Rob Garcia III will join Marietta City Schools as the new CEO of the College and Career Academy. Garcia, a seasoned professional in the field of workforce development, will begin his new role this summer.
Garcia's workforce development experience makes him an ideal choice for this role. He currently serves as the Director of Initiatives for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and has worked previously with Associated General Contractors of Georgia, National Skills Coalition, and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.
Garcia's appointment aligns with MCS's dedication to providing students with diverse career exploration opportunities through the innovative Career Pathways program at Marietta High School. This program offers a comprehensive curriculum across various sectors, from culinary arts and video production to finance, nursing, and architecture, equipping students with both academic knowledge and practical experience for their future career paths or post-secondary education.
"Rob's deep commitment to workforce development and his proven ability to forge connections between education and industry align perfectly with the mission of the College and Career Academy," said Grant Rivera, Superintendent of Marietta City Schools. "His expertise, leadership, and Marietta roots make him an exceptional fit for this position. We are excited to see how he will create new opportunities for both our students and teachers."
Garcia, an Auburn University graduate, shares the vision of MCS in empowering students to get a head start on their careers.
"My passion lies in bridging the gap between education and industry, and I am committed to providing our students with the best resources to prepare them for successful careers," said Garcia. “This is an incredible opportunity to combine my professional experience with my love for this community, and I look forward to collaborating with our talented team here at Marietta City Schools."
Garcia is newly married to his wife, Mary Katherine. MCS looks forward to welcoming him back to Marietta.