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Wednesday, January 25, 2023   Congratulations to the WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022!

Thank You to Our Sponsors and Gift Donors for Making Graduation Special! Plus, Watch the Graduation Video and Meet Some of Our Graduates



Thank you to our Arizona Graduation sponsors and gift donors for making the event extra special and memorable for our graduates and their guests!



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Watch: WECA Arizona Class of 2022 Graduation:



Meet Some of the Grads in Our First WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Graduating Class

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Erik Ramirez

Erik Ramirez, a WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022 graduate, knew that his WECA education would be exceptional from the first class.

“After transitioning from a different institute over to WECA, in the first class I realized just how much better my education experience was going to be,” says Erik. “WECA’s staff is exceptional, and the instructor [Keith Smart, WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program Manager and Instructor] was always there to support me and answer any question I had."

The quality of WECA’s education has also played a pivotal role in helping Erik prepare for his chosen career.

“Their curriculum offered a full range of topics that cover a lot of the fundamentals needed to succeed in this industry. Many of the hands-on labs were based on real-life situations in the field,” says Erik.

Additionally, Erik’s on-the-job training with his employer, WECA Arizona Founding Member Contractor Corbins, has provided opportunities to work alongside experienced coworkers and gain invaluable experience doing different scopes of work through various projects.

Outside of school and work, Erik credits his family with providing essential support every step of the way.

“The main factor that contributed to my success at WECA and in my career was and still is my family,” says Erik. “Without their support and motivation, I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today.”

However, we suspect that Erik’s ambition and tenacity has also propelled him along his journey, as evidenced by his post-graduation plans.

“My plans after graduating are to keep growing in my career and knowledge. I won’t settle with just a journeyperson title. I want to be part of the next generation of leaders in the electrical industry,” says Erik.

Congratulations, Erik! We are proud of your hard work, determination, and success, and are confident that you will make an excellent future leader for Arizona’s commercial electrical industry.

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Chase Quillin

For WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022 graduate Chase Quillin, WECA’s Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program and instructor Keith Smart have given him a new perspective on the electrical industry.

“My WECA experience has consisted of constant learning and exposure to new ideas in the electrical field with real-world experience to back it up,” says Chase. “When I go to a job site now, I can understand what it is we are installing and why. With the preparation and knowledge gained at WECA, combined with the skills I’ve gained on-the-job, I am ready to tackle any task presented to me.”

Chase says this is all thanks to Keith Smart, WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program Manager and Instructor.

“Keith is an awesome instructor, and his experience is shown every day in class through his expounding on the material presented and ensuring everyone has a full understanding of the concepts presented,” says Chase.

Outside of the classroom, Chase’s employer – WECA Arizona Founding Member Contractor Corbins – has provided him with forepersons and journeyperson electricians who have not only led him, but showed him how to lead others. Such leadership gave Chase the opportunity to become a lead for his crew in the past year.

Thanks to his high-quality WECA education and steadfast guidance from his employer, Chase’s plans for the future are rock-solid.

“My goal is to continue refining my leadership skills, apply my credits [earned at WECA, whose apprenticeship programs have been awarded college credit recommendations by the National College Credit Recommendation Service] to an Associates degree, and I hope I get the opportunity to become a foreperson to continue passing on my knowledge,” says Chase.

Congratulations, Chase! We are pleased that WECA and Arizona Founding Member Contractor Corbins built up your leadership skills and paved the way for you to tackle the rest of your career in the commercial electrical industry! We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

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Aaron Reali

WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022 graduate Aaron Reali credits his WECA education with giving him confidence, helping him develop problem-solving skills, and presenting excellent opportunities to lead and learn, and Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program Manager and Instructor Keith Smart with making his time at WECA challenging and rewarding.

“My education and training at WECA were really centered on real-life situations, helped me learn how to problem solve situations at work, gave me the confidence to have conversations with my leads, foremen, and superintendents about the work we’re performing, and I have been given the opportunity [by employer Corbins, a WECA Arizona Founding Member Contractor] to lead teammates. Also, Keith deserves a lot of the credit for the progress a lot of us have made,” says Aaron.

Another benefit of his WECA education, Aaron says, is learning in the classroom alongside his coworkers.

