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Thursday, June 21, 2018   WECA 2018 Graduate Spotlight: Jon-Paul Teutschel


Congratulations to Jon-Paul Teutschel, Low Voltage Apprenticeship Program graduate and Salutatorian of our Northern California 2018 class! 

He was connected with an electrical contractor through a friend, and chose WECA for his apprenticeship after hearing positive reviews through several friends and coworkers. He decided to pursue low voltage because he was drawn to the technical aspect of the trade. Now, he states, "I'm not in debt, and I can use the knowledge I've attained directly after learning it in the classroom." JP is now able to continue to develop his career, without college debt! He adds, "WECA also prepares us well to take our licensing exam....Everyone's been so helpful--thank you, and keep up the good work!"

JP recommends that in the classroom, "It's important for apprentices to always keep learning, keep an open mind, and work as hard as you can. There's always something new to learn." JP speaks very highly of Apprenticeship Instructor Steve Kappes, stating "His field knowledge is extensive--I have always been able to ask him questions I have about working in the field." JP worked primarily with WECA Member Contractor Johnson Electronics during his apprenticeship.

JP invites other apprentices to "learn as much as you can, ask as many questions as you can, because this is the best time for it. It's a team effort--I worked to share with my fellow apprentices and listen to them in return."
 
Congratulations again, JP! we look forward to hearing about your success in the future.
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Thursday, June 21, 2018   It's Not Too Late to Reserve Your Sponsorship and Attendance for SoCal Graduation


Our Commercial Electrical, Residential Electrical, and Low Voltage Apprentices as well as Electrician Trainees in our GET WIRED! program have successfully completed their education with WECA!
 
It's not too late to help us honor their achievement with your attendance and/or sponsorship of the Southern California graduation event:
  • Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Faulkner Winery Pinnacle Room in Temecula from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for Southern California graduates.
Help us make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend either graduation location and meet the graduates, which is especially meaningful for them if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend graduation, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, and mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.  
 
Individual tickets are also available, independent of sponsorship packages.
 
Please consider the sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical and low voltage education!

Sponsors: Please note that since Northern California Graduation is upon us, newly-participating sponsors will be featured in the Southern California Graduation program only. 

Reserve your sponsorship packages and/or individual tickets
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Thursday, June 21, 2018   WECA's Student Referral Service: Helping You Meet Your Staffing Needs TODAY

WECA Member Contractors: We Have Qualified Applicants For You
 
 
The WECA Student Referral Service
 
What is this Service?
A free job referral service connecting currently-unemployed ETs, Journeymen, and WECA Graduate job seekers to Member Contractors in order to help meet their staffing needs. It's included with your contractor membership!
 
Who does this benefit?
Everyone! WECA Member Contractors are referred qualified, available, WECA-trained applicants to help meet their staffing needs. And unemployed WECA ETs, Journeymen, and graduates get valuable job referrals. 
 
How does this differ from the WECA Job Board?
WECA's current Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board is a self-service portal where members and electrical and low voltage employment job-seekers submit and review resumes and job postings online.
 
This new service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff supply you with hands-on referrals. In other words, we take some of the hard work off your plate. The Student Referral Service refers job-seekers to you, and you hire them directly.
 
To receive referrals from WECA's Student Referral Service, please contact Ana Lopez, WECA ET/Journeyman Program Manager, at alopez@goweca.com or 1-877-444-9322.

Interested in connecting with individuals seeking employment through our Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board as well? Or posting an open position? View this WECA-provided, free, no-obligation service HERE, and find your next great employee today! You can also view active resumes here as part of your member contractor benefits.
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Thursday, June 21, 2018   Spotlight on Aerial Lift Training for WECA Apprenticeship Programs

We spoke with WECA Apprenticeship Instructor Neil Pesarillo the other day about aerial lift training in our apprenticeship programs. Check out the resulting video! 
 
Spotlight on Aerial Lift Training for WECA Apprenticeship Programs
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Thursday, June 21, 2018   Cook Brown/WECA Webinar: Handling Union Pressure Free for WECA Members and Their Employees!

