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Thursday, November 18, 2021   Motion granted to stay OSHA's COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard

Content Courtesy of OSHA.GOV: On November 12, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to stay OSHA's COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, published on November 5, 2021 (86 Fed. Reg. 61402) ("ETS"). The court ordered that OSHA "take no steps to implement or enforce" the ETS "until further court order." While OSHA remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the litigation.

OSHA page for COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS
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Thursday, November 18, 2021   Join WECA and Cook Brown, LLP for a Webinar Series on Prevailing Wage; Skilled and Trained Workforce

Part 1 (Prevailing Wage) on Dec. 7

Part 2 (Skilled and Trained Workforce) on Dec. 14



Join Cook Brown Partner Carrie Bushman December 7 for Part 1 of a two-part webinar series on Prevailing Wage and Skilled and Trained Workforce. Part 1 will cover Prevailing Wage, including:
  • Identifying and understanding the wage determination applicable to your project
  • Taking credit for employer-provided fringe benefits
  • Record-keeping
  • Apprenticeship compliance
  • Enforcement
Register today to join us online on December 7, from 8:30 to 10:30 AM, for Part 1 of this informative webinar series.

This webinar is complimentary for WECA Member Contractors and their employees as a WECA member benefit! All others are $75/registration.

Register for the Dec. 7 webinar here!



Join Cook Brown Partner Carrie Bushman for Part 2 of a two-part webinar series on December 14. Part 2 will focus on Skilled and Trained Workforce, where Carrie will discuss:
  • Recognizing to which types of projects Skilled and Trained Workforce requirements apply
  • Understanding apprentice graduation requirements
  • Compliance and enforcement
Register today to join us online on December 14, from 8:30 to 9:30 AM, for Part 2 of this informative webinar series.

This webinar is complimentary for WECA Member Contractors and their employees as a WECA member benefit! All others are $75/registration.

Register for the Dec. 14 webinar here!
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Thursday, November 18, 2021   Looking to conduct Apprenticeship outreach and workforce development in your community?

Looking to conduct Apprenticeship outreach and workforce development in your community? WECA would be thrilled to have Member Contractors join us at these CIE Foundation Trades Day events:

January 27, 2022 in Chico

February 1, 2022 in Orange County



Register as a Sponsor for Trades Day on January 27, 2022 in Chico

Register as a Sponsor for Trades Day on February 1, 2022 in Orange County
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Thursday, November 18, 2021   Missed our Veterans Day coverage? Here's two spotlights on WECA Apprentices who've served

Joseph Aragon, III
United States Army



This Veteran’s Day, we’re proud to spotlight Joseph Aragon II, a United States Army veteran and third-year Commercial Electrical Apprentice with WECA Member Contractor Reyff Electric Company.

Joseph—who served as a 63B-Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic in Afghanistan and Fort Lewis, Washington during his Army career—says that the Army taught him the principles of strong leadership, excellent worth ethic and the want and need for hard work, and that he’s applied it both in the classroom and on the jobsite during his Apprenticeship.

“I absolutely recommend an electrical career for veterans, and also for those who are going into the military,” says Joseph.

When in the classroom at WECA, Joseph notes that he particularly appreciates the teaching style of Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship instructor James Hall, saying “I really appreciate how much detail he puts into his instruction and willingness to pause to further explain [concepts] to his students who have questions.”

Joseph also suggests to current and future Apprentices that when in doubt or grappling with a rough patch, they “remember the ultimate goal and why you decided to pursue being an electrician," and reminds them that electricians "light the way.”
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Thank you for your service, Joseph, and thank you for being part of the WECA family!

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Charles Burnette
United States Army



Another Veteran’s Day spotlight we're proud to share comes to us courtesy of Charles Burnette, a Commercial Electrical Apprentice working for WECA Arizona founding Member Contractor Corbins Electric!

Charles—who served in the Army for two years as an 11 Bravo infantryman stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia—was inspired to enter the trades by his father-in-law.

“I chose electrical because it’s forever changing and growing,” says Charles. “And I like WECA because it’s hands-on learning in the class and in the field, and I get to accumulate hours in the field while getting paid to go to school. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Charles’ favorite thing that he’s learned during his Apprenticeship was “potential” and learning how and why birds are not affected by the current when landing on a power line.

