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Wednesday, April 24, 2019   Meet the Grissoms: Six Brothers, All WECA Apprentices

Commercial Electrical, Trained at our Riverside Facility
 

It's all in the family for the Grissom brothers.

Since 2007, there has always been a Grissom brother in WECA's Riverside Apprenticeship program. And brothers Chad Sobloewski (29), Lance Robbins (28), Tommy Grissom (25), Michael Grissom (24), Tyson Grissom (22), and Skylar Grissom (19), wouldn't have it any other way.

The one who started it all - Chad, the oldest - expressed that "going through the apprenticeship program with my siblings has been a cool experience, not only as their mentor, but seeing them establish themselves and learn the trade makes me feel like a very successful individual and a proud big brother."

And judging by his brothers' responses, it's clear that they feel the same way.
   
Lance: "It was great being in the apprenticeship program with my brothers. I was able to work with three of them throughout my apprenticeship and it was definitely a good experience. Chad and I are currently on the same job right now and it's nice having someone there to push you and constantly try to make you better."
           
Tommy: "It's nice to be able to motivate them to do their best and to be motivated by my older brothers. We all want to do good in life and support our families, and that's what it's all about. WECA has done all of us good and my last brother just got in so he will be starting his first class at the same time as my last class, so that's pretty cool."
          
Michael: "Being in the program with my brothers, I feel, gives us a better reason to do better. Everyone wants to do well, but when you have family go through it before you and you have a brother in the same class, it really makes you want to do better."
            
Tyson: "I get to help my brothers with schoolwork and skills we learn in the field, and they do the same so we can all be smarter and safer at work."
            
Skylar: "It's nice having someone I know who can help me out when I need it, and show me tips and tricks."

Growing up, both Chad and Tommy report that they were always inclined toward the electrical trade, with Chad stating that he "always had an interest in building things with my hands and watching it all come together" and Tommy acknowledging that "as a kid, electricity always interested me."

The other brothers, however, came to love the electrical trade by experiencing their brothers' passions for it.
            
Lance: "Honestly, becoming an electrician never crossed my mind before Chad got in. But once he got in and was telling me about it, I knew that's what I wanted to do."
            
Michael: "My brothers were in [the field] and always talked about how great it was, and as I learned and worked more, I couldn't see myself doing anything else."
            
Tyson: "My oldest brother was happy and successful as an electrician, and I wanted what he had, so I joined up."
            
Skylar: "Seeing how well all my brothers had done made me want to have this as my career."

If you're thinking that the Grissom brothers' situations are unique, they simultaneously are and are not.

According to a 2016 Facebook research study which analyzed the profiles of 2.37 million same-gender siblings - all of whom were no more than two years apart in age - in the United States, 15 percent of siblings share an occupation, in contrast to an 8.6 percent likelihood of sharing the same occupation for any two same-gender, same-age individuals in the rest of the population.

Fifteen percent isn't a high rate of occurrence, when you factor into consideration the population of the United States in 2016, the year the study was conducted - 323.4 million - and assume that this phenomenon would repeat itself similarly in a non-Facebook-sanctioned study. But it's not extremely uncommon, either.

That doesn't make the Grissom brothers' story any less extraordinary, though.

Read on for more about each Grissom brothers' unique experience with WECA's Riverside Commercial Electrical apprenticeship.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019   Healthcare Coverage Update

Sutter Health/Anthem update for apprentices: if you opted to - or were moved from - your Sutter Health physician, and would like to return to the physician, please call the 1-800 number listed on the back of your Anthem insurance card to do so. 
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019   Lab Donations Scoreboard Update: Donors Helping to Make Your Labs State-of-the-Art!

  
We could not do what we do here at WECA without the help of our dedicated members and industry partners. Please join us in saying 'thank you' to the individuals and companies that help make WECA's state-of-the-art labs and comprehensive, hands-on education the best in the State of California.
"We would like to thank everyone who has donated supplies and equipment to us this year. These donations really contribute to the educational excellence here at WECA. It is truly a team effort when it comes to shaping the next generation of electricians," said Jimmie Slemp, WECA's lead instructor and lab facilities manager. 
WECA extends a huge thank you to:
  • Lee Bowman and Med Cram (Platt Electric Supply)
  • Ron Arnall (Western Tube and Conduit)
  • Kristen Pontolino and Ned Johns (Ideal Industries)
  • Gary Howell (Howell Multimedia)
  • Max Charlton (Klein Tools)
Of course, the year is far from over, and we hope to see additional donors make the scoreboard, and perhaps take the lead, before the year is out!
 
