunteer support.
“Kennesaw State has shared a long and fruitful relationship with Marietta City Schools over the years, and this agreement with Marietta High School will only strengthen that connection,” said Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp. “This signing reflects the University’s deep commitment to community engagement. It also illustrates the strategic importance we place on assuring that students have access to high-quality learning experiences at all levels of their education — a goal we share with our partners at the Cobb Chamber and with the other educational partners in this initiative.”
Under the new yearlong agreement, representatives of Kennesaw State’s Office of Community Engagement within the new Division of Economic Development and Community Engagement will meet regularly with Marietta High School leaders. They will review existing projects and explore new pathways for learning, opportunities for engagement, and avenues for student support.
Several projects are already underway between Kennesaw State and Marietta High, including:
  • A collaborative container-building project in Haiti, through which KSU faculty provide students with STEM learning experiences to support development of a test site for sustainable technologies and container building;
  • A culinary partnership agreement that awards MHS culinary students academic credits at Kennesaw State for exemplary academic performance in specified coursework at the high school;
  • Collaboration between the Student Success Center at Marietta High School and key Kennesaw State units, including KSU’s Office of Multicultural Retention Services, Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery, Center for Conflict Management, Department of Social Work and Human Services, and the Bagwell College of Education.
Additional projects also are being developed by Kennesaw State and MHS representatives, including plans to expand the Student Success Center’s efforts to provide mentors for African-American males, mediation training for student leaders, expanded opportunities for KSU education majors to student-teach in the district, and opportunities for members of the University’s faculty and staff to serve on key advisory boards at MHS.
“We are fortunate to have quality education for grades K-12 and post high school opportunities extending from an associate’s degree to a doctorate degree in one county,” said Marietta City Schools Superintendent Emily Lembeck. “These newly formed partnerships are a key component to fostering our students’ goals for life success after high school, which is an important part of the Marietta City Schools mission. We are enthusiastic about the possibilities that will result from our collaboration with each institution for this common goal.”


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