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Wednesday, October 26, 2022   On the Scene! GetWired and Basic Motor Controls Labs





Above, students are hard at work practicing new skills in the lab-based Basic Motor Controls course. Motor controls are an in-demand skillset for many journeypersons, and part of the final year of instruction for ETs pursuing WECA's Electrician Trainee Program Certificate.

Below, students work on a GetWired switching and circuit ampacity lab, learning concepts they'll use in the field, guided as always by expert instructors. That's instructor Brian Ray (a WECA grad himself!) on the left in the first photo.






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Wednesday, October 26, 2022   Three Ways to Take GetWired Path to an Electrician Trainee Certificate. Which is Right for You?

There Are Now Three Ways to Take WECA's GetWired Path to an Electrician Trainee Certificate.

Which One is Right for You?

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Design the journey to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate in California that works for YOU. Learn all about the different ways and combinations--online; onsite; instructor-led; on your own--that you can now take WECA's GetWired program.



This Video Explains It All

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OPTION 1 GetWired Online Instructor-Led with ONSITE IN-PERSON LAB

You could call this option "Get Wired Classic." Attend most of your class sessions from home, online, at a scheduled time with a live instructor; usually two evenings a week.

Then attend one hands-on lab on a Saturday at the training facility closest to you! (Onsite labs begin with GetWired! 102.) 

OPTION 2 GetWired Online Instructor-Led with ONLINE INTERACTIVE LAB EXPERIENCE*

New for 2023! Attend all of your class sessions from home, online, at a scheduled time with a live instructor; usually two evenings a week. On one of your course evenings, your instructor will lead you through an online interactive lab experience, covering the same concepts as the onsite lab option.

* The online lab option is now available for the GetWired 100 series, with the 200 series and beyond coming soon.

OPTION 3 GetWired ONLINE SELF-PACED* 

Take all of your class sessions from home, online, on your own time, at your own pace! One of the lessons will be an online interactive lab experience, covering the same concepts as the onsite lab option. An instructor is always available by email for questions.

* The self-paced option is now available for the GetWired 100 series and select upper-division GetWired classes, with the 200 series and beyond coming soon.

Switch it up any time! You can move from instructor-led for one course to self-paced the next; in-person lab this quarter and online interactive lab next quarter: mix and match from class to class to best fit your life at that point in time! Successful completion of any GetWired classes in any format count equally towards your program certificate.

As the largest provider of Electrician Trainee education in California, WECA is committed to serving all of our students with as flexible and affordable an electrician trainee program as possible.

Start or continue your journey to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate (completion of which qualifies you, when combined with sufficient on the job hours, to take the California General or Residential Certification exam) by enrolling in your next class today, or give us a call at 877-444-9322 to talk through your options.

 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022   Missed Construction Inclusion Week?

Learn How WECA Continually Supports the Development of Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces in Our Industry

We observed Construction Inclusion Week on social media and in our communications last week, but for WECA, supporting the development of diverse and inclusive workplaces in our industry is always a top priority. 

One of the ways we observed Construction Inclusion Week was through a video on Alondra Mora -- who entered a WECA apprenticeship program directly out of high school, and with the benefit of a supportive employer (WECA Member Contractor Sebastian, based in Fresno, CA), coworkers, and a strong education from WECA, has now graduated into leadership roles on the job site! 

Check the video out below!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022   Don't Miss Out -- Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2022 with WECA!

Join Us for Our Electrical and Low Voltage Apprenticeship Open Houses in Northern and Southern California, and Our Electrical Apprenticeship Open House in Arizona!

Already an Apprentice? Share This Opportunity with a Friend or Family Member.

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This National Apprenticeship Week, WECA's pulling out all the stops and showing off our cutting-edge apprenticeship programs at three of our state-of-the-art facilities! There are three opportunities to see what we're all about:

  • ARIZONA: November 16 at 3 p.m. at our Phoenix training facility/Arizona HQ
  • NorCal: November 15 at 10 a.m. at our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova training facility/California HQ
  • SoCal: November 16 at 1 p.m. at our San Diego training facility

Regardless of which open house you attend, you'll get the chance to learn about our apprenticeship programs (all of which pay YOU to learn a skilled profession without having to take on any college debt!), tour our facilities, view lab demos, meet instructors and staff (with the opportunity to ask individual questions), and more!

