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Wednesday, October 23, 2019   WECA's Hiring! Seeking Part-Time Instructors for Nights and Weekends

Keep Your Skills Sharp While Earning Extra Money with the Perfect Side Gig hiring

Seeking experienced Journeymen who:
  • Are natural teachers and leaders
  • 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. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019   Saturdays in the WECA Labs

Fall is here, and our Electrician Trainees and Journeymen are engaging in hands-on learning at WECA's Saturday labs--like Basic Motor Controls 1 (where they gain experience building control circuits for motors, and learn the basics of motor controls), and GetWired! 103 (where they learn to install lighting branch-circuits in residences, while exploring NEC requirements for safe installations and standard industry practices). 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019   The Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) Announces Scholarship Opportunity!


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 here

Application Deadline: 
Applications and all required documents must be received by 5:00 PM on January 13, 2020. 

Email all materials to lsipes@goweca.com
Mail to: 
WECEF Scholarship Program
3695 Bleckeley Street
Mather Commerce Center

Rancho Cordova, CA 95655

Wednesday, October 23, 2019   It's That Time of Year Again--Commercial Apprentice Open Enrollment Underway from Oct. 15 - Nov. 6

WECA's annual open enrollment period for Commercial Apprentices is taking place from October 15 - November 6changes will become effective on December 1

If you are adding a dependent(s) to your group health plans, please return your completed enrollment form to WECA's Sacramento/Rancho Cordova headquarters no later than Nov. 6.

If you are NOT making any changes to your existing coverage, there is nothing for you to do. 

To learn more, please log in with your WECA ID and password to view the 2019-2020 Benefit Summary, and Annual Notices.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cindy Cormier, Insurance Administrator, by phone at (877) 444-9322 ext. 117 or by email at ccormier@goweca.com.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019   Behind the Scenes at WECA: Checking Out the Latest in Curriculum Development and eLearning


Members of WECA's Curriculum Development team (L to R: Tom Thompson-Curriculum Development Manager; Maris Kaplan-Curriculum Project Coordinator; and Sadie Moua-Instructional Designer) are at the CBExchance from C-BEN (Competency-based Education Network) in Palm Desert, CA, this week. WECA's Apprenticeship programs are at the forefront of competency-based education for the trades, but that's no reason to rest on our laurels! 

Meanwhile, WECA's Curriculum Production and eLearning Specialist, Rebecca Archer, is at the DevLearn 2019 Conference and Expo in Las Vegas this week. We pride ourselves on continually integrating the latest in eLearning technologies into our state-of-the-art labs and top-notch curriculum, but there's always more to see, learn, experience, and integrate when it comes to the rapidly-evolving world of learning technologies! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019   Back to School--Check Out What WECA Apprentices Are Up To!

It's that time of year again--back to school and hard at work for our WECA apprentices! We're proud of our apprentices for getting back into the swing of things and putting their noses to the grindstone, as always! You help make WECA the premier merit shop trade school that it is. Below, our studious third year commercial electrical apprentices use iPads to learn about commercial blueprint reading. We wish you all a fun and successful year ahead!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019   GetWired! 101: The Perfect Course for Electrician Trainees Getting Started in the Trade

Extra Sessions Added for Fall!

Electrician Trainees: Don't miss out on GetWired! 101 this autumn session! We recently added three additional 101 course sessions to our ever-popular GetWired! course lineup for Fall 2019--and only one of these new course additions remains, so what are you waiting for? Sign up today! 

Our GW101 course--the first in our Basic Electrical 100 series--is perfect for electrician trainees just getting started in the trade and seeking an introduction to the theory of electricity, fundamental electrical laws, and on how the National Electrical Code governs the installation of electrical wiring and equipment.

Learn more and register for the course here. But hurry--seats are filling fast! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019   Important Reminders about Supervision Requirements for WECA Apprentices

Please read this brief refresher and overview of Apprentice supervision requirements as they apply to our Apprentices:
  • All Commercial & Residential Apprentices must be supervised by a Certified Electrician or the C10 holder for the Company.
  • All Low Voltage Apprentices must be supervised by a qualified journey-level technician.
  • The supervision requirement for all WECA's Apprenticeship programs is 1 Apprentice to 1 Journey-person.  A Certified Journey-person may supervise 1 Apprentice and 1 Electrician Trainee.
  • The supervising journey-person must lay out the work for the day, ensure the apprentice has proper instruction / training on how to perform the task and that the apprentice is able to perform the task safely
  • The supervision journey-person does not have to stand over the apprentices shoulder but must be on the same job site and available to the apprentice at all times.
  1. If there is no supervising journey-person on the job site with you or if you feel you are not being properly supervised you should contact your company's human resources department and then WECA if the issue is not resolved.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Wendy Flanagan, Assistant Director of Apprenticeship, by email at wflanagan@goweca.com
 or by phone at 916-453-0112 extension 145. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019   WECA's Student Referral Service Can Help Connect You to a Great WECA Member Contractor Today!