Charles says that current and future Apprentices should “keep an open mind because there is more than one way to do things; who knows—you may learn something new” and says that joining the trades after serving in the Army has “changed my life and given me a new drive to grow and learn.”
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Thank you for your service, Charles! We’re thrilled to have you as part of the inaugural WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program! 
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Thursday, November 18, 2021   It's National Apprenticeship Week!

Join in on the fun with a video introducing our new Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program, spotlights on current and former Apprentices and behind-the-scenes looks at our Commercial Electrical and Low Voltage open houses in Sacramento/Rancho Cordova and San Diego!

This National Apprenticeship Week, get to know the new WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program by watching the video below!

Get to Know the WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program

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Jaron Stroud, 2015 WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduate and WECA Fresno's newest Apprenticeship instructor



Let’s kick off National Apprenticeship Week 2021 with a spotlight on Jaron Stroud, WECA Fresno’s newest Apprenticeship instructor (and 2015 WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduate)!

Looking back on his Apprenticeship, Stroud fondly remembers “growing up with my fellow students as we all became better and better electricians. Remembering what we were learning and struggling with in the beginning and then realizing how much we progressed semester after semester gave me pride in myself as well as my fellow classmates that went on that journey with me.”

Since graduating from WECA in 2015, Stroud’s immersed himself in myriad aspects of the electrical industry.

“I did what I could to see everything that the field has to offer,” says Stroud. “I tried my hand in my different areas of the electrical field, like solar, industrial, motor controls, traffic signals and street lights, and eventually got into teaching.”

Stroud says his favorite thing about being a teacher is that “I get the feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment knowing that I am helping new electricians starting their career get the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in their workplace. I had many people help me along my career path and am more than happy to pay it forward to those wanting to get into this career.”

And now Stroud is giving back and ensuring that current and future WECA Apprentices succeed similarly. His advice is to “Keep in mind that education is what separates good electricians from great electricians. Being in a field that changes so rapidly, becoming complacent in what you know now will only limit your chances of advancement in the long run. Become a lifetime student…as an Apprentice, you’ll be expected to learn many things very quickly but even after you’ve accumulated enough skills and knowhow to be successful at your current job, keep taking advantage of every opportunity to grow, because it will only help you become that much more valuable as your career progresses.”

Stroud also particularly attributes his success to a few past WECA instructors as well as his fiancée.

“I’d like to give a shout-out to all my past WECA instructors—Zach, Jimmie, Ned, and Mike. I would also like to thank my fiancée Jordyn for her love and constant support, for all the late nights and early mornings, and for keeping me sane over the past few years. Thank you for being my muse, chronicler, proofreader, and brain-stormer. But most of all, thank you for being my best friend. I owe you everything.”

Well said, Jaron! We’re thrilled to have another WECA alumnus on our team, and know you’ll do great things at our new Fresno training facility!

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Jeremy Alessandro, 2015 WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduate, current WECA Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees Trustee, and Operations Manager of Alessandro Electric, Inc.



Jeremy Alessandro—2015 WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduate, current WECA Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees Trustee, and Operations Manager of Alessandro Electric, Inc.—started running his first large project immediately after graduating from WECA.

“It was a $680,000 HVAC project and lighting retrofit for Rocklin High School,” recalls Jeremy. “It involved a 13-person crew and a 90-day completion time; it was crazy going immediately from taking direction to directing a larger crew. Upon completion of that project there ended up being an immediate need to fill a purchasing role within the organization. Although I was just supposed to fill in, I made the position more than just purchasing. I started to find opportunities to go above and beyond in the role and over time, made it into an operation manager role. I created and continue to create process improvement for the company. I started with prefabrication design/support and continued to create standardization of work, safety training, strategic vendor relationships, and logistic improvements. I am currently reengineering the way projects are built from initially getting the job all the way through completion. I am always looking at the company and looking for the lowest hanging fruit (what will help the organization most) to improve upon. Constant improvement is necessary in this industry, and everything is changing around you. You can either be the catalyst for change or be run over by it.”

