Doors to Opportunity! was a weekly 30-minute radio show that aired on Sunday mornings on WGIR-AM 610 from October 2013 to April 2016. MCC President Susan Huard hosted the show, and each week the discussions focused on topics related to higher education and careers.
"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 was to provide information, ideas and inspiration to help you reach your dreams."
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.
The drug epidemic has hit the streets of every major community, and our first responders are on the front line trying to save lives in a war that has many casualties. It underscores the important and good work our medical and social services community does to fight back against this deadly epidemic of drug activity. Susan's guests are Chris Hickey, the Paramedic Shift Commander for Manchester's AMR Ambulance and Stephanie Bergeron, development director at Serenity Place in Manchester.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.