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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 67: Financial Aid and Paying for College | January 18, 2015

According to the Institute for College Access and Success, college graduates left school in 2012 with an average of $30,000 in debt. Last year, according to the College Board national review, the average cost for a state school was just under $23,000 for one year; that adds up to a $100,000 education. For private four-year colleges, the cost for one year of school averages more than $44,000. Many struggle to afford the cost of a college education in New Hampshire and around the country. Susan's guests are Rick Blais, Senior Vice President at Primerica in Manchester, and Stephanie Weldon, Director of Financial Aid at Manchester Community College.

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Episode 65: Focus on Careers: Life Coaching | January 04, 2015

According to a survey by the University of Scranton, about half of all Americans make a resolution every year ... although only about 1 in 8 of us actually manage to keep it for the whole year! The survey also tells us the Top Ten Resolutions, and, along with the ones you’d expect – losing weight, quitting smoking, starting an exercise program – is one that our guests today can help with: Number 8 on the list is: Helping Others Achieve Their Dreams!

Susan's guests are Dr. Kathy Rockwood, the founder of Kathy Rockwood Life Coach, and Andrea Williams the principal at Your Life Mosaic: Business & Life Design Strategist

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Episode 64: Student Profile: From Manchester Central to Norwich University | December 28, 2014

One of the hallmarks of a community college is that students attend for a variety of reasons: For many, it's to earn an associate degree; some come to earn a certificate; others to upgrade their computer skills or other technical skills; others come to strengthen their academic record to give them a better chance of getting into a four-year college.

Susan guests is one of those students: TJ Rapson is a Manchester Central grad who just completed his first semester at Norwich University after spending the fall of 2013 at MCC. TJ's father, Jeff Rapson, provides the parent's perspective.

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Episode 62: Nursing Careers that Start with an Associate Degree | December 14, 2014

NH's Employment Labor and Market Information Bureau predicts that NH will need close to 500 new nurses a year through 2020 to meet demand. At the same time, being accepted into an accredited nursing program is very competitive. A recent study reports that U.S. nursing schools turned away more than 78,000 qualified applicants to bachelor and graduate nursing programs in 2013. Acceptance into associate degree nursing programs is also competitive, as applicants understand the value of a two-year program that will put them into the job market more quickly,

Susan's guests are Charlene Wolfe-Stepro, chair of the nursing department at MCC, and Jacqueline Poirier, College Counselor for Allied Health Programs at MCC.

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Episode 61: Focus on Careers: Human Resources | December 07, 2014

As baby boomers retire without enough younger workers in the ranks to replace them, recruiting and retaining the right employees becomes critical to a company's success. That function is one of the key responsibilities of the department we call HR, or human resources.

Susan's guest is Jeannie DiBella, the Human Resources Officer at MCC. 

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Episode 60: Thinking about the Next Step for a Working Adult | November 30, 2014

Susan's guest is Bonnie Argeropoulos, an Academic Advisor at Granite State College, who spends her workday talking with people like Jennifer Wells, Susan's co-host, a young adult with an associate degree who's wondering about her next step. Should she go on to earn her bachelor degree? What are her options?

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Episode 56: MCC Downtown | November 02, 2014

It can be overwhelming for some people to walk onto a college campus and get started, so back in February MCC opened MCC Downtown at 889 Elm Street in Manchester.

Susan's guests are Lindsay Conway and Megan Conn, the Counselors at MCC Downtown.

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Episode 55: Focus on Careers: Banking | October 26, 2014

New Hampshire has more than 430 bank branches to take care of our banking needs according to the state's Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau. And those banks employ thousands of people who have chosen banking as their career, from tellers to mortgage specialists to financial advisors.

Susan's guest is Steven Webb, the NH Market President for TD Bank.

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Episode 54: The new UNH-Manchester: Interview with Michael Hickey, the new Interim Dean | October 19, 2014

According to an article on, the greater Manchester area (which includes Nashua, Merrimack, Goffstown, and about 30 other towns in southern NH) is the fifth most educated metro area in the U.S. The city of Manchester itself has 10 colleges and universities, more than any other city in NH. One of them, UNH-Manchester, is undergoing a dramatic transformation, and also has a new interim dean, Michael Hickey, who spent most of his career in the business world before joining the world of higher ed.

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Episode 53: WorkReadyNH | October 12, 2014

Although New Hampshire has the eighth lowest unemployment rate in the nation, and more people are finding jobs, thousands of people are still searching for full-time employment. At the same time, many companies just can't find people with the skills they need, and many report their employees don't have the basic skills to be successful. WorkReady New Hampshire is a free statewide program that helps New Hampshire residents become more "work ready" by upgrading their math, reading, critical thinking and what are called "soft skills."

Susan's guests are Regina Kelleher, the director of WorkReadyNH at MCC, and Erik Romar, who completed WorkReadyNH after being laid off after a corporate merger.

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