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Thursday, January 10, 2019   BICSI to offer classes at WECA HQ in Spring 2019. Installer 1, Installer 2 Copper, Installer 2 Optic

WECA is a BICSI ATF


WECA is pleased to announce that BISCI will be holding the following classes at our Rancho Cordova headquarters in Spring 2019. 

IN101: BICSI Installer 1 Training Mar 25-29
This course is designed to provide entry-level installers with the background, knowledge and basic skills needed to function safely and effectively as part of a cabling installation team. The BICSI Installer 1 Training course is the introductory course of the Installation Program series... Learn More


IN225: BICSI Installer 2, Copper Training Apr 1-5
The course begins with an overview of professionalism, copper transmission principles and general safety practices associated with working with copper cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on BICSI best practices for the installation, termination and testing of copper cable... Learn More


IN250: BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber Training Apr 15-19
The course will open with an overview of professionalism, fiber transmission principles and the general safety practices related to optical fiber cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on installation, splicing, termination and testing of optical fiber cable... Learn More


TE350: BICSI Technician Training Apr 29-May 3
A significant amount of course time will be spent on troubleshooting copper and optical fiber cable installations. In addition, this course will cover project planning and implementation at the technician level. Additional topics will include site safety, site surveys, blueprint reading, bonding and... 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 these courses and to enroll yourself or an employee, click on the individual course links above, or visit www.bicsi.org and search courses by location for "Rancho Cordova." 
 
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019   WECA Gains College Credit Recommendations for its Commercial and Residential Electrical Apprenticesh

The Details

     WECA has a big announcement! Our Commercial and Residential Electrical apprenticeship programs have received college credit recommendations from NCCRS (the National College Credit Recommendation Service).
 
     This benefit provides WECA commercial and residential electrical apprentices the ability to gain access to college credit for completion of either program by using credit recommendations set forth by NCCRS. While admissions and acceptance of transfer credit isn't guaranteed, more than 1,400 colleges and universities nationwide currently consider awarding credit based on NCCRS recommendations.
 
     "WECA is thrilled to extend this opportunity to our apprentices and graduates," says Terry Seabury, WECA Executive Director and CEO. "We know that some of our graduates choose to pursue additional higher education at traditional colleges and universities in fields such as construction management, and these college credit recommendations from NCCRS may allow them to receive substantial credits for the programs they've already completed at WECA. We view these NCCRS college credit recommendations as further evidence of the educational quality and vigor of our apprenticeship programs."
 
    "NCCRS is pleased to recommend college credit for WECA's commercial and residential electrical apprenticeship courses," NCCRS Director Lisa Sax Mahoney said. "Through our professional evaluations, we continue to support the recognition of high-quality workforce training programs delivered by qualified organizations across the country."
 
     NCCRS, founded in 1973 by the Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York, strives to increase access to higher education through recognition of non-collegiate learning. Using an academic peer review model, NCCRS conducts independent, third-party evaluations of courses and examinations to determine their comparability to college-level learning. Courses and examinations that meet appropriate standards receive college credit recommendations which are listed within CCRS Online, a web directory maintained by NCCRS.
 
Learn more about NCCRS and view their college credit recommendations for WECA at: http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors.

Using This Benefit: A Guide for our Apprentices and Graduates 

Q: Who is eligible?
A:
Any graduates of WECA's Commercial or Residential Electrical Apprenticeships since September of 2013. (NCCRS has granted eligibility going back five years, and evaluated WECA's programs in Autumn of 2018.)

Q: So WECA apprentice grads automatically have college credits?
A:  
No. NCCRS makes college credit recommendations. (From NCCRS:
A college credit recommendation is an academic advisement about the comparability of a learning experience to college-level instruction, such as undergraduate or graduate course work, the amount of credit that may be awarded, and areas where credit could apply. The credit recommendations are intended to guide college officials as they consider awarding credit to persons who have successfully completed NCCRS evaluated learning experiences. College credit recommendations are not actual college credit because the New York State Board of Regents does not award college credit. Through the results of the NCCRS evaluations, however, the Board of Regents encourages colleges and universities to consider accepting the credit recommendations.)