Need help recognizing, understanding, and navigating the stressful communication issues of unionization?
 
Join Carrie Bushman of Cook Brown, LLP as she clarifies reasons behind employee unionization, recognizing organizing activity, the election process, and how to effectively communicate with employees regarding union organization, in this WECA-sponsored webinar on July 18th, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.


Register Here.
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Thursday, June 21, 2018   WECA Seeks Qualified Part-Time Instructors! Earn extra money: The teaching schedule works with your

Are you at the top of your game as an experienced electrician?
Do you have what it takes to be a part-time WECA instructor, nights (online) and/or for Saturday onsite labs?  
 
 
WECA is currently hiring part-time instructors for night and weekend classes!

Are you an experienced and knowledgeable electrical professional, with at least one of the following qualifications?
  • Certified Residential or General Electrician with at least 5 years in the trade?
  • Current C10 Contractors license with at least 5 years in the trade?
  • Electrical engineering degree with some electrical trade experience?
  • Vocational teaching degree with previous experience teaching electrical code and theory (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
  • Retired Electrician with 10 years of experience (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
  • Maintenance electrician with 10 years of experience (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
  • Electrician working for a non-C10 contractor with 7 years of experience (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
- Are you an excellent communicator? 
- Do you have a passion for teaching, explaining, and sharing your knowledge with others?
- Do you know how to use a computer?
- Would you like the opportunity to teach from your own home computer*, if you have the skills, equipment and an internet connection that meets WECA's requirements?
- Would you like to be paid a starting rate of $35 per hour, with regular evaluation for performance-based raises?


If you answered "yes" to the questions above, please email your resume and a letter of interest to hr@goweca.com.
 
*Partial list of requirements in order to be able to teach from home two nights per week from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.:
  • A quiet room containing all equipment needed to teach
  • Reliable, high speed internet connection
Computer Requirements:
 
Windows
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1; At least 2 GB RAM
  • Additional requirements for RAM, OS, and browser
Mac OS
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor for Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, and 10.9
Additional requirements for RAM, OS, and browser
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Thursday, June 07, 2018   WECA's Annual Team Development Day

Wondering what the WECA family got up to last Friday? We take an annual day for bonding and training in unique environments, so that we can be a more cohesive team for you, our Member Contractors, Industry Partners, Apprentices, Electrician Trainees, and Journeyman Continuing Education students, year-round! Our Riverside, San Diego, and Rancho Cordova staff use this time to come together in a day designed by our in-house Social Committee. 

This year, we grouped into smaller teams and worked together to solve fun and challenging puzzles in a nearby escape room. Here are some great shots of each group after their successful challenges! 

Leanne Sipes, Senior Accountant and one of the organizers of this event, had this to add: 

The Folsom Escape Room experience was a unique way to have some fun with our colleagues. Once a year, we come together from around the state, and we look for an activity that everyone can enjoy.  Most everyone was new to this type activity, so no team had an edge over the other. We problem solved, we escaped, and most importantly, we laughed a lot!

(Editor's note: Team 1 wants to make sure we tell all of you that they won.)
 


 
 
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Thursday, June 07, 2018   WECA 2018 Graduation: Reserve Your Sponsorship and Attendance


Our Commercial Electrical, Residential Electrical, and Low Voltage Apprentices as well as Electrician Trainees in our GET WIRED! program have successfully completed their education with WECA!
 
Help us honor their achievement with your attendance and/or sponsorship at their graduation events on:
  • Saturday, June 23, 2018 at WECA Headquarters in Rancho Cordova from 4 PM - 7:30 PM for Northern California graduates.
  • Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Faulkner Winery Pinnacle Room in Temecula from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for Southern California graduates.
Help us make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend either graduation location and meet the graduates, which is especially meaningful for them if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend one or both graduations, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.  
 
Individual tickets are also available, independent of sponsorship packages.
 
Please consider the sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical and low voltage education!

Sponsors: if we have not yet received your sponsorship but you still plan to participate, the deadline to make it into our printed NorCal graduation program is tomorrow, June 8th, at 11 AM. Don't miss out!