“We can talk about what we learned in class and bounce ideas off each other,” says Aaron. “Keith contributed real work examples and cited personal experiences, which helped a lot of us grasp certain concepts. Hands-on activities in class also helped build confidence in my work.”

Looking back on his WECA experience, Aaron encourages current and future WECA students to ‘take it all in.’

“It goes by so quickly and before you know it, graduation is happening. Really take advantage of the experience and the training. You’ll be surprised what you’re capable of if you just apply yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and volunteer for any opportunity because those can be your door to the next great step in your career,” says Aaron.

When it comes to next steps, Aaron is already carving a definitive pathway for his career in the commercial electrical industry.

“I’ve been given a great opportunity to lead a couple of my teammates in a job we are in right now,” says Aaron. “I’m excited to complete this job and continue to lead in other jobs and soon become a foreman for a couple of years and then transition into a superintendent role. I also plan to work with apprentices and help them out on their path.”





 
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Wednesday, January 25, 2023   WECA Riverside Training Facility Spotlight: Commercial Electrical Apprentices Getting It Done











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Wednesday, January 25, 2023   Low Voltage Apprentice Applicants in High Demand in Los Angeles, Orange, and Kern Counties

WECA Member Contractors Want YOU: Apply Today!


 

Get paid to start a new career as a Low Voltage Technician with WECA's Low Voltage Apprenticeship program. Get hands-on learning and real-world skills in the classroom and on-the-job, and get paid while doing it. We currently have high need for Low Voltage apprentice applicants from Los Angeles County, Orange County, and Kern County, so click below to apply, or share this with someone looking to get trained for a well-paid career with no student debt.

Learn more about WECA's Low Voltage Apprenticeship program below.

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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 Low Voltage Apprenticeship program works under the supervision of a journeyperson technician installing and testing, servicing and maintaining systems utilizing the transmission and/or transference of voice, sound, video and digital signals for commercial, educational, security and entertainment purposes, as well as for fire, life and safety purposes.

A WECA apprentice's tuition costs are paid for 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 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's Low Voltage Apprenticeship program is a three-year commitment to classroom and paid on-the-job training. We're actively seeking apprentices for our member contractors in California--especially in Los Angeles County, Orange County, and Kern County. Right now, there's little to no wait time for qualified applicants, so what are you waiting for? Click here to learn more and apply today!

Not for you? Please forward this email to someone who might be interested -- especially if they also live in Los Angeles County, Orange County, or Kern County!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023   Continue Your Journey Toward an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate This February

Take Advantage of Late Enrollment Fees Waived on Select Instructor-Led GetWired Classes Running in the First Half of the Month

No matter where you are in your Electrician Trainee Program Certificate journey, GetWired has just the class to bring you one step closer to completion.

This February, we've waived late enrollment fees on select instructor-led GetWired 102, 103, 104, 202, 203, 204, and 302 classes running in the first half of the month -- some of which are offered with your choice of onsite in-person labs or online labs. Classes start soon, so don't wait -- visit our course catalog to enroll in your desired course today!

And if you prefer to get things done on your own time, at your own pace, be sure to check out the self-paced online course option for GetWired 101-104.

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GetWired 102: Introduction to the Basic Installation of Lighting Fixtures and Branch Circuits, is the second 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 and parallel circuits; luminaries, fixtures, ballasts, and lamps, and more.

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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 focuses on installing lighting branch-circuits in dwelling units while exploring NEC requirements for safe installations and standard industry practices. Core 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, and more.

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GetWired 104: Special Systems & Single-Phase Transformer Theory in Residential Electrical Applications, is the fourth course in the path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate with WECA.

This 42-hour course expands your area of expertise 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, and more.

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GetWired 202: Three-Phase Electrical Systems, Conductors and Overcurrent Protection, Grounding, Wiring Methods, Basic Trigonometry and Vectors, is the sixth course in the path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate with WECA.

This 36-hour course expands on the concepts and skills built in the 201 courses. Topics covered include: conductors and overcurrent protection; types of three-phase transformers; three-phase transformer calculations and connections, and more.