Q: How Does Acceptance of College Credit Recommendations work?
A:
It is up to the college or university to choose whether to grant college credits, how many, and in what subjects, for completion of a WECA program. NCCRS recommends specific credit amounts and subjects. College and university admissions departments should reference NCCRS' WECA listing at http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors for specific recommendations. NCCRS recommends up to 66 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Commerical program, and up to 40 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Residential program. 

Q: How Do WECA Commercial and Residential Electrical Apprenticeship Graduates Use This Benefit?
A: Apprentices grads should:
1. Identify the college or university they wish to ask to accept a credit recommendation from NCCRS for work completed at WECA. (A list of colleges and universities who have previously participated with NCCRS is here: http://www.nationalccrs.org/colleges-universities. Seeing a college or university on this list is a promising sign that they will consider NCCRS' recommendation, but is not a guarantee. Further, just because a college or university is not yet shown on the list does not mean the apprentice grad shouldn't request that they consider the credit recommendation.)
2. Work with their admissions advisor at their college or university of choice to learn the process for seeking college credits for their WECA Commercial or Residential program completion. The college or university may refer to this as their PLA (prior learning assessment) process or policy. The applicant should share NCCRS' WECA credit recommendation 
http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors with the decision-makers at their college or university.
3. Request a transcript from WECA as requested by their college or university. Email apregistrar@goweca.com with transcript requests.
4. If the applicant encounters problems with their transfer credit request, they can submit a Request for Assistance Form to NCCRS so that NCCRS can advocate on the applicant's behalf.

Q: What about Low Voltage Apprenticeship? Or the Electrician Trainee Program?
A: 
WECA plans to pursue college credit recommendations for its Low Voltage Apprenticeship program next year, so please stay tuned for more information on that. 

WECA is currently evaluating demand for college credit recommendations for its Electrician Trainee program.

Q: What if I still have questions?
A: Please call us at 1-877-444-9322 and we'll do our best to help you out.
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019   WECA Gains College Credit Recommendations for its Commercial and Residential Electrical Apprenticesh

The Details

     WECA has a big announcement! Our Commercial and Residential Electrical apprenticeship programs have received college credit recommendations from NCCRS (the National College Credit Recommendation Service).
 
     This benefit provides WECA commercial and residential electrical apprentices the ability to gain access to college credit for completion of either program by using credit recommendations set forth by NCCRS. While admissions and acceptance of transfer credit isn't guaranteed, more than 1,400 colleges and universities nationwide currently consider awarding credit based on NCCRS recommendations.
 
     "WECA is thrilled to extend this opportunity to our apprentices and graduates," says Terry Seabury, WECA Executive Director and CEO. "We know that some of our graduates choose to pursue additional higher education at traditional colleges and universities in fields such as construction management, and these college credit recommendations from NCCRS may allow them to receive substantial credits for the programs they've already completed at WECA. We view these NCCRS college credit recommendations as further evidence of the educational quality and vigor of our apprenticeship programs."
 
    "NCCRS is pleased to recommend college credit for WECA's commercial and residential electrical apprenticeship courses," NCCRS Director Lisa Sax Mahoney said. "Through our professional evaluations, we continue to support the recognition of high-quality workforce training programs delivered by qualified organizations across the country."
 
     NCCRS, founded in 1973 by the Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York, strives to increase access to higher education through recognition of non-collegiate learning. Using an academic peer review model, NCCRS conducts independent, third-party evaluations of courses and examinations to determine their comparability to college-level learning. Courses and examinations that meet appropriate standards receive college credit recommendations which are listed within CCRS Online, a web directory maintained by NCCRS.
 
Learn more about NCCRS and view their college credit recommendations for WECA at: http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors.

Using This Benefit: A Guide for our Apprentices and Graduates 

Q: Who is eligible?
A:
Any graduates of WECA's Commercial or Residential Electrical Apprenticeships since September of 2013. (NCCRS has granted eligibility going back five years, and evaluated WECA's programs in Autumn of 2018.)

Q: So WECA apprentice grads automatically have college credits?
A:  
No. NCCRS makes college credit recommendations. (From NCCRS:
A college credit recommendation is an academic advisement about the comparability of a learning experience to college-level instruction, such as undergraduate or graduate course work, the amount of credit that may be awarded, and areas where credit could apply. The credit recommendations are intended to guide college officials as they consider awarding credit to persons who have successfully completed NCCRS evaluated learning experiences. College credit recommendations are not actual college credit because the New York State Board of Regents does not award college credit. Through the results of the NCCRS evaluations, however, the Board of Regents encourages colleges and universities to consider accepting the credit recommendations.)