Don't miss out! Be sure to register for the open house nearest you (links below each respective image). (Note: pre-registration is not necessary, but encouraged.)

We look forward to seeing and meeting you!

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Register for the WECA Arizona Open House here!



Register for the WECA Northern California Open House here!



Register for the WECA Southern California Open House here!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022   FIVE DAYS LEFT TO APPLY for the 2022 WECEF Scholarship Opportunity!

FIVE DAYS LEFT TO APPLY for the 2022 Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) Scholarship Opportunity!

This Year's Awards Targeted at Electrician Trainees on the GetWired Path Toward an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate

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For students enrolled in the GetWired Electrician Trainee program:

Application Deadline:

October 31, 2022

Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity for students enrolled in WECA’s Electrician Trainee (ET) Program. These scholarships help support students in continuing their education with WECA.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE:

  • Active WECA Electrician Trainee at time of application or as of 10/1/2022
  • COMPLETION of at least one WECA ET course within the GetWired 100-300 series, with a passing grade of at least 80%, during the six months prior to 10/1/22 (between April 1, 2022-Sept 30,2022).
  • Accurate completion of the online scholarship application and answers to questions, by the deadline of October 31, 2022. Incomplete applications, or late applications, will not be considered.
  • Not currently a registered Apprentice.
  • Not a General Student or a Journeyman Student. This is only for Active Electrician Trainees.
  • Within the past two years, may not have received a notification of any violation of any WECA student conduct standards as outlined in our ET student handbook.
  • Was not a recipient of a WECEF scholarship during 2021

AWARDS:

Depending on the quality and quantity of the applications, up to ten (10) recipients will be awarded. This year the WECEF Board of Directors has decided to award a monetary amount plus a credit towards future courses.

  • Each monetary award will be between $500-$1000, PLUS tuition to cover two future classes in WECA's Electrician Trainee Program Certificate Path, namely the GetWired series and Basic Motor Controls 1 and 2.
  • Tuition awards towards courses cannot be converted to cash or transferred to another person.
  • Tuition award cannot be used towards a class already purchased.
  • Tuition can be used for only two future WECA courses; and both courses must be started before July 31, 2023.
  • Award towards tuition expires after July 31, 2023 and cannot be renewed.

A 1099 will be issued for tax purposes for the monetary and the tuition credit award.

The WECEF Board of Directors will review applications from eligible candidates. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s final decision within one month from application deadline, by mail and/or email.

Submissions must be fully completed by the 10/31/2022 11:59 PM deadline for consideration.

Electrician Trainees can login to WECA eCampus to access and complete their scholarship application.

Sincerely,

The WECEF Board of Directors

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022   Read: Want a career saving the planet? Become an electrician. Courtesy of: The Washington Post

To ‘electrify everything’ the country is going to need a lot more electrical experts.

By: Shannon Osaka

When we think about solving climate change, we often think about things that, in one way or another, plug into an electrical grid: Solar panels. Heat pumps. Efficient air conditioners. Wind turbines. Electric cars and electric car chargers. Induction stoves. Transmission lines.

Over the past several years, the mantra of energy experts has been that we need to electrify everything — and then switch electrical power generation over to clean sources of power like wind, solar, geothermal and nuclear. Doing so will rapidly decrease carbon emissions and help to stave off dangerous levels of warming.

But installing all of that electrical stuff — the solar panels, the heat pumps, the transmission lines — will require something that the United States doesn’t have: lots and lots of electricians.

Read the rest of the article here. 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022   Get in the Halloween Spirit with 10 Scary Stories Involving Electricity. Courtesy of: EC&M

Get in the Halloween Spirit with "Haunted Encounters of the Electrical Kind: 10 Scary Stories Involving Electricity"

Content courtesy of: EC&M

As an early Halloween treat, here are 10 creepy stories based on allegedly true events and involving — what else? — electricity.

Read the spooky stories here -- if you dare! 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022   Celebrating the WECA NorCal Class of 2022 Graduation Celebration Recap

Looking Back on This Year's Graduation Celebration

Enjoy this video recap and some pics from last weekend's 2022 Northern California WECA Graduation: 































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WECA held its graduation ceremony for the Northern California Class of 2022 on Saturday, September 17th at WECA's California Headquarters in Rancho Cordova.

