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Why You Should Choose a Career in Plumbing

Why you should choose a career in plumbing

Where there are pipes, septic systems, heating and cooling there will always be a need for plumbers. Plumbers install and repair water, drainage, gas, and other piping systems in homes, businesses, and factories. If you’re eager to begin a career as a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter, here are a few reasons to enter the plumbing field. Plumbers are in-demand Demand for plumbers will stem from new construction and the need to maintain and repair existing residential plumbing systems. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The … [Read more...]

What Does a Practical Nurse Do?

What does a Practical Nurse Do?

As the baby-boom population ages, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) will be needed to care for older patients. LPN jobs are projected to grow 12% by 2026, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. But what does a practical nurse do? As an LPN, you can provide basic nursing care under the direction of registered nurses and doctors. Practical nursing jobs can be rewarding, fulfilling, and full of positive opportunities. If you like helping others and you want a job that's in demand, here are a few of the reasons to consider a practical nursing career: Working hands-on with patients LPNs provide for the comfort of patients by helping them bathe or dress, and changing … [Read more...]

Announcing our New London Campus

PCI New London

Find the right career for you at Porter and Chester Institute's soon-to-be New London campus! The industry-modeled career training which will soon be available at our 470 Banks Street, New London, CT location can help you achieve the future you deserve. PCI's carefully designed career-focused programs can give you an edge in the medical, dental or electrician fields. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or looking for a career change, you may be considering furthering your education and Porter and Chester Institute is here to help! Schedule a visit to the New London campus or one of the other locations today! The New London campus is a candidate for accreditation by ACCSC, an … [Read more...]

Is a Career in Computer Aided Drafting and Design Right for You?

Is a career in CADD right for you?

Products from microchips to monster trucks start with the skills learned in computer aided drafting and design. Drafters, often referred to as CAD operators due to the popular use of CAD systems and computer-aided designs, turn architectural and mechanical concepts into computerized drawings. They create 2D and 3D drawings used in construction, manufacturing and engineering, and generate plans that illustrate the structure and function of residential, industrial, commercial, or public structures and buildings. If you have a technical and creative mind, a drafting career might be right for you! Additionally, these are skills common among drafters across the board: Problem-solving … [Read more...]

Why Women Should Consider a Career in the Skilled Trades

Why women should consider a career in the skilled trades

Opportunity is just one of the reasons the skilled trades could be a fit for you During World War II, women in America filled the skilled trades job roles and kept the economy afloat, serving as plumbers, mechanics and welders. However, only about 8.9% of skilled trades workers in America are female today. The skills gap in America continues to widen, and employers are looking for skilled workers to fill necessary job positions. With nearly half of the workforce in America being female, women are underrepresented in skilled careers like electricians or HVACR technicians at 2.4% and 1.2%, respectively. Before deciding on a career path, here are some reasons why women should consider … [Read more...]

Tips for Managing your Digital Footprint

Managing your digital footprint

Maintain your online reputation with these tips The Internet is always on. This constant access to the World Wide Web can be extremely helpful and useful.  However, it can also work against you if you don’t know how to manage your digital footprint. Your digital footprint is a record that keeps track of everything you do across your devices. This includes your social media activity, browsing history, or any photos uploaded that feature your name or likeness. Have you been maintaining your digital footprint? If not, you should start now, because it can play a part in your public perception with employers. Turn on Privacy Settings Whether it’s your personal Twitter, Facebook, or … [Read more...]

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...]