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."
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.
Statistics show financial sector jobs will grow 16% over the next ten years, one of the largest increases in any sector. Average pay in finance is a strong $75,000 per year, and that largely depends on where you work and what job you specifically choose. Newton Kershaw, managing director and head of acquisitions and finance for Elm Grove Companies joins Susan to discuss various financial career paths.
Erika de Beckers, veterinarian at Ark Animal Homecare and Maura Wentworth, veterinary technician join Susan to discuss careers working with animals. Like many healthcare professions, there’s lots of on-the-job training and each day is different than the next!
While all politics may be local, as the first-in-the-nation Presidential Primary state, New Hampshire has a special place in the national political arena. Many local campaign strategists, activists, volunteers, staff and organizers mobilize throughout the Granite State every election year. Joining Susan to talk about the type of work that goes on behind the scenes are BJ Perry, a Republican strategist and Lucas Meyer, who is an independent consultant and former spokesperson for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
The field of law has many variations. The traditional view has two attorneys working a courtroom with a defendant's fate in the balance. But the reality is the legal field is vast and varied, and it remains an enticing and rewarding career path for many people. Joining the program to talk about careers in law are Labor and Employment Practice attorney Talesha Caynon and Mary Ellen McMahon, a paralegal, both from Bernstein Shur Law Firm in Manchester.
You may be surprised to learn about the variety of career paths one can take in the insurance industry, which is changing with the times – especially half of its workforce will be retiring in the next decade. Susan's guest is Beth Needham, Chief Operating Officer at Eaton Berube Insurance of Nashua. She is also actively involved in the "Invest Program," which introduces students to insurance issues and careers in high school.