Reserve your sponsorship packages and/or individual tickets
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Thursday, June 07, 2018   WECA Seeks Qualified Part-Time Instructors! Earn extra money: The teaching schedule works with your

Are you at the top of your game as an experienced electrician?
Do you have what it takes to be a WECA instructor?  
 
 
WECA is currently hiring part-time instructors for night and weekend classes!

Are you an experienced and knowledgeable electrical professional, with at least one of the following qualifications?
  • Certified Residential or General Electrician with at least 5 years in the trade?
  • Current C10 Contractors license with at least 5 years in the trade?
  • Electrical engineering degree with some electrical trade experience?
  • Vocational teaching degree with previous experience teaching electrical code and theory (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
  • Retired Electrician with 10 years of experience (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
  • Maintenance electrician with 10 years of experience (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
  • Electrician working for a non-C10 contractor with 7 years of experience (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
- Are you an excellent communicator? 
- Do you have a passion for teaching, explaining, and sharing your knowledge with others?
- Do you know how to use a computer?
- Would you like the opportunity to teach from your own home computer*, if you have the skills, equipment and an internet connection that meets WECA's requirements?
- Would you like to be paid a starting rate of $35 per hour, with regular evaluation for performance-based raises?


If you answered "yes" to the questions above, please email your resume and a letter of interest to hr@goweca.com.
 
*Partial list of requirements in order to be able to teach from home two nights per week from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.:
  • A quiet room containing all equipment needed to teach
  • Reliable, high speed internet connection
Computer Requirements:
 
Windows
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1; At least 2 GB RAM
  • Additional requirements for RAM, OS, and browser
Mac OS
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor for Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, and 10.9
Additional requirements for RAM, OS, and browser
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Thursday, June 07, 2018   WECA New Apprenticeship Instructor Spotlight: John Arias

 
Apprenticeship Instructor John Arias
Meet newest Apprenticeship Instructor John Arias! Thanks to his broad base of knowledge and diverse industry experience, John will be teaching across all three of our apprenticeship programs: Commercial Electrical, Residential Electrical, and Low Voltage. He shares, "I am very excited to be the latest team member at WECA." John has been gaining experiences in the trades since he was young; with a plumber for a father and a carpenter for a mother, he's a tradesman through and through! He's worked with a number of California companies, including J&M Electric, Clark Custom Electric, S&J Ventures, Able Electric, and more. John also taught as a part-time WECA Get Wired! (Electrician Trainee Certificate Program) Instructor for years before transitioning to his current position with WECA!

So why did he want to move into full-time teaching? He explains, "I've always loved sharing what I've learned with others. It brings me great joy to see students and apprentices 'get it'." 

He adds,

My teaching philosophy is to keep the students engaged with lots of hands on exercises. I believe people drawn to the construction trade tend to learn best by doing. Coupled with a quality curriculum and real world examples, this practice is a recipe for success....My advice to any apprentice is to do your best at any task given. Your efforts and ethics will be noticed.

In John's free time, he loves riding motorcycles with his wife of 25 years, and spending time with their six children. John would also like to add a special note of gratitude for his father, who taught him a strong work ethic and moral standards.

Welcome to the WECA family, John! We wish you many more years of success here and are thrilled to have you as a full-time Apprenticeship Instructor.
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Thursday, June 07, 2018   For Your Journeymen and Electrician Trainees: Basic Motor Controls Part 1 & 2, Both in Rancho Cordov

Help your employees get hands-on experience building control circuits for motors as they learn the basics of Motor Controls.
 
Recommended prerequisites for Electrician Trainees: GET WIRED! 100 & 200 Series, 301, and 302 are strongly advised.
 
In this lab-based course, Basic Motor Controls Part 1, Electrician Trainees and Journeyman Continuing Education Students will learn about and gain experience with:
  • The parts and components of a motor circuit
  • Manual control, automatic control and control logic
  • Motor control line - ladder diagrams
  • Local Start / Stop Station
  • Multiple Start / Stop Stations
  • Using Selector Switches & Pilot Devices
  • Reversing circuits
Learn more about and enroll in a Basic Motor Controls, Part 1 course starting July 21, 2018
Your choice of Rancho Cordova or San Diego
 
This course is worth 16 hours of continuing education or electrician trainee credit. 
 