It was great to see our auditorium filled with our graduates and their families, as well as some of their employers.

"We had about 200 attendees," says Wendy Flanagan, Assistant Director of Apprenticeship. "Everyone was in a fun and relaxed mood, and it was great to see so many familiar faces -- it's amazing how fast three to five years passes. (WECA's Residential and Low Voltage Electrical Apprenticeship programs are three years each; Commercial Electrical is five years; and our Electrician Trainee Certificate program is four years."

Adding to the joyous atmosphere was emcee Jimmie Slemp, Lead Instructor and Lab Facilities Manager, who had everyone laughing with his "dad jokes," according to Wendy.

Congratulations, graduates! We were proud to share in your special day with you and your loved ones, and look forward to your accomplishments in the electrical and low voltage fields!

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WECA would like to thank our generous sponsors and graduation gift donors for making the WECA Class of 2022 Northern California graduation celebrations memorable! 

Please join us in thanking:

Volts Level Sponsors:

  • Rex Moore Group, Inc.
  • Helix Electric
  • Bergelectric (Southern California Commercial Division)
  • Bergelectric (Low Voltage Division)
  • Rock and Sons, Inc.

Amps Level Sponsors:

  • Royal Electric Company
  • Vasko Electric
  • Bergelectric (Northern California Commercial Division)

Watts Level Sponsors:

  • Whitehead Electrical Systems
  • Bosley Electric Company
  • Graybar

Ohms Level Sponsors: 

  • KS Telecom
  • Pacific Advocacy Group
  • Sueco Equipment Rental
  • Chief Transport

Graduation Gift Donors:

  • Klein Tools
  • Milwaukee Tool
  • Platt Electric Supply
  • Empire Electrical Sales, Inc.
  • IDEAL Electrical
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Tuesday, September 27, 2022   WECA Northern California Class of 2022 Graduate Spotlights

Michael Braaten, Employee of WECA Member Contractor

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2022 Northern California Low Voltage Valedictorian Michael Braaten cites his WECA education as being “very wide-ranging and interesting” and says that “being in a cohort with people from many different subtrades really gave me a deeper understanding of how low voltage works and what it takes to be successful on a job site.” 

Michael, who works for WECA Member Contractor E1 Audiovisual Technologies, expounds on his sentiment by saying that “My WECA education gave me a lot of background knowledge about how low voltage works in general, and electrical code, project management, and tools to be successful on a job site. Beyond that, having classes with such a wide variety of people from various subtrades really gave me excellent insight into what it is like working in those other trades, as well as how to successfully collaborate with them on site to get the job done.” 

Michael also says that his on-the-job training with E1 was very diverse and challenging in many ways, but extremely rewarding. 

Read the rest of Michael's spotlight here!
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Rhoderic Tayaba, Employee of WECA Member Contractor Bergelectric Corp.

2022 Northern California Low Voltage Salutatorian Rhoderic Tayaba says that if you want to be the best in your field and have state-of-the-art training and education, WECA is where you want to be.

“The opportunity with WECA is there,” says Rhoderic. “I had a strong desire to be successful in my career. I wanted to be the best in my field and WECA encouraged me to do it by providing all the tools I needed to be successful, such as a positive class environment and encouraging instructors, classmates, and coworkers. The [Low Voltage Apprenticeship] program was an incredible program that I would highly recommend to anyone looking to go into my field because it provided classroom learning with real-life field experience.”

Rhoderic – who works for WECA Member Contractor Bergelectric – says that WECA prepared him for his career by enabling him to take his classroom learning out into the field.

Read the rest of Rhoderic's spotlight here!
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Alondra Mora, Employee of WECA Member Contractor Sebastian Corp.

2022 Low Voltage Apprenticeship graduate Alondra Mora – who works for WECA Member Contractor Sebastian – got her start in the low voltage electrical industry when she met her boss, Frank Sierra, at a high school career fair.  

“I was introduced to him at a high school career expo, and he always kept doors of opportunities open for me to go through and explore,” says Alondra. 

