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What would I do as a Security Alarm Technician?

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In 2014, there were more than 1 million fires and 1.5 million burglaries in the U.S. With these staggering statistics, it’s no wonder so many businesses and homeowners are hiring companies to install fire and security alarm systems. After all, alarms help save lives and prevent property loss. The men and women who work as security alarm technicians bring those property owners a sense of safety and peace of mind. Have you ever considered working as a security alarm technician? Here’s what you might do: [Tweet "There were more than 1 million fires and 1.5 million burglaries in the U.S. in 2014"]Meet with clients to assess their alarm system needs. As a security alarm technician, you’ll help … [Read more...]

Adam Mann: A Career as an Automotive Technician Thanks to Porter and Chester Institute

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Adam Mann graduated from the Porter and Chester Institute Automotive Technology program and is already employed at a Ford dealership. He says he likes to treat every vehicle that comes into the shop as if it belonged to a member of his family. “I like to take my time with the cars so I don’t make any mistakes,” said Adam. “Really, I treat it like it’s my own car, or my mom’s car.” That thoroughness and attention-to-detail is something that was encouraged at Porter and Chester’s  Canton campus where Adam attended school. The Porter and Chester Institute Automotive Technology program taught Adam how to diagnose and repair major vehicle components like engines, electronics, fuel and … [Read more...]

An Electrical Career: Is This Bright Future for You?

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Have you always been fascinated by the amazing power of electricity? You could turn that interest into a career as an electrician with enough skills, training and time. Maybe an electrical career is right for you. Electricians install, maintain and fix electrical devices and wiring. They’re the go-to people when the power goes down and know all about the importance of safety whenever the power is up and on. If you’re up for a challenging, but rewarding career in the electrical field, learn more now from this Porter and Chester Institute … [Read more...]

4 Reasons to Become a Medical Assistant

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Do you want a career where you can really make a difference? Medical assistants are valued members of the modern healthcare team, helping to improve patient care and the lives of others. If you’ve ever considered working in healthcare, here are 4 reasons to consider becoming a medical assistant: 1)  Your career will be all about helping others. Medical assistants support  physicians in their practice as well as other healthcare professionals. Most importantly, they get to help patients! Medical assistants take patient histories, answer questions, show patients how to access their health insurance benefits, and often act as a liaison between the patient and other members of the healthcare … [Read more...]

Drafting and Design –are you ready for a career in CADD?

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Drafters who work in computer aided drafting and design (CADD) use computer programs to create, analyze and modify designs for buildings, products and structures.  The work they do is vitally important and touches upon every aspect of modern life from the games you play to the cars you drive and the bridges they cross. Could a career in CADD be right for you? Learn more now in our new CADD … [Read more...]

7 Tips to Ace your Phone Interview

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In today’s busy, digital world, the chances are that your first job interview with a new company won’t be face-to-face. Employers often use email to communicate with job candidates and then phone interviews to narrow the field of prospective employees. If you want to advance to a sit-down interview, you might first need to get by a telephone interview. Here’s how to ace your phone interview: Smile: Even though the person at the other end of the line may not be able to see you, a good attitude comes through on the telephone. Pretend the hiring manager is right there with you. Smile, have good posture as well as a positive and enthusiastic attitude. Research the company: Find out all you … [Read more...]

Michael Lazarte –From Dead End to Dream Job

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Michael Lazarte said he was working at a dead end job that offered him no chance for career advancement. And he had been doing it for ten years! “I was doing countertop installation,” explained Michael. “There was no room to change positions or become a manager. It was a career that wasn’t taking me anywhere. It wasn’t what I wanted.” That’s when Michael started running internet searches looking for something better. He researched career training schools and explored a few but said they all tried to push him into programs that weren’t right for him. Then he found Porter and Chester Institute. “My friend was in their Automotive Technology program and he loved it, so I thought I’d … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Get your Air Conditioning Ready for Summer

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After one of the snowiest New England winters on record, are you ready for some hot weather? Make sure you really are by getting your air conditioning ready now! Try these do-it-yourself tips before the warm weather comes.  If they seem like no sweat solutions to you, maybe you have the instincts and skills for a career in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR). Check out our tips, and then check out HVACR career training at Porter and Chester Institute. Clear the area surrounding your unit. Central air conditioning units have exterior condensers that require unobstructed air flow to function properly. Make certain that your unit has a good two feet of clear … [Read more...]

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

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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...]