Making Schools Work Conference Industry Tours


Industry Tours
Explore New Orleans businesses

You loved our industry tours at the 2019 conference, so we’re going even bigger for 2020 in New Orleans. Join us!

Tours will take place on Friday, July 10, during the hours of 8 to noon. Tour fees must be paid during registration and attendees are limited to one tour. Spouses, children or other guests may register for an additional fee per person – see below for details and age requirements for each tour.


Industry Tour Choices

Our industry tours are back by popular demand! Go behind the scenes at some of New Orleans’ most prominent businesses on Friday, July 10, from 8 a.m. to noon. Choose your tour by logging in to our eShow registration system. Attendees are limited to one tour choice. Spouses, children or other guests can be registered for an additional fee per person.

Tour choices include:

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – New Orleans Branch

Museum of Trade, Finance & the Fed at the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Logo of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Visit the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and learn about the central bank’s work to support college and career readiness from bank employees.

Attendees will explore free resources they can take home to their classrooms to help students make informed economic and personal finance decisions. This tour will also include a visit to the bank’s Museum of Trade, Finance & the Fed, which offers a history of how New Orleans evolved into a bustling port and financial center, and how, over the centuries, the institutions, instruments and people of New Orleans made it all possible.

Tour cost: $25 (includes transportation to the tour site)

Tour hours: TBA

Note: Tour participants must have a valid photo ID for entry into the Federal Reserve Bank building. Due to security requirements, registration for this tour will close one week prior to the conference.

Ochsner Health System

Explore careers in health care and STEM for your students with real-world medical simulations and inquiry-based experiments at Ochsner Medical Center.

Attendees will take an insider’s look at Ochsner’s iLab, where middle grades through college students dive deep into standards-based curricula on genetics, public health, cancer drug development, diabetes diagnostic testing, cell and molecular biology, and much more. Attendees will also get hands-on in Ochsner’s Clinical Simulation Center, where practicing clinicians, students and residents use high-fidelity human patient simulators to hone their skills and ensure patient safety with procedures like CPR, code blue activities, intubations, urinalysis, trauma care, blood typing, and more.

Other elements of the Ochsner Medical Center tour are TBA.

Ochsner Education OutreachOchsner’s Education Outreach division is committed to developing a well-prepared and informed workforce pipeline for health sciences and positively impacting K-12 education outcomes. Ochsner does this by providing active learning opportunities and resources to students, offering high-quality professional development to teachers, collaborating with community partners to build STEM literacy, and developing inquiry-based curricula.

Tour cost: $25 (includes transportation to the tour site)

Tour hours: TBA

Note: Tour participants must sign and complete a participant agreement to join this tour (details TBA).

New Orleans Steamboat Company

Steamboat NATCHEZ

The New Orleans Steamboat Family of Companies has been at the forefront of New Orleans tourism for nearly 45 years, pioneering riverfront development, creating world class attractions and setting new tour standards. Tour attendees will learn about the many facets of the tourism industry and the careers that drive and service New Orleans’ tourism and meetings markets.

Tour attendees will begin their morning with café au lait and beignets at Café Beignet in JAX Brewery, then move to the Toulouse Street Wharf to visit the departure point for Gray Line Tours & Transportation, the oldest and largest sightseeing company in New Orleans. Originally founded in 1926, Gray Line Tours & Transportation offers 15 different tours daily, many with multiple departures, as well as a charter bus service.

From here, attendees will be welcomed aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ, the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River and a New Orleans icon. In 2019, she will be joined by a sister ship, the completely renovated Riverboat CITY of NEW ORLEANS.

Attendees will explore the many careers available at Visit New Orleans, a full-service destination management company. Established in 1989 to service New Orleans’ growing meeting market, Visit New Orleans works with corporations and associations from around the world to produce all aspects of special events, private tour programs, Mardi Gras style parades and transportation systems.

Tour cost: $45 (includes transportation to the tour site)

Tour hours: 8 – 11 a.m.

Note: Tour requirements TBA.

NOCHI – New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute

NOCHI, the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute, is an industry-driven, non-profit culinary school whose mission is to provide a seat at the table for all people to bring their culinary passion to life. NOCHI offers non-degree vocational training in Baking & Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts certificates.

Attendees will tour NOCHI’s beautiful facility, which at more than 90,000 square feet includes multiple kitchens, labs, classrooms and restaurant spaces:

  • The Emeril Lagasse Foundation Culinary Lab and J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation Culinary Lab are equipped with a six-burner range, salamander, fryer, charbroiler, under-counter refrigerator, and sink. Food processors, slicers, and mixers are also provided and each lab has its own instructor station, dry storage and dishwashing areas.
  • The Sherry & Alan Leventhal Baking & Pastry Lab and Tuohy Family Baking & Pastry Lab are equipped with a planetary mixer, and both labs have their own reach-in refrigerator and freezer, deck oven, roll-in oven, convection oven, doughnut fryer range, roll-in proofer/retarder, proofer holding cabinets, dough divider rounders and a dough sheeter in addition to a six-burner range, dry storage and pot washing areas.
  • The Dining Lab, a functioning restaurant space that features a full open kitchen and seating for 70, serves as a venue for hands-on enthusiast courses, pop-up dining experiences and private events.
  • The Republic National Distributing Company Beverage Lab boasts an expansive main bar, 16 mobile bars and a vaulted ceiling and opens onto the Founders’ Terrace, a private rooftop area.
  • The Camellia Brands Food Science & Sensory Lab is a unique space that functions as a lab for taste testing, product testing, and collaborative food science instruction with local education partners.
  • Located on the building’s top floor, McIlhenny Hall serves as a large event space or meeting room, and the adjoining Tabasco Terrace offers unparalleled views of downtown.
  • NOCHI’s top-floor Production Kitchen hosts all NOCHI Catering production and is fully equipped to accommodate large-scale events.
  • The NOCHI Café by Gracious is a gathering place for students and faculty as well as neighbors, professionals and anyone looking for a great cup of coffee, delicious lunch or after-work drink.

Tour cost: $25 (includes transportation to the tour site)

Tour hours: 9 a.m. OR 10:30 a.m.

Note: Tour participants must check in and receive a visitor’s sticker at NOCHI’s front desk.

WYES – Public Television for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

WYES PBS logoWYES-TV, Louisiana’s only independently owned Public Broadcasting Service member television station, produces and distributes original programs that bring the best of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast to the world.

Did you know?

Go behind the scenes with Monica Turner, WYES’s Outreach Manager, and explore the station’s studios, audio, video and graphic design production and editing facilities, and accounting, HR, promotion and outreach operations.

Tour cost: $25 (includes transportation to the tour site)

Tour hours: 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Note: Tour participants must check in and receive a guest pass at the WYES front desk. Active productions may require WYES to restrict access to studio spaces.