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019   BICSI Classes Underway at WECA! Read Instructor John Arias' Review of the Program

 

BICSI classes are underway at WECA's Rancho Cordova headquarters until June 28th, and we strongly encourage our apprentices, journeymen, electrician trianees, and low voltage technicians to enroll in these courses to further develop a wide breadth of knowledge.

If you're wondering if you should register for these classes, look no further. WECA instructor John Arias enrolled and participated in the first class and shared his insight on the class with us:

Be humble, be teachable, and always keep learning.

Ever the student, Arias was intrigued when WECA announced that BICSI would be holding classes at its Rancho Cordova headquarters. So, he signed up for and took the class to satisfy his curiosity.

Overall, Arias reported that he enjoyed the class very much, though the class was a recap of the basic principles of electrical theory as well as signal and data transmissions and industry standards for installations. 
 
"The course is comparable to first-year apprenticeship classes at WECA," said Arias, "because the course focused more on understanding electrical theory, rather than the fine details on terminating." 

Regardless of the beginner's nature of the class, however, Arias recommended the BICSI program to WECA members and students. 

"The BICSI installation credential is internationally recognized," said Arias. "It's my understanding that some large projects would require a BICSI certified installer to be on site. And for students that have graduated our apprenticeship, an installer should be well-prepared to obtain the BICSI credential because this brings value not only to the individual, but the company as well." 

For member contractors and students interested in taking BICSI classes, Arias noted that preparation was important regardless of the desired class level. 

"Purchase the BICSI Information Technology Systems Installation Methods manual well in advance," said Arias. "Having it two weeks prior to class will help tremendously. Brush up on the basics." 

Interested in enrolling in a BICSI course? See below for our remaining class dates at our Rancho Cordova HQ.

But seats are filling fast, so register now! 

OSP102:
Applied Outside Plant Design June 17-21 
This course is designed to provide application-based knowledge of all aspects of the Outside Plant (OSP) installation process. During this course, students will apply what they have learned through a series of design exercises such as route design, selecting cables to be housed in the pathways...Learn More
 
PM102: 
Applied Telecommunications Project Management Jun 10-14
 Proper project management is the foundation of any successful project. 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
 
DC102: 
Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices Jun 24-28
BICSI's DC102: Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices course is a five-day course that provides an in-depth review of best practices for designing data centers. In this course you will be introduced to various data center infrastructure systems. In addition, you will have an opportunity to apply what you have learned by engaging in case studies... 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, April 24, 2019   Apprentice and ET Class of 2019: Official Graduation Invitations are in Your Email!

NorCal and SoCal Event Dates
 

Hey, Class of 2019 apprentices and electrician trainees! 

Graduation is just around the corner, so check your e-mail for the official invitation! Please RSVP to the invite as soon as possible and don't forget to fill out the hoodie survey!
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019   Watch Your Mailboxes for Upcoming Session 3 Mini Catalog


It's that time again, WECAns! Time to watch your mailboxes for the latest WECA course catalog. In it you'll find new course listings for Electrician Trainees and Journeymen Continuing Education for October-December, as well as all our classroom, GetWired!, and self-paced favorites. Keep your eyes peeled--there may even be a valuable coupon code in there as well.
 
Can't wait? Okay, fine...you can download it here.
 
Or access our full online course catalog for completely up-to-date course information, any time here
 
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019   This Year's Ideal Wiring Championship and Your Chance to Compete


Fourth-year WECA apprentices in San Diego recently participated in a qualifying round in Ideal Industries' National Wiring Championships.

The Ideal championship is a "highly-charged, no-holds barred competition to determine the best electrician in North America".

In this championship, students can show off their skills, test their limits, and compete against some of the best tradesmen and women in the country. 
Ideal's qualifying rounds - of which WECA apprentices in San Diego are already taking part - are held from
March 4th to October 4th, 2019. After this round, the top professional and student from each state or territory will then advance to the
championship weekend, held from November 7th through 9th, 2019, at Walt Disney World.
Winners are eligible to receive the following prizes:

1st place: $30,000

2nd place: $20,000

3rd place: $10,000

If you're interested in competing, click on this link to find an event near you, and stay tuned for announcement of further qualifying rounds held at WECA training facilities across the state. It's always nice to compete on your home turf!


