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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:
- Chamberlain College of Nursing
- DeVry University
- Emory Continuing Education
- Georgia Perimeter College
- Georgia State University - Alpharetta Campus
- Gwinnett Technical College
- Reinhardt University - North Fulton Center
- Troy University
- University of Phoenix
Chair: Paul Anderson, Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, 770.442.5333
Vice Chair: Elizabeth Warland, Purgenix, 404.626.2735
Chamber Contact: Debbie Ryals, 678.397.0556
Promote economic development and workforce readiness in the North Fulton community by supporting the education system to include students, educators, and institutions. The Committee strives to help form partnerships between North Fulton schools and businesses.
Events for 2013
The Education Committee will host a quarterly update on its activities for Chamber members interested in volunteering. The next Quarterly Update will be held Tuesday, May 7th at 5:30 pm at the GNFCC office. Chamber members in good standing are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Business Partner of the Year Award, April
The Committee recognizes outstanding partnerships between North Fulton schools and local businesses. Awards are given annually in both the large and small business categories at the April Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast. The partnering schools receive $250 each. Winners in 2012 were Duke Realty and Studio 7 Photography.
High School Valedictorian Recognition, April
The Committee recognizes North Fulton’s high school valedictorians with awards given at the April Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast.
College Scholarships, April
The Committee awarded two scholarships (Bruce Wood and George Wills Scholarships) in 2012 to outstanding business students at the April Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast. Going forward, the Chamber has restructured its scholarship program as one GNFCC scholarship for $3,000. The Committee is seeking new funding and partners for its scholarship program.
Junior Achievement Day, April
Volunteers from both the Education Committee and the local business community partnered with Junior Achievement to teach students at Mimosa Elementary School in Roswell about work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship.
Partner in Education Connection Event, September
The Committee hosts a connection event each fall to educate both local businesses and schools about how to form a partnership and get the most out of it. We stress that the partnership is a two-way street and successful partnerships are more about time and service than money.
Can Do Good Food Drive and Competition, November
The Committee will partner with Goodwyn Mills and Cawood, a regional architecture and engineering firm, to coordinate the second 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 competition will be held at North Point Mall. The collected food will be given to North Fulton Community Charities.
Principal for a Day, November
The Committee helps promote Fulton County School System’s Principal for a Day program and encourages participation by the local business community. Typically held during National Education Week, 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.
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, through its Education Committee, established an award for the Partnership of the Year.
Nominations for the 2014 Partner in Education Partnership of the Year Award will begin in early January. Winners for both small and large businesses will be announced at the April 2014 Eggs & Enterprise breakfast, tentatively scheduled for April 22, 2014. With questions or for more information, contact dryals [at] gnfcc [dot] com (Debbie Ryals) | 678-397-0556.
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
2013 GNFCC Scholarship
The GNFCC awards a $3,000 scholarship to one deserving North Fulton high school student each year. Congratulations to Alexandra (Allee) Smith, Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, as winner of the 2013 GNFCC Scholarship. Contact Debbie Ryals at the GNFCC office, 678-397-0556, for scholarship applications.
Check back soon for the 2014 scholarship application.