Jeremy’s career trajectory and advice are certainly inspiring—but that’s not all!
Here are some more nuggets of wisdom from Jeremy:
  • Jeremy’s favorite thing about his career is the ability to constantly improve. He always strives to make tomorrow better than today.
  • Jeremy advises current and future Apprentices alike to “Treat the Apprenticeship as your dream and don’t procrastinate.”
  • To ensure success after graduation, Jeremy says to remember some key sayings to get through tough times, such as:
  • Embrace the credo “It all pays the same.” This means that nothing is below you, and to lead by example.
  • “Do whatever it takes.” Be willing to go above and beyond in any situation, and you will more than likely be kept busy during the slow times.
  • “Living the dream.” Even if your day is hard, find what’s good in it and fake it if you have to, because we work together way too long and hard to deal with each other’s negativity.
  • Find a company and become indispensable. Many companies—including merit companies—will take into consideration how long you have been with the organization. Find a place you love and feel like you want to be with for the long haul and do whatever it takes to stay there. I would often during slow times wait for the next project rather than company hop, and that loyalty kept me busy.
  • Find your motivation in life, and then use that motivation to propel you to be the best every day. Don’t let anything stop you from your happiness. Almost all hardships are temporary and adapt to those which are not.


And last, but not least, Jeremy recalls his WECA Apprenticeship days fondly, saying that his favorite memory of his WECA Apprenticeship was the feeling he’d get every time he went back to class.

“It was amazing to be with a group of guys that were all there to make each other better,” says Jeremy. And he also recalls one instructor in particular—Jimmie Slemp—and credited him with “making electrical fun and always pushing me to be better.”

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Jay Taylor, 1998 WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduate, current Vice Chair of the WECA Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees, and current Field Operations Manager for Vasko Electric, Inc.



“Graduation is only your first accomplishment,” says Jay Taylor—1998 WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduate, current Vice Chair of the WECA Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees, and current Field Operations Manager for WECA Member Contractor Vasko Electric, Inc. “Continue to educate yourself with the great courses offered to you [at WECA]. If you are required to complete 32 hours of continuing education, complete 64 hours. Don’t just meet the expectations of your employer—exceed the expectations. Don’t just set goals and forget about it; set goals and let your supervisor know what they are and ask them to help you reach those goals.”

Speaking of accomplishments, Jay has had some notable ones during his career—like becoming Vasko’s first WECA Apprentice upon his hiring in 1993!

While at WECA, Jay fondly remembers his experiences in the classroom and with classmates, saying that “A great way to develop a friendship is to sit in a classroom for five years discussing the NEC. I didn’t just learn from the lessons provided; we also learned from each other by sharing our challenges on the job.”

After graduation, Jay “Became a foreman. For the next seven years I worked my way up to running some of the largest and most complicated projects Vasko Electric had to offer. I then moved into the office as a small projects manager for two years, and in 2009 I took on the role of superintendent. Over nine years, I managed the company’s workforce and safety [programs] and promoted education. The position is also responsible for projecting the workflow and sharing the peaks and valleys of our workforce with our team of project managers and estimators,” says Jay.

Jay continues, saying that “There are many things to like about our trade. There’s always room to grow and improve, and you don’t get bored with the work. There are constant changes to the code, the product we install, and technology. With these constant changes, it gives me the drive to strive for continuing education.”
Although Jay’s enjoyed success in his various roles at Vasko Electric since graduating from WECA, he hasn’t forgotten where he came from.

“Over the years I’ve stayed involved with WECA,” says Jay. “In 2012 I sat on the Apprentice Quality Task Force, which was developed to help with the intake process for both WECA staff and the Apprentices. In 2017 I became a trustee for WECA and currently have the privilege to sit with the board members.”

Thank you, Jay, for being such an integral part of the WECA family! We appreciate you and your contributions. 

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Jock Millspaugh (pictured far right), 2017 WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduate, current Director of Maintenance and Operations for the Kerman Unified School District



2017 WECA Commercial Electrical Apprentice Graduate Jock Millspaugh’s motto is “Take every opportunity to invest in yourself. Further your education. Get any certification that’s available. You never know what’s coming around the corner, so you might as well be ready for everything.”