Additionally, help your employees build on what they learned in Basic Motor Controls, Part 1 by getting further hands-on experience building control circuits for motors. 

Recommended prerequisite for Electrician Trainees include: GET WIRED! 100 & 200 Series, 301, 302, 401, and BMC 1.

In the lab-based course, Basic Motor Controls, Part 2, your Electrician Trainees and Journeymen will learn about and gain experience with: 
  • Sequential starting of multiple motors
  • Control relays and their common applications
  • Timers and timing logic, for example, on delay, off delay, etc.
LATE FEE WAIVED: Learn more about and enroll in the Basic Motor Controls, Part 2 course starting June 9, 2018 (Still a few seats available!)
 
This course is worth 16 hours of continuing education or electrician trainee credit. 
Enroll online at the link above or by phone at 877-444-9322. 
 
Need to sign your Electrician Trainees up for their next course in series, or your Journeymen up for continuing education, but these dates don't work? Check out WECA's wide variety of other offerings, including fully-online options.
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Thursday, June 07, 2018   Free for WECA Members: Getting Messy Payroll & Fringe Benefit Requirements Under Control: An Upcomi


The Contractors Plan (TCP), a WECA Industry Partner, specializes in helping electrical and low voltage contractors bid more competitively and profitably on public "prevailing wage" projects. Nathaniel Peniston, TCP's Vice President, will deliver part two of their webinar series focused on helping Merit Shop contractors learn about: 
 
Upcoming Webinar
: Getting Messy Payroll & Fringe Benefit Requirements Under Control

June 13, 2018:
  • Meet and Exceed Regulatory Obligations, including compliant options for discharging fringes.
  • Integrating payroll and fringe obligations seamlessly.
  • Reduce payroll taxes and insurance costs on public work.
  • Effective strategies for contractors who are just getting started in scale work
Register here for Getting Messy Payroll & Fringe Benefit Requirements Under Control on June 13, 2018, from 10AM to 11AM. 
 
Registration is free for WECA members and their employees; $50 for all others.
If you have any questions, give WECA a call at: (877) 444-WECA (9322)
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Thursday, May 24, 2018   WECA Employee Spotlight: Janaya Orejel



Janaya Orejel has been a part of the WECA team for five years now! 

She currently works as an administrative assistant, and came to WECA with an Associate Degree in Business Administration from American River College. You may see her in the front lobby at WECA HQ or hear her voice on the phone, as she frequently assists students, interested applicants, member contractors, and staff members. She primarily works on providing document assistance, helping with class enrollments, and utilizing her extensive knowledge of all things WECA to provide answers to the WECA community. 

Janaya truly does it all! She says, "A typical day at WECA never looks the same for me! One day can be calm, and the next day I will be particularly busy and have a plethora of visitors to assist." She loves being the face of WECA HQ, adding, "What keeps me engaged in the work is the feeling I get after being told by a student or member how I made their experience at WECA a great one."

Janaya was raised in Sacramento with her two older brothers, and typically spends her non-WECA hours travelling, bike riding with her dad, and spending time with family.

Please join us in celebrating five years of Janaya's hard work, positive attitude, and dedication to the WECA family. We look forward to many more years with this wonderful team member!
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Thursday, May 24, 2018   2018 Primary Election Voter Guide


WECA Government Affairs has compiled a Primary Election Voter Guide for the upcoming election on June 5, 2018, for the use of our members and the industry. Access here: 

WECA's 2018 Primary Election Voter Guide
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Thursday, May 24, 2018   WECA 2018 Graduation: Reserve Your Sponsorship and Attendance


Our Commercial Electrical, Residential Electrical, and Low Voltage Apprentices as well as Electrician Trainees in our GET WIRED! program have successfully completed their education with WECA!
 
