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The Importance of Sound Sterilization Practices in Dentistry

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Before your dentist takes a look in your mouth, is he suited up like he’s ready for surgery? Most dentists wear masks, gloves and protective eyewear –and they should! The precautions they take to prevent infection are vital for your safety and theirs. Sound sterilization practices in dentistry protect patients, dentists and the whole dental team. They prevent the growth of bacteria on instruments and surfaces throughout the dental practice. They ensure that the germs in your mouth don’t make it into anyone else’s and that no one who’s been in the chair before you has passed along anything to you. [Tweet "Microorganisms in blood and saliva can carry bacteria and diseases"]Microorganisms … [Read more...]

Graduate Turns Life Around With New Electrical Career

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In 2008 Anderson DaSilva was out of work and barely holding on. He’d lost his job and his home and he was looking at an uncertain future. Although he’d worked in offices, he’d never really felt like he belonged behind a desk. But could he really start a new career? Thanks to career training from Porter and Chester Institute, that’s just what Anderson did! He chose the electrician program and found success in school and beyond. The hands-on training he received taught him the fundamentals of electricity –and a whole lot more. He learned to work on generators, electronic systems and mechanical tools. What Anderson liked best about the program was that he got to learn-by-doing. He was … [Read more...]

8 Essential Traits You’ll Need to be a Medical Assistant

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If you’re thinking of a career as a Medical Assistant, you could be on track to a rewarding career with great job prospects. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for medical assistants through 2022 is expected to be a whopping 29 percent, much faster than average compared to other jobs. But do you have what it takes to be a part of this rewarding profession? Here are the 8 essential traits you’ll need: 1) Compassionate: Do you like to help others? A caring and compassionate attitude is one of the most important qualities you’ll need as a medical assistant. When patients are sick, in pain or just scared about what’s happening to them, they really want a … [Read more...]

Are you Ready for a Career Change? We Can help you Get there!

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Changing careers is a huge step, but are you really happy with the road you’re on? If you think you deserve more, then maybe it’s time for you to follow a roadmap to success and start moving in a better direction.Before you can change careers, you need to think about what you’re good at and how you learn. Do you like sitting in a classroom or would you rather learn by doing? Career assessment tests can help you narrow in on the types of careers that might be a good match to your skills and strengths. You can also learn a lot about careers by observing what others do. When you see someone working on cars, do you think: I could be an automotive technician? Or when you visit the doctor’s office … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Becoming an Auto Mechanic

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Do you absolutely love cars? If you have a real passion for automobiles and think you’d like to make a living maintaining, servicing, and fixing them, a career as an automotive technician might be right for you. But how do you reach that career goal? Here are 5 steps that could get you on the road to a career in automotive technology. If your high school offers a basic automotive mechanic course, sign up now! Other classes that serve as a good foundation for a career as an auto mechanic include shop, electronics, computers and math. Learning the proper use of tools in shop class can set you up for success when your tools are more specific to the automotive industry. Electronics and … [Read more...]

Skills Training an Important Part of Career Success

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Skills training can give you the foundation you need to build success in your career and in your life. A good career training program will teach you the fundamentals of the job you hope to do in the real world. Then, it will provide plenty of opportunity to test out what you’ve learned with hands-on lessons. It will also teach you the soft skills that employers are looking for in their new hires. This winning combination of solid skills training can help you succeed in 4 important ways: It builds your confidence. The more you’re able to perform the tasks of your career, the more positive you will be of your abilities. And that confidence will come through when you are seeking a new job. … [Read more...]

Ethics and Principles of Medical Assisting

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Medical assistants work alongside physicians helping them to perform their jobs and provide quality patient care. They have a lot of direct patient contact and many responsibilities. Medical assistants need to know the fundamentals of their profession, but also all about the ethics and principles of medical assisting.  [Tweet "The AAMA certifies medical assistants and sets ethical standards"]The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) certifies medical assistants and sets ethical standards for its members. It requires medical assistants to take a pledge of professionalism that includes the following tenets: Render service with full respect for the dignity of … [Read more...]

Finding a New Career -4 Ways to Start

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Do you like what you do for work? Or do you feel stuck in a dead-end job that doesn’t really fit your talents? If the idea of finding a new career sounds a little scary, you’re not alone. But if you take the time to consider what you‘re good at and the types of careers that might interest you, you’re halfway there! Here are 4 ways to get started on the path to your new career: Self-assess: Before you can decide what you want to do for a career, you need to consider what you’re good at and the types of jobs you might like. Do you like retail and desk work, or are you more of a hands-on person who likes to stay busy using your brains and your hands? Think about your natural talents and … [Read more...]

Roadmap to Success Infographic

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Are you ready to start on the journey towards career search success? Follow along the path of the Porter and Chester Institute “roadmap to success” to see if you have taken all the steps to position yourself for a successful career search. This handy infographic provides some easy answers and useful tips on how you can start on the path to your future right now! Check it out: … [Read more...]

Heating and Air Conditioning: A Top Career Choice

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Have you ever lost heat in the middle of a frigid New England winter night? Then you know what it’s like to desperately want it fixed! How would you like to be the go-to person in a heating crisis who can do just that? With career training in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR), you could learn to save the day while building yourself a career in a growing field. [Tweet "Above average job growth is prediceted for HVACR through 2022"]According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for HVACR careers is great, with faster than average job growth predicted through 2022. The BLS also notes that HVACR mechanics and installers earn an above … [Read more...]