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GetWired 203: Raceway Systems, Switchboards and Panelboards, DC Motors, Three-Phase Alternators and Motors, is the seventh course in the path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate with WECA.

This 39-hour course expands on skills built in earlier courses. Topics covered include: wiring materials; DC motor; sizing branch circuits, and more.

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GetWired 204: Transformers, Special Locations and Single-Phase Motors, is the eighth course in the path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate with WECA.

This 39-hour course expands on skills taught in previous courses. Topics covered include: transformers; special locations; hazardous locations, more.

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GetWired 302: Blueprint Reading Part 2: Electrical Work for Commercial Construction from the Ground Up, Part 2, is the tenth course in the path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate with WECA.

Key course subjects in this 42-hour course include: public utility requirements; electrical room layout; floor types and planning conduit runs, and more.

 

 


 

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023   WECA Commercial Electrical Apprentices: Important Health Benefit Summary and Notice Updates Within

Dear WECA Commercial Electrical Apprentices,

To view your health benefit summaries and annual notices, please login at www.goweca.com. Use your WECA student ID number and password to login, then navigate to "Commercial Apprentice Benefits."

The WECA health insurance provider is United Healthcare, which includes medical (HMO/PPO), dental (PPO), vision (PPO), Life/ADD and STD/LTD.

Please note that the United Healthcare dental PPO ID card only displays the subscriber's name. If dependents are covered, their name will not be displayed on the dental ID card.

Additionally, please note that United Healthcare does not send out vision ID cards. You may visit www.myuhcvision.com and register with United Healthcare (if you are not already registered) to print out a vision ID card.

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

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022   WECA Wishes You Very Happy Holidays!



Santa and his elves (AKA instructor Jimmie Slemp and his second year, first semester Commercial Electrical apprentices) wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope you all have a safe and joyous holiday season!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2022   Big News! Announcing WECA Utah!

Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program Will Be Based at New Salt Lake City Region Training Center


 

WECA now offers a Commercial Electrical Registered Apprenticeship that is both federally-approved and recognized by the Utah Department of Commerce, Division of Professional Licensing at its new Salt Lake City Region training center in Woods Cross.

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

A Quick Look at our Utah Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program

Commercial Electrical (Inside Wireman) Apprenticeship

The Apprentice enrolled in the Commercial Inside Wireman Apprenticeship Program works under the direct supervision of a licensed journeyperson electrician installing electrical distribution centers, panel boards, sub panels, conduit systems, motor controls, lighting, fire alarms, and temporary wiring in commercial buildings. 

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, approximately every five to seven months. Each two-week session is equal to one semester of classroom instruction.

  • 4 Year Program (UT)
  • Paid On the Job Training

Now taking apprenticeship applications for Utah! Apply Online



 
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Wednesday, December 21, 2022   Behind the Scenes: First WECA Utah Apprenticeship Intake

Behind the Scenes: First WECA Utah Apprenticeship Intake with Talon Pobuda, Utah Apprenticeship Manager









WECA is excited to have held our first intake of apprentices to our new Utah electrical apprenticeship program! Thank you to WECA Utah Founding Member Contractor Hunt Electric Inc. for hosting the event!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2022   WECA Artist in Residence: Showcasing Low Voltage Instructor Randy Rivera's Airbrushed Masterpiece





There are many talented and dedicated individuals on WECA's staff -- but we have to say that Low Voltage instructor/WECA artist-in-residence Randy Rivera's airbrushed Nikola Tesla masterpiece, prominently displayed in his classroom -- takes the cake! This is an awesome addition to our California headquarters, and we hope that Nikola's presence in Randy's classroom inspires current and future generations of electrical and low voltage apprentices!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2022   Pics: This December in the GetWired Program Onsite Labs










 

California Electrician Trainee? Enroll in a GetWired class towards earning your Electrician Trainee Program Certificate here.

California Journeyperson Electrician on the hunt for Continuing Education? Get your 32 hours here.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022   Pics: Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprentices In WECA's Phoenix Training Center and On the Job








 

A Quick Look at our Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program

Commercial Electrical (Inside Wireman) Apprenticeship

The Apprentice enrolled in the Commercial Inside Wireman Apprenticeship Program works under the direct supervision of a journeyperson electrician installing electrical distribution centers, panel boards, sub panels, conduit systems, motor controls, lighting, fire alarms, and temporary wiring in commercial buildings.

