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Automotive Technology Diploma ProgramSee Details
You’ll be trained to diagnose and repair all major vehicle components including engines, electronics, fuel and emission systems, transmissions, and body control systems. You’ll also learn how to boost vehicle performance and keep cars in tip-top shape.
In addition to classroom instruction, you’ll spend a lot of time in our auto shops where you’ll get to work on real cars with real problems. We’ll test your skills with training models, but you’ll also get to work on real vehicles with the wear and tear you’d see in an actual service station. We equip our auto shops with scan tools, computer diagnostic oscilloscopes, emissions diagnostic equipment, computerized alignment machines, brake lathes, valve grinding machinery, wheel balancing equipment, and specialized pneumatic and hand tools.
Our instructors are all ASE Certified Master Technicians with years of professional experience. They are knowledgeable on a wide variety of vehicle makes and models. They are also friendly, caring, and committed to your success. They’ll treat you like your employer would, with respect and confidence in your ability to get the job done.
With more than 273 million cars on the road today, there are plenty of cars on the road that could make into your shop. The automotive training you will receive at Porter and Chester Institute will prepare you to work in dealerships, repair facilities and specialty shops. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there were over 770,000 automotive technician jobs in 2018. Expect little to no change through 2028.Soft Skills:
In addition to motor vehicle knowledge, you’ll learn auto technician soft skills to interact with customers with professionalism. And we’ll teach you what it means to be a good employee in a real-world setting.
Computer Aided Drafting and Design Diploma ProgramSee Details
Computer Drafting Software:
At Porter and Chester Institute, you’ll learn by doing, working with the same quality software that is used in professional architecture and engineering departments. You’ll work with programs like AutoCAD, SolidWorks and Revit, and you’ll also learn the fundamentals of design, construction, and manufacturing so that you understand the practical application of what you are doing in the classroom and on the computer.
2D and 3D Computer Drafting and Design Techniques:
Gain experience with 2D and 3D drafting techniques, including parametric modeling. A parametric model allows you to change a single feature of a model, while its other components adjust accordingly to maintain consistency between elements. Parametric modeling is a must-have skill for professional computer drafters and designers.
All our instructors are Computer Aided Drafting and Design professionals. They have actually worked in the field - so you benefit from their real-world knowledge.
Today, everything seems to be generated on a computer before it moves into production. That’s why your newly acquired skills could be such an asset in the job market. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there were almost 200,000 drafting jobs in 2018. Expect this to remain constant through 2028.
The Computer Aided Drafting and Design training program gives you the fundamental drafting skills necessary for entry-level employment. Typical entry-level job titles are detailer, drafter, junior designer, and CAD operator.
After you gain entry-level experience, you may specialize in one of these CADD fields:
Architectural structures (homes, buildings)
Mechanical equipment (tools, machinery)
Space and aeronautics
Boats and ships
Mechanical systems design
Electrical Technology Diploma ProgramSee Details
We’ll teach you the fundamentals you need to know about electricity, electrical code and safety. Then, we’ll teach you a whole lot more –like how to install electrical power distribution systems, how to wire and connect circuitry and how to work on motors, transformers, generators and the electronic systems in mechanical tools.
It’s not just what you learn; it’s also how you learn it. If you’re a hands-on learner, then you’ll appreciate all the time you’ll get to spend out of the classroom and in the lab working on real electrical units with actual industry equipment.
Road to Licensure:
At our Connecticut campuses, our electrician classes will help you understand the National Electrical Code and help you prepare to take the L-6 Limited Electrical Journeyperson and the E-2 Unlimited Electrical Journeyperson licensure exams.
Our instructors are all professionals from the electrical industry. They know how to teach, but more importantly they know what you’re likely to encounter once you’re out on the job. Their years of experience and connections to employers make them an invaluable resource to you and your career.
Low Voltage Technology Diploma ProgramSee Details
You’ll be trained to install, maintain and repair low voltage systems and associated wiring. We’ll teach you all about electronics circuitry, fire alarm and national electrical codes and electronics diagnostics. You’ll learn about voice, data and fiber optic networks, fire, CCTV and intrusion alarm technology, telecommunication technology, home entertainment systems, live sound reinforcement and more.
You can’t learn all this stuff from a book! That’s why we supplement classroom time with hands-on work where you get to use the same equipment and tools you’ll find out in the field. You’ll be able to build and design low voltage systems out in the real world because we’ll teach you how.
All our instructors are professionals from the low voltage industry. They know what to teach because they know what you might encounter out on the job. They’re aware that it’s not enough to know the latest technologies—which they will teach you—but that you also need to know older technologies if you’re going to fix them when they break.
Today, everything seems to be connected by cables! Even WiFi needs a connection somewhere. That’s why your newly acquired skills could be so valuable. Industries using this technology include aerospace, business, defense, education, energy, finance, manufacturing and more.
In addition to the technical know-how you’ll need to perform your job, we’ll teach you the skills you need to be a good and safe employee in a real world setting.
HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refridgeration) Diploma ProgramSee Details
Through our intensive HVACR training, you’ll learn to work on the gas, oil and electric heating, cooling and refrigeration systems used in homes and businesses across the country.
If you learn best by doing, then our HVACR program is for you! Your classroom work is supplemented by hands-on work using the actual analytical equipment you’ll find in the field.
Our instructors are all professionals from the HVACR industry. They know how to teach, but more importantly they know what you’re likely to encounter once you’re out on the job. Their years of experience and connections to employers make them an invaluable resource to you and your career.
Job opportunities for HVACR technicians are expected to be good. Candidates familiar with tablet computers and electronics, as well as those who have developed troubleshooting skills, will have the best job prospects.
As a part of their program, students in our HVACR program have the opportunity to earn their OSHA 30 certification and their EPA Section 608A certification.