Q: How Does Acceptance of College Credit Recommendations work?
A:
It is up to the college or university to choose whether to grant college credits, how many, and in what subjects, for completion of a WECA program. NCCRS recommends specific credit amounts and subjects. College and university admissions departments should reference NCCRS' WECA listing at http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors for specific recommendations. NCCRS recommends up to 66 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Commerical program, and up to 40 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Residential program. 

Q: How Do WECA Commercial and Residential Electrical Apprenticeship Graduates Use This Benefit?
A: Apprentices grads should:
1. Identify the college or university they wish to ask to accept a credit recommendation from NCCRS for work completed at WECA. (A list of colleges and universities who have previously participated with NCCRS is here: http://www.nationalccrs.org/colleges-universities. Seeing a college or university on this list is a promising sign that they will consider NCCRS' recommendation, but is not a guarantee. Further, just because a college or university is not yet shown on the list does not mean the apprentice grad shouldn't request that they consider the credit recommendation.)
2. Work with their admissions advisor at their college or university of choice to learn the process for seeking college credits for their WECA Commercial or Residential program completion. The college or university may refer to this as their PLA (prior learning assessment) process or policy. The applicant should share NCCRS' WECA credit recommendation 
http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors with the decision-makers at their college or university.
3. Request a transcript from WECA as requested by their college or university. Email apregistrar@goweca.com with transcript requests.
4. If the applicant encounters problems with their transfer credit request, they can submit a Request for Assistance Form to NCCRS so that NCCRS can advocate on the applicant's behalf.

Q: What about Low Voltage Apprenticeship? Or the Electrician Trainee Program?
A: 
WECA plans to pursue college credit recommendations for its Low Voltage Apprenticeship program next year, so please stay tuned for more information on that. 

WECA is currently evaluating demand for college credit recommendations for its Electrician Trainee program.

Q: What if I still have questions?
A: Please call us at 1-877-444-9322 and we'll do our best to help you out.
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Thursday, January 03, 2019   WECA wishes you a Happy New Year!

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Thursday, January 03, 2019   Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) Announces Scholarship OpportunityWECEF P

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For students enrolled in a WECA Apprenticeship program, Electrician Trainee program, or Journeyman-level continuing education classes.
 
Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
 
The Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) is pleased to announce it is again offering a scholarship program for students enrolled as an Apprentice, Electrician Trainee, or a Journeyman taking continuing education courses with WECA.
 
The WECEF Scholarship is intended to assist students whose career pursuits are in the electrical or low voltage fields and to help them in continuing their education with WECA.
 
Scholarships will be awarded in amounts ranging from $200 to $500 per successful applicant and are to be used for the cost of books, tools, fees, and/or tuition.
 
Awarded scholarships are at the sole discretion of the WECEF Board of Directors and contingent upon the applicant's ability to meet the eligibility and application requirements noted in the application form.
 
Apprentices and students can learn more and download the application form at the following link, or contact 877-444-9322 for more information.
 
Download Scholarship Application
 
Application Deadline:
January 15, 2019
 
Applications and all required documents must be received by 5:00PM on January 15, 2019.
 

Email all materials to  lsipes@goweca.com . 
 
OR
 
Mail to: 
WECEF Scholarship Program
3695 Bleckeley Street
Mather Commerce Center
Rancho Cordova, CA 95655
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Thursday, January 03, 2019   Updates to WECA Student Handbook Released

WECA has released an updated version of its Student Handbook. Some changes include:
  • Course Tuition Refund & Transfer Policy (Page 16) - Effective for Classes Starting April 1, 2019 or After*
  • Class Attendance Requirements (Page 17)
  • Class Participation Policy (Page 18)
  • Grade Disputes (Page 20)
View the updated handbook here
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Thursday, January 03, 2019   Save the Date for the 2019 WECEF Crab Feed!crab Friday, March 15, 2019 at WECA HQ in Rancho Cordova

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Thursday, December 20, 2018   Happy Holidays from WECA!

WECA wishes you the Happiest of Holidays! 

Our offices will be closed Monday the 24th and Tuesday the 25th, reopening Wednesday at 8 AM.
 