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, approximately every five to seven months. Each two-week session is equal to one semester of classroom instruction.

  • 4 Year Program (AZ)
  • Paid On the Job Training

Apply for Apprenticeship in Arizona

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022   'Tis the Season for Giving: Pics of Commercial Electrical Apprentices Donating to WECA Food Drive



One of the best parts of the holiday season is giving back, and instructor Jimmie Slemp's second year, first semester Commercial Electrical apprenticeship class did just that by contributing to the annual food drive at WECA's Sacramento/Rancho Cordova HQ. Thank you to Jimmie's class as well as all the other apprentices, students, and staff who participated for your donations to help our local community during the holiday season!
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Wednesday, November 30, 2022   Congratulations to the 2022 WECEF Scholarship Winners!

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Please join us in congratulating the 2022 WECEF Scholarship Winners!
 

·        Phillip Anossov

·        Gabriel Avila

·        Damien Carlos

·        Cody Carpenter

·        Charles-Joshua Cortez

·        Ivan Cruz Perez

·        Saul Fernandez, Jr.

·        Javier Garcia, Jr.

·        Dane Godbe

·        Benito Gonzales

·        Micah Kirk

·        Scott McFarland

·        Roeun Morng

·        Elissa Penn

·        Shane Peters

·        Ricardo Ramirez

·        Jake Ramsey

·        Justin Robinette

·        Daniel Rojas

·        Brandon Roome

·        Cody Ruggles

·        Ulises Sanchez

·        Brian Shipp

·        Taiye Skillman

·        Dane Storm

·        Brandon Velasco

·        Andres Vera

We were pleased to receive a record number of scholarship applications this year, and are continually inspired by applicants' talent and determination. This year, WECEF focused its scholarship opportunities on students enrolled in WECA’s Electrician Trainee (ET) Program.

Each annual WECEF scholarship round helps support students in continuing their education with WECA. This year, awardees received up to $1,000 each in monetary awards towards furthering their education, and/or tuition to cover two future classes in WECA's Electrician Trainee Program Certificate Path.

Leanne Sipes, Senior Accountant, says "This year's applications yielded many thoughtful responses. We were pleased to receive applications from the employees of members and non-members alike. It was also great to see that many applicants espoused the importance of safety in the workplace, stating that their approach to safety was to 'continually train on it and embed it into everyone's psyche."

Terry Seabury, Executive Director and CEO, also notes that many applications touched upon common themes in response to questions posed during the application process, such as "What does it take to be an effective leader?" and "Ideas to improve the work environment?" The most common responses to these questions were: leading by example, listening and communicating effectively, remaining calm in the face of challenges, highlighting and sharing everyone's strengths and talents, demonstrating honesty and sincerity, and practicing proper planning and execution to ensure safety on the jobsite. "Many applicants also demonstrated a desire to contribute to improving jobsite and team communication," said Terry.

Congratulations, everyone!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022   Congratulations Larry Thomas, Jr.: Recipient of Arizona Outstanding Apprentice Award

Please Join Us in Congratulating WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprentice, Corbins Electric Employee, and 2022 Arizona Outstanding Apprentice Award Recipient Larry Thomas, Jr.









Please join us in congratulating WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprentice and WECA Arizona founding Member Contractor Corbins Electric employee Larry Thomas, Jr., who recently won an Arizona Outstanding Apprentice Award!

Larry received the award at the 60th annual Outstanding Apprentice Awards ceremony on Saturday, November 19th at the Wigwam Resort and Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Arizona. There were 600-plus people in attendance, 99 of whom were award recipients. Larry’s wife and daughter were on hand to help celebrate, as were Darin Johnson, Vice President of Foreman Development at Corbins Electric, Olivia Kasparek, Apprenticeship Program Coordinator at Corbins Electric, and Bob Bartlett, WECA Membership Director.

