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Is an HVACR job right for me?  

Why this fast-growing field could be your next career path When you come home after a long day at work, comfort is key. As cooler weather sweeps into New England, many homeowners will be turning to local heating and air conditioning specialists for maintenance on their home units. Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians are some of the most in-demand jobs nationwide. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow 14% and add 39,600 jobs to the national workforce by 2024, much higher than the average for other fields. So, what do you need to know before starting your future career as an HVACR technician? What does an … [Read more...]

The Essential Soft Skills List

Why soft skills training matters and how Porter and Chester Institute integrates them into the curriculum Soft skills are essential qualities that have grown from being an attribute for prospective employees to becoming a requirement during the hiring process. More than ever, employers are seeking qualified candidates whose attitudes towards work demonstrate their eagerness to work well with others, find solutions and deliver the best outcomes. Career schools like Porter and Chester Institute have adapted soft skills training into their curriculum by identifying the primary skills employers are seeking in prospective employees. Our staff at each campus works with students, starting with … [Read more...]

Top 3 things you didn’t know about trade schools

Breaking down the facts about trade schools and accelerated programs. Through 2020 nationwide, there is expected to be 55 million job openings and 66 percent of those jobs won’t require a bachelor’s degree, according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. While there are benefits to a four-year degree, there is a gap in the general public’s understanding when it comes to the value of a career and trade school education, including accelerated programs as options for students following high school. Scheduling a visit to your local school like Porter and Chester Institute is often the best way to find out if career education is right for you, but here are some of … [Read more...]

Automotive technician instructor shares how practical experience paves the way for student success

Why trade schools are featuring a hands-on training model Earlier this year, Porter and Chester Institute's Scott Little, an automotive technician instructor at our Branford campus, was named the recipient of this year's Mitchell 1 Award at the 44th annual North American Council of Automotive Teachers in Michigan. Speaking from experience Little, who has been a part of the PCI team since 2007, holds several Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications, including Master Technician. Part of what makes his teaching of the automotive technician curriculum so effective, Little says, is the real-world experience students obtain while they're part of the program. "I think it's … [Read more...]

Reboot your career by enrolling at a trade school

Why it’s never too late to make the switch to a second career When it comes to options after high school, many students choose a career path that, at the time, fits their interests and skillset. Yet, what if you feel that the choice you made was the wrong one, and now you want to enter a new occupational field? In 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that younger baby boomers born 1957 through 1964 held an average of 11.7 jobs from ages 18 to 48. That number is only expected to grow as Gallup reports that sixty percent of millennials born between 1980 and 1986 are open to a new job opportunity at any point in time. Career education or trade schools like Porter and Chester … [Read more...]

CT’s hands-on training schools help fill skills gap

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As Connecticut's demand for certain trade skills intensifies, so has interest from pupils and employers in the 100 or so postsecondary career/trade schools, including one of the state's biggest and oldest, Porter & Chester Institute. Read the entire article on HartfordBusiness.com                       … [Read more...]

Why More Millennials Are Choosing Blue-Collar Jobs

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College Isn’t For Everyone, And That’s OK The cost of the average college education has been rising steadily for decades. If you’ve been out of the loop for a while, you might be surprised to learn that public colleges in the U.S. were tuition-free up until the 1970s, at which point dwindling public funding turned higher education into a for-profit enterprise. The good news is, even with college costs rising predictably and constantly, millennials are discovering there’s nothing wrong with blue-collar jobs. Employment in the trades is booming... Read the entire article on … [Read more...]

Best jobs for 2017: College degree not necessarily required

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WASHINGTON — The professions expected to show one of the biggest job growth rates in 2017 and the largest growth in sheer number of jobs will be trade skills, according to a year-end report from CareerBuilder and labor market data provider Emsi. Read the entire article on wtop.com                         … [Read more...]

Preparing your car for winter months

Porter and Chester Institute’s Waterbury campus welcomed Fox61 for a "Winter Car Prep" segment on Good Morning Connecticut. Wendell Soucy, our Program Director and Chairman of Automotive Technology shared tips for how to prepare your car so you can stay safe during the dreaded winter driving conditions! Read Experts say that the time to winterize your car is now on fox61.com for details!                                       … [Read more...]