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Thursday, December 20, 2018   California's Minimum Wage to Increase to $12 per Hour for Large Employers, $11 per Hour for Small Em

A message from the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations:
Download the original press release here
 
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018   WECA Instructor Spotlight: Raymond Newton



Please join us in welcoming our newest Apprenticeship Instructor, Raymond Newton! He has experienced most aspects of the electrical trade, from residential to full industrial systems, and has worked extensively in the water industry. Raymond previously built and maintained systems to produce clean water, and he found it rewarding to help others have access to clean water. He brings over forty years of experience as an Electrician to WECA, where he teaches out of the Riverside training facility.
 
Raymond's teaching style focuses on integrating the hands-on training apprentices receive in the field with in-class preparation. He adds, "I teach the installation in our labs and apprentices put their training to further test at work in the field." Raymond works to ensure his students learn their trade in the textbooks and the lab, so that they are effective and knowledgeable during their time in the field.
 
Raymond says, "Being an electrical contractor, I have seen the need for able apprentices and journeymen electricians. The electrical field is constantly changing. New metal alloys that have improved conductive and cooling characteristics, new safety ideas, and new equipment." He felt inspired to teach apprentices early in their career, and now he does just that. Raymond says he loves educating the newest generation of electricians, and that one of the aspects he most enjoys is preparing apprentices for the state exam. Raymond says his advice to WECA Apprentices is to "always apply yourself with your best effort, because your best effort can be historic."
 
Well said, Raymond! Welcome to the WECA team, and we're excited to have you on board.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018   Enroll Now For February! Online Solar Courses in Partnership with Solar Energy International


Introducing four new courses, offered in partnership with Solar Energy International:  These unique 6-week courses range from introductory level to advanced level training, helping you explore the fundamentals of solar components, system architectures, and applications for PV systems to the inspection, commissioning, performance verification, and troubleshooting of PV systems. You'll work through interactive online activities, power points, readings, quizzes, exercises, and homework, all available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the full duration of the course.
Students who complete these courses successfully will gain not only Electrician
Trainee/Continuing Education (ET/CE) hours for California through WECA, but also North
American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) training hours through SEI.
Successful completion of "Solar Electric Design and Installation" paired with "PV System
Fundamentals" qualifies you to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam.
With the need for highly trained PV electricians rapidly growing in California, WECA Curriculum Development Lead Mike Moyer believes "It's great that WECA is able to partner with SEI to offer another way for the WECA community to get solar training. Our apprenticeship program covers solar basics, our existing online self-paced courses "Solar Power for Electricians" and "Faultless Solar" take solar to the next level for Journeyman Electricians and Advanced Electrician Trainees, and now our partnership with SEI allows another level of training for these students, plus the opportunity for NABCEP certification."
To learn more about enrolling in these courses through WECA (enrollment through WECA is
necessary for any student desiring State of California Continuing Education or Electrician
Trainee hours in addition to the NABCEP hours granted by SEI), please visit WECA's Solar Course Catalog. Act now to enroll in courses starting in February!
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018   WECA Apprentice Spotlight: Nestor Chavez

Nestor Chavez is a fourth year Commercial Apprentice with Helix Electric, and a veteran of the United States Navy. He served as E-4 petty officer third class in both Japan and Iraq, working on "flash type evaporators, generators, pumps and many other types of equipment." When Nestor found out that electricians were in demand throughout California, he decided to step up and apply!
He specifically chose WECA because, "There are many advantages to WECA. They have a great health program, and the ability to learn about how electricity works with a strong team of instructors is amazing." Nestor adds that earning money through his apprenticeship with Helix alongside attending class and learning the trade is a huge advantage for him as part of the WECA Apprenticeship Training program. Since his apprenticeship began, Nestor states that with Helix Electric, "I have had the opportunity to learn about the many systems that go into building a building including planning, ordering of parts, installation, and troubleshooting. I have also been able to work on very large projects."
So, what makes Nestor a successful apprentice? He says, "I do believe that my time in the Navy helped me with what I am doing currently. I gained maturity and a good work ethic, and I would strongly advise veterans to become electricians." To new apprentices, or those interested in apprenticeship, he adds, "The top three qualities apprentices should have are: be on time in regards to the schedule and class work, be attentive to the instructor and other people's input, and be courteous towards the instructor and other students." Nestor also loves working with Instructor Jimmie Slemp at the Rancho Cordova training facility, who he says, "is very knowledgeable about the NEC and field work. He can teach in a way that is relatable to someone who just came from the field."
Nestor is beginning to think about his career post-graduation and states that he would love to continue working with Helix. He enjoys working with fellow WECA apprentices and adds, "the company is very competitive and sets high standards for quality and safety. As a result, I also abide by those standards, which has helped me in my apprenticeship."
Huge shout out to Nestor Chavez for sharing his tips and tricks for navigating a WECA apprenticeship, and the very best of luck in your final year!
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Thursday, December 06, 2018   Instructor Jimmie Slemp: 15 Years and Counting!

