Greater New Orleans, Inc., New Orleans Business Alliance and Ochsner Health System Join Forces for Future Building Fridays


New Orleans, La. — On Friday, June 5, Greater New Orleans, Inc (GNO Inc.) and the New Orleans Business Alliance will join the Community Outreach Division of Ochsner Health System in hosting the sixth, and final, Future Building Fridays session of the semester.  Located at the Ochsner Medical Center-Jefferson Highway campus, 15 high school educators will focus on raising greater awareness of our region’s healthcare industry.  Future Building Fridays is spearheaded by Greater New Orleans Inc. as a way to inform educators from area high schools about the different employment opportunities available in high-growth industries such as health sciences, digital media, international trade, manufacturing, energy, and emerging environmental.

“GNO Inc. understands the critical importance of career awareness and exploration programs, like Future Building Fridays, for educators, students and the community,” said GNO Inc. President and CEO Michael Hecht. “We must continue to connect the world of work and our industry partners to our K-12 classrooms. We want to empower educators with an understanding of the significant high-wage and high-demand job opportunities that are available throughout the GNO region.”

“Ochsner’s Community Outreach initiatives are committed to supporting the educators and schools in our communities by offering opportunities for furthering curriculum exploration, investigating career options, and providing first-hand experiences through multiple programs,” said Ochnser’s Vice President of Community Outreach, Avery Corenswet. “Future Building Fridays is the perfect platform to highlight our programs, better understand our region’s workforce of tomorrow, and begin the recruitment process early so that the skilled workforce is ready to take care of our community and our patients for years to come.”

“We’re facing a potential worker shortage by 2020, particularly as our economy is increasingly based on knowledge and the sciences. As economic developers, it’s our responsibility to build bridges, through programs like Future Building Fridays, between employers and educators. When educators know the wide range of job opportunities available, and the skills needed to pursue them, they can help guide students to career paths that help us begin to fill the workforce gap and build generational wealth for our city,” said NOLABA Interim President & CEO Melissa Ehlinger.

Ochsner offers a number of academic community outreach programs aimed to at the greater education of high school students.  The Ochsner STAR program provides qualified high school students the opportunity to explore the world of healthcare through a rigorous summer program. The purpose of the program is to engage and inspire students to pursue further education and careers in science and medicine in a fun, learning environment.  Ochsner’s BEST Science! is a partnership with with LSUHSC, funded by the NIH SEPA program, that provides Hands-on Science laboratory professional development to high school teachers and Lab2Go kits to the teachers for the students to perform the same experiments in the classroom.

Through site visits and first-hand exposure to employers, Future Building Fridays seeks to educate counselors, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and CTE (Career and Technical Education) teachers about regional workforce trends, aligned with the Louisiana Department of Education’s Jump Start pathways. The Future Building Fridays series is just one part of GNO Inc.’s World of Work (GNO WOW) programming, which offers and promotes high-quality career awareness and exploration opportunities for regional schools and businesses. Through GNO WOW, GNO, Inc. is committed to raising educator and community awareness of the key sectors that drive the Greater New Orleans economy.

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About Greater New Orleans, Inc.
GNO, Inc. is the regional economic development organization for Southeast Louisiana.  The GNO, Inc. Mission is to create jobs and wealth in the Greater New Orleans community.  The GNO, Inc. Vision is for the Greater New Orleans region to fulfill its potential as one of the best places in the country to grow a company, and raise a family.

More information can be found at www.gnoinc.org.

About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner’s 19 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 50 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across nine specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 90 countries worldwide each year Ochsner employs more than 16,000 employees, nearly 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 750 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment.

For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About the New Orleans Business Alliance
A public-private partnership, the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) is the official economic development organization for the city of New Orleans. Its creation resulted from a long-term effort by the business community to adopt national best practices in economic development for the growth of Orleans Parish. NOLABA’s 17-member Board comprises a cross-section of New Orleans leaders, including Mayor Mitch Landrieu and a diverse group of business professionals.

For more information on NOLABA and Prosperity NOLA, the city’s five-year plan for economic growth, please visit www.nolaba.org.