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Porter and Chester Institute offers vocational training for electronics / computers, drafting / design, CADD, administrative / word processing, automotive, HVACR and medical assisting.

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Factors that raised the rating for Porter and Chester Institute include:

  • Length of time business has been operating
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size
  • Response to 5 complaint(s) filed against business
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business

Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

5 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 1 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 1
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 4
Total Closed Complaints 5

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews on Porter and Chester Institute
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 0
Total Customer Reviews 0

Additional Information

BBB file opened: January 08, 1988 Business started: 01/01/1946 Business started locally: 01/01/1946 Business incorporated: 01/13/1969 in CT
Type of Entity


Business Management
Ms. Vanessa Richmond Mr. James Bologa, COO Mr. Jim Mathis, President/CEO
Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Vanessa Richmond
Business Category

Schools - Business & Vocational Other Technical and Trade Schools (NAICS: 611519)

Alternate Business Names
The Porter and Chester Institute Inc.

Additional Locations

  • 138 Weymouth Rd

    Enfield, CT 06082 (860) 741-2561

  • 221 W Main St

    Branford, CT 06405 (203) 315-1060

  • 30 Waterchase Dr

    Rocky Hill, CT 06067 (860) 529-2519 (860) 768-1461

  • 320 Sylvan Lake Rd

    Watertown, CT 06779 (860) 274-9294

  • 670 Lordship Blvd

    Stratford, CT 06615 (203) 375-4463 (800) 870-6789 (860) 209-9225


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Additional Phone Numbers

  • (860) 768-1461(Phone)
  • (413) 593-6439 (Fax)
  • (508) 366-1303 (Fax)
  • (860) 563-2595 (Fax)
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Complaint Detail(s)

9/5/2014 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: I graduated from Porter and Chester in Stratford CT in April of 2014. While I was in school I had payments automatically taken out of my checking account on the 10th of every month. On Aug. 4th 2014 I called to see for financial reasons if I could change my payment date to the 20th of each month. I was told that as long as I returned the paperwork within a day they could make the change for this month. The paperwork was faxed the next morning, and I received an email to contact **** ****** because he had a question about some info I provided on the form. *** ****** told me that it would be taken care of and my payment would be taken out on the 20th. On Aug 11th the payment was taken out of my account after I was told it wasn't going to be taken out until the 20th. I called *** ****** on the 12th to try to find out what happened and he told me he checked with the financial dept. and it should have been all set to be taken out of my account on the 20th and he didn't know why it was taken out on the wrong date. On Aug.13th I placed 3 calls to *** ****** at various times. He returned the first call, but I could not take the call because I was working, and the two other times I tried calling all I got was his voicemail, which I left a message both times, but I have not received a return phone call.

Desired Settlement: Due to Porter and Chester taking the payment earlier than they were supposed to, and to no fault of my own, I have three overdraft charges on my account because they took the payment out too soon, I want to be reimbursed a total of $111.00 for the overcharges.

Business Response:

If the student sends us a copy of the bank statement documenting the charges in question, we will be happy to reimburse any fees which were caused by PCI actions.  Please send the copy of the bank statement to:

******* ********, VP, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Porter and Chester institute, ** ********** ****** ***** ***** **  *****


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