Dennis Anthony, the Chairman of the Arizona Apprenticeship Advisory Committee, was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Additionally, Ted Cooke – the General Manager of the Central Arizona Project – was a featured guest speaker and gave a speech on what it takes to be a leader and not just a manager.

And last, but not least, the award winners had their pictures taken with Willie Higgins, the director of the Arizona State Apprenticeship Program, while receiving their awards.

Congratulations, Larry! We are so proud of this momentous achievement and thank you for representing WECA’s excellence in Arizona and the West! 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022   National Apprenticeship Week 2022 and Veterans Day Recaps, Spotlights, and Videos

Read About Our Three Successful National Apprenticeship Week Open Houses and Read Our National Apprenticeship Week Apprentice Spotlights and Veterans Day Spotlights on Veteran Apprentices

National Apprenticeship Week 2022 Was One for the Books!


WECA Northern California Open House at Our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova Training Facility

WECA hosted our Northern California National Apprenticeship Week open house at our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova training facility on Nov. 15!

The open house drew electrical and low voltage apprenticeship applicant hopefuls as well as attendees from select organizations, schools, and programs.

"Everyone was friendly and social with each other," says Jeanette Santos, Workforce Development Specialist. "And we got a lot of feedback from instructor John Arias' tour -- everyone noticed how much passion he has for his field." Attendees received the opportunity to participate in hands-on electrical demonstrations with John during the tour.

Thank you for coming, Sacramento and Rancho Cordova! We appreciate your enthusiasm, and are excited to help you succeed in the electrical and low voltage fields soon!

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WECA Arizona Open House at Our Phoenix Training Facility

On Nov. 16, WECA hosted our Arizona National Apprenticeship Week open house at our Phoenix training facility!

Attendees included representatives from Arizona state agencies, prospective WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship applicants, WECA Industry Partners, instructors from a local high school pre-apprenticeship program, and current WECA apprentices.

Bob Bartlett, Membership Director, said that the current WECA apprentices were on hand to share their experiences at WECA in comparison to their previous electrical apprenticeship program.

"They answered questions regarding how good the WECA program is, and why the other programs did not [positively] compare to ours," says Bob.

Keith Smart, Apprenticeship Manager and instructor, gave attendees a thorough presentation via our Smart Board and touched upon the subject matter taught per apprenticeship program year. A WECA National Apprenticeship week video featuring WECA apprenticeship graduate, professional motorcycle racer, and wildfire fighter Jayson Uribe was also shown, and greatly enjoyed by the attendees. Have a watch here:



Professional Motorcycle Racer. Wildfire Fighter. WECA Electrical Apprenticeship Grad. Is there anything Jayson Uribe can't do? Get to know this real-life hero, this National Apprenticeship Week 2022.

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WECA Southern California Open House at Our San Diego Training Facility

And last, but not least, WECA hosted our Southern California National Apprenticeship Week open house at our San Diego training facility on Nov. 16!

Jeff Van de Moere, Membership Manager, says that the diverse mix of attendees -- existing WECA Electrician Trainees, WECA Apprenticeship program applicants, and people new to but curious about pursuing careers in the electrical and low voltage industries -- peppered himself and instructor Neil Pesarillo with questions throughout the presentation and tour.

Thank you for coming, San Diego! We can't wait to see you in our labs and classrooms soon!

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Terry Travis Jr.

WECA Apprentice Spotlight for National Apprenticeship Week 2022

“For as long as human beings walk the earth, we will continually use electricity. Those that understand and know how to harness the power of electricity will always be wanted and needed,” says Commercial Electrical Apprentice Terry Travis, Jr.

Electricians are the backbone of today’s modern society, and as such, will always be in demand. But being an electrician wasn’t on Terry’s radar until a family friend recommended that he apply for an apprenticeship with the union. But despite applying, Terry never heard back – so he then began WECA’s Electrician Trainee program on the recommendation of a church elder.

While enrolled as an Electrician Trainee, Terry sent his resume to ten WECA Member Contractors in hopes of being hired for eventual apprenticeship sponsorship. Terry’s tenacity paid off when WECA Member Contractor Alessandro Electric Inc. hired Terry as a material handler. After six months, Alessandro sponsored his Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship with WECA – an event that drastically altered and determined the course of Terry’s life.

