Conference Tours

Conference Tours

This year, NCAC will be offering tours on two separate days of the conference.  High School tours at the Academies of Nashville will take place on Monday, Oct. 30th, and tours at Nashville businesses who have partnerships with local academies will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 1st.  

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The following seven high school academy tours are scheduled for Monday, October 30th, from 7:45 am - 12:00 pm

Maplewood High School

Maplewood High School is an NCAC national model wall-to-wall career academy high school.  The school has a freshman academy and three career academies: the Academy of Energy & Power; the Academy of Entrepreneurship & Innovation; and the Academy of Sports Medicine & Wellness.  Attendees will see active business partnerships that have helped Maplewood establish the nation’s first Bridgestone/ Firestone Automotive Training Center inside a high school, a community health clinic operated by Saint Thomas Health, a college and career center, and a business incubator.  Maplewood’s turnaround story is an inspiration.  Pathways include: Automotive Technology (Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair), Diagnostic Services, Energy/Power Distribution, Entrepreneurship, Personal Care Services (Cosmetology), STEM Technology, and Therapeutic Clinical Services.

McGavock High School

McGavock High School is an NCAC national model wall-to-wall career academy high school.  McGavock is Nashville’s largest high school with a freshman academy and four career academies: the Academy of Aviation & Transportation; the CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication; the Aegis Sciences Corporation Academy of Life Science & Law; and the US Community Credit Union/ Gaylord Opryland Academy of Hospitality & Finance.  McGavock’s business partners have assisted the school in creating impressive lab space throughout the school including a fully functioning student-run credit union, a state-of-the art aerospace facility, professional kitchen and restaurant, livestock operation and grooming facility, and a courtroom.  McGavock is a popular destination for visitors; include former President of the United States, Barak Obama.  Pathways include: Audio Production, Automotive Collision Repair, Aviation Flight, Aviation Maintenance, Banking and Finance, Broadcasting (Audio/ Visual Production), Culinary Arts, Design Communications, Diesel Technology, Diagnostic Services, Engineering by Design, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Law Enforcement Services, Therapeutic Clinical Services, and Veterinary Science (Veterinary and Animal Science).

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School is an NCAC national model wall-to-wall career academy high school.  Pearl Cohn has a freshman academy and two career academies and is the country’s only high school with a student-run record label – Relentless Entertainment.  The two academies are the Academy of Entertainment Communication and the Academy of Entertainment Management.  The school partners with Warner Records and is set up to resemble the departments of a record label.  Guests will see how artists are discovered and how music is made in the state-of-the art recording studio and the television production studio.  Pearl Cohn has traditionally struggled with academic achievement; however, the school has seen tremendous growth and success.  This is truly an inspiring school to visit.  Pathways include: Audio Production, Broadcasting (Audio/ Visual Production), Fashion Design, Media Publishing, Personal Care Services (Cosmetology), Recording Industry, and Sports and Entertainment Management.

Stratford STEM Magnet High School

Stratford STEM Magnet High School is an NCAC national model wall-to-wall career academy high school and Nashville’s only full STEM high school.  Stratford has a freshman academy and two career academies. The two academies are the Academy of National Safety & Security Technologies and the Academy of Science & Engineering.  Stratford partners with Vanderbilt University’s Center for Science Outreach to create unique opportunities for teachers and students in the areas of science research and engineering in labs designed by the partners that mirror university and business environments.  The school boasts a forensic lab, computer graphics labs, engineering labs, a college and career center, and a fully functional courtroom.  Pathways include: Biotechnology, Engineering by Design, Interdisciplinary Science and Research, Law Enforcement Services, and Programming & Software Development.

Hillwood High School

Hillwood High School is an NCAC national model wall-to-wall career academy high school.  Hillwood has a freshman academy and three career academies: the Academy of Art, Design, & Communication; the Academy of Business & Hospitality; and the Academy of Health Science. Health Corporations of America partnered with Hillwood to establish a clinical and emergency medical response simulation lab where students practice their skills and earn valuable industry certifications. You have never seen a simulation lab quite like this one! Pathways include: Broadcasting (Audio/ Visual Production), Business Leadership, Culinary Arts, Design Communications, Diagnostic Services, Emergency Services, Music Arts, Therapeutic Nursing Services, and Visual Arts.

Whites Creek High School

Whites Creek High School in an NCAC national model wall-to-wall career academy high school.  The school is an urban high school in a rural setting with a freshman academy and three career academies: the Academy of Alternative Energy, Sustainability, & Logistics; the Academy of Community Health; and the Academy of Education & Law. The school has a fully functional courtroom, creates its own bio fuel, and has a teacher preparation pathway.  Pathways include: Alternative Energy, Automotive Technology (Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair), Entrepreneurship, JROTC-Air Force, Law Enforcement Services, Legal Services, Public Health, Teaching as a Profession (K-12), and Therapeutic Clinical Services.

Nashville Big Picture High School

Nashville Big Picture High School is truly a different experience.  If you want to see a truly unique high school design, then visit Big Picture. The school shares with students how academics and the real world come together to impact learning experiences. The Big Picture model emphasizes students at the center of learning, engaging and challenging the student with authentic learning experiences. Students experience learning through varied methods including workshops, projects, real-world internships, field trips, and community service. Students attend school three days per week and have real internships the other two days. Although Big Picture is not a career academy school, attendees will learn unique ways to engage and motivate students aligned with the National Standards of Practice.