And ready for everything he was. After graduating from WECA in 2017, Jock worked for Valley Unique Electric as a Journeyman electrician for two years. In 2019, he applied for and was hired as the Director of Maintenance and Operations for the Kerman Unified School District, where he directly oversees a crew of seven maintenance workers who work on seven school sites serving a total of 5,500 students.

Jock says that his favorite thing about his career is the relative freedom and varying nature of his work, stating that “I get to fix things! We replace flooring, upgrade electrical, renovate classrooms and multipurpose rooms, and so much more. I really love the freedom of improving our facilities. Being able to make a difference in the community is truly the most rewarding part of my new career.”

While at WECA, Jock’s favorite parts of the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program were his classmates and instructors.

“We had a lot of fun,” Jock says. “The labs were always a good time too. In class we learned who could talk the talk. In labs we learned who could walk the walk. Although, the [health] insurance wasn’t too bad either.”

As a WECA alumnus, Jock had the following advice to impart upon current and prospective Apprentices: “Take the time to network and get to know your fellow classmates. The relationships you build will last long after graduation. Your peers will be a great resource for job openings, troubleshooting, and friendship. Learn from their experiences. Get to know them on a professional and personal level. These relationships will prove to be extremely valuable in the future.”

Further, Jock says that “There’s nothing wrong with being a lifelong electrician. It can be very financially rewarding. But you should never stop learning. Stay current, as the electrical code changes and new regulations demand that we continually evolve with the ever-changing landscape of the industry. There is always room for growth. The more you invest in your career, the more you’ll get out of it. Try and absorb as much information as possible from other tradesmen with more experience. Also, get to know the sequencing of a construction project. Understanding the order of operations can help you avoid problems before they become problems. Lastly, if you’re in your 20s, save as much of your money as possible. Put away 15 percent of your check for retirement. You’ll thank me when you’re 55.”

Jock also acknowledges that he wouldn’t be where he is today without support from family and colleagues.

“Hogi Selling owns Valley Unique Electric. He took a shot on me and it changed my life. He didn’t give me a job—he gave me a career. I will always be grateful for the opportunity he gave me,” says Jock. “Also, a shout-out to my dad for encouraging me to become an electrician, and to my wife, who is an amazing mother! Lastly, thank you to the instructors at WECA—Keith, Jimmie, Mike and Ned—who really made class a lot of fun, and to WECA Insurance Administrator Cindy Cormier, for always being helpful.”

Thank you, Jock, for being part of the WECA family! We are gratified to see you excelling in your career. 

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George Cook-Cantu, fourth-year Commercial Electrical Apprentice with Rex Moore Group, Inc.



Fourth-year Commercial Electrical Apprentice George Cook-Cantu was one of the lucky few to get their start in the trades in high school. He had the opportunity to work for WECA Member Contractor Rex Moore Group, Inc., where he discovered how much he enjoyed building things and observed that when working around the electricians, he enjoyed the same bond and camaraderie that he experienced as a high school athlete. Though he didn’t pursue an electrical Apprenticeship immediately after high school, the experience stayed with him and eventually inspired him to become an electrician.

However, when he decided to pursue a career in the electrical industry, choosing Rex Moore and WECA was a no-brainer.

“One of the major goals of the WECA Apprenticeship is to create the next generation of leaders,” says George. “Because of this and the high level of education [WECA provides], I knew the WECA Apprenticeship route was the correct one for me.”

Now that he’s in the midst of his Apprenticeship, George says that his favorite thing is learning about the willingness to adapt.

“On the jobsite there is constant change. There is constant change of personnel, which means many personalities need to be navigated for the job to be done efficiently. There is also the need to be flexible with planned work due to other trades [on the jobsite]. And more recently, the willingness to adapt has been amplified by COVID protocols and mandates. The ability to adapt is a skill I will continue to sharpen both at work and in my personal life,” says George.

While in the classroom at WECA’s Sacramento/Rancho Cordova headquarters, though, George loves that all the instructors at WECA have something unique to offer. However, his favorite instructor is James Hall, due to James’ success at delivering foundational first-year electrical concepts with a balance of urgency and humor.