Best of luck to everyone! 
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Extra, Extra! Read All About WECA HQ's Updated Low Voltage Lab!

Low Volt Lab

WECA is committed to staying at the forefront of training for the low voltage industry, and recent upgrades to its apprenticeship labs in Rancho Cordova reflect that. These upgraded labs are optimized to produce apprentices that are well-versed in the latest integrated systems and applications. Furthermore, apprentices trained in the new labs should possess the requisite confidence and experience contractors are looking for in today's labor pool.

The updated lab space- triple the size of its previous iteration - features increased square footage and more student lab positions. What's more, the new layout will allow students to get more hands-on experience with established technologies such as fire alarms systems, security systems, and nurse call systems, as well as emerging technologies such as voice evacuation systems, very early smoke detection apparatuses, and open-area smoke imaging detection systems.
Fire Alarm Systems; Generic
  • 12 positions
  • Both conventional and addressable
  • Limited number of identical backboxes utilizing pluggable 120V primary power
  • Maintenance power switches at each station
  • Some "zone assignment" programming available to familiarize apprentices with "control-by-event" programming
  • Separate 24VDC power supplies also available to drive relays that are used for HVAC shutdown or elevator recall
 
Intrusion Systems (Burglar Alarms): Honeywell VISTA 20P
  • 8 positions
  • Common; typically found in schools or small businesses
  • These systems help to reinforce basic Ohm's Law principles, and to help apprentices differentiate between the wiring schemes for fire alarm systems and burglar alarm systems
 
Card Access Systems: ZKAccess
  • 8 positions
  • Can utilize either "stand-alone" or networked installations
  • Currently set up for a stand-alone installation, but still wired to allow for networking later
  • These systems require an understanding of how relays work to lock or unlock doors based on the credentials presented. This reinforces the concepts of electronic switches (relays).
 
Video surveillance system (CCTV): WBox CCTV Systems
  • 8 positions
  • ADI's store branded CCTV systems allow for an introduction to CCTV without overwhelming apprentices
  • WECA may install one pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera at each WECA location at a later date. Each camera would possess the ability to route the power and signal to each apprentice position.
  • WECA plans to install four sets of eight cameras on equipment racks at a later date. Longer wire runs will utilize permanent wiring that the apprentices can extend to each CCTV position. Shorter wire runs will be installed by apprentices.
  • Apprentices will be introduced to the unique terminology of video systems. While they will rarely be required to select specific camera formats and/or lenses, instructors will have the opportunity to describe how and why certain cameras and formats are selected for specific tasks.
 
Nurse Call/Area of Rescue Assistance Systems: Tek-Tone
  • 8 positions
  • Apprentices will work on lab exercises for the equipment,including the multiple small gauge wires used throughout the system
 
Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA); Brand TBD
  • Number of positions TBD
  • These systems are becoming common in computer rooms and "clean" rooms, thus we would like to purchase and install one or two of these systems to familiarize fire alarm technicians with them.
 
Open-area smoke imaging detection (OSIS); Brand TBD
  • Number of positions TBD
  • This is a fairly recent development in smoke detection technology. These are predominantly replacing projected beam detectors. These systems are also typically used in large, open areas, such as theaters, gymnasiums, and warehouses.
 
"There's really no comparison [to the old lab]", said WECA low volt instructor Steve Kappes. "[The old lab] comprised approximately 570 square feet, about the size of a one-car garage. The walls were lined with 16 fire alarm panels, with only half being used at any given time, and the ceiling was a maze of conduit and junction boxes connecting the panels to one another."

The redesign will also allow students to work simultaneously, utilize workbenches for tabletop applications, and store tools, parts and equipment in a locked storage area.
Kappes said that such a redesign was essential to students' continued success both in the classroom and on the job site.

"Most of our low voltage contractors deal primarily with either data systems (computer and telecommunications cabling and equipment) or fire alarms and other systems that would fall into the 'life safety' category", said Kappes. "As a consequence of that focus, our labs have been arranged and equipped to introduce our low voltage apprentices to these two primary areas of interest."

Thanks to Kappes' efforts, low volt apprentices will benefit from intensive - but supportive - learning in a lab with a variety of complex yet interoperable systems like the ones encountered in the field.

