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Doors to Opportunity Podcast

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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."

- MCC President Susan Huard

Doors to Opportunity Archive

Episode 84: Careers in Analytics | May 17, 2015

Whether you're looking at the Google analytics for your website, or you're working in any industry trying to understand whether you’re successful at reaching your goals, success can be determined by looking at the data. According to the Education Advisory Board, from 2010 to 2013, there was a 32% increase in demand for college graduates with so-called data skills. Susan's guests are Jere Turner, Director of Institutional Research at Manchester Community College, and Jeremiah Johnson, UNH-Manchester Senior Lecturer of Mathematics and Coordinator for UNH-M's Analytics program.

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Episode 83: Careers in Government Affairs/Lobbying | May 10, 2015

Those who work in the area of government affairs, also known as lobbyists, play a critical role in the American political system today. This show explores what it take to be successful at working around state and federal lawmakers as they debate and decide major issues of the day. Amanda Grady Sexton, Public Policy Director for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Gina Powers, Senior Advisor with the Government Relations Practice Group of Rath, Young and Pignatelli are Susan's guests.

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Episode 82: Sports-Related Careers | May 03, 2015

While the reality is that most college and high school athletes do not become professional athletes, there are many occupations that are connected to the sports industry. Joining Susan to discuss sports/entertainment-related careers are Jenna Raizes, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager for the Fisher Cats and Tom Gauthier, Executive Director of Broadcast and Media Relations for the Fisher Cats.

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Episode 81: High-Tech Careers | April 26, 2015

Michelline Dufort, Director of Business Relations for the NH High Tech Council, and Catherine Blake, CEO and Founder of Sales Protocol International, who also serves on the board of directors for the NH High Tech Council join Susan to talk about employment in the high-tech field, and especially about efforts happening in New Hampshire.

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Episode 80: Careers in Marketing & Advertising | April 19, 2015

Did you ever think about what goes into the creation of memorable slogans like, the U.S. Army's "Be all that you can be" campaign? Nike's "Just Do It," or "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there." The American Marketing Association defines marketing as "The activity, set of institutions and processes for creating, communicating, delivering and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large." To discuss career paths in marketing, Susan's guests are Mike DeBlasi, Director of Strategic Marketing at EVR Advertising and Kelly Chisholm, Business Professor at MCC.

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Episode 79: Careers in Journalism | April 12, 2015

Journalism has changed a lot over the last few years, mainly because of the type of technology used to be able to cover stories of all kinds. Twenty-four hour news stations, web sites and social media have changed the pace of news gathering, but the job remains the same. Trent Spiner, Executive Editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader, and Jamie Staton, Sports Director and Anchor for WMUR-TV are Susan's guests.

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Episode 78: The Importance of Networking | April 05, 2015

A Washington Post article, titled "Networking 101" says, "Networking is not a mere exchange of business cards at a cocktail party, nor is it bragging about yourself or begging for help from people you barely know. Networking is building relationships on the basis of trust, and involves a give and take." Jeannie Dibella , Director of Human Resources at MCC and Tammy Boucher, President of Boucher Public Relations and Project Manager for Leadership Greater Manchester discuss networking strategies.

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Episode 77: Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) | March 29, 2015

In today's ever increasing digital age, high schools and middle schools are embracing online courses. Students across the U.S. have access to a variety of online secondary schools – whether private, public or affiliated with colleges. Here in New Hampshire, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (or "VLACS") is an accredited, free option for Granite State residents. Susan's guest is Tony Baldasaro, Chief Human Resource Officer for VLACS.

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Episode 76: Nursing and Other Healthcare Job Opportunities | March 22, 2015

Healthcare-related jobs occupy seven of the top-ten list of expanding career opportunities in the U.S. The retirement of current workers, the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the aging of our nation's population have all contributed to a sudden and sharp need for people to join the healthcare field. Susan's guests are Jennifer Torosian, Executive Director of Nursing at Catholic Medical Center (CMC) and Julie Gendron, Human Resources Business Partner at CMC.

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Episode 75: Education as a Second Career Path | March 15, 2015

The Department of Labor projects the number of U.S. teaching jobs to grow by more than 429,000 over the next decade. Many educators take a traditional path to becoming teachers – by graduating from college with an associate or bachelor's degree in Education. This week, Susan speaks with Mary Ford, Dean of the School of Education at Granite State College, to learn more about "nontraditional" or "alternative" paths to teaching.

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