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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   Electrician Trainees and Journeymen -- WECA's Spring 2020 Courses Are Now Available Online



Electrician Trainees and Journeymen -- start the new year off right by enrolling in WECA's Spring 2020 Electrician Trainee and Journeyman Continuing Education courses -- now available online for enrollment!

Check out the Electrician Trainee course catalog here.

Check out the Journeyman Continuing Education course catalog here.

And as always, you may enroll for courses over the phone at (877) 444-9322, in person at a WECA facility, or via email. But be aware -- many GetWired! courses fill fast, so be sure to enroll early to get a seat!

If you have any questions or need help enrolling, please call us at (877) 444-9322 or email us at info@goweca.com
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   GetWired! Program Instructors Continue Blazing Path to Student Success at Biannual Train the Trainer


WECA held its first Train the Trainer event of the decade on Saturday, January 11th at its Rancho Cordova headquarters. The event - which was facilitated by Dan Bierly (Curriculum Development and GetWired! Training Manager); Galen Eckert (Electrician Trainee/Continuing Education Lead Instructor); Ana Lopez (Electrician Trainee/Journeyman Program Manager); Emily Groetsema (Electrician Trainee/Continuing Education Program Coordinator), and Rebecca Archer (Curriculum Production and eLearning Specialist) - covered topics such as the latest teaching strategies and techniques, new processes such as rolling out a new code year (2017 NEC), and burning questions that the GetWired! program instructors in attendance brought to roundtable discussions.

One highlight of the event came as the team celebrated that at the beginning of the previous decade (2010), the GetWired! program had less than 200 students per session. But now, as we enter a new decade, the program regularly draws over 1,000 students per session. The growth of this program is due in no small part to the skill and dedication of our GetWired! program instructors.

Dan Bierly, the Curriculum Development and GetWired! Training Manager, says that "Train the Trainer is all about team building. All of our instructors teach from different locations, and this is a way to bridge the gap and open the lines of communication with all instructors so no person has to teach in a vacuum."

Rebecca Archer, the Curriculum Production and eLearning Specialist, concurred with Bierly, adding that with the event, "we get to express gratitude to our instructors for their hard work."

"Many instructors go above and beyond every session to help us meet the ever-increasing student demand," said Bierly. "If it wasn't for our part-time instructors - some of whom teach four nights a week plus weekend labs in addition to their full-time jobs - we would not have the successful program that we have today."

As we begin a new year and a new decade here at WECA, we are grateful to our instructors for continually striving to ensure that WECA's students receive the most cutting-edge and well-rounded electrical industry education possible.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   Behind the Scenes at WECA Last Weekend: GetWired! Students in the Lab

Ever wonder how blended learning works? At WECA, it means students in our CA state-approved Electrician Trainee program, GetWired!, are able to attend a "blend" of online and in-person learning. Two weeknights a week, they attend class sessions online from wherever they live in California. And then, typically one Saturday per course, they get their hands-on lab training at the WECA facility nearest to their home. Check out these snaps from last weekend of our GetWired! students applying what they've been learning online to hands-on builds. 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   Check This Out: Celebrating 10 Years of Apprenticeship Growth at WECA


A lot can happen in 10 years -- it certainly has for WECA! At the beginning of the last decade, we had an average of 553 Apprentices active in our Apprenticeship programs. By the end of the decade, our new average was a whopping 781! More Apprentices choose WECA and its Member Contractors every year to earn while they learn. Thank you, all, for choosing to become part of the WECA family! Here's to the next decade -- may we break even more records in the years to come! 
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   BICSI to Offer Classes at WECA's Rancho Cordova Headquarters in June 2020

WECA is a BICSI ATF

WECA is pleased to announce that the following BICSI classes will be held at our Rancho Cordova headquarters in June 2020:

PM102: Applied Telecommunications Project Management June 15 - 19

This course is designed to provide ICT professionals an opportunity to build on their existing project management skills while also exploring the steps and thought processes behind the basic principles and information necessary for managing a successful telecommunications project...Learn more

OSP102: Applied Outside Plant Design June 29 - July 3

In this unparalleled training class, you will learn elements common to all OSP projects, along with design techniques for underground, direct-buried and aerial cable plant applications. You will have an opportunity to apply what you have learned through a series of design scenarios such as route...Learn more

These classes are open to the public and we encourage interested WECA members to enroll early in order to secure seats. These classes are rarely offered in Northern California, and we encourage our members to take advantage of this convenient opportunity. 

Registrations must be processed directly with BICSI. To learn more about and enroll in these courses, click on the individual course links above, or visit www.bicsi.org and search courses by location for "Rancho Cordova."
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   WECA's Low Voltage Industry Job Board and Student Referral Service -- Your Employment Resources


Are you out of work and seeking employment? Post your resume to the WECA Job Board. Or view open positions posted by our members. Our contractors are hiring!

If you are a current WECA student, or a WECA grad, go a step further and contact us about our Student Referral Service! This service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff provide hands-on referrals, taking some of that work off your plate.

WECA's Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board is designed to help connect individuals seeking employment in the electrical and low voltage industry with the contractors who want to hire them.

Our job board exists for...
  • Electricians,
  • Low voltage technicians,
  • Electrician Trainees and Journeymen,
  • Industry employees (including office personnel!),
  • And the Member Contractors who want to hire them.
This is a free, no-obligation service open to all workers seeking employment in the electrical and low voltage industry. WECA's purpose in providing this service is to help our Member Contractors find the qualified workers they need.

Search open positions today!
 
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   Calling Talented, Certified Electricians -- Seeking Part-Time Instructors for Nights and Weekends

Keep Your Skills Sharp While Earning Extra Money with the Perfect Side Gig PT
Make a Difference in Your Industry. 
Teaching Others is a Rewarding Opportunity.
 

Experienced, Certified Electricians (including the recently retired!) who:
  • Are natural leaders and teachers
  • Enjoy learning more about the field all the time
  • Enjoy sharing knowledge about all things electrical with a new generation of prospective electricians
  • Want to earn more money in the evening, without having to leave home
We'd be excited to have you join our team and help us in developing the workforce for our industry!

Part-Time instructors for our GetWired! programs teach weeknights online and/or occasional Saturday labs at our training facilities.

This is the side gig that lets you earn extra money while keeping your day job!

View the job posting and application details here to learn more and apply today.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   Thank You to Our Generous Donor -- Ron Arnall of Western Tube and Conduit -- for Supporting WECA


Please join us in saying 'thank you' to the companies and individuals -- like Ron Arnall of Western Tube and Conduit -- that help make WECA's state-of-the-art labs and comprehensive, hands-on education the best in the State of California with their generous donations of lab materials.

"We're getting the year -- and the decade! -- started off on the right foot," said Jimmie Slemp, WECA's lead instructor and lab facilities manager. "This donation (of conduit) will help WECA continue to be at the forefront of electrical industry education and provide the cutting-edge education that the next generation of merit shop electricians and electrical contractors deserve."
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