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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 16: A New Path to a Bachelor Degree | January 26, 2014

This week's conversation covers a new agreement between Granite State College and Manchester Community College that puts GSC classes on MCC’s campus. That's great news for our students who can now finish their bachelor degrees on the campus they're already comfortable on, and also good news for anyone looking for an affordable and accessible path to a bachelor degree. Susan’s guests are Kathi Mullin, the Chief Administrative Officer at GSC, and Mary Ford, the Associate Dean of Education Programs.

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Episode 15: The Importance of Networking | January 19, 2014

Rebroadcast: In today's working world, it's not just what you know; "who" you know is still important, and hand-held technology is no replacement for personal relationships and networking. President Susan Huard talks about the power and importance of networking, and offer some ideas on how to get started in building connections. Guests include Matt Mowry, the editor of Business New Hampshire Magazine, and a former board member of the Manchester Young Professionals Network, and Scott Spradling, former WMUR anchor and reporter, who now offers public relations and consulting services in New Hampshire.

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Episode 14: Paying for College | January 12, 2014

In this week's conversation, co-host Jennifer Wells talks about the nuts and bolts of paying for college with Tara Payne, VP, College Planning & Community Engagement at the NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) Network Organizations.

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Episode 12: CSI - Cyber Security Investigations | December 29, 2013

This week's conversation is about a career with higher-than-average demand projected through 2020 – Cyber Security Investigations, sometimes called Computer Forensics. MCC has recently introduced a new CSI degree to train people for this high-tech career. Guests include Deborah Blair, a Certified Computer Forensic Examiner at the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory in Concord, and Peter La Monica, chair of the Computer Science Department at MCC.

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Episode 11: Coming Abroad & Transferring to MCC | December 22, 2013

This week's conversation is with two students who represent different segments of the MCC student body, MCC's immigrant student population, and students who transferred to MCC after first attending a four-year college. Arone Gabriel Sagna is from Senegal in western Africa, and is enrolled in MCC's business studies program. Doug Beaudoin is a 2009 graduate of West High School in Manchester, and started college at the Florida Institute of Technology for Ocean Engineering. After four semesters, he moved back to Manchester and is now enrolled at MCC, also in business studies.

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Episode 10: MCC Students & Local Partners Building Energy-Efficient Houses | December 15, 2013

This week's conversation is about a partnership between MCC's Building Construction Technology Department and Duffley Development Corporation, which is developing an eight-lot subdivision on Straw Road in Manchester. Students are building the first energy-efficient house in the development. Guests include Steve Duffley, president of Duffley Development Corporation; Roger Demanche Jr., owner of In-Laws Construction LLC in Candia and past President of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire, and Dana Mosher, who chairs the Construction Technologies program at MCC, where he has taught for 31 years.

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Episode 9: The WorkReadyNH Program | December 08, 2013

Although New Hampshire has the 10th lowest unemployment rate in the nation, thousands of people are still searching for full-time employment. Today's conversation is about WorkReadyNH, 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." Guests include Regina Kelleher, the director of WorkReady New Hampshire at MCC and Barbara Guillemette, who graduated from the WorkReadyNH program a few months ago, and now has a full-time accounting position at NeighborWorks in Manchester.

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Episode 8: Career Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing | December 01, 2013

This week's conversation is about career opportunities in the high-demand, high-salary field of Advanced Manufacturing and a new training program called Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships in Education, or AMPedNH, Guests include: Desiree Crossley, the outreach and marketing coordinator for AMPedNH; Frank Xydias, engineering teacher at Milford High School and also an adjunct faculty member for the Advanced Manufacturing program at MCC, and Zach Williamson, a 2010 graduate of Milford High School who is now a Manufacturing Engineering student at NHTI, Concord's Community College, and the part-time lab assistant at MCC's Advanced Manufacturing Lab.

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Episode 6: Finding Skilled Workers in NH | November 17, 2013

While New Hampshire's unemployment is lower than most other states, many companies still can't find the employees they need, and are looking out-of-state to meet their need for skilled workers. This week's conversation is with Anthony Poore, Senior Community Development Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, which issued a study called "The Middle-Skills Gap: Ensuring an Adequate Supply of Skilled Labor in Northern and Southern New England."

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Episode 5: Making the Transition from the Military to College | November 10, 2013

President Susan Huard talks about the special role veterans have played in the college's history and how MCC and other colleges are helping veterans make the transition from the military to college. Her guests include Bethany Thomson, vice president of the Manchester Community College Veterans Club, and a Navy Corpsman who served in the Middle East and is now working towards her Liberal Arts degree at MCC, and Terry Chisholm, Student Support Counselor at MCC and the advisor to MCC's new Veterans Club.

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