The Education Connection
North Fulton boasts nationally recognized public schools, world-class private schools,and many institutions for higher education, ensuring all students in the area the opportunity to receive a quality education.
Colleges & Universities:
- DeVry University
- Emory Continuing Education
- Georgia State University Perimeter College
- Gwinnett Technical College
- Reinhardt University - North Fulton Center
- Strayer University - Roswell Campus
- Troy University
- University of Phoenix
2016-17 Education CONNECTION
Chairman: Geoff Smith, Assurance Financial, 770.674.1433
Chamber Contact: Debbie Ryals, 678.397.0556
Promote economic development and workforce readiness in North Fulton by supporting the education system. The Education Connection strives to facilitate partnerships between North Fulton schools and businesses. LIKE us on Facebook and utilize the social networking site to connect your business with nearby schools! List the business resources you would like to share and connect with schools in need on the North Fulton Partners in Education Facebook site!
Events for 2016-17
Business Partner of the Year Awards
The Education Connection recognizes outstanding partnerships between North Fulton schools and local businesses. Awards are given annually in three different categories: small business (under 25 employees) large business (26+ employees) and non-profits. A special awards recognition event will be held on May 31, 2017 at King's Ridge Christian School where the schools partnered with the winning businesses will receive $250 each. Winners for the 2015-16 school year were:
- Nothing Bundt Cakes - Partner in Education with Crabapple Crossing Elementary
- Randall-Paulson Architects – Partner in Education with River Eves Elementary
- Alpharetta First Baptist Church - Partner in Education with Independence High School
Partners in Education EXPO
The Education Connection hosts a networking event for businesses interested in meeting with local schools and learning about possible business-school partnerships. Businesses will learn the rules of engagement so that the partnership is beneficial to both organizations. Watch for more info on the 2017 North Fulton Partners in Education EXPO, scheduled for February 9, 2017 at AdvancED, 9115 Westside Parkway in Alpharetta. Click HERE to view The 2016 Partner in Education Expo VIDEO.
Can Do Good Food Drive and Competition
The Education Connection will partner with Goodwyn Mills and Cawood, a regional architecture and engineering firm, to coordinate the fifth annual Can Do Good Food Drive and Competition. Local high school students collect non-perishable food items and build an artistic structure from what they collect. The 2016 competition was held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at North Point Mall, with all collected food being donated to North Fulton Community Charities. Thank you to our sponsors: Kaiser-Permanente, Law Offices of J. Christopher Miller, Custom Human Resource Solutions and TROY University. VIEW the video of our 2016 Can Do Good event.
Principal for a Day
The Education Connection helps promote Fulton County School System’s Principal for a Day program and encourages participation by the local business community. Scheduled during National Education Week November 14-18, 2016, the Principal for a Day program allows a community leader to shadow a principal and encourages that community leader to invite the principal to do the same at the business person’s workplace. A reception honoring those who served as a volunteer Principal for the Day was held December 1 at the Chamber office. Thank you to Presenting Sponsor Georgia Power, Premier Sponsor Kaiser-Permanente, and to Krieger Health Solutions and Jekyll Brewing for their sponsorship. Click HERE to watch a video on the Principal for a Day program.
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Partner in Education
Partnership of the Year Award
In recognition of the many outstanding partnerships being formed between North Fulton businesses and our local schools, the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce established an award for the Partner in Education Partnership of the Year.
The 2016 Partner in Education Partnership of the Year Award winners were named at a special awards ceremony on May 31 at King's Ridge Christian School. Congratulations to all those nominated! With questions or for more information, contact Debbie Ryals | 678-397-0556.
Nothing Bundt Cakes - Partner in Education with Crabapple Crossing Elementary
Randall-Paulson Architects – Partner in Education with River Eves Elementary
Alpharetta First Baptist Church - Partner in Education with Independence High School
BookKeeping Express - Partner in Education with Mimosa Elementary
North Fulton Hospital – Partner in Education with Gwinnett Technical College
Stand Up for Kids - Partner in Education with Independence High School
Play 60 – Partner in Education with Crabapple Crossing Elementary
Perimeter Insurance Agency – Partner in Education with Chrysalis Experiential Academy
Harry's Farmers Market – Partner in Education with The Lionheart School
Friends of the Alpharetta Library – Partner in Education with Alpharetta Elementary
Northside Hospital Foundation – Partner in Education with Northwood Elementary
Studio 7 Photography, LLC – Partner in Education with Chrysalis Experiential Academy
Duke Realty – Partner in Education with The Lionheart School
Shane’s Rib Shack – Partner in Education with Ocee Elementary School
Elavon – Partner in Education with Lake Forest Elementary
Z Pizza – Partner in Education with Findley Oaks Elementary
Nordson Corporation Foundation – Partner in Education with Northview High School
Shane’s Rib Shack – Partner in Education with Alpharetta High School
Bank of North Georgia – Partner in Education with Chrysalis Experiential Academy