Are you currently out of work, as well as a current WECA student, or a WECA grad? Try out our Student Referral Service today! This service is a conduit to introduce our current Electrician Trainees, Journeyman Continuing Education students, and WECA Grads to our Member Contractors. 

There is no charge to Student or Member to use our Student Referral Service. WECA's Student Referral Service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff provide hands-on referrals, taking some of that work off your plate.  

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. 

Contact Ana Lopez, ET/CE Program Manager, at alopez@goweca.com to sign up for our Student Referral Service.
You can also Search Open Positions Today!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019   A Round of Applause for WECA Alumni and Member Contractor Windell Pascascio, Jr.!

Recipient of the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce's 2019 Small Business of the Year Award windell

2013 WECA Commercial Apprenticeship graduate and current WECA Member Contractor Windell Pascascio, Jr. of Fresno-based Imperial Electric Service poses with WECA's Assistant Director of Apprenticeship, Wendy Flanagan, at the Central Valley Business Diversity Expo in Fresno on April 12, 2019.

Please join us in congratulating Windell on winning the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce's 2019 Small Business of the Year award! Congratulations, Windell! We love to see alumni and Member Contractors such as you succeed, and eagerly await your future accomplishments. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019   Registration Links Coming Soon for WECA's NorCal and SoCal Open Houses!

Prospective Apprentice? Save the Date! 

Registration Links Coming Soon for WECA's NorCal and SoCal Open Houses to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week in November! date

Tuesday, September 24, 2019   Apprentices--Staying on Top of Your Health Just Got Easier with Anthem's New Sydney App

Frequently asked questions about how to use the new Sydney Mobile App and Digital Enhancements provided by Anthem: 

Q: How is Anthem's digital strategy changing to better support me? 

A: It's using technology-Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data science-to deliver a more powerful web and mobile experience. It also includes Sydney, our new mobile app. Sydney builds on Anthem Anywhere's features and offers a more personal and human touch to the experience. And it'll expand and evolve over time.

Q: When do I get to meet Sydney? 
A: September 1, 2019. 

Q:   Will I have to download the Sydney app? 
A: Yes. Anthem Anywhere leaves app stores on September 1, 2019. If you have Anthem Anywhere on your devices after that, the app will still work-but you'll get in-app alerts to download Sydney. 

Q: Will I have to re-register on the new app? 
A: If you use Anthem Anywhere today, you won't have to re-register. You'll use the same login and password from Anthem Anywhere. If it's your first time using our mobile app, and you've already registered on anthem.com, you can use that login and password with Sydney. 

Q: What can I do with Sydney? 
A: You'll have access to the features you have now in Anthem Anywhere, plus some new ones. Chatbot technology will get you answers to common questions right away. Sydney can also match you up with health-care professionals, and show you what to expect when I comes to costs. 

Q: What are some of the new personalized features? 
A: A new Health Dashboard brings together personalized program recommendations and information about wellbeing. Other features include support for health goals, integration for health-care devices and health trackers, and more.

Q: Will I still have access to the Online Wellness Toolkit? 
A: Yes, and Sydney will also offer these features in its new Health Dashboard. You'll be able to access the Dashboard from your secure web and mobile home screens.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019   It's That Time of Year Again--Commercial Apprentice Open Enrollment Runs from Oct. 15 - Nov. 1

WECA's annual open enrollment period for Commercial Apprentices will take place from October 15 - November 6 for changes to become effective on December 1. If your preferred method of contact is by email prior to October 15, you will receive an email with open enrollment information along with the annual notices that include Medicare Part D and instructions if you are adding a dependent not already enrolled to the group health plans.

For those Commerical Apprentices that have their preferred method of contact by mail, you will receive your open enrollment packet by mail or you may call and request that I email the packet to you.

WECA is also mailing out postcards as a reminder of our annual open enrollment; these will be mailed within the next few weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cindy Cormier, Insurance Administrator, by phone at (877) 444-9322 ext. 117 or by email at ccormier@goweca.com.

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