“Becoming an apprentice has given me the power to change my world,” says Terry. “It has given me the ability to create stability for myself and my family. When I was a child and young adult, I went through periods of homelessness – I have slept in cars, lived in motels, and ridden public transportation all night because I had nowhere else to go. That is no longer the case or reality in my life – I own a home and am the first person in my family to do so. My wife and children will never struggle like I did. I thank God that I have become an electrician. The apprenticeship has provided me the opportunity to learn a skill that will always be in demand,” says Terry.

Though tenacious and determined, Terry is also humble. In his continual pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement, Terry also credits WECA and his apprenticeship instructors – James Hall, Lakeal Morris, and Zack Wallace – with “providing me with the resources to become the best electrician I can be.”

Terry looks forward to every class because it provides him the chance to grow in knowledge and understanding – due in large part to his instructors.

“The instructors at WECA are some great individuals … after every class, I feel that I have leveled up and am ready to apply what I was taught. James is very knowledgeable about the NEC, and he has helped me to understand it much better. I also love the analogies Lakeal uses to relate and show the connection between electricity and life. And thanks to Zack, I have a much better understanding of how to read and make sense of blueprints,” says Terry.

However, WECA’s instructors aren’t the only ones full of wisdom. Terry also has some great wisdom to impart, himself.

“Humility comes before honor, and persistence and determination alone are omnipotent,” says Terry. “Being an apprentice is a humbling position; there are so many things you do not know, and you will not find out that you do not know those things until you are in that situation. As an apprentice, you are constantly learning and the best way to learn is to heed the advice of those that have been where you are. Being teachable has led to my success as an apprentice and I encourage all apprentices to practice humility.”

Terry, thank you for choosing to pursue a Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship with WECA. We are humbled to play such an instrumental role in your life, and know that your tenacity, humility, and talent will take you far in life.

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Alec Briseno

WECA Apprentice Spotlight for National Apprenticeship Week 2022

One thing that a lot of our apprentices have in common is being mechanically inclined since they were a kid, or having been exposed to the construction industry from a young age. Alec Briseno, a Commercial Electrical Apprentice studying at WECA’s Rancho Cordova training facility, is no different.

“I have been mechanically inclined from a young age,” says Alec. “My dad had his own industrial shop that repaired appliances and offered other parts to local vendors. The mechanics of it was very simple to me, but one thing that challenged me was how a single-phase system or a three-phase system worked on the motors. I felt like it really grabbed my interest in a way that nothing else could.”

As an adult, Alec followed up on that passion by joining up with WECA Member Contractor Reyff Electric.

“I was referred to WECA by Reyff Electric and after doing some research, I figured it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. It’s a complete setup for success and what you put in is what you will get out [of it]”, says Alec. “I was job-hopping before and not sure what I was going to do, or what was interesting to me. The electrical trade and the people at Reyff Electric have inspired me to push through hard times because there is a brighter future ahead.”

In his apprenticeship, Alec enjoys having the opportunity to work on commercial jobs and seeing everything that goes into getting the job done.

“Communication, ability to work with a team, and helping yourself at 100 percent is what’s important on a job. These traits have allowed me to challenge myself every day,” says Alec.

Alec also cites instructor Jimmie Slemp as being another positive influence on his apprenticeship.

“So far, my favorite instructor has been Jimmie,” says Alec. “With his years of experience and knowledge of the trade, he can teach and answer questions with complete honesty. One thing that has always stood out to me was that he can teach apprentices from just his field experience alone.”

Though Alec is enjoying the here and now, he also looks to the future with optimism and implores his fellow apprentices to do the same.

“Keep pushing and challenging yourself every day,” says Alec. “Those challenges are what’s going to make you better for yourself and your crew.”

Those are great words of wisdom, Alec! We’re glad that you followed your passions and turned them into a career, and are excited to see where your passion, hard work, and dedication take you in the future!

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Please Join Us in Thanking Veteran WECA Apprentices for Their Service! Learn More About Their Stories in Our Article and Videos in Honor of Veterans Day 2022

Abigail Stone


Air Force veteran, current Air National Guard member, and WECA Commercial Electrical apprentice at our Fresno training facility

Meet Abigail Stone – Commercial Electrical Apprentice at WECA’s Fresno training facility, Air Force veteran, and current member of the Air National Guard.