Help us honor their achievement with your attendance and/or sponsorship at their graduation events on:
  • Saturday, June 23, 2018 at WECA Headquarters in Rancho Cordova from 4 PM - 7:30 PM for Northern California graduates.
  • Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Faulkner Winery Pinnacle Room in Temecula from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for Southern California graduates.
Help us make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend either graduation location and meet the graduates, which is especially meaningful for them if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend one or both graduations, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.  
 
Individual tickets are also available, independent of sponsorship packages.
 
Please consider the sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical and low voltage education!

Reserve your sponsorship packages and/or individual tickets
Read more >>


Thursday, May 24, 2018   WECA's Student Referral Service: Helping You Meet Your Staffing Needs TODAY

WECA Member Contractors: We Have Qualified Applicants For You
 

The WECA Student Referral Service
 
What is this Service?
A free job referral service that introduces our current ET, Journeymen, and WECA Graduate job seekers to Member Contractors in order to help meet their staffing needs. It's included with your membership!
 
Who does this benefit?
Everyone! WECA Member Contractors are referred qualified, WECA-trained applicants to help meet their staffing needs. And WECA Students, Journeymen, and Graduates get valuable job referrals. 
 
How does this differ from the WECA Job Board?
WECA's current Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board is a self-service portal where members and electrical and low voltage employment job-seekers submit and review resumes and job postings online.
 
This new service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff supply you with hands-on referrals. In other words, we take some of the hard work off your plate. 
 
The Student Referral Service refers more experienced employees to you, and you hire them directly.
 
To receive referrals from WECA's Student Referral Service, please contact Ana Lopez, WECA ET/Journeyman Program Manager, at alopez@goweca.com or 1-877-444-9322.
Interested in connecting with individuals seeking employment through our Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board as well? Or posting an open position? View this WECA-provded, free, no-obligation service HERE, and find your next great employee today! You can also view active resumes here as part of your member contractor benefits.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018   WECA Continues Hosting Ideal National Championship Qualifying Rounds

WECA had a great turnout for last week's Ideal National Championship qualifying round! Keep joining us this Spring and Summer for 2018 Ideal National Championship qualifying rounds. Plan to compete, or encourage your employees to do so. Competitors have a chance to qualify for the Championship Weekend at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida--and did we mention that $500,000 in cash and prizes is also up for grabs?  
 
 
The next qualifying round at WECA HQ in Rancho Cordova is June 20, from 2:30-4:30pm! 
 
The qualifying rounds in San Diego are occurring on the following dates and times:
  • May 25, 1:00-3:00pm
  • June 22, 1:00-3:00pm
  • July 27, 1:00-3:00pm
  • August 10, 1:00-3:00pm
  • August 31, 1:00-3:00pm
  • September 7, 1:00-3:00pm
  • September 28, 1:00-3:00pm 

The competition is open to:
  • Students: Apprentices and/or State-Registered Electrician Trainees
  • Journeymen
  • 3-person Student teams: Apprentices and/or Electrician Trainees
  • 3-person Journeymen teams



Visit Ideal Nationals to pre-register for this event, learn more about the qualifying task, and the National Championship. You can even watch a video of the qualifying activity each contestant (or team) will have to perform to earn a place at the National Championship. Walk-in participants are also welcome.
 
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Thursday, May 24, 2018   Free for WECA Members: Skilled and Trained Workforce Mandates Webinar


Do the sheer volume of Skilled and Trained Workforce mandates and exceptions make you feel as though you're all bound up in red tape?
 
While we can't eliminate bureaucratic madness, what we can do is help you navigate it by providing you with up-to-date information on current Skilled and Trained Workforce mandates. This webinar will cover new caps on graduation percentages for crafts, new interpretations of compliance, and new penalties for noncompliance.
 
Join Richard Markuson of WECA Government Affairs as he takes you through what he calls "the rabbit hole" of California's ever evolving Skilled and Trained Workforce mandates for public works construction.
 
Associate Director of Apprenticeship Wendy Flanagan will also be on the webinar to describe WECA's 'Accelerated Apprenticeship' solution for WECA Member Contractors dealing with Skilled and Trained Workforce mandates.
 
Free for WECA members and their employees! (All others $50/registration.)
 