Though some of Alondra’s apprenticeship was completed during the pandemic stay-at-home directive in California, when WECA apprenticeship classes moved temporarily online, she always eagerly looked forward to doing hands-on labs at WECA’s Rancho Cordova training facility, stating that it was her “favorite part because it would allow us to experience what it would really be like working out in the field.” 

Read the rest of Alondra's spotlight here!
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Shane Suddeth, Employee of WECA Member Contractor Rex Moore Group

2022 WECA Northern California Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduate Shane Suddeth says that the greatest aspect of WECA and his apprenticeship was “Going through the apprenticeship with the group of people that I went through it with. We’ve all grown and learned together.”

Shane also credits WECA and his apprenticeship with giving him “quite an arsenal of knowledge and a pretty heavy-hitting support group” but attributes his success to his motivation and eagerness to learn and be successful in the trade, as well as some key people in his personal circle.

“First of all, my employer, [Rex Moore Group] for seeing potential and investing in my future,” says Shane. “Secondly, everybody who plays a role in my education (instructors, partners in the trade, foremen) and my classmates, when at some points it was difficult, we all would pull together and build one another up.”

Read the rest of Shane's spotlight here!

 

 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022   WECEF Announces Its 2022 Scholarship Opportunity!

This Year's Awards Targeted at Electrician Trainees on the GetWired Path Toward an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate: Apply for Consideration Today!

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For students enrolled in the GetWired Electrician Trainee program:

Application Deadline:

October 31, 2022

Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity for students enrolled in WECA’s Electrician Trainee (ET) Program. These scholarships help support students in continuing their education with WECA.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE:

  • Active WECA Electrician Trainee at time of application or as of 10/1/2022
  • COMPLETION of at least one WECA ET course within the GetWired 100-300 series, with a passing grade of at least 80%, during the six months prior to 10/1/22 (between April 1, 2022-Sept 30,2022).
  • Accurate completion of the online scholarship application and answers to questions, by the deadline of October 31, 2022. Incomplete applications, or late applications, will not be considered.
  • Not currently a registered Apprentice.
  • Not a General Student or a Journeyman Student. This is only for Active Electrician Trainees.
  • Within the past two years, may not have received a notification of any violation of any WECA student conduct standards as outlined in our ET student handbook.
  • Was not a recipient of a WECEF scholarship during 2021

AWARDS:

Depending on the quality and quantity of the applications, up to ten (10) recipients will be awarded. This year the WECEF Board of Directors has decided to award a monetary amount plus a credit towards future courses.

  • Each monetary award will be between $500-$1000, PLUS tuition to cover two future classes in WECA's Electrician Trainee Program Certificate Path, namely the GetWired series and Basic Motor Controls 1 and 2.
  • Tuition awards towards courses cannot be converted to cash or transferred to another person.
  • Tuition award cannot be used towards a class already purchased.
  • Tuition can be used for only two future WECA courses; and both courses must be started before July 31, 2023.
  • Award towards tuition expires after July 31, 2023 and cannot be renewed.

A 1099 will be issued for tax purposes for the monetary and the tuition credit award.

The WECEF Board of Directors will review applications from eligible candidates. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s final decision within one month from application deadline, by mail and/or email.

Submissions must be fully completed by the 10/31/2022 11:59 PM deadline for consideration.

Electrician Trainees can login to WECA eCampus to access and complete their scholarship application.

Sincerely,

The WECEF Board of Directors

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022   Second Year, First Semester Low Voltage Apprentices Learn How to Solder Microphone Cables









Second year, first semester apprentices are pictured learning how to solder microphone cables together with Low Voltage Apprenticeship instructor John Arias. 

"This gives them practice at flowing the solder on to the conductor before attempting to solder onto the microphone XLR connector," says Arias. 

Great work, everyone!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022   Commercial Electrical Apprentice Applicants in High Demand in Imperial Valley and Yuma Areas

WECA Member Contractors Want YOU: APPLY TODAY!



Want to start a dynamic new career that PAYS YOU to learn? You're in luck -- WECA Member Contractors have a high need for Commercial Electrical Apprentice applicants in California's Imperial Valley, including El Centro and Calexico, and extending into the Yuma, Arizona area. Learn more about WECA's Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program below! 