And although George is still building his electrical career, he says the keys to success he’s found so far are to “Divide the years of Apprenticeship through goals. Five years can seem overwhelming and long. There is no perfect way of dividing up the Apprenticeship. It will depend on your personal ambitions and execution. I personally set a career goal that I wanted to achieve by the end of year two. Then I set a goal that I want to be achieved by the end of year four. My final year will be about making a smooth transition out of the Apprenticeship and into a leadership role,” says George.

All told, though, George says that “The WECA Apprenticeship has had a significant impact on my life. I have found a great career in electrical and with the education, structure and guidance provided through the Apprenticeship, I will have the tools needed to thrive in construction.”

Thank you for choosing WECA for your Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship, George! We’re glad to have you here, and wish you every success as you continue to craft your career in the commercial electrical industry! 

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Adam Moreno, 2014 Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduate and owner of Cal Valley Electric



Becoming a Commercial Electrician through WECA’s Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program can take you to myriad places. For 2014 Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduate Adam Moreno, it eventually led to him opening his own electrical contracting business—Cal Valley Electric—in 2019.

Prior to opening his own electrical contracting business, Adam worked with WECA Member Contractor Valley Unique Electric, working his way up to the Journeyman and Foreman roles.

“My favorite thing about my career is that I have learned a skill that will forever be needed,” Adam says. “I am always going to be part of something that benefits the community whether it be a school, hospital, community center or church.”

Looking back on his Apprenticeship, Adam says that his favorite memories are that of the people he met along the way, like the classmates that he learned the trade with. But he also implores current and future Apprentices to “Find a mentor, coworker, classmate, employer or anyone in the trade to try and learn from, and respect the trade. Ask questions—it’s okay not to know something but WECA’s instructors are there to guide you in the right direction.”

Adam continues, stating that Apprentices should “Continue learning because a few updates in the NEC and local codes could change when you didn’t realize it. And after you graduate, remember the instructors that helped you through those five years—they didn’t leave; they are still there for questions and gladly give advice when asked.”

Though Adam is now successful in his own electrical contracting career, he knows he owes some of his success to mentors, friends, and loved ones.

“Jason Jensen is the true definition of a mentor whether it be personal, religious, or work-related. Our conversations are always genuine with lots of laughter and are always appreciated. Mike Golden, my best friend, previous roommate, and previous Apprentice—who would’ve thought [we’d be here] on that day thirteen years ago when he asked me if I wanted to be an Apprentice. My wife, who has been there since my second semester in my first year—to understanding that long hours, late nights out of town at work, and more are just part of the business. And Valley Unique Electric, thank you for everything that lead me to where I am today; I appreciate it,” says Adam.

Congratulations on founding your own electrical contracting business, Adam! It is great to see you thriving in your chosen career, and we look forward to seeing what else you achieve. 

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But that's not all! Check out some snaps from our Commercial Electrical and Low Voltage open houses in Sacramento/Rancho Cordova and San Diego!

Sacramento/Rancho Cordova open house



We treated attendees to Starbucks, snacks, and WECA swag!



Lead Instructor and Lab Facilities Manager Jimmie Slemp (pictured far left) speaks while Assistant Director of Apprenticeship Wendy Flanagan and Apprenticeship Instructor John Arias (pictured far right) look on.



Apprenticeship Instructor John Arias gives attendees a brief overview of the Low Voltage Apprenticeship program.



Lead Instructor and Lab Facilities Manager Jimmie Slemp explains the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program to attendees.



Attendees were able to do a hands-on demo with wiring!



Meanwhile, in the Commercial Electrical lab, Slemp guides an attendee through a hands-on demo.

San Diego open house



Workforce Development Supervisor Diane Trotter explains the merits of WECA's three Apprenticeship programs to attendees as Apprenticeship Curriculum Developer Talon Pobuda looks on.



Attendees listened with interest to a presentation on WECA's three Apprenticeship programs.



Pobuda shows attendees the Low Voltage Apprenticeship lab setup.



Then, Pobuda pivoted over to the Commercial Electrical lab, where he explained the basics of motor controls to attendees.


 
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Thursday, November 18, 2021   Article: California's power grab over batteries

Content courtesy of: Sammy Roth/Los Angeles Times

You may not have heard of the Contractors State License Board, or CSLB.

