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...]

How to Begin Networking in your Career

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Did you know that even if you haven’t completed your career training, you can still begin networking in your future career right now? It’s never too early to start. Here are 5 ways to jumpstart your career with some good networking strategies: Use your circle of friends. Your family and friends represent your very first network! Find out what and who they know. If you’re considering a career as an automotive technician, reach out to that first network and find out where they get their cars serviced. You can learn what kinds of problems their cars have had and also something about good (and bad) service. You might even get to know their auto mechanic.  Stay in touch with teachers. Your … [Read more...]

The Importance of Sound Sterilization Practices in Dentistry


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


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


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...]