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High Demand = Little to No Wait Time for Qualified Applicants

WECA's apprenticeship programs have been called the best in the West.  High graduation rates; great reviews from apprentices and contractors alike; to-the-point, up-to-date curriculum and on-the-job training; and a dedicated, experienced teaching staff and administration all contribute to the success of these programs.

Each apprentice enrolled in the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program works and learns under the supervision of a journeyperson electrician, gaining expertise in such skills as the installation of electrical distribution centers, panel boards, sub panels, conduit systems, motor controls, lighting, fire alarms, green and smart technologies, and temporary wiring in commercial buildings.

The Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program is a commitment to classroom and paid on-the-job training. A WECA apprentice's school tuition costs are paid by the WECA Member Contractors who employ them. WECA apprentices attend classes in an accelerated and intensive format consisting of full-time classroom training and hands-on labs for two consecutive weeks every five to seven months. Each two-week session is equal to one semester of classroom instruction. The rest of the time, apprentices are learning on the job...and getting paid to do it! No college debt here. This is the alternative path to a rewarding and well-paying career.

WECA is actively seeking apprentices for our Member Contractors in these areas and there is little-to-no wait time for qualified applicants. Learn more and apply today!

Not for you? Please forward this email to someone in this region who might be interested!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022   GetWired 102 and 103 Spotlights -- Late Enrollment Fees for Early Oct. Classes Waived!

Spotlight on GetWired 102 and GetWired 103, the second and third courses in the path to the WECA Electrician Trainee Program Certificate

LATE ENROLLMENT FEES FOR EARLY OCTOBER CLASSES WAIVED -- APPLY TODAY!

GetWired 102: Introduction to the Basic Installation of Lighting Fixtures and Branch Circuits, is the third course in the path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate with WECA.

?This 42-hour course expands on the theories and applications taught in our 101 courses. Core competencies include: GFCI and AFCI; series circuits; parallel circuits; luminaries, fixtures, ballasts and lamps; NEC subject indexing; lighting branch circuits; combination circuits; measuring instruments; using wire tables and determining conductor sizes; and combined lighting circuits.

This instructor-led version of GetWired 102 is loaded with hands-on practice activities during an onsite lab day to ensure that skills covered in class can be applied on-the-job.

  • Total class hours available: 42
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309

Next instructor-led class, which includes an onsite Saturday lab, starts October 3! 

Enroll in the next Instructor-Led GetWired 102 today!

Prefer to take it on your own time, at your own pace, including an online, self-guided lab?

Enroll in the Online, Self-Paced GetWired 102 any time.

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GetWired 103: Continuation of Lighting Branch Circuits & Introduction to Special Purpose Outlets, is the third course in the path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate with WECA.

?This 42-hour course expands on the theories and applications taught in our 101 and 102 courses. Course competencies include: conduction in liquid and gases, batteries and other sources of electricity, inrush current, voltage drop and use of Ohm’s Law in calculating basic measurements, sizing junction boxes, box fill and conduit layout, water heater, water pump circuit calculations, calculate overcurrent protection, special purpose outlets, NEMA receptacle plug configuration, and selection of wiring devices.

This course expands your electrical skills and knowledge in the areas listed above through a series of lab and practice activities.

  • Total class hours available: 42
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309

Next instructor-led class starts October 4! 

Enroll in the next Instructor-Led GetWired 103 today!

Prefer to take it on your own time, at your own pace?

Enroll in the Online, Self-Paced GetWired 103 any time.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022   Celebrating the WECA Southern California Class of 2022; Spotlights on Some of This Year's Graduates

Cosimo D'Alessio


 

2022 Southern California Commercial Electrical Valedictorian Cosimo D’Alessio credits WECA with giving him a better understanding of the electrical field and a concrete base from which to build upon, while preparing him to exceed, thrive, and advance in his career.

“The impact this program has had on me both personally and professionally might be impossible to quantify,” says Cosimo, who works for WECA Member Contractor Enovity. “The time I’ve spent learning and absorbing the material within this program’s classroom environment over the last five years has been an invaluable asset; giving me the tools in which to develop and succeed.”

Cosimo says his apprenticeship consisted of a combination of hands-on training in the field and an accommodating classroom curriculum that kept him engaged and thoroughly tested his newfound knowledge and comprehension of the electrical field – though completing the program wasn’t without its challenging moments.