But the California agency sent shock waves through the solar industry this summer when it ruled that providers of rooftop solar equipment would no longer be allowed to install batteries — increasingly popular for keeping the lights on during blackouts — without getting a new license that might require them to overhaul their workforce.

Industry leaders were apoplectic, saying the requirement would be impossible to meet and would crash the rooftop solar market. They filed a lawsuit to block it.

The groups pushing the rule change frame it as a safety issue. By requiring solar companies to use certified electricians to handle battery installations, they have argued, state officials can limit the risk of lithium-ion battery fires, explosions and other hazards.

So, on the surface, this is a technical dispute over battery safety and workforce training requirements. But below the surface lurks a long-simmering conflict between the rooftop solar industry and organized labor.

If that sounds familiar, you may have read The Times’ coverage of net energy metering, the rooftop solar incentive program that utility companies are trying to persuade state officials to slash. Unions representing utility workers and electricians also want to see incentives reduced, in part because rooftop solar threatens the utility business model and in part because most rooftop solar jobs are nonunion. Construction jobs building large solar farms, by contrast, typically go to union members.

This has created tension in California, with politically powerful labor groups pushing lawmakers to support big solar farms and utility infrastructure at the expense of rooftop installations. The dispute over contracting standards is a revealing example of that tension.

The idea of barring most solar companies from installing batteries —unless they obtain an electrical contractor’s license, which requires employees performing such work to be certified electricians — was first proposed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Assn., whose member companies hire IBEW workers.

The proposal was adopted by CSLB, which regulates the construction industry and seeks to protect public health and safety. Most of its members are appointed by the governor. The board’s 11-3 vote reversed the agency’s earlier judgment that firms with C-46 solar contractor’s licenses could install batteries paired with solar panels.

Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar and Storage Assn., said the about-face is damaging because homes and businesses that want solar increasingly want energy storage, too, as protection against wildfire-driven power outages and the threat of rolling blackouts.

“We can’t comply with this. People will go out of business,” Del Chiaro said. “Prices will go up, and we’ll lose the ability to meet customer demand for clean energy.”

Groups on the other side of the debate offer a different interpretation.

Eddie Bernacchi, a lobbyist for the National Electrical Contractors Assn., said this is “a dispute between electrical contractors and solar contractors over jurisdiction,” not a union-versus-nonunion issue. Requiring solar-plus-storage projects to be installed by contractors with certified electricians, he said, would not only improve safety but also lead to higher wages in the solar industry.

“The electrical contractors offer a path to higher wages and a real career,” Bernacchi said.

Tom Enslow, an attorney representing the contractors association and IBEW, made a similar case. He said that while the new rule would allow union shops to better compete in the solar market, CSLB’s decision was “more about safety and precedent.”

“What’s happened is that the solar industry started pushing a theory that, hey, as long as we install an energy storage system at the same time, we should be allowed to do that work,” Enslow said. “It’s pretty clear they are separate systems.”

Those arguments seemingly convinced the state board.

Nancy Springer, the chief building official for Sacramento County, said she and her fellow board members “have to be aware of protecting the consumers and making sure that [the solar systems are] installed properly, and that people have the proper training.”

Johnny Simpson, who formerly led an IBEW local and was appointed to the state board by the Senate Rules Committee, responded to calls for more debate by saying, “It’s time to put this issue to bed.”

Carol Zabin, who leads the UC Berkeley Labor Center’s Green Economy Program, co-authored a report that helped prompt CSLB’s decision. She said she and her team — which included a chemical safety expert — found little difference between the cost of a solar system installed by a firm using certified electricians and the cost of one not using certified electricians.

“It’s about whether you want a certified workforce or not,” Zabin said. “They have no certifications in that industry.”

The solar industry pushed back against those claims. Barry Cinnamon, chief executive of Bay Area solar and battery installer Cinnamon Energy Systems, said the idea that companies like his don’t train workers to handle energy storage systems is absurd. The companies that manufacture lithium-ion batteries — such as Enphase, LG and Tesla —
also require workers who install their products to sit for several hours oft raining, Cinnamon said.

“You have to be trained, or they won’t sell you the battery,” he said.

You’re probably wondering if batteries really can be safety hazards. The answer: “Yes, but ...”

Yes, they can, but 60,000 residential batteries have been installed in California, and nobody can cite a single example of a serious safety incident.