"The more exposure we give to our students in the relative safety of the classroom and lab, the more comfortable they will be out in the field approaching a new installation," said Kappes. "Most of our systems are very basic, simple systems. This way we can teach the fundamentals of systems before the students are out in the field confronting a complex piece of equipment they've never seen before."

But confidence isn't the only thing apprentices will gain, according to Kappes.

"The more diverse the equipment and installation techniques an apprentice is exposed to in the classroom, the more confident they are in their abilities to install a system they may be unfamiliar with. And the more confident they are, the more valuable they will be to a current or prospective employer," said Kappes.

Moving forward, Kappes hopes students will build upon the experience they've gained in the classroom and successfully apply it in the field.

"One of the keys to being successful is the ability, and willingness, to follow detailed instructions," said Kappes. "Most of the systems we deal with in the low voltage field employ some level of computer processing. The ability to work through a situation in a step-by-step, detailed manner is a huge advantage to a low voltage technician."

Kappes also reaffirmed WECA's commitment to staying one step ahead of the game by disclosing future expansion plans.

"We've created a world-class fire and life safety lab, and we'd now like to turn our attention to upgrading the existing voice-data-video (VDV) lab," said Kappes.

The expansion is necessary to accommodate anticipated larger class sizes, according to Kappes. Such an expansion would entail reconfiguring the lab from four positions to twelve, removing most of the rack and tool storage, and utilizing all four walls for increased lab positions. The expansion would also allow instructors to serve more students in smaller groups so that they receive the necessary hands-on practice most students need.

"[We also hope] to create a 'mock' server room or computer room, possibly incorporating a raised floor and multiple rows of equipment racks to familiarize students with the types of cable pulls they may encounter in the field," said Kappes.

To that end, Kappes stated that he and fellow instructor John Arias will contact WECA member contractors specializing in low voltage and data to gather input and ideas regarding how to best prepare apprentices for maximum productivity once they reach the field.

In the meantime, though, Kappes mused that "our industry continues to adopt technology as it becomes available and reliable. Our goal is to continually upgrade the labs - and the program in general - to stay relevant in the industry and [be] beneficial to our member contractors."
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Employee Spotlight: New Apprenticeship Training Director Don Black



Don Black is a blue-collar guy at heart.

Black, WECA's new apprentice training director, is a self-professed outdoorsman, handyman, and lover of all things career education. "I love the trades, and I love anything that requires your brain and hands to get in sync," said Black.

Black - a native of tiny Jasper, Oregon - majored in sociology at Humboldt State and earned a master's degree in business from Regis University. With these degrees under his toolbelt, Black forged a successful career in the financial aid sector and the operations sector, respectively, at institutions such as Humboldt State, George Fox University, and the Universal Technical Institute.

"I have loved being a part of helping others achieve their career goals, am passionate about education that is directly connected to a career and love that WECA connects its apprentices and trainees directly with a career," said Black.

For Black, his new job isn't just a job. It's a deeply held conviction and passion, one that extends all the way back to his pre-college days when he set his sights on becoming a carpenter.

"I believe I am on this earth to help others achieve things they may not have thought possible, and [to help them] be the best version of themselves," said Black. "I am a coach and a mentor - my job is to help the instructors be the best they can be in connecting content to students to ensure understanding of the training, and to connect the content to the learner so that the learner can engage with and absorb the material."

And it seems that Black's contemporaries - such as WECA executive director and CEO Terry Seabury - agree with his sentiments.

"Don has contributed to the association from day one," said Seabury. "He recently held a comprehensive and much-needed three-day apprenticeship instructor meeting and led his team in many collaborative discussions on issues and opportunities for improvement. The future progress and continuous improvement Don and his team are already planning are sure to impress us all."

According to Black, his approach ensures "an environment that allows for students' differences" and states that "students will learn all that they need, and our members will have great apprentices and employees".

Black's approach to success, however, doesn't stop with WECA. He also considers the long game - life after WECA.

"Take your training seriously, and don't dismiss the soft skills," said Black. "90 percent of success is showing up on time, being able to learn, working as part of a team, and problem solving. These are critical skills that will grow your career and your paycheck."
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Save the Dates for WECA's Graduations!


Hey, upcoming grads! 


Graduation is just around the corner, so don't forget to save the date for your graduation - and spread the word to your guests, too!


Invitations coming soon. 
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Learn More About Our Upcoming Outreach Events!

