Following remarks by the speakers, guests will be welcome to enjoy refreshments and tour the Fulton Center's classrooms, laboratories and learning commons. Informal presentations of student work will include a poetry reading and an art exhibit. Computer workstations will display photos from the center's past 10 years.
The Fulton Center originated in January 1994 as an extension site of the college with 97 students enrolled. It was housed for one semester in the Fulton Education Center, a Fulton City School District facility in the Board of Education administrative office building. In June 1994 the enterprise moved to the former Holy Family School on West Third Street. In December 1996 it was formally accorded extension center status by the State University of New York.
In the Fulton Center's 10 years of operation, the student population has risen to more than 11 times the original class size. Rapid growth spurred a need for more classrooms. The current 50,000-square-foot location on West Broadway opened in summer 2001, approximately tripling the center's space. With a record enrollment of more than 1,100 students in fall 2003, college administrators are now exploring ways to develop more of the location's available space for academic and related functions.
The current Fulton Center facility has 11 general classrooms, 2 computer classrooms, a distance-learning classroom, an art room, a science lab, and a classroom for specialized contract training. The library, computer workstations and academic support services are housed in the learning commons, centrally located near the bookstore and student lounge, student development counseling services, and administrative offices.