There was an explosion that injured first responders in Arizona and, more recently, an overheating issue that resulted in the world’s largest battery facility, in Moss Landing, Calif., being shut down, at least temporarily. But those problems involved large battery banks operated by utilities or major energy companies, not home batteries installed by solar contractors.

The UC Berkeley Labor Center’s report acknowledged that “there have been no significant incidents with injury or death that we could identify.” Still, the authors wrote, there are “significant data gaps that preclude definitive statements that risks are low.”

To Del Chiaro, fires ignited by power lines are a much bigger safety threat — and rooftop solar can limit the need for those lines. She pointed out that the utilities that own those lines — Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric — all submitted letters supporting the idea of barring solar contractors from installing batteries.

“Who is burning down the state and killing people? It’s PG&E and the other utilities,” Del Chiaro said. “We are the solution to that. We are keeping people’s homes lit. We’re keeping them safe when they need it and solving climate change.”

CSLB agreed to delay enforcement of the rule after the California Solar and Storage Assn. filed suit, claiming that the board had failed to conduct a formal rule-making process. CSLB is now gearing up for that, with an agenda item scheduled for Nov. 29.

To say this debate has gotten bitter is an understatement. Groups on both sides are furious with their opponents and can’t agree even on basic facts.

There are many points of disagreement. How easy would it be for rooftop solar installers to get new licenses and hire certified electricians, and would doing so really cause prices to rise? How many companies would be affected by the rule? What are the true wage differences between union and nonunion solar jobs?

The labor movement can be a positive force for change in the clean energy transition, at least when climate advocates meet unions halfway. But there are many examples of unions protecting the fossil-fuel status quo when they feel their members’ livelihoods depend on it.

The feud between electrical workers and solar installers is more nuanced.

But it offers a blunt reminder that the labor movement can make or break California’s climate policies. How exactly the state reduces emissions, and who benefits — that’s up for grabs. Whether it happens fast enough to stave off the worst wildfires and heat waves is uncertain.

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Thursday, November 18, 2021   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 12-21-20)
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Thursday, November 11, 2021   Happy Veterans Day, WECA! Spotlight on two current WECA Apprentices who have served:

Happy Veterans Day, WECA!

Thank you to our Apprentices, Students, Staff, and Member Contractors who have served.

Spotlight on two current WECA Apprentices who have served:

Joseph Aragon, III
United States Army




This Veteran’s Day, we’re proud to spotlight Joseph Aragon II, a United States Army veteran and third-year Commercial Electrical Apprentice with WECA Member Contractor Reyff Electric Company.

Joseph—who served as a 63B-Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic in Afghanistan and Fort Lewis, Washington during his Army career—says that the Army taught him the principles of strong leadership, excellent worth ethic and the want and need for hard work, and that he’s applied it both in the classroom and on the jobsite during his Apprenticeship.

“I absolutely recommend an electrical career for veterans, and also for those who are going into the military,” says Joseph.

When in the classroom at WECA, Joseph notes that he particularly appreciates the teaching style of Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship instructor James Hall, saying “I really appreciate how much detail he puts into his instruction and willingness to pause to further explain [concepts] to his students who have questions.”

Joseph also suggests to current and future Apprentices that when in doubt or grappling with a rough patch, they “remember the ultimate goal and why you decided to pursue being an electrician," and reminds them that electricians "light the way.”

Thank you for your service, Joseph, and thank you for being part of the WECA family!

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Charles Burnette
United States Army




Another Veteran’s Day spotlight we're proud to share comes to us courtesy of Charles Burnette, a Commercial Electrical Apprentice working for WECA Arizona founding Member Contractor Corbins Electric!

Charles—who served in the Army for two years as an 11 Bravo infantryman stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia—was inspired to enter the trades by his father-in-law.

“I chose electrical because it’s forever changing and growing,” says Charles. “And I like WECA because it’s hands-on learning in the class and in the field, and I get to accumulate hours in the field while getting paid to go to school. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Charles’ favorite thing that he’s learned during his Apprenticeship was “potential” and learning how and why birds are not affected by the current when landing on a power line.

