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Porter and Chester Institute is a technical school with 8 locations throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. Porter and Chester Institute features 10 different career programs of study to choose from. Not all programs are available at all campuses.


Porter and Chester Institute has 7 campuses and one affiliate campus located throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. The main campus is located in Stratford, CT on 670 Lordship Boulevard. Porter and Chester Institute’s additional campuses are located in Enfield, Watertown and Rocky Hill in Connecticut and Canton, Chicopee and Westborough in Massachusetts. An affiliate campus is located in Branford, CT.


The history of Porter and Chester Institute began in 1946 with the founding of the Porter School of Engineering Design in Hartford, Connecticut.

In 1973, the Porter School and the Chester Institute for Technical Education of Stratford, Connecticut, became one institution. Subsequently, the name Porter and Chester Institute was adopted, and the curricula contents and operational policies of the two institutions were standardized. At the same time, the Porter School, which was located in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, became the Rocky Hill Campus of Porter and Chester Institute.

The Waterbury Campus was established in 1977. In 1979, the Enfield Campus was added. In 1986 the Waterbury Campus was expanded and moved to Watertown, and in 1987 the Rocky Hill Branch was also moved to larger quarters in Wethersfield.

The Chicopee, Massachusetts Campus was established in 1993.

In August 1995, the stockholders of Porter and Chester Institute purchased the Connecticut School of Electronics (CSE). CSE had been established in 1947 in New Haven, CT. In 1996, CSE moved from New Haven to larger quarters in Branford, Connecticut.

In 2002, a new campuses was established in Westborough, Massachusetts.

In 2009 PCI further expanded its presence in Eastern Massachusetts by opening a new branch in Canton. This new campus will allow PCI to better serve the metropolitan areas of Boston, Quincy and Brocton as well as surrounding towns.[1]

In 2009, Porter and Chester Institute was awarded with the School of Excellence Award from ACCSCT.[2]

In September 2009, Porter and Chester Institute launched a page on Facebook[3]



Automotive Technology Program

The Automotive Technology program course work covers the repair of gasoline powered cars and trucks in accordance with the methods that are used in today’s high volume dealerships. Porter and Chester solicits repair work from the Public so that students are able to work on real cars with real problems that need fixing. As part of the coursework students are prepared to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examination. Morning and afternoon classes meet for 12 months while evening classes meet for 18 months.

CADD (Computer Aided Drafting & Design) Program

The Computer Aided Drafting & Design features two different concentrations, one on the Architectural and Civil Engineering fields, and the other on the Mechanical and Electronic Engineering fields. Both programs use AutoCAD software. Morning and afternoon classes meet for 12 months while evening classes meet for 18 months.

Computer and Network Technology Program

The Computer and Network Technology program focuses on networking computers and training to work as a Help Desk Technician. Students will upgrade and repair computers and peripherals, build and maintain networks, learn the principles and practices of designing, building, and maintaining networks capable of supporting national and global organizations. MCP, A+, and Network+ certifications are included in the program. Morning and afternoon classes meet for 12 months while evening classes meet for 18 months.

Electrician (Industrial, Commercial, & Residential Electrician) Program

This program teaches students how to install electrical power distribution systems in commercial and residential buildings, how to repair motors, transformers, generators, and electronic controllers on machine tools and industrial robots. The course work in the Electrician program prepares students to take the L-6 and E-2 license exams. Morning and afternoon classes meet for 12 months while evening classes meet for 18 months.

Electronic Systems Technician Program

This program trains students in the technology used to build today's modern electronic devices, focusing on security and telecommunications. Students will learn how electronic devices work, how to design them, and how to build them from basic electronics and electrical circuits, to lasers and fiber optics and training for the L-6, C-6, and T-2 licenses. Morning and afternoon classes meet for 12 months while evening classes meet for 18 months.

HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration) Program

The HVACR program teaches students how to install, trouble-shoot, and repair residential, commercial, and industrial heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems and the use of modern diagnostic equipment and computer-based evaluation and investigation techniques. The HVACR program also prepares students to take the B-2, D-2, and S-2 license exams. Students graduate with EPA certification, which allows them to handle refrigerant recovery material. Morning and afternoon classes meet for 12 months while evening classes meet for 18 months.

Administrative Health Specialist Program

This program prepares students to enter into the health care field in an administrative capacity. Students are taught medical administrative topics including accounting, medical records, terms and conditions of insurance, and rights and obligations of patients, along with an understanding of computer technologies. Day classes meet for 9 months while evening classes meet for 15 months.

Dental Assisting Program

The Dental Assistant program prepares students for both careers in the clinical area and in an administrative capacity and prepares students to take their DANB x-ray certification exam. Students learn how to prep patients, take X-rays, chart teeth, make wax impressions, order equipment and supplies, etc., etc. You'll also learn how to manage a dental office. Day classes meet for 9 months while evening classes meet for 13½ months.

Medical Assisting Program

The course work in the Medical Assisting program consists of clinical and administrative projects to prepare students to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) and Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification tests. Students learn how to assist physicians, as well as prep patients, set up schedules, and manage a medical office. Day classes meet for 9 months while evening classes meet for 13½ months.

Practical Nursing Program

The Practical Nursing program prepares students with the skills for direct nursing care of clients in settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics or doctors offices. The student is prepared to function within the nursing roles of provider of care, manager of care and member of the health care team. Students also are able to experience a hands-on education in a variety of clinical settings including direct access to patients. Upon successful completion of the Program, the graduate is eligible to take the Practical Nurse Licensing Examination. This is a 15 month program.


Porter and Chester Institute is responsible for helping each graduate get situated in the kind of job for which he or she has been prepared. This includes resume preparation, job search training, help in securing interviews, and interview presentation and tactics. This assistance is for the life of the graduate.

Accreditation and Certification


Porter and Chester Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT)[4], the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)[5] and the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

The Chicopee Campus Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (CRB-AAMAE)


Porter and Chester Institute is approved by the Connecticut, and Massachusetts, Commissioner of Higher Education.

Porter and Chester Institute is certified by the State of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles as an official I/M240 Training Facility.

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