Other than going to the university to get a degree, what are the other educational options for students?
Ken welcomes Jim Bologa to talk about the career and technical education space. Jim is the President and CEO of Porter and Chester Institute which provides different career programs for students to acquire technical and professional skills essential for their chosen careers. Jim shares how career and technical education can create value for people. He also answers some of the most important questions: How long it will take a student to finish the course, the consulting and onboarding process, and most importantly, how much the salary will be after taking the program.
Who is Jim Bologa?
Jim joined PCI in 2007 as a consultant then became the Chief Operating office in 2009. He began serving as the President and Chief Executive Offer in 2012.
Before joining PCI, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of FamilyMeds, Inc. Prior to that, he spent over a decade in various executive management roles in the business services, automotive/aerospace, and technology industries. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he served for ten years with his last role as a Senior Manager in PwC’s Transactions Advisory Group.
Jim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Elmira College in Elmira, New York, and completed his fifth year accounting requirement at Saint Leo University and the University of South Florida. He is a former board member and school commissioner of Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), a former board member of Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU), a former board member of the Association of Connecticut Career Schools (ACCS), and a former board member and President of the Massachusetts Association of Private and Career Schools (MAPCS), subsequently reorganized into the New England Private School Association (NEPCSA)
What is Porter and Chester Institute?
Porter and Chester Institute (PCI), a private sector, a post-secondary technical institution founded in 1946 with twelve campuses throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, featuring twenty-four different career programs, supports committed students in achieving the technical and professional skills essential for their chosen career through industry-modeled, student-centered education and training. Porter and Chester Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), authorized by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education, and licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Professional Licensure, Office of Private Occupational School Education, approved and licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
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- The different topics to cover. – 2:32
- What the career and technical education is about and how it can create value for people. – 4:24
- How long does it take a student to finish the different programs and course offerings? – 9:30
- The consulting and onboarding process. – 17:15
- Is there an option to get information on how much their salary will be after taking the program? – 20:45
- Micro jobs are a huge proponent of career and technical education because they’re so needed and important. – 27:31
- There’s a lot of interesting value to an individual in a sense of accomplishment if you can build something, service something or fix something. – 29:15
- Where can people reach out to Jim and Porter and Chester Institute? – 33:36
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