In addition to learning the nuts-and-bolts of the industry, you’ll learn how to interact with customers with professionalism. We’ll teach you what it means to be a good employee in a real world setting.
Plumbing Diploma ProgramSee Details
About 49,800 openings for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force.
You’ll be trained to install pipes and fixtures. You’ll learn to repair and replace worn parts, and troubleshoot malfunctioning systems. You’ll also learn how to prepare cost estimates for clients, how to read blueprints and follow state and local building codes, and how to determine the material and equipment needed for a job.
It’s not just what you learn; it’s also how you learn it. If you’re a hands-on learner, then you’ll appreciate all the time you’ll get to spend out of the classroom and in the lab working on real plumbing systems with actual industry equipment.
We’ll teach you more than just core plumbing training; we’ll also help you understand how to work with professionals and customers in the industry. At Porter and Chester Institute, we’re proud of our students because they make great employees! Are you ready to get to work?
Dental Assisting Diploma ProgramSee Details
Blended Learning Opportunities:
In an effort to create a more flexible learning environment, the program is offered in a Hybrid format, with lecture online and hands-on labs on campus. This “blended learning” delivery method allows you to learn information online, at your convenience, and then put those corresponding skills into practice on-campus in the lab. Students choose Days or Evenings for their lab schedule.
The Dental Assisting classrooms and labs feature the same equipment and technology you find in dental office and clinics. You learn how to assist dentists in a dental operatory, take radiographs, mix dental materials, exercise proper infection control and sterilization, use model trimmers, take vital signs, and provide patient education. As part of the in-class training, you also work with Dentrix dental software. The lab environment uses mannequin heads to foster a real-life environment.
Dental Assisting Externships:
The final term of the Dental Assisting program is an externship course where you complete 335 hours of an unpaid externship. Apply what you learn in the program to a dental office, clinic, or other facility settings.
Prepare for Dental Assisting Certification Exams
The Dental Assisting program prepares you for certification exams from the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB.) You will have the background to take these optional exams any time after completing the corresponding coursework. Your tuition costs cover the cost of these exams.
DANB Radiation Health and Safety Exam
Infection Control Exam
You can apply these two exams toward the Certified Dental Assisting (CDA) exam. To earn your CDA, you will also need to pass the General Chairside Assisting exam. Please note that you will not be eligible to take this exam until you can document 3,500 hours of work in the field.
Dental assistants play pivotal roles in dental offices and other settings. As such, there is often demand for skilled and trained professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 350,000 dental assistant jobs in 2019. This number is expected to grow by 7% through 2029, a rate that is faster than average.
Medical Assisting Diploma ProgramSee Details
Patient Care Skills:
We’ll teach you the clinical skills you need to become an important member of a healthcare team. From taking patient histories and serving as patient-physician liaison to performing actual medical tests like blood draws, lab procedures and EKGs, you’ll learn what you need in order to provide direct patient care.
Healthcare Administration Skills:
We’ll teach you the ins-and-outs of today’s busy healthcare settings. At Porter and Chester Institute, you’ll learn to keep electronic medical records, schedule patient appointments and procedures and process insurance claims.
In addition to classroom instruction, you’ll have lots of hands-on training where you’ll be using the same kinds of medical, diagnostic and administrative equipment used in actual hospitals and healthcare facilities. You’ll also participate in an externship where you’ll get real-world experience out in the field.
In an effort to create a more flexible learning environment, certain courses in this program are taught via a combination of distance learning and regular “onsite” classroom instruction. This “blended learning” delivery method allows you to learn information online, at your convenience, and then put those corresponding skills into practice on-campus in the lab.
Note: Blended learning is not currently implemented at our New London campus.
Our instructors are not only professionals in their field with years of experience; they’re also excellent educators who care about you as a person. They want you to reach your full potential and will do everything they can to help you succeed.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for Medical Assistants are expected to grow by 19 percent through 2029. There are plenty of jobs out there and we’ll help you prepare for them! Our Career Services Advisors will work with you until you find the career opportunity that matches your newly acquired skills.
It’s not just technical skills that get you employed –it’s all those soft skills that today’s employers say they really want to see. At Porter and Chester Institute, we’ll teach you about workplace professionalism and proper patient interaction. We’ll teach you what it means to be a good employee in a real world setting.
Nurse - LPN / LVN
Practical Nursing Diploma ProgramSee Details
Our science-based Practical Nursing program will train you in the fundamentals of human anatomy, first aid and medical terminology so you’ll have a solid base of knowledge from which to build your career. You’ll learn about proper medical administrative procedures and patient care and how to most effectively work in a modern healthcare center. You’ll also learn the clinical skills you’ll need to work directly with patients, administering medications, changing dressings, assisting with personal grooming and monitoring overall patient health. You’ll learn how to be a comforting presence for your patients and their families and how to serve as liaison between your patient and the rest of the medical team.
At Porter and Chester Institute, you get to learn by doing. Whether you’re working in our labs or using actual medical equipment and mannequins, our practical nursing program is designed to give you real experience. We even get you out to area facilities to work with actual patients.
All of our teachers are registered nurses who are committed to the nursing profession and also to your success. Our small class sizes allow them to get to know you as an individual so they can help you reach your full potential in our program and beyond.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for licensed practical nurses are expected to grow by 9 percent through 2029 and the training you’ll get from Porter and Chester Institute will help you prepare to take the NCLEX-PN exam and become licensed. We’ll work with you until you find the career opportunity that matches your newly acquired skills.
In addition to clinical and administrative skills, you’ll learn how to interact with patients, doctors, and medical staff with professionalism. We’ll teach you what it means to be a good employee in a real world setting.
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1245 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514