4 Easy Do-It-Yourself Auto Repairs and Maintenance

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You depend on your automobile every day.  And we know it’s important to keep your car well-maintained and running at peak efficiency. But auto repairs and maintenance can be costly. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a few do-it-yourself skills when it comes to your car. Here are 4 do-it-yourself auto maintenance and repairs that can save you time and money: Check and top off your oil. Oil lubricates all the moving parts inside your engine and gives them a cool and protective coating that helps prevent corrosion. It also carries impurities to the oil filter so stray particles don’t damage your engine. Without proper lubrication, your engine could “seize”—fail totally due to metal parts … [Read more...]

A Peek Into the Current Job Outlook in New England

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Have you noticed that businesses seem to be bustling again? Shops and restaurants are crowded and people are out in force, spending money. That’s because more people are working. Both New England and the nation surpassed pre-recession employment levels in May 2014. From September 2013 to September 2014, the unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 percent to 6.4 percent in Connecticut and from 7.2 percent to 6.0 percent in Massachusetts. There were more than 4.5 million job openings in the U.S. at the end of September, so there are lots of jobs out there, but do you have the right skills and training to land one? Information technology is expected to have the greatest employment growth in New … [Read more...]

Dental Assisting Training: Her First Step to Success


Laura Puleo knew she wanted a change. Being a single mom with a little girl to care for, Laura started exploring career options that might help her provide a better life for her daughter. “I was actually enrolled in a medical assisting program at another school,” said Laura. But then Laura checked out the dental assisting program at Porter and Chester Institute. She says that the school tour changed her mind and her plans. “They were really interested in me,” said Laura. “They helped me see how dental assisting would be a better fit for my personal skillset and my future.” Through the externship program, she was even able to professionally interact with patients and dental staff. … [Read more...]

A Career as a Dental Assistant: What you need to know


Did you know that more than 150 million people visit their dentists each year? That’s probably why so many dentists’ offices rely on dental assistants to keep things running smoothly. If you’d like a respected profession in the healthcare field, a career as a dental assistant might be right for you. Check out this helpful new infographic to learn more now.     … [Read more...]

6 Soft Skills Employers Want in their New Hires

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When it comes to getting hired, you’ll need solid workplace skills and career training to land the job. But did you know that most employers give equal importance to your soft skills? Soft skills are those traits you possess that mean you’ll make a great employee. Characteristics like your work ethic, attitude and ability to get along with others are what employers look at to determine if you’ll be a good fit to their organization and worth hiring. These are the top 6 soft skills employers are looking for. Do you have them? Positive Attitude: According to a recent survey, 84 percent of human resource professionals said that they’re looking for a positive attitude in job candidates.* … [Read more...]

Furnace Maintenance and Safety

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If you expect your home’s heating system to keep you warm in the dead of a winter’s night, you need to make certain it’s well-maintained and functioning the way it should. Proper furnace maintenance will ensure you stay warm and safe when the weather outside is cold and stormy. Here are 5 tips for furnace maintenance and safety that should be on the top of your to-do list in preparation for the winter season: Replace your furnace’s air filter. Furnace filters catch dirt, dust, pet dander and airborne bacteria. Changing them regularly improves the quality of the air you breathe and can also alleviate symptoms of asthma and allergies. Clogged filters also make your furnace run harder … [Read more...]

Your City’s Infrastructure –Built with CADD

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Can you imagine trying to travel today without the highways, bridges, tunnels and roads that crisscross our nation? Much of that infrastructure that serves as the framework of your daily landscape was probably put in place with the help of CADD. CADD or Computer Aided Drafting Design is the software drafters now use to prepare computer-generated drawings that meet the specifications of architects and engineers. Drafters once performed this sort of work with mechanical pencils and T-squares, hand-drawing the ideas of architects. But CADD changed all that! [Tweet "Check out the CADD programs at Porter and Chester Institute today!"]Now, drafters use computer programs to create, analyze and … [Read more...]

Former Staffing Firm Owner Now Helping Porter & Chester Graduates

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Wilburt Best managed his own staffing firm for more than 15 years. Now he’s using his knowledge and experience with the local job market to benefit the students of Porter & Chester Institute. In his role as Career Services Advisor, Wilburt works one-on-one with students to help them explore job opportunities in their new field.  And he loves what he does. “The best part of my job is that I get to help people change their lives,” said Wilburt. “I watch the students become more confident, more knowledgeable, a better version of themselves. I get to watch the whole process and I find it very rewarding.” Working for himself, Wilburt gained a lot of experience contracting his staffing … [Read more...]

Time to Winterize -8 Tips for Winter Automotive Care

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Have you ever started off on a cold winter New England morning only to face an engine that won’t turn over? If you don’t want to find yourself it that situation, then start preparing now! Porter and Chester Institute faculty were recently featured on ABC’s 40Force: Winter Car Care special to offer their expert advice on how to winterize your car. Follow these 8 tips for winter automotive care to get you and your vehicle in shape for winter: 1) Check your freeze protection. Antifreeze protects your engine from dipping temperatures and guards against corrosion while lubricating key engine components and enabling heat in the passenger compartment. Most manufacturers recommend flushing the … [Read more...]

Porter and Chester Institute Comes to Worcester


Porter and Chester Institute is growing and has just moved to a brand new location in Worcester to meet the expanding needs of its students and the community it serves. The new campus, located across from Showcase Cinemas Worcester North, will occupy a 50,000 square foot space at 220 Brooks Street. The Worcester facility consolidates the two former Porter and Chester Institute - Westborough campuses and brings some 40 employees and more than 200 students under one roof. According to Vice President of Operations, Phil Krebs, the career training school will be better equipped to serve even more students. “The design of this campus is student-centric,” said Krebs. “Students will have more … [Read more...]