Please enjoy WECA's latest video release, which celebrates Instructor Jimmie Slemp's 15th anniversary with WECA!
Looking back at Jimmie's Fifteen Years of Teaching at WECA... and Counting!
Looking back at Jimmie's Fifteen Years of Teaching at WECA... and Counting!
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Thursday, December 06, 2018   WECA Member Contractors Make 2018 ENR Top 600 Specialty Contractors List!





WECA would like to congratulate those of our Member Contractors who have recently been named to the list of Top 600 Specialty Contractors in ENR, including Sebastian, Helix Electric, Inc., and Bergelectric Corporation!


Click the link to view the list in its entirety.
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Thursday, December 06, 2018   Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) Announces Scholarship Opportunity Please


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For students enrolled in a WECA Apprenticeship program, Electrician Trainee program, or Journeyman-level continuing education classes.
 
Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
 
The Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) is pleased to announce it is again offering a scholarship program for students enrolled as an Apprentice, Electrician Trainee, or a Journeyman taking continuing education courses with WECA.
 
The WECEF Scholarship is intended to assist students whose career pursuits are in the electrical or low voltage fields and to help them in continuing their education with WECA.
 
Scholarships will be awarded in amounts ranging from $200 to $500 per successful applicant and are to be used for the cost of books, tools, fees, and/or tuition.
 
Awarded scholarships are at the sole discretion of the WECEF Board of Directors and contingent upon the applicant's ability to meet the eligibility and application requirements noted in the application form.
 
Apprentices and students can learn more and download the application form at the following link, or contact 877-444-9322 for more information.
 
Download Scholarship Application
 
Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
 
Applications and all required documents must be received by 5:00PM on January 15, 2019. 

Email all materials to  lsipes@goweca.com . 
 
OR
 
Mail to: 
WECEF Scholarship Program
3695 Bleckeley Street
Mather Commerce Center
Rancho Cordova, CA 95655
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Thursday, December 06, 2018   WECA Receives Donation from Western Tube & Conduit


Huge shout out to Western Tube & Conduit for their recent and generous conduit donation! Both the Riverside and Rancho Cordova training centers received 14,000 ft. of ½" EMT (Electrical Metallic Tubing). 
 
Instructor Jimmie Slemp adds, "We would like to thank sales representatives, Ron Arnall and Jennifer Wildhaber of Western Tube, a division of Zekelman Industries. Riverside was able to use a forklift to unload but here in Rancho we recruited volunteers from the three current Commercial Apprentice classes to unload the truck--14,000 ft is a lot of conduit!
 
Donations like these continue to help the students at WECA thrive--thank you to Western Tube and Conduit for for continuing to be such a strong supporter of WECA!
And with that, Western Tube and Conduit hits the first home run of the year on our lab donation scoreboard! 
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Thursday, December 06, 2018   WECA Members and Their Employees: $150 for 32 Hours Journeyman Continuing Ed. until the end of 2018.

32 Hours of Continuing Education: 
Easily Fulfilled!
 
WECA-developed packages for Journeymen: "Perfect Sizing", "Faultless Solar", "Voice Data Video Exam Preparation", and "Fire Life Safety Exam Preparation." Currently available for $150 each to members and their employees.
 


WECA is offering Perfect Sizing, Faultless Solar, Voice Data Video Exam Prep, and Fire Life Safety Exam Prep., all 32-hour online classes, to WECA member contractors and their employees at the special price of $150 each for the rest of December! Members' journeymen can get their full 32 renewal hours for just $150. Only employees of member contractors are eligible for this deal. 
 
