Porter and Chester Institute - A Technical School With Eight Locations

A technical school with eight locations covering Connecticut and Massachusetts in the United States, Porter and Chester Institute provides career based education.


With seven regular and one affiliate campus located throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, there are overall eight campuses. Main campuses are located in Stratford, Connecticut. Others are Enfield, Rocky Hill, and Watertown in Connecticut and Canton, Westborough and Chicopee in Massachusetts. Only affiliate campus is located at Branford in Connecticut.

Brief History

Porter school of Engineering Design was founded in Hartford in Connecticut in 1946. In the year 1973 it merged with Chester Institute for Technical Education of Stratford, Connecticut. That was the time when the name Porter and Chester Institute was adopted standardizing the curriculum. Porter School at Rocky Hills became the Rocky Hill campus of the institute. Waterbury and Enfield campuses were established in 1979 and 1986 respectively. In 1987 the Rocky Hill branch was moved to Wethersfield. Chicopee campus was established in 1993 and Connecticut School of Electronics war merged in 1995 and was moved to New Heaven at Branford, Connecticut. A new campus was established in Westborough in 2002 and finally the Canton Branch was opened in 2009.

Unique Features

Porter and Chester Institute got the School of Excellence award in 2009 from ACCSCT. Also the day programs span 12 months but the evening programs span 18 months of course duration.

Programs Offered

Ten different career programs are offered by the institute. Automotive Technology, CADD, Computer Network, Electrician, Electronic System, HVACR are the main programs offered with day class duration of 12 months and evening class duration of 18 months. Other programs with 9 months duration in day time but 12-15 months duration for evening time are administrative health specialist, dental assisting, medical assisting, and practical nursing. Online education is not available.


Open admission policy is followed by the institution. Details can be viewed on the state university website.


Porter and Chester Institute is accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT), Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Chicopee campus is accredited by 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). Institute is also approved by the Commission of Higher Education of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Student Support and Financial Aids

Porter and Chester Institute offers academic and career counseling, PT cost defraying employment, and career placement and on campus library services. Extensive undergraduate morning or evening classes are also available. Financial assistance includes federal, state, local, and institutional grants, scholarships and student loan aids.