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Creating your own path through education

creating your own path through education

How career training can help you reach your dreams A two or four-year degree is not the only way to achieve a quality education that can give you the tools you need for a rewarding career. Some students desire a faster and more focused approach to achieving the career of their dreams. At Porter and Chester Institute, our job training programs get students into the workforce quickly. While a four-year education may have been considered necessary in the past, the world of employment is drastically changing each year. With a growing skills gap in the United States, employers need trained individuals to fill their job openings now. Take a second to learn what makes career training a great … [Read more...]

I graduated high school, now what?

I graduated high school, now what?

How to continue your education after you receive your diploma Graduating from high school is a very exciting time in your life. After all the graduation celebrations have ended, you can look back and be proud of the work you did to achieve your goal. However, learning doesn’t stop there. After you’ve given yourself a bit of time to relax, you should start thinking about ways to jump-start a successful career, and how to keep building upon your knowledge after graduation by continuing your education. Find a great mentor Regardless of age or position, every single person can benefit from having a mentor to help guide them through personal or professional life events. When you have a … [Read more...]

From Backpacks to Tassels

Making training at a trade school a success

Highlighting the student journey in trade school programs Each student journey is different from one individual to the next. There are so many factors and questions that go into choosing the right school or program, and what to do after you graduate. In an effort to help guide you through some of those intense questions, we've compiled some easy tips and information on how to make your time in a trade school program as smooth as possible. Where do I go? With seemingly endless options for pursuing a new education, it's important to take a step back and evaluate what you want from a trade school program. If you're someone who desires to get into the workforce quickly, while learning and … [Read more...]

Everything You Need to Know Before Going to Cosmetology School

Everything You Need to Know Before Going to Cosmetology School

Following your passion in a growing field Not many careers allow you to explore your creativity, talent, or passion quite like cosmetology does. Cosmetologists beautify the hair, skin, and nails of their clients through services like haircuts, facials, or manicures. A licensed cosmetologist can specialize and receive training for a variety of different career paths. Do you have a passion for aesthetics and beauty? Do you enjoy helping people look and feel more beautiful? If so, cosmetology school could be your calling. What do cosmetologists do? If you’re looking for a simple answer about what jobs cosmetologists hold, you won’t find just one. As a cosmetologist, you’re able to choose … [Read more...]

What you need to know about career services

What you need to know about career services

How career services support students beyond the classroom When a student enrolls at a school like Porter and Chester Institute, they do so because they are committed to continuing their education with the goal of being employed in a desired field after graduation. While the skills learned in the classroom and through hands-on training are extremely important to on-the job success, so are those that can be discovered through the Career Services Department. Find out how career services can support you on your journey to the real work world. The door is always open If you need help preparing for the next quiz, you would speak with your instructor to learn more about the subject. The same … [Read more...]

Should I Go to College? 3 Questions to Ask Before Continuing Your Education

Should I Go To College

Identifying the must-know questions you need to know There aren't many things in life that can help you embark on a career quite as effectively as continuing your education and sharpening your skillset. Education is a financial investment in yourself that requires both time and energy to complete, therefore the decision shouldn't be taken lightly. You might be asking yourself "Should I go to college?" The answer might not be what you expect. While continuing your education is generally always advised, college isn't always the answer. Before deciding on the path you want to take, consider asking yourself the following questions as a way to help narrow down your options and find the one … [Read more...]

“Going Green” as an Electronics Systems Technician

Going Green with Solar Panels

Green technology used in the classroom at Porter and Chester Institute Porter and Chester Institute was founded 70+ years ago, and since then, our programs have adapted to meet employer needs and advancements in technology. Our Career Electronics Systems Technician program has continuously evolved and students are currently trained to utilize low voltage systems, including green technology. Career Electronics Systems Technician instructor Jim Hagan highlights how students are learning some of the basics in environmental technology by "going green" with solar panel systems. What is green technology? Green technology refers to technological advancements designed to help conserve energy … [Read more...]

Three Networking Tips to Help Land Your Next Job

Networking Tips

Explaining the power of networking Maybe you’ve already attended a few networking events with other professionals in your industry and aren’t sure what the benefit is or how it can help you land that new job. Studies have shown that the power of networking is unparalleled; 85% of all jobs are filled via networking and not through applications or interviews. Follow these networking tips to help see why it’s not just what you know but who you know. Evaluate your existing contacts Without realizing it, you’ve likely built a network of people just by adding to the address book in your cell phone or connecting with people on Facebook and LinkedIn. Evaluate your existing network and see if … [Read more...]

Finding the right education for your STEM career

How STEM plays a role in career training

How STEM plays a role in career training When available science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs are discussed, engineers or advanced scientists might be the first positions that come to mind. Yet, students who complete a Career and Technical Education (CTE) play an increasingly important role in the STEM industries. In fact, a quarter of STEM careers are held by workers without a bachelor’s degree, according to U.S. Department of Commerce. Technical education schools like Porter and Chester Institute can play a role in training students for jobs in the STEM careers. Programs at the schools often feature a curriculum that aligns with many of the goals of STEM … [Read more...]

Adulting like a pro: 3 steps to help you prepare for the real world

3 steps to help you prepare for the real world

How to improve your confidence and succeed in your career path Adulting is hard. Navigating life after school can feel like a huge, confusing responsibility, but by preparing now for life in the real world, your transition to adulting can be an enjoyable one. First, let’s talk about your confidence. Confidence is key when pursuing a goal or dream in life. However, fewer students are feeling prepared for the workplace after graduation. A recent study by the Gallup & Strada Education Network indicated that just 34 percent of surveyed students believe they will graduate with the skills and knowledge needed in order to be successful in the job market. Looking to improve your … [Read more...]