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Friday, September 28, 2018   Electrician Trainee Spotlight: Mark Matias

Today we're highlighting an outstanding Electrician Trainee, Mark Matias, currently enrolled
 in WECA's GetWired Electrician Trainee program. After meeting his fiancé's father, who owns and operates an electrical company, Mark's interest in becoming an electrician was sparked. He says, "I didn't just want a position somewhere where a robot could replace me in ten years," so Mark began looking for convenient, yet informative online classes that fit his schedule. Many programs failed to offer Mark what he was looking for, but when he found the GetWired program it seemed almost "too good to be true; the schedule was perfect and the classes extremely informative."
 
Within a couple classes, Mark noticed how positive his experience was. "The fact that you can sit in your own home, relax in a comfortable environment compared to being nervous and going to a new school, I think, is one of the keys to WECA's success. You get to learn without the anxiety so you can focus more." His experience in the 101 class taught him "the basic fundamentals of the PIE chart and learning how to search through the Index of the NEC, which I think are key points in your "forever" knowledge of becoming an electrician." Learning in the hands-on labs also became a positive experience for Mark in that "once you actually perform a lab hands-on, compared to picturing it or listening or reading about it, it becomes more of a habit and a nature. And you need that especially for a job like this. Like they say, practice makes perfect!"
 
Mark has some great advice for potential Electrician Trainee students. "Be dependable; we have to be there to figure out the problem and fix it... it takes a lot of knowledge and common sense and it definitely requires motivation. If it was easy, everyone would do it."
 
Thanks for the words of wisdom, Mark!

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Friday, September 28, 2018   WECA Apprentices: Annual Enrollment will be held October 15 - November 6, 2018

Benefits will be effective: December 1, 2018 through November 30, 2019
 
We are pleased to announce that we are adding some new plan enhancements that will be effective on December 1, 2018:

Anthem Blue Cross Dental
  • New annual maximum carryover feature added. Earn money for visiting the dentist; your unused rewards will carry over each year.
  • Composite fillings will now include posterior and front teeth.
Anthem Blue Cross Vision
  • Elective contact lens allowance increased to $150 (from $130).
  • Add, change or remove your dependent(s) in any of the following benefit options:
    • medical, dental & vision
    • medical & vision only
    • dental only
If you have any questions, please call WECA's insurance administrator Cindy Cormier at (916) 453-0112 Option 4 or email ccormier@goweca.com.
 
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Friday, September 28, 2018   WECA Continues Hosting Ideal National Championship Qualifying Rounds

Join us on October 11 for the next 2018 Ideal National Championship qualifying round. Competitors have a chance to qualify for the Championship Weekend at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida--and did we mention that $500,000 in cash and prizes is also up for grabs?  
 
The next qualifying round at WECA HQ in Rancho Cordova is October 11, 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm!
The competition is open to:
  • Students: Apprentices and/or State-Registered Electrician Trainees
  • Journeymen
  • 3-person Student teams: Apprentices and/or Electrician Trainees
  • 3-person Journeymen teams
Visit Ideal Nationals to pre-register for this event, learn more about the qualifying task, and the National Championship. You can even watch a video of the qualifying activity each contestant (or team) will have to perform to earn a place at the National Championship. Walk-in participants are also welcome.
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