Connecticut’s Place in the History of Hospice

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Hospice serves more than a million patients each year through some 5,800 programs across the country. This vital component to the modern healthcare system has its roots in the Middle Ages, but was introduced into the United States when a visiting physician came to Connecticut’s Yale University and convinced the school’s nurses of its merit. [Tweet "Hospice serves more than a million patients a year through some 5,800 programs"]“Hospice” comes from the same root word as hospitality and goes back to medieval times when the term referred to a place of shelter for those travelling upon a journey. In the Middle Ages, religious orders often set up hospices along routes to famous shrines where … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Regular Dental Checkups Are Important


Did you know that your dentist is a bit of a detective? Not only can he discover what’s going on with your teeth and gums, he can also tell a lot about your overall health and habits during your regular dental exams. That’s because your mouth gives clues about what’s happening in your whole body. Here are 5 reasons why regular dental exams are so important: 1.     Routine dental checkups are the best way to keep your teeth strong and healthy. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist at least once every six months. During those oral hygiene exams, the dental team will give your teeth a thorough cleaning that can help prevent tooth decay and cavities. … [Read more...]

How to Become an Electrician Apprentice in 5 Easy Steps

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Are you a good problem-solver who has always found electricity and electrical technology pretty fascinating? If your answer is yes, then maybe a career as an electrician would be a natural fit for your natural abilities. Long before you become an electrician though, you’ll need to work in the field as an apprentice. Here are 5 steps you can take to become an electrician apprentice: Research: Before you begin any career, you’ll want to learn as much about it as you can. Read books about electricity and electrical code. Follow job postings about the profession. Talk to experienced electricians. Find out what they do, where they do it, and what they like about their jobs. Does what they do … [Read more...]

Can Perseverance Get Me Hired?

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Today’s employers don’t just want to know that you have the career training and technical skills you need to perform your job. They also expect you to have the kind of soft skills that will make you a good employee they’ll be proud to add to their company payroll. Does that sound like you? One of the soft skills that can set you apart as an employee can also help you get the job! Perseverance can help your job search end in success. Here’ s how: Start with a plan and follow through. If your goal is a new career, you need to take action to achieve it. First, choose a career training school that will give you the combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training that will lay a … [Read more...]

The Top 6 Soft Skills All Employers are Looking For

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Have you ever heard of the term “soft skills?” Soft skills are different from the technical skills that you’ll need to do a specific job like one as an HAVCR technician, CAD operator or a practical nurse. Soft skills are those personal attributes that tell an employer you won’t just know the ins-and-outs of your profession; you’ll also know what it takes to be a good employee! More than ever, employers are looking for these soft skills from their employees and job candidates. Do you have the 6 soft skills in the workplace that all employers want most from new hires? Positive attitude Dependability Communication skills Loyalty Ability to work with a team Good work … [Read more...]

Did You Know You Could Build a Virtual Ship Using CADD?


Have you ever seen a really big ship in a harbor and wondered how it stays afloat? It’s all about math and physics. It has to do with the weight and density of the ship against the weight and density of the water in which it floats. Even ancient shipbuilders understood some of these basic principles and found ways to make their crafts float. But today’s shipbuilders don’t need to guess what will and what won’t float and how to build their vessels. By using computer aided drafting and design (CADD), they can plan, design and build huge modern ships that can easily cross oceans. Today’s ships are really big and really expensive. The Allure of the Seas cruise ship is more than 1,100 feet … [Read more...]

HVACR Technician -A Hot Job for a Cool You


Demand for HVACR Technicians is expected to grow faster than average through 2022.1 Could this be the right career for you? You’ll need to have great problem-solving skills, enjoy working with your hands and be able to work independently. Check out our helpful infographic to learn more about just what it takes to be an HVACR technician. Maybe this field is the one for you! … [Read more...]

Porter and Chester Institute Grad: From Factory Work to an Electrical Career


James Reeves had a steady job, working in a mill that manufactured tin, but said he always knew there was something more for him. He didn’t know exactly what that was, but he suspected that he’d need some training if he was going to get out and find a new career. “I started to hate my job.  It was so monotonous,” said Jimmy. “I knew I needed to do something else, to learn something new. That’s when I found Porter and Chester.” Jimmy went for a school tour and said he was immediately struck by how nice everyone was. “From the moment I walked through the door, everyone was friendly and personal,” said Jimmy. Jimmy said he chose the electrician program at the Rocky Hill campus … [Read more...]

Motherhood and a Nursing Career – The Perfect Fit!


Whether you’re already a mom or just thinking to the future, a career as a nurse could be a perfect fit to motherhood. The very same traits that make you a good mom can also make you an excellent nurse, but there are even more reasons motherhood and a nursing career are such a good match. Flexibility: Being a mom is a full-time job! That means your “other” full-time job has to fit really well with it. To cover the 24-hour-a-day need for nurses, shifts are often divided: 7am-3pm, 3pm-11pm, and 11pm-7am. Which one might fit for you and your family? Nurses also can choose to work full-time or part-time. In 2012, some 20 percent of practical nurses were working part-time. Nurses can even opt … [Read more...]

The Growing demand for middle skills jobs in CT & MA


Middle skills jobs—those requiring more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year college degree—are in high demand in Connecticut and Massachusetts. In fact, the demand for middle skills jobs is higher than either high or low skill occupations in both states; and the trend is expected to continue. According to the National Skills Coalition, between 2010 and 2020, 44 percent of Connecticut and 43 percent of Massachusetts job openings will be middle skills. [Tweet "49% of the CT labor market is middle skills but only 39% are trained for those jobs"]What may be surprising is there are more middle skill job openings than there are qualified job candidates. There is a middle … [Read more...]