Educating about careers in Maine
Owner, Rachel Knight
I am a Maine native, with a family history that dates back to the early 1600s. I graduated from Bangor High School in 1982, and have an undergraduate degree from UMaine Orono in International Studies. In 1986, after graduating from UMO I moved to Portland where I have stayed ever since (minus a 6 month stint in Key West, but being a true Mainer, I missed the change of seasons). After a few years kicking around Portland and getting really good at waitressing and bartending, In my late 20s I started horseback riding and volunteering with a therapeutic horseback riding program for people with disabilities. From that experience, I set a career course on special education and got a master’s degree in Exceptionality (Special Education).
In 1996, I received my master’s from the University of Southern Maine and have been teaching content area subjects (History and English) to students with disabilities and have logged many hours helping students explore options for post-secondary opportunities, a.k.a Transition Planning. It is from this experience that the idea of Destination Occupation was born. Teachers spend countless hours arranging visits to local businesses, colleges, and other activities. The purpose is to create opportunities to explore career or post-secondary options for students, to open their horizons. But the reality is, there are way more opportunities and options for students than can be covered from high school field trips. So the idea of creating a library of videos for students to be used to “visit” a variety of businesses and educational programs from their high school felt like a deal changer, a “no brainer,” especially in a state as geographically challenged as Maine.
I believe that education, whether it is learning your three R’s (reading, writing and arithmetic) or learning about career options, is critical to independence. We want our students to go out into the world with a good plan, with good skills and a good chance to succeed. Education is a means to independence, self-reliance, self-worth.
This applies to people who are adults and are looking for a career change or who have been left out of the workforce for any number of reasons. Or for people like me, who in their younger years are trying to figure out what is next. That is why I do this. I love Maine and want it to continue to be the “way life should be” for those who choose to live and work here, because there are opportunities and options. You just have to know about them.
With over 20 years of Emmy award-winning experience in film and television, Michael Boucher launched Sonic Pictures in 2005. Throughout his career, Mike has been director of photography for numerous commercials, television programs, independent films, and documentaries. His work has appeared on: National Geographic Channel, OWN Network, Discovery Channel, ABC, PBS, TBS, BBC, NESN, QVC, Outside Television, The Food Network.
Corporate credits include: AAA of Northern New England, American Red Cross, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Bowdoin College, Choice Literacy, Fairchild Semiconductor, L.L. Bean, Maine Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, Mitchell Institute, Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau, Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Sabre Yachts, Stenhouse Publishers, UNUM, Wright Express and many others.
Sonic Pictures is a full service video production company offering our clients a complete range of cutting edge HD video production and post-production services. We work in partnership with a pool of talented producers and film technicians, enabling us to easily manage projects of any size or budget. From pre-production concept to broadcast or Internet streaming, Sonic Pictures provides award-winning video production services for all our corporate and broadcast clients.
A busy mother and wife, I joined forces with Jenny Green, social media marketing expert, to create Fisher Green Creative, LLC. I am so excited to go to work each day. I love what I do and running our business with Jenny. I am so happy when designing and coding websites. It has been my pleasure to work with Rachel in developing the Destination Occupation website over the past few years.
I am currently focusing on learning PHP so that I may manipulate WordPress in any manner I see fit. I am eager to mold it to my own designs. The more I know, the more I can do for my clients. I’m enjoying the process and have found a wonderful colleagues, peers and clients in the Portland, Maine, area and beyond.
I really enjoy my clients and really appreciate all that they do in the world. I’m lucky enough to count the following folks among them: The Open Bench Project, The Billing Department, Giving Strong, Coast Endurance Coaching, Aysgarth Station, Sarah MacLaughlin, Birth Roots and last but certainly not least, Destination Occupation.
A client recently asked me which I preferred, website design or website construction. I honestly can say that I am lucky enough to love both and can’t imagine giving up one for the other. Feel free to visit our portfolio on our website, www.fishergreencreative.com. I hope you like what you see.