“Even though it might seem like an arduous path, spending five years attaining your certification, I promise you it’s an endeavor well worth your time and effort. It certainly was for me. I’ve always believed that perseverance and hard work will always certainly contribute to one’s success” says Cosimo.

Moving forward, Cosimo plans to “continually expand my knowledge of the electrical field” and start his own electrical business. However, he acknowledges that his success would not have been possible without his parents.

“I’d like to thank my parents, without whom none of this would’ve been possible,” concludes Cosimo.

Congratulations, Cosimo! We’re glad that our Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program formed part of the foundation of your success, and prepared you to exceed, thrive, and advance in your career – which you surely will!

Austin Schroeder



2022 WECA Southern California Low Voltage Apprenticeship Valedictorian Austin Schroeder says that WECA provided a fully hands-on education due to being tasked with completing projects from start to finish and seeing them become fully operational.

“Starting a career in low voltage and joining WECA, I was unsure of what to expect or if I would even enjoy this line of work, as I was still unsure of what career path I wanted to take. I started my journey with [WECA Member Contractor] Bergelectric here in Southern California, and shortly after was indentured with WECA as an official apprentice,” says Austin. “But WECA helped me learn more in depth all the different low voltage systems, and it has been a great experience to get to where I am now.”

During his apprenticeship, Austin cites the preparation for testing to get their licenses and to run their own work as providing an education toward several different career options such as programmer, project manager, foreman, and superintendent.

“WECA provided us with the details of different positions that go into completing a job, and which tasks they oversee. Since graduation, I have been promoted to a foreman role with Bergelectric, and am already running my own work on Naval Base Coronado [in San Diego],” says Austin.

In the future, Austin plans to move up within Bergelectric by continuing to “learn more and more” moving forward.

Austin would like to “thank my family and friends for the support along the way, which motivated me to get here, my superintendent, and of course my awesome WECA instructor Mr. P [Neil Pesarillo] for all the help along the way, making this possible.”

Bryce Picone

2022 WECA Southern California Commercial Electrical Apprentice graduate Bryce Picone describes his WECA experience as fun and practical.

“It was fun. From the friends and colleagues you make, to the teachers who get to watch their students learn and grow. It also taught me practical skills, but teachers and other students were able to show real-life applications as well. So, if we weren’t familiar with a specific topic, we were still able to learn hands-on and become familiar with it,” says Bryce.

Bryce also credits his WECA apprenticeship with helping him apply the lessons taught in class to practical on-the-job tasks from bending pipe and pulling wire, to doing voltage drop calculations in the field. Additionally, Bryce credits his family and his tenacity with his success at WECA and in his career, stating that “Everything I’ve done has been for them [my family]. I also strive to be good at what I do – I truly enjoy being an electrician, so why not be good at it?”

Bryce says that the apprenticeship provided a positive challenge for him, especially when going over the code book and the calculations. But he implores apprentices to “Keep asking questions; you’re still learning. Even when you’re finished with the program, the learning doesn’t stop.”

After graduation, Bryce’s priority is raising his newborn son and continuing to work at WECA Member Contractor Helix Electric with the goal of hopefully someday becoming a superintendent.

“I would also like to shout out to my amazing wife for always believing in me, and my mom and my two brothers. And all the superintendents and the journeymen I have had the pleasure of learning from. And lastly, my teachers and fellow students – without them, these past five years wouldn’t have been as fun.”

Congratulations, Bryce, on your graduation and your growing family! You have so much to look forward to, and we here at WECA are excited to see you accomplish your goals! 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022   Celebrating the WECA Southern California Class of 2022; Looking Back on This Year's Graduation

Go behind-the-scenes of the 2022 WECA Southern California graduation ceremony with our video (below):

WECA held a graduation ceremony for the Southern California Class of 2022 on Saturday, August 27th at the Falkner Winery in Temecula. 

We enjoyed celebrating our graduates and were thrilled to be joined by so many of their family and friends, as well as Member Contractors Helix Electric and Bergelectric, Industry Partner Milwaukee ToolWECA Board Member Rob McMillian, and Rick Guantone from the San Joaquin County Office of of Education LEA. 

The atmosphere of the event -- emceed by Don Black, WECA Apprentice Training, IT, and Facilities Director -- was "electric", according to WECA Assistant Director of Apprenticeship Wendy Flanagan.