Watch for WECA's outreach team at the following events, and stop by to say hi!

Please note: all events listed are located in Northern California, unless otherwise noted.

3/21: Trinity High School Career Presentation (Weaverville)
3/22: Antelope High School Career Fair (Antelope)
3/27: Campus Visit to B.E. Academy (Manteca)
4/3: Sheldon High School Career Fair (Elk Grove)
4/8: College and Career Day at Mendota High School (Mendota; near Fresno)
4/13: 5th Annual Skilled Trades Job Fair at Citrus Heights Community Center (Citrus Heights)
4/17: 26th Annual Community Job Fair at Monterey Conference Center (Monterey)
4/19: SDJC Annual CTE Career Fair at Delta College (Stockton)
4/26: Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet at BT Collins Army Reserve (Sacramento)
4/30: Calvine High School College and Career Fair (Elk Grove)
5/2: McKinleyville High School Career and Education Fair (McKinleyville)
5/7: Apprenticeship Fair at Grossmont College (El Cajon; near San Diego)
5/15: Presentation at San Juan Academy (Citrus Heights)

We'll see you there!
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Journeymen and Electrician Trainees: Are You Out of Work? View Jobs, Post Your Resume, and Try SRS!



Are you currently 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 and 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 industries 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

If you are a current WECA student or a WECA grad, consider trying our Student Referral Service! This service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff provide hands-on referrals and taking some of that work off your plate. Learn more and sign up here.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Reminder: Commercial and Residential Apprenticeship Grads Can Seek College Credits for Program

 The Details

     Our Commercial and Residential Electrical apprenticeship programs have received college credit recommendations from NCCRS (the National College Credit Recommendation Service). If you're an apprenticeship graduate looking to further your education with traditional college in a related field--or a current apprentice planning ahead for that--read on to learn more about this benefit and to determine if you are eligible for it. 
 
     This benefit provides graduates of the WECA commercial and residential electrical apprenticeship programs 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.
 
     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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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   BICSI Classes at WECA HQ Starting This Month!

WECA is a BICSI ATF



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

Seats filling fast, register now!

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

OSP102
Applied Outside Plant Design May 20-24 & June 17-21
This course is designed to provide application-based knowledge of all aspects of the Outside Plant (OSP) installation process. During this course, students will apply what they have learned through a series of design exercises such as route design, selecting cables to be housed in the pathways... Learn More

PM102
Applied Telecommunications Project Management Jun 10-14
 Proper project management is the foundation of any successful project. 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

DC102
Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices Jun 24-28
BICSI's DC102: Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices course is a five-day course that provides an in-depth review of best practices for designing data centers. In this course you will be introduced to various data center infrastructure systems. In addition, you will have an opportunity to apply what you have learned by engaging in case studies... 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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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Explore "Service Technician - General Residential"



This 16-hour course is geared toward residential electricians, or those training to become one, looking to become better service technicians by gaining the skillset required for diagnosing and troubleshooting common residential electrical issues as well as working with customers. This class includes the use of scenarios that simulate residential service calls to help train electricians in working with customers. Scenarios also cover best practices in utilizing the information provided by customers to help systematically diagnose problems, conduct tests, access a well-stocked service vehicle, replace defective equipment, and submit invoices to customers.

WECA's Senior Education Advisor and Curriculum Development Lead, Rick Labon, has designed the course to effectively teach students the proper methods and practices to succeed as service technicians. Labon explains, "There have been very few training resources out there for someone seeking the skills a residential electrician needs to become a successful service technician. That means, historically, residential electricians have had to rely upon trial-and-error learning, which is neither a safe nor economical way of acquiring the necessary skills. This "Service Technician - General Residential" course has been designed by WECA's subject matter experts and I to take the guess work out of what a residential electrician needs to know. We've replaced that guess work with knowledge gained from years of service expertise. All of the modules are based on tried-and-true methods which we teach through practice activities using real-world scenarios that residential electricians will actually find in the field."
 
Find more information, or sign up for this online, self-paced course here.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Prepare for your LowVolt Certification Exam Online, at Your Own Pace: VDV and FLS Exam Prep


Check out WECA's self-paced, 32-hour online exam preparation courses for the California voice-data-video and fire/life safety tech certification exams!

Learn methods for effectively finding the answers to the exam questions in your Code books, and gain deeper understanding of VDV and FLS concepts. 

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