To get the discount, these courses must be ordered by phone, mail, fax, email, or walk-in, so we can confirm employment with a WECA member contractor. These discounts are not available through online enrollment. Quickest way: call us at 1-877-444-9322!
 
 
Perfect Sizing:
 
In this course, students learn about sizing motor circuits, sizing motor feeder circuits, wiring motors and air conditioners, and proper selection and installation of the correct electrical circuit components and conductors needed for different load and circuit configurations.
 
Learn more about Perfect Sizing here
 But call in to get your discount!
 
Faultless Solar:
 
This course combines two of WECA's popular 16-hour courses, "Faultless" and "Solar Power for Electricians," into one convenient 32-hour package. Journeymen learn about how to coordinate information in specific NEC articles, so they can properly select and install the correct electrical circuit components and conductors needed for different load and circuit configurations. Then, build on that knowledge as they learn about the fundamental concepts required for safe, code-compliant installation of residential and commercial-scale Solar Photovoltaic systems.
 
Learn more about Faultless Solar
But call in to get your discount!
 
Fire Life Safety Exam Preparation:
 
This self-paced online course is for students who want to study for the California Fire Life Safety Technician certification exam at their own pace. Informative presentations help guide students through the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) as well as the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72). It is meant for individuals almost ready to take the exam. Much of the class is dedicated to sample testing similar to state exams. It focuses on practical research by the students to find the answers to code questions rather than instruction by lecture.
 
Learn more about Fire Life Safety Exam Prep.
But call in to get your discount!
 
Voice Data Video Exam Preparation:
 
This self-paced online course is for students who want to study for the California Voice Data Video Technician certification exam at their own pace. Informative presentations help guide students through developing proficiency in the preparation for and execution of the VDV certification exam. It is meant for individuals who are almost ready to take the exam. Much of the class is dedicated to sample testing similar to state exams. It focuses on practical research by the students to find the answers to questions rather than instruction by lecture.
 
Learn more about Voice Data Video Exam Prep.
But call in to get your discount!
 
 
Note: if you or your journeymen have previously taken any of the standalone classes "Faultless," "Solar Power for Electricians," "Sizing Motor Circuits," "Wiring Motors and Air Conditioners," or "GetWired! 304" on the current code year (2014), please consult a WECA client services representative for help selecting the appropriate 32-hour package.
  
What if you don't work for a WECA member contractor?
You can still enroll in these classes at our usual competitive pricing. Or, tell your contractor about WECA! Ask them to read all about our  member benefits and services, including our training discounts for their employees.
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Thursday, December 06, 2018   WECA Staff Spotlight: Leanne Sipes

Please join the WECA team in celebrating Senior Accountant Leanne Sipes and her tenth anniversary with WECA! Leanne is an integral part of the team, and although she tells us a typical day involves "reviewing account balances, creating invoices, touching base with existing members, reaching out to new members as a contact for their account questions, and working on statistical reports," no single day is completely alike. Leanne's work touches on every aspect of WECA-no small task for her, given the breadth of this statewide organization.
 
Leanne always strives to improve the efficiency of her department and her own work. When colleagues ask her for certain reports or data, she attempts to see if it's something she can provide regularly, and takes the opportunity to learn something new about WECA's processes-in the process. We asked Leanne how she stays so focused and driven at work, and she had an answer we can all take to heart; "At work I'm pretty consistent and decisive. But off work, I let that go, and am a go-with-the-flow person....I grew up in Alaska, in a remote area, and I think that experience resulted in a lot of self-reliance. I have a good life; I am thankful every day."
 
Leanne notes of the office culture at WECA that "Everyone gives their best. We are given opportunities to expand our knowledge, offer suggestions, to grow personally and professionally.  People are courteous and respectful to one another--we are a diverse group of folks and our individual strengths definitely bolster the organization." Congratulations on ten successful years with WECA, Leanne. After learning more about your work and dedication to the team, we can say for sure: you're a reason WECA thrives!
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Thursday, December 06, 2018   Sierra Forever Families' Copper for Kids Program and Participation

WECA would like to share information about the Sierra Forever Families' Copper for Kids program. This program was founded about 6 years ago, to further Sierra Forever Families' mission of transforming the lives of local children in foster care by building and nurturing permanent families.  

 
Learn more about the program here
You can get your ticket or sponsorship here for the program's first annual Copper for Kids Casino Night!
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