Abigail – who served as a vehicular mechanic during her six years at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington State and reached the rank of Staff Sargeant – cites her former profession as the reason for choosing to become an electrician.

“I was a vehicular mechanic during my service, and that was a reason for choosing to be an electrician,” says Abigail. “I already knew electrical systems on vehicles, so I wasn’t going into the trade blind. It’s helped me on job sites with running equipment and being able to troubleshoot little issues so we can keep working.”

In her apprenticeship, Abigail says that her favorite thing to work on so far has been Musco Lighting, which are large area lighting systems used in applications such as sports.

“I’ve helped set them up from day one to finish,” says Abigail.

Abigail recommends that fellow veterans consider a career in the electrical industry after their service and offers the following advice to her fellow apprentices.

“Be a sponge. Absorb as much knowledge as you can from those around you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions,” says Abigail.

Thank you, Abigail, for your service and for being part of the WECA family! We’re thrilled to have you here and know you will do big things in your career. 

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Fue Lee

Marine Corps veteran and WECA Commercial Electrical Apprentice at our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova training facility

A friend told Fue Lee about the WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program, and the rest is history. This United States Marine Corps veteran and Rex Moore Group employee parlayed his experience as an electrician in the service to a successful apprenticeship with WECA. Learn more about his journey:



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Austin Thomason

Army veteran and WECA Commercial Electrical Apprentice at our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova training facility



Austin Thomason, a U.S. Army Veteran now enrolled in the WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program, says that "seeing the joy on our customer's faces" after the crew has accomplished a job well done is one of his favorite aspects of his new career. He also says the competitive pay is great, he enjoys the set schedule, and his apprenticeship qualifies him for an extra paycheck each month provided by the post 9-11 G.I. bill.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022   Proudly announcing the WECA Arizona Graduating Class of 2022!

RSVP today to celebrate your hard work and achievements at your graduation event, to be held in The Grand Ballroom at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Phoenix on January 7, 2023!

Dear Arizona Graduating Class of 2022,

WECA is excited to invite you and your loved ones to come and celebrate your achievement of successfully completing your program! Graduates of WECA's Commercial Electrical apprenticeship program will be honored at this event. Meet with your classmates, instructors, contractors, and WECA staff in honor of your graduation, and celebrate together!

Get your tickets for the event here. Each graduate will receive two complimentary tickets; one for themselves and one for a guest. Graduates also have the option to purchase up to three additional tickets for guests.

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Where: 

The Grand Ballroom

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Phoenix

320 N. 44th St.

Phoenix, AZ 85008

When: 

Saturday, January 7, 2023

6:30 - 9:30 PM

Highlights of the Evening:

  • Arriving and socializing with appetizers and beverages
  • Group photo of graduates
  • Graduation ceremony

Registration deadline: December 23

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On behalf of myself, your instructors, WECA's Board of Directors and Apprenticeship Training Trust Board of Trustees, and WECA staff, I wish you a heartfelt congratulations!

Terry Seabury

Executive Director/CEO

We look forward to celebrating with you!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022   WECA's Student Referral Service: Are You Out of Work? Connect with a Great Employer Today!

WECA Member Contractors Are Urgently Hiring Electrician Trainees and Journeypersons in the Sacramento and Sonoma County Areas 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 and Journeypersons residing in the Sacramento County and Sonoma County areas 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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Wednesday, November 30, 2022   Read: Top Changes to the 2023 National Electrical Code Content Courtesy of: EC&M

By: Mike Holt

When it comes to memorable Code revision cycles, this edition will be remembered for making the NEC an easier document to use. Here’s a look at the top 25 revisions.

As it does every three years, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently released the latest edition of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®. The 2023 NEC cycle was very active with 4,006 Public Inputs, 1,805 First Revisions, 1,956 Public Comments, 900 Second Revisions, 164 Correlating Revisions, and 55 Certified Amending Motions. This resulted in several new Articles and a wide array of new and revised rules.

Click here to read and download the full article.

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