"Everyone was excited and had a fun time celebrating," says Wendy. "I met parents, wives, and several graduates brought their new little WECAns. I also spoke with several graduates that shared their appreciation for WECA and their future career goals now that they have graduated." 

Congratulations, graduates! It was wonderful to see your big smiles, celebrate your accomplishments, and share the excitement of your growing success in the electrical and low voltage fields! 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022   New Self-Paced GetWired Option: GetWired 104

Introducing the next self-paced online option for our GetWired Electrician Trainee Program series:

GetWired 104: Special Systems & Single-Phase Transformer Theory in Residential Electrical Applications

Take it on your own time, at your own pace!



WECA is excited to announce another way students can take GetWired 104, the fourth class in WECA's Path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate!

We've long offered GetWired 104 as an online-led instructor course. And we still do!

But for students who would prefer to take this course at their own pace, on their own time, we're now offering a fully self-paced online option, just like we've been offering for GetWired 101102, and 103! Students who might prefer this format include:

  • Students with job, childcare, or other obligations preventing them from taking the instructor-led scheduled course in the evenings
  • Students who would benefit from being able to review the material at a slower pace, such as students for whom English is a second language
  • Students who just prefer to work on the coursework at times when it best works for them
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WECA's new GetWired 104 Self-Paced Option is an entirely online, self-paced alternative version of our GetWired 104 course which expands your skills and knowledge into a variety of special applications. Core competencies include:

  • Single-phase transformers
  • Special purpose outlets for electric heating and air conditioning
  • Gas and oil central heating systems
  • Installation of a twist-on coaxial connector
  • Television, telephone and low voltage signal systems
  • Heat, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Fire alarms and security systems
  • Arc flash protection
  • Service entrance equipment
  • Overcurrent protection-fuses and circuit breakers
  • Calculating residential loads
  • Swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, and hydro-massage baths
  • Wiring of home automation systems
  • Stand-by power systems

Practical applications that involve the interpretation of schematic wiring diagrams and/or accessing code requirements information are covered in this fast-paced course.

  • Total class hours available: 42
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309


If all of this sounds like it would work for you,

enroll in GetWired 104 Self-Paced Online today!

Think you'd prefer being able to interact with an instructor and learn along with other students, on a schedule?

Enroll in an upcoming instance of the original, online evening instructor-led GetWired 104 here!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022   Behind the Scenes with NorCal Low Voltage Apprentices This Month

First Year Low Voltage Apprentices Learn to Bend Conduit in the Lab with Instructors Randy Rivera and John Arias













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Tuesday, August 30, 2022   WECA's Student Referral Service: Are you out of work? Connect with a great employer today!

WECA Contractors urgently hiring Electrician Trainees in the Sonoma County area NOW!

WECA's Student Referral Service is a conduit to introduce our current Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson Continuing Education students, and WECA Grads to our Member Contractors. It's meant for students or grads who are currently out of work; to help them find a great new position.

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. WECA's purpose in providing this service is to help our Member Contractors find the qualified workers they need. 

Electrician Trainees residing in the Sonoma County area are in extra-high demand now. If you're out of work, don't miss out on your next great opportunity! Act today!

Three ways to sign up for the Student Referral Service today!

  1. Contact Trisha Hughes, Client Services ET/CE Specialist, at thughes@goweca.com
  2. Or call our office and ask to speak with her at 1-877-444-9322
  3. Or fill out the SRS sign-up form on our website.
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WECA Arizona Electrical Apprenticeship Program Open House
Start Date/Time: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 3:00 PM
End Date/Time: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 5:00 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority
Location: Phoenix Training Facility
Description:

Join WECA for the WECA Arizona Electrical Apprenticeship Program 2022 Open House in recognition of National Apprenticeship Week on November 16, 2022 at 3 p.m.! At this event, you'll learn about WECA's state and federally-approved Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program, tour WECA's Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program training facility, see Commercial Electrical lab demos, meet WECA instructors and staff, and more! We encourage you to pre-register for this event ahead of time to secure your spot, but will also accept walk-ins on the day of the event. However, pre-registration will allow you to receive event reminders and updated event information.

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/427522630697

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