Register 
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Thursday, May 24, 2018   Free for WECA Members: Getting Messy Payroll & Fringe Benefit Requirements Under Control

 

The Contractors Plan (TCP), a WECA Industry Partner, specializes in helping electrical and low voltage contractors bid more competitively and profitably on public "prevailing wage" projects. Nathaniel Peniston, TCP's Vice President, will deliver part two of their webinar series focused on helping Merit Shop contractors learn about: 
 
Upcoming Webinar
: Getting Messy Payroll & Fringe Benefit Requirements Under Control

June 13, 2018:
  • Meet and Exceed Regulatory Obligations, including compliant options for discharging fringes.
  • Integrating payroll and fringe obligations seamlessly.
  • Reduce payroll taxes and insurance costs on public work.
  • Effective strategies for contractors who are just getting started in scale work
Register here for Getting Messy Payroll & Fringe Benefit Requirements Under Control on June 13, 2018, from 10AM to 11AM. 
 
Registration is free for WECA members and their employees; $50 for all others.
If you have any questions, give WECA a call at: (877) 444-WECA (9322)
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Tuesday, May 08, 2018   ET Instructors: Teacher Appreciation Week

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re highlighting the hard working teachers at WECA!  Trent Wragg is WECA’s Electrician Trainee/Continuing Education Instructor Supervisor, and we’d like to give a big shout out to him for the incredible work that he does for WECA, and the ET instructors he works with. Trent had this to say about the ET instructor team:




WECA’s staff of part-time ET instructors is comprised of representatives from many areas of the electrical industries. Many WECA part-time instructors are employed in Residential work, others in Commercial work, and others are involved in primarily Industrial work. These instructors, who work full-time during the day, maintain a commitment to teaching their ET classes that occur at night. They express genuine enjoyment in teaching and being able to help beginning electricians advance in their careers.  The part-time instructors’ incredible experience and depth of knowledge in the electrical industry makes supervising them and placing them in a great classes extraordinarily fulfilling.

Interested in WECA’s Electrician Trainee program for yourself or your employees? Learn more here!
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Tuesday, May 08, 2018   Apprentice Instructors: Teacher Appreciation Week

A huge shout out to our apprenticeship instructors! These dedicated individuals come from the industry as former contractors, foremen, project managers and estimators--all with an unwavering foundation of experience. Our credentialed instructors are all currently-certified electricians and/or low voltage technicians in the State of California, to ensure we give our apprentices the very best expertise from which to learn. As part of National Teacher Appreciation Day, we’re sharing them with you!


Jimmie Slemp primarily teaches second year Apprenticeship full time, manages the Rancho Cordova lab facility, and helps with apprenticeship curriculum development.


Dan Bierly utilizes his teaching and field experience, along with his technical expertise, to develop rigorous exam prep curriculum to prepare WECA’s apprentices for the State certification exams.



Rick Labon teaches apprenticeship at the Riverside training facility and also works with WECA's instructional development team to create leading electrician education curriculum



Mike Moyer is WECA's fourth year Apprenticeship Instructor and specializes in instrumentation and controls. He’s made incredible contributions to the apprenticeship education program with his highly detailed and effective labs.



Rick Mortensen has worked with WECA for more than six years, first as a Get Wired! Instructor, and now as an Apprentice instructor in San Diego. He teaches all five years of the Commercial Electrical apprenticeship program.


Zach Wallace teaches for WECA as an apprenticeship instructor, primarily teaching 3rd year. Zach feels that his greatest reward as a teacher is knowing that students are moving forward in their careers because of a concept he helped them to understand.



LaKeal Morris primarily teaches 1st year apprenticeship, where he is able to combine his knowledge of the trade with his love for teaching in order to keep WECA’s apprentices at the top of their game.


Keith Smart continues his teaching passion as an Apprenticeship Instructor at WECA with duties that take him from teaching Ohms Law and load calculations, to proper conduit bending, and navigating trainees through Pythagorean theorems. He teaches all five years of the Commercial Electrical program.


