Doors to Opportunity! is a weekly 30-minute radio show on WGIR-AM 610 that explores higher education and jobs in New Hampshire. MCC President Susan Huard, her co-host Michael Carter of WGIR, and their guests discuss a different topic every week, ranging from higher education to careers, the job market and new opportunities in New Hampshire. Doors to Opportunity! airs on Sunday mornings at 10 on WGIR-AM.
"Why are we doing this program? Community colleges are about jobs. Everyone has to go to work at some point and make a living, but people don't always have enough opportunity to hear about what's out there, or what their true options are. That's the point of this show. Some of the best jobs are invisible to the public; I want to shed light on options. Our goal for this show is to provide information, ideas and inspiration to help you reach your dreams."
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that jobs in the biotechnology industry will continue to grow approximately 10% nationally by the year 2022. The New England Biotech Association estimates there are 5,000 biotech jobs in New Hampshire (which is small in comparison to the 78,000 biotech jobs in Massachusetts), but the Granite State is taking steps to become more of a player in this field. Dr. Kyle MacLea, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at UNH-Manchester, discusses the biotechnology industry and the educational pathways that lead to careers in this growing field.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 13% of public school students between the ages of 3 and 21 receive Special Education Services. And 35% of those students have specific learning disabilities. There is much focus on ensuring these students get through the public school years, but what then? What does post-secondary education look like for these "non-traditional" students? Melissa Olson, Special Populations Counselor at MCC discusses how students and colleges navigate the challenges and opportunities for students with disabilities.
Sharon Gibadlo, who is Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, and Donna Lukasiak, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at UNH in Manchester, provide an inside look at the admissions process for all transfer
students interested in attending four-year colleges.
Susan speaks with Michael Skelton, President of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce about what the Chamber does to to boost the area’s economy and job market, as well as educational and other opportunities available to individuals through the Chamber.
Cynthia Harrington, Business Development Manager for New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, and Dr. Kathy DesRoches, Director of Workforce Development at MCC discuss how employers are working with higher education to train workers for sought-after jobs, including jobs in the aerospace industry. An example they focus on is a current "Tube Fabrication and Forming" program designed by employers and taught at MCC.
Susan welcomes Trinnie Houghton, an Executive and Organizational Coach and Partner at Sojourn Partners, to discuss preparing for a job interview. Trinnie shares tips to enable job candidates to feel more relaxed and in control when facing one of life's most stressful situations.
We hear about issues like climate change, air pollution, water quality, forest protection and conservation nearly every day in the news. These are important discussions, which are also fields with a wide variety of career opportunities. Two employees from New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services – Chris Skoglund of the Air Resources Division and Amy Smagula from the DES Water Division – discuss environmental career options.
Nationally, approximately 20 to 25% of community college students transfer to a four-year college. And 60% of those who do so, earn a bachelor’s degree within four years. Research also shows that for those students who transfer from community colleges to four-year institutions, they are generally very well prepared for the coursework and for navigating college life. Bonnie Argeropoulos, Academic Advisor at Granite State College, and Lauren Smith, Career Development and Transfer Advisor at Manchester Community College discuss the New Hampshire Dual Admission Program.
To quote William Shakespeare's comedy, As You Like It, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." On this show, Susan welcomes Jim Roach, president of J-J-R Productions, who produces events for a variety of entertainment clients, and Don Davis, who is a saxophonist and teaches at the Manchester Community Music School. They discuss pursuing careers in the performing arts.