The following 5 business tours will take place on Wednesday, November 1st, from 7:45 am - 12:00 pm.


Smyrna is home to Nissan’s first U.S. based manufacturing facility. Since June 1983, when Job 1, a white pickup truck rolled off the line, we’ve proudly produced more than 10 million Nissan and Infiniti cars, trucks and SUV’s in Tennessee.  Our team of dedicated technicians, associates and engineers produce five signature Nissan models-the Altima, LEAF, Maxima, Pathfinder, and the Rogue – as well as the Infiniti QX60 luxury crossover.


Get an insider’s look at modern manufacturing during this behind the scenes tour at Nissan’s Smyrna plant that employs over 7,000 people and produces more than 550,000 vehicles annually.  Learn about Nissan’s partnership with the Metro Nashville Public Schools to provide students with the skills they need to be competitive in an industry that has been transformed by technology.


Quick Facts

Recognized as the highest-volume automotive assembly plant in North America

Annual production capacity of 640,000 with more than 10 million vehicles produced since 1983

More than 5.9 million square feet under one roof

Recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR partner every year since 2006


Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is the flagship property of Gaylord Hotels, part of the Marriott portfolio of brands. The 2,888-room hotel offers “everything in one place” within nine acres of indoor botanical gardens and waterways.  The award- winning resort includes diverse dining options, a full-service spa, top-notch entertainment, on-site shopping, over 700,000 square feet of meeting space and more.


The tour provides a sneak peek of the property’s front of house and back of house functions.  Learn how the Resort partners with McGavock High School’s Hospitality Academy to provide hands-on training to students to prepare them for careers in the hospitality industry including the areas of Culinary, Front Office, Marketing and Finance.


Quick Facts

3,500 STARS (employees) from over 90 countries

15 million pounds of laundry processed each year

Over 1 million visitors each year


Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum


Founded in 1967, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a not-for-profit education institution that preserves and interprets the evolving history and traditions of country music. Functioning as a national history museum and an international arts organization, the Museum is one of the most visited in the United States. 

In the exhibitions, visitors are immersed in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. The story is revealed through artifacts, photographs, and text panels, with a rich overlay of recorded sound, vintage video, and interactive touchscreens. With over 2.5 million artifacts, the museum’s collection is the backbone of its exhibits, publications, and educational programs that teach diverse audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music.


Tour the museum, meet the staff, and learn about the partnership with Cane Ridge High School. From college and career readiness experiences to exclusive student workshops, the collaboration between the museum and Cane Ridge offers a dynamic and mutually beneficial relationship.



CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc., is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S.  CMT,, and CMT Radio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

In addition to the annual CMT Music Awards and Artists of the Year shows, CMT has an impressive line-up of original programming such as I Love Kellie PicklerDallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, and Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge. CMT is also home to scripted programming including Still the King, the newly added smash-hit Nashville, and the new series, Sun Records.

Tour CMT for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creation, development and production of your favorite CMT content.  You’ll visit our in-house TV and radio studios as well as the creative and production departments. Through our partnership with McGavock High School’s CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication, the network creates opportunities for students to cultivate their talents and grow their skills in preparation for exceptional future careers. Learn how CMT’s mentorship, job-shadowing, and internship programs are providing students with the skills necessary to succeed in the workforce today.


The Parthenon

The Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee is the world’s only full-scale replica of the iconic 5th century BCE temple in Athens, Greece. Built in 1897 as a temporary structure for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, the Nashville Parthenon was restored throughout the 1920s and re-opened in 1931 as a permanent building and the cultural centerpiece of the city’s first public park. Echoing the exquisite details and architectural refinements of the original, the Parthenon offers the modern visitor a visual testimony to the artistry, mathematical genius, and philosophical and democratic heritage handed down by the ancient Greeks. Inside, the 42-foot gilded statue of Athena, created by Nashville sculptor, Alan LeQuire, dominates the Naos. Other features include the world’s largest set of matching double doors, and the full-scale casts of the Elgin Marbles, created for the Parthenon by the British Museum in the 1920s. The lower level galleries include permanent exhibits of the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, and the James Cowan Collection of American Art (late 18th-early 20thcentury).   Two additional galleries provide space for temporary exhibits which, in recent years, have included Winslow Homer, Andy Warhol, Thomas Cole, and exhibitions from The Benaki Museum in Athens, the Acropolis Restoration Project and, most recently, Shakespeare’s First Folio from the Folger Library.

The tour highlights how the Parthenon can serve as a visual teaching tool for art/architecture, social studies, visual arts, math and science, philosophy/critical thinking, theater, music,  engineering, language arts, and the foundations of democracy. Through our school partnership with Hillwood High School, and working with high school academies throughout Metro, the Parthenon has catapulted both high school appreciation of this visual teaching tool and high school field trips, which now comprise 1/3rd of all school field trips to the Parthenon. In addition, the Parthenon has acquired a reputation among students as a premier location for gaining practical experience and resume-building opportunities through internships.  Get a close look at how the museum’s tiny staff uses creative ways to make a big impact on students and to be an active participant in their total educational experience.