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Doors to Opportunity Podcast with Dr. Susan Huard

Opportunity Knocks Recording

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."

- MCC President Susan Huard (2010-2019)

Doors to Opportunity Podcast Archive

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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Episode 74: A Career in Early Childhood Education | March 08, 2015

According to research from the Rauch Foundation, 85 percent of the brain is developed by the time a child is five years old. Lawmakers at both the state and the federal levels have signaled their intention to invest more time and resources in early education. To learn more about traditional pathways to becoming an early childhood educator, Susan interviews Carrie Marshall Gross, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Manchester Community College, and Debbie Booker, Director of MCC’s Child Development Center.

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Episode 72: Careers in Law Enforcement | February 22, 2015

Crime is down 6% in 2014 compared to 2013 in Manchester, NH. It's been reported that targeted efforts by the Manchester Police Department to increase patrols in "hot spots" to arrest more street-level drug dealers may have played a significant role in the drop in crime. Susan's guests are Captain James Flanagan from the Detective Division and Sergeant Steve Mangone from the Training Division of the Manchester Police Department.

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Episode 71: Legislative Update with NH Senator Donna Soucy | February 15, 2015

At the beginning of a new legislative session, lawmakers are hard at work crafting a two-year budget. The House and Senate are in session, working with Governor Hassan to establish priorities for the coming months. Susan's guest is State Senator Donna Soucy (NH-18), who represents Manchester and Litchfield.

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Episode 70: Careers in Visual Art/Currier Museum of Art | February 08, 2015

The New England Foundation for the Arts describes the creative economy as a "powerful and positive global force, where artists, cultural nonprofits and creative businesses produce and distribute cultural good and services that impact the economy by generating jobs, revenue and quality of life." Here in Manchester, NH, we are fortunate to have the Currier Museum of Art and its Art Center as a local employer and a visual arts destination for the community and visitors. Susan's guests are Kurt Sundstrom, Curator and Bruce McColl, artist and Director of the Art Center.

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Episode 69: Focus on Education and Community Partnerships with Mayor Gatsas | February 01, 2015

To be successful over the long term, colleges and their host communities must work together to make sure the pipeline is in place for students of all ages to reach their goals and realize their dreams in life. Susan's guest is Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.

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Episode 68: NH College and University Council/NH Scholars | January 25, 2015

There is a great deal of collaboration and cooperation between public and private colleges and universities to ensure we have the most accessible and seamless system of education possible in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire College and University Council works to bring colleges and universities together to help students succeed and reach their goals. Susan's guests are Tom Horgan, President of the NH College and University Council and Scott Power, the Director of NH Scholars, which is an NHCUC program.

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