Healthcare Careers: Getting your Foot in the Door

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Healthcare remains one of the strongest job growth fields in the country. Even at the worst of the recession, while other industries lost traction, jobs in healthcare showed steady gains. And these positions weren’t just for doctors. In fact, there were more than 150,000 jobs for healthcare support workers in Connecticut and Massachusetts in 2013. But how do you get your foot in the door for a healthcare career? It’s not nearly as difficult as you might imagine. You will need a strong desire to help people and a great attitude. You’ll also want some great career training. Here are 4 steps you can take that can help you get started toward a healthcare career. Think about your own interests. … [Read more...]

5 Traits to ensure success in Dental Assisting

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Dental assistants serve a vital function in the modern dental office. They often interact directly with patients, taking impressions, x-rays and digital images.   They also assist the dentist chairside in all procedures ranging from oral surgery, to crowns and bridges, to Orthodontia. Career opportunities in dental assisting are expected to grow at a much faster than average rate through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you think a career as a dental assistant might be right for you, here are 5 traits that could help ensure your success in dental assisting: Well-organized: As a dental assistant you will need to be well organized , as you could have multiple … [Read more...]

CADD Graduate Lands Coveted Design Job at Bose


When Ray Jenkins was unexpectedly laid off from the company he had worked at for more than 25 years, he didn’t know what he would do. The job market had changed so much since the last time he’d gone looking for work and he wasn’t sure if he had the skills to compete. While Ray had spent decades working in customer service and sales, he sometimes worked alongside his former company’s designers. He liked what they did and thought he could be good at it. But he didn’t have any formal training. And he wasn’t sure he was ready to go back to school. Then, he discovered the Computer Aided Drafting & Design program at Porter and Chester Institute. Working with Admissions and Financial Aid, … [Read more...]

Concrete, steel and wood – 3 Main Components of Architectural CADD

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Drafting means “to draw, sketch or design.”  Computer aided drafting and design (CADD) is a way we use computers to create drawings of buildings and related products before they become real. Instead of actually constructing buildings, CADD operators can create virtual images that help them see what something is going to look like before it’s built. Even more importantly, CADD allows designers to plan for sound construction by considering the strength of the materials that will be used and how the materials will all fit together. Among the most common components of modern architectural construction are concrete, steel and wood.  But they’re not just put together on site. Instead, CADD … [Read more...]

Future Trends: Vocational & Technical Education


There are lots of benefits to higher education but just what kind of education you get matters. Heading off to a four-year liberal arts degree was once considered a sure bet to a good job. But in its most recent survey, Millennial Branding found that only 2 percent of managers were looking to hire those liberal arts degree holders. On the other hand, students choosing vocational and technical education can often get quick results and find work in some high-demand fields that require only certificates and associate degrees. Four trends in vocational and technical education show promise for those who want a career but don’t have the time—or money—to spend getting there. Vocational and … [Read more...]

Crack The Interview -5 Common Job Interview Questions

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Going on job interviews is both exciting and nerve-racking. You want to put your best foot forward, looking and acting your professional best, but sometimes it’s hard to know what to expect. Fortunately, there are some common job interview questions that most hiring managers include in their one-on-ones with potential employees. The best way to prepare for your interview is to know what those questions are and what your answers will be. Can you tell me something about yourself? Don’t let this common open-ended question stump you! No one knows you better than you, but how should you respond to such a broad query? The best way is to think about the job and consider how you’ll be a good fit … [Read more...]

Computer Networking Grad Gives Credit to Porter and Chester Institute


David Vazquez has enjoyed working with computers for as long as he can remember. After he graduated high school, he explored what options might be available for him if he hoped to turn his passion into a career. Unfortunately, all the programs he found included lots of courses that that nothing to do with computers. David didn’t want to wait two years before he could start working on computers. That just didn’t make sense to him! Then, David discovered the Computer & Network Technology Program at Porter and Chester Institute. Here was a school and a program that seemed to understand exactly what he needed: lots of hands-on instruction by knowledgeable professionals who work in the … [Read more...]

Practical Nursing Ranked #38 in the U.S. News and World Report

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The 2014 U.S. News and World Report named licensed practical nursing as one of its top 40 U.S. professions. In its annual job rankings, U.S. News and World Report ranked Practical Nursing #38, overall. And within the healthcare field, the profession fared even better, with a ranking of #23. One of the reasons licensed practical nursing is considered to be such a great career is because jobs in the field are plentiful. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the profession will experience a faster than average job growth through 2022. Licensed practical nurses don’t just choose their profession because they want a good job. They do it because they want to help people! … [Read more...]

7 Surprisingly Cool Facts about Air Conditioning

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As we approach summer and temperatures begin to soar, it’s nice to know that there are always cool places you can escape to. It wasn’t always like that. Modern air conditioning was invented in 1902 and has changed the way we live, work and play. Here are 7 cool facts about AC that you probably didn’t know: 1. Electric fans came before air conditioning and are still an important component to contemporary units. The air spinning devices began popping up in homes in the 1880s. Fans actually do little to cool the air, but the “wind chill effect” they create evaporates sweat from your skin and lowers your body temperature. 2.  Air conditioners work by pulling warm, moist air out of a room … [Read more...]

How to prepare for an interview as an automotive technician


Are you ready to start interviewing to become an automotive technician? The whole process of looking for a job can be a little stressful and interviews can be downright scary. But if you’ve received good auto technician training and know a few interview tips, you could ace your interview! Here are 5 strategies that can help you out on your next interview: Do your research Find out all you can about the company before you go on the interview. Start with their website but then go even further. Find out what makes and models they service, what kinds of products they use and what their reputation is in the community. Run a Google search and look at online reviews. You won’t talk about … [Read more...]