North Fulton Community Charities held the ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Education Center on Wednesday.
The center - which will be used for everything from education classes to job training - is staffed by over 70 volunteers. NFCC began using the building in February and has already held more than 50 classes for 175 Fulton County residents.
Prior to opening the new center, the NFCC Thrift store was being used to hold education classes. But thanks to generous donations from the Roswell, Alpharetta and Johns Creek communities, the new Education Center will operate across the street from the thrift store now.
The Family Enrichment Program is one of the many programs NFCC will offer Fulton County residents and is it funded for a full year by the Bobby Williamson Family Trust. Development Director Vonda Marlborough said the whole idea for the education center came from NFCC Executive Director Barbara Duffy.
“I remember when she brought me in her office two years ago and said we had to do this,” Marlborough said in her speech. “I love working here because I work with visionaries. Before it was a reality here, it was a reality in her mind.”
The NFCC Education Center boasts a conference room, a computer lab, a GED training classroom and even a children’s development facility. NFCC staff hosts a calendar full of free workshops –including a computer training class and money matters class – for all interested Fulton County residents.
Among the ribbon cutting ceremony attendees were multiple NFCC volunteers, Roswell City Council members Rich Dippolito and Becky Wynn, Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle.
“We might not be in Alpharetta, but this is Fulton County,” Mayor Belle Isle said in his ceremony remarks. “This is the charitable organization we look to as an example.”