Steve Kappes is based at WECA's Rancho Cordova training facility as the LowVolt apprenticeship instructor, and holds a C-10 Electrical Contractors license, and is a certified Low Voltage Technician and Fire Life Safety Technician in California, as well as NICET Level III, Senior Electronics Technician certification.


Tom Thompson has worked at nearly every level of the electrical construction business and has expertise in commercial and residential settings, as well as in low voltage. He’s the lead curriculum developer for our low voltage apprenticeship programs.

Neil Pesarillo is based in San Diego as a Low Voltage apprenticeship instructor, and holds VDV and FLS technician certifications. He brings expertise from the field and a knack for helping others understand concepts and applications.
 
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Friday, April 27, 2018   WECA Spring Career Outreach

WECA's been making the rounds!  
Tom Thompson (in red hard hat) with friends from AGC San Diego; judging the Skills USA electrical competition.
 
Spreading the word about WECA opportunities! Shown: WECA Associate Director of Apprenticeship Wendy Flanagan and Workforce Development Assistant Curtis Hicks
WECA is proud to have participated in several outreach events in April, to promote apprenticeship and careers in the electrical and low voltage industry.
 
Our outreach team attended the April 4th Sheldon HS Vocational and Career Fair, 
April 20th Antelope HS Career Fair, and
April 21st NSBIF Skilled Trades Job Fair.

WECA's Tom Thompson accepted an invitation to be a judge of the electrical competition at an April 20-21 AGC of America and Skills USA event in Ontario, CA. 

These events encourage high school graduates and other career-seekers to consider apprenticeship programs. WECA's Associate Director of Apprenticeship, Wendy Flanagan, travels all over the state to share WECA's apprenticeship opportunities, and will continue to do so in May!

On May 2nd and 3rd, WECA will be a sponsor for the Design Build competition, and on May 9th, there will be an Elk Grove School District student visit and tour to our Rancho Cordova training facility. 

A huge shout out to everyone at WECA working so hard to connect young people and career-changers with WECA opportunities!
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Friday, April 27, 2018   Free for WECA Members: Skilled and Trained Workforce Mandates Webinar


Do the sheer volume of Skilled and Trained Workforce mandates and exceptions make you feel as though you're all bound up in red tape?
 
While we can't eliminate bureaucratic madness, what we can do is help you navigate it by providing you with up-to-date information on current Skilled and Trained Workforce mandates. This webinar will cover new caps on graduation percentages for crafts, new interpretations of compliance, and new penalties for noncompliance.
 
Join Richard Markuson of WECA Government Affairs as he takes you through what he calls "the rabbit hole" of California's ever evolving Skilled and Trained Workforce mandates for public works construction.
 
Associate Director of Apprenticeship Wendy Flanagan will also be on the webinar to describe WECA's 'Accelerated Apprenticeship' solution for WECA Member Contractors dealing with Skilled and Trained Workforce mandates.
 
Free for WECA members and their employees! (All others $50/registration.)
 
Register 
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Friday, April 27, 2018   2018 Ideal Nationals Qualifying Rounds at WECA Rancho Cordova & San Diego: Competition Dates

Do you, your employees, or your apprentices have what it takes to be the best electrician in the nation? Join us this Spring and Summer for 2018 Ideal National Championship qualifying rounds. Plan to compete and earn your chance to qualify for the Championship Weekend at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida--and did we mention that $500,000 in cash and prizes is also up for grabs?  

 
There will be qualifying rounds at WECA HQ in Rancho Cordova on May 16, from 2:30-4:30pm, and June 20, from 2:30-4:30pm! 

