Western Electrical Contractors Association, Inc.

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Information for Apprentices

Apprentice Travel Stipends

If you live more than 80 miles one-way from your designated training facility you may qualify for a travel stipend.
Learn about apprentice travel stipends

Classroom Hours

The school day will consist of eight (8) hours of instruction and a 30 minute lunch break. You will have three 10-minute breaks throughout the day in addition to your lunch break.

Class Begins: 7:00 a.m.
Class Ends: 3:30 p.m.

Computer Learning Centers

WECA has computer learning centers at both our Sacramento Region and San Diego Training Facilities to provide computer access for our current students. Learn more about how to access one of these locations.

Classroom Materials

Listed below are suggested vendors for purchase of your classroom materials.

When to Place Your Orders

We encourage you to place your order 30 days before the start of your first semester class, or you may be charged extra for express shipping .

Why Order Early?
  • Avoid the last minute rush and the possibility of back order.
  • Save money, rush orders cost extra to ship.
  • Give yourself time to review the material and to prepare for class.

Due to ongoing curriculum development, the required materials for your class may change.  For a current list of materials, please contact our office at (877) 444-9322.

Apprentice Benefits Information

WECA offers medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance benefits to commercial apprentices indentured in a WECA apprenticeship program, and their families. Available provider options vary based on where the apprentice lives.

Please send any completed enrollment, account change, or student certification forms to Cindy Cormier at the WECA Sacramento office via fax at (916) 452-7011, or via mail to:

WECA
Attn: Cindy Cormier
3695 Bleckely Street 
Rancho Cordova, CA 95655
 

Health Coverage

WECA offers Anthem Blue Cross medical coverage. 

 

Dental Coverage

WECA offers dental coverage through Anthem Blue Cross Dental Complete. 

Coverage and Payments for Dependent Health Benefits

As a WECA Commercial Inside Wireman Apprentice, you can choose to add dependents to your health benefit coverage. If you have arranged to have your dependent(s) covered by your WECA health plan, you must pay $125 to $185* by personal or cashier's check, money order or credit card, or by automatic credit card deduction each month, for this coverage. Cash payment may also be accepted at the front counter of the WECA Sacramento Region Office only.

Payments must be received in the WECA Sacramento Region Office by the 25th of each month prior to the month of coverage. Accounts are considered late on the 26th.

If payment in full is not received by that date, his/her dependent(s) coverage will be retroactively cancelled (back to the date the first invoice became due). The Apprentice will also be financially responsible for any services used by his/her dependent(s) since the date the first invoice became due.

If an apprentice's dependent(s) coverage is cancelled, he/she must wait until the next open enrollment (normally October of each year) or the occurrence of a qualifying event AND pay all past due invoices before he/she can re-enroll his/her dependent(s).

* Current charges subject to change

Commercial apprentices that have selected their "Preferred Contact Method" as Email, will receive all correspondence related to their health insurance via email only beginning January 2015. There will be no USPS mailed communications--only email. This includes cancellation of benefits, insufficient hour bank hours' notices, reinstatement of health benefits notices', new start benefits notices, and all future insurance related correspondence.

Hour Bank Requirements - Changes as of Dec 2015

Coverage Summaries

Questions about coverage?

If you have questions about enrolling, or about your existing coverage, please call WECA Insurance Administrator Cindy Cormier at (916) 889-7117 or ccormier@goweca.com.

EDD Unemployment Benefits While in Class

Apprentices & Trainees enrolled in a State Approved Apprenticeship Program are eligible for Unemployment Benefits while attending mandatory Apprenticeship Training.

Learn more about Unemployment Benefits in Apprentice Forms and Resources