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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                       … [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                         … [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 for details!                                       … [Read more...]

On the Fence About College?

U.S. News & World Report highlights career paths for students who are on the fence about college. Many people are happier and more successful pursuing a path other than four-year college or university. Read Options for Students Who Shouldn't Go to College to learn more.                                   … [Read more...]

Keep Your Day Job

Practical Nursing program at PCI

Are you interested in a rewarding career where you get to help people? You could start training for a great Nursing career and keep your current day job! New evening Practical Nursing classes are now forming at Porter and Chester Institute! The Practical Nursing program provides graduates with the hands-on skills and the knowledge base necessary for a rewarding career in the healthcare field. Train to be prepared for direct nursing care of patients in a variety of settings including long-term care facilities, clinics, and doctor's offices, as well as in a variety of specialties such as psychiatric nursing, adult and geriatric nursing. Call PCI today at (800) 870-6789 and ask about our … [Read more...]

Porter and Chester Institute named Apple Distinguished School

Rocky Hill, CT (October 27, 2015) – Porter and Chester Institute, with nine campuses throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, announced today that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2015–2017 for the school’s integration of digital course material and student resources in each of its career training programs. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. “Porter and Chester Institute teaches traditional vocational programs in a way that is constantly evolving,” said Jim Bologa, president and chief … [Read more...]

Dental Assisting at Porter and Chester Institute: The Best Decision Juanita Made

Juanita Stafford always knew she wanted to be a dental assistant and Porter and Chester Institute made that dream possible. Juanita loves to learn and loves the science behind good dental hygiene, but most of all, she could picture herself doing it! Before attending Porter and Chester, Juanita was tired of the same boring job she’d had for years. When she visited the campus in October 2014, she said everyone was so nice that she just had to sign right up! The campus in Canton, Massachusetts was the “perfect, convenient location.” She said that everyone in her class worked well together and felt like she “fit right in with the school.” The best part of all, she got the training she needed … [Read more...]

Skills That Are Career Game Changers

Are you wondering whether your technical skills alone are enough to achieve success? Nowadays, employers expect you to have a combination of both practical and soft skills. Soft skills can make the difference between big wins and major fails throughout your career. These 5 skills are career game changers: Communication Effective written and verbal communication are important in every aspect of your career. Whether you work in an office or travel to customers’ homes, strong communication skills make a big difference. Practice these skills early on while you’re still in school. Communicate any questions or concerns you have with your instructor. People Skills Good people skills will … [Read more...]