The qualifying rounds in San Diego are occurring on the following dates and times:
  • May 25, 1:00-3:00pm
  • June 22, 1:00-3:00pm
  • July 27, 1:00-3:00pm
  • August 10, 1:00-3:00pm
  • August 31, 1:00-3:00pm
  • September 7, 1:00-3:00pm
  • September 28, 1:00-3:00pm 
The competition is open to:
  • Students: Apprentices and/or State-Registered Electrician Trainees
  • Journeymen
  • 3-person Student teams: Apprentices and/or Electrician Trainees
  • 3-person Journeymen teams
Visit Ideal Nationals to pre-register for this event, learn more about the qualifying task, and the National Championship. You can even watch a video of the qualifying activity each contestant (or team) will have to perform to earn a place at the National Championship. Walk-in participants are also welcome.
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Friday, April 27, 2018   WECA Apprentice Spotlight: Rick Burnosky

Rick Burnosky is a third year Low Voltage Apprentice with long-time WECA member contractor, Bergelectric Corporation. Rick is well on his way to graduating this spring, and WECA had the chance to speak with him recently about his apprenticeship. So, what appealed to him about the program? It seems one of Rick's friends originally got him interested in the Low Voltage apprenticeship, versus another trade, because low volt seemed like a good choice for someone "...more tech-savvy, as it involved computers." Rick also has an interest in CAD (computer-aided design) development, so this proved to be a natural fit for him.
 
Rick currently works with Bergelectric Corporation as a Fire Alarm Apprentice. He enjoys "working at all sorts of places and traveling, so you're never really in one place at the same time. We go all over California; all the way from San Diego to Sacramento, to Lemoore. We just worked on a naval base there. We've worked all over the country."
 
Enjoying travel as he does, it's no surprise that Rick's favorite project to date was a recent opportunity in Omaha. He said, "I liked working on Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska. We worked on the fire alarms there...from wire pull all the way to final approval."
 
In addition to the travel opportunities they've provided, Rick appreciates the strong support he has received from his employer. He shares that "Bergelectric has helped me get my NICET 2 certification, and I passed my Fire Life Safety exam as well." Soon Rick will be out of the classroom, and moving forward as he grows his career with Bergelectric. Congratulations, Rick, and we wish you the very best in your continued endeavors!
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Friday, April 27, 2018   It's here! The 2018 Ediction of "Selected California Laws Affecting Electrical and Low Voltage


The new 2018 edition of WECA's "Selected California Laws Affecting Electrical and Low Voltage Contractors" is now available. It's an important reference guide to the latest new and amended laws that could affect your business.

Member contractors: please watch your mailbox; your complimentary paperback copy will arrive shortly!

Additional copies of the 2018 edition of Selected California Laws Affecting Electrical and Low Voltage Contractors can be purchased from Amazon HERE.
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Friday, April 27, 2018   Now Offering Online OSHA 10 Construction in Spanish

Do you have employees who might benefit from receiving safety training in their native language, Spanish? WECA now offers OSHA 10 Construction in Spanish, online.
 
OSHA 10-Horas Construcción en Español
 
In addition to this new offering, WECA continues to offer these other online OSHA safety courses for Journeyman Continuing Education or Electrician Trainee hours in partnership with online training provider ClickSafety:
 
OSHA 10 Construction
CAL OSHA 10 Construction
OSHA 30 Construction

Remember: as a WECA member, your employees get discounted registrations. If you need more employee discount cards to hand out to them, please don't hesitate to call us and ask us to send you a fresh stack! 1-877-444-9322
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Friday, April 27, 2018   Free for WECA Members: Getting Messy Payroll & Fringe Benefit Requirements Under Control

The Contractors Plan (TCP), a WECA Industry Partner, specializes in helping electrical and low voltage contractors bid more competitively and profitably on public "prevailing wage" projects. Nathaniel Peniston, TCP's Vice President, will deliver part two of their webinar series focused on helping Merit Shop contractors learn about: 

 
Upcoming Webinar: Getting Messy Payroll & Fringe Benefit Requirements Under Control
June 13, 2018:
  • Meet and Exceed Regulatory Obligations, including compliant options for discharging fringes.
  • Integrating payroll and fringe obligations seamlessly.
  • Reduce payroll taxes and insurance costs on public work.
  • Effective strategies for contractors who are just getting started in scale work
Register here for Getting Messy Payroll & Fringe Benefit Requirements Under Control on June 13, 2018, from 10AM to 11AM. 
 
 
Registration is free for WECA members and their employees; $50 for all others.
If you have any questions, give WECA a call at: (877) 444-WECA (9322)
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