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Interviews:
Curtis Rodgers - Dean, Enrollment Management, School of General Studies, Columbia University
Veterans have served their country well and are now ready to move on. Columbia University School of General Studies aggressively recruits veterans to do just that. The broad-based student veteran population is older and experienced and there is interest by the work force in corporate America in attracting these individuals. Columbia has a "robust career center for education that assists in resume preparation and contacting employers," says Curtis Rodgers, recruiter for Columbia. Some people don't realize that the G.I. Bill that started with World War II still exists today. Learn more about how this top-notch Ivy League University works with it's veteran population on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Veterans, Education, Second Chance
Nicholas Higgins - Supervising Librarian, New York Public Library, Correctional Services Program
Social networking now includes book club gatherings. Nicholas Higgins brings the book club concept to Riker's Island or other jails every day of the week. Inmates who never visited a public library now stand in line to request a library book. A special program for incarcerated dads to read and record a story book for their kids has been introduced by Higgins and his staff of volunteers. He discusses his program with Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Rehabilitation, Mentoring, Second Chance
Juan Maldonado - Sr. Financial Coach, The Financial Clinic, New York, NY
Juan Maldonado has been called the "Common Man's" Charles Schwab. He works at The Financial Clinic, wearing a Wall Street Banker's outfit of dark suit, white shirt and classic tie. And, no wonder. He formerly worked on Wall Street. Now he's the last stop on the F subway in Queens, NY, next door to a Used Car Lot. And he's helping people renegotiating interest on a J.C. Penny bill or avoiding selling a last family inheritance to a Pawn Shop. Importantly, he teaches people, despite their lifetime of debt, to save. Maldonado, himself, learned the hard way, growing up relying on Welfare and food stamps. He recounts his story to Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Finance, Money Tips, Second Chance
Stephen Chinlund - Episcopal Priest; Author, PRISON TRANSFORMATIONS
Rev. Chinlund believes in change. He should know. Former New York State Commissioner of Corrections, he sponsors a program aimed at life change in prisons. He's authored a book detailing some of the lessons both for inmates and for himself. Chinlund believes in the "alchemy" of transformation from the Crucible to the cell. He relates his ideas to Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Rehabilitation, Inspiration, Mentoring, Second Chance
Melissa Bushell - Partner/Chef, Baked by Melissa
About a year ago, Melissa Bushell was fired from her job in advertising. What a lucky break! She is a partner in Baked by Melissa, a line of miniature stuffed cupcakes. For you dessert lovers, imagine tasting peanut butter cup, S'mores, cookie dough and much more, all without the past dessert guilt trip. They're bite sized and a value. You'll get your money's worth! Hear her story on GYMW with Judith West.
Themes: Second Chance, Entrepreneurs, Small Business, Women Entrepreneurs
Deanna Kirk - Jazz Singer
Troubled financial times often present opportunities for "Second Chancers". What seems at first unbearable: termination, marital strife, health problems, -- can be opportunity. The challenge while overwhelming, can be transformation to fulfill a passion. Hear Deanna Kirk, profiled in the NEW YORK TIMES, tell her second-chance story to Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Second Chance
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As the title of the show, "Getting your Money's Worth" implies, the show concerns itself with gaining value as a consumer of education, health services or, indeed, as a tax payer. Everyday consumer spending will be included. The dialogue may not present solutions, but certainly will present alternatives in an entertaining and colorful way with experts in their respective fields.

Ms. West, a former educator, is president of Westco, her own privately held company. Westco designs and manufactures fixtures for such blue chip companies as Disney, Universal Studios, the NBC Experience Store and many others. Business people, authors and journalists, educators, politicians and actors will be interviewed in 15-minute segments with civility and dignity. "I don't care what your politics are, if you have a point of view and have a story to tell that is timely, you'll get a chance to freely air your opinion," says the attractive New Yorker.

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