Charles says that current and future Apprentices should “keep an open mind because there is more than one way to do things; who knows—you may learn something new” and says that joining the trades after serving in the Army has “changed my life and given me a new drive to grow and learn.”

Thank you for your service, Charles! We’re thrilled to have you as part of the inaugural WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program! 
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Thursday, November 04, 2021   WECA's in the news! The Business Journal (Fresno) highlights WECA in recent article.

WECA's in the news!

The Business Journal (Fresno) highlights WECA in recent article "Local electrical apprentice program gets boost with new facility."



Photo credit: Frank Lopez/The Business Journal (Fresno)

Written by: Frank Lopez

The Western Electrical Contractors Association (WECA) held a ribbon cutting Oct. 13 to celebrate the grand opening of its new training facility in north Fresno.

WECA instructors, staff, students, members, board members and leaders of the Fresno community were present to celebrate the grand opening and give guests tours of the facility, network with electrical contractors and see how apprentices in the industry learn the trade.

WECA is a statewide, non-profit organization serving independent and merit shop electrical contractors, their employees and the industry suppliers that support them.

The Commercial Electrician Apprenticeship program lasts for five years and involves both classroom and lab instruction the will be administered in the new facility, as well as on-the-job training.

Students are in the classroom for two weeks twice a year and work on the jobsite under a contractor or journeyperson for a 20-week segment. Site work is alternated with classroom instruction time.

The program consists of nearly 8,000 hours of training, a requirement set by the state of California.

“The expectation isn’t only that the contractor is building upon the curriculum that they are receiving in the classroom, but they’re giving students a broad range of work experience to compliment what we do here in the classroom so that when they complete the five year program, they have a well-rounded experience that could combine what they learn in class and on the job site,” said Richard Markuson, government affairs expert at WECA.

About 46% of the apprentices live in Fresno, with demographics measuring about 29% Hispanic, 16% Asian Pacific Islander, 9% African-American and 6% women.

Markuson said that local high schools have either cut or curtailed their career technical education programs, so there isn’t a pipeline from the high schools to construction apprenticeship programs. They are trying to mitigate that, he said.

Fresno County Supervisor for District 2 Steven Brandau and Fresno City Manager Thomas Esqueda were present to congratulate WECA on the new training facility.

“There is so much stuff going on in our Valley—private, government, everything,” said Brandau. “There is a lot of construction going on and it’s fantastic to have this facility so people could get their training here, go to work and stay here. We have to get a work force developed so that we don’t have to call in people from across the country to help us get things done.”

Mark Cooper, president and CEO of H & D Electric in Sacramento and who is also on the Board of Directors of WECA, drove down from the state capitol for the grand opening of the new facility.

Cooper joined WECA in the early 1990s, and even then he noticed the organization was missing an apprenticeship program.

Since then, Cooper has seen the apprenticeship program grow and is proud of how far it has come.

“The pride I feel in coming down here and seeing this facility and the building that we opened in Fresno, and seeing what this has all turned into with WECA staff members and leaders, and contractors that pushed this forward,” Cooper said. “The success is contagious and you want to be a part of WECA.”

One apprentice that realized the success that Cooper was talking about is Windell Pascascio Jr, founder and president of Imperial Electric Service in Fresno.

Pascascio has owned his own business now for five years, and went through the program from 2008 to 2013. During and after his apprenticeship he worked for the same company for about eight years and started Imperial Electric Service in 2016.

Today, Imperial Electric has 35 employees, and four of them are currently in the WECA apprenticeship program.

Pascascio said the apprenticeship program is a good opportunity for people in the Fresno area. Before, the program took place in either Sacramento or Riverside.

“Not a lot of people are fortunate enough to go to college, and now a lot of people in the Fresno area, and throughout the Valley will now know that there is a program that is here,” Pascascio said. “Not a lot of people can afford to go to Sacramento or Redding or Riverside every few weeks. Having it here is beneficial for the community and the economy.”
 
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Thursday, November 04, 2021   Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) releases COVID-19 vaccine requirements

?Cal/OSHA now has approximately 30 days to adopt Federal standards or adopt more stringent ones

AGC Update on Mandatory Vaccines
Content courtesy of: Associated General Contractors

 
Today the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its COVID-19 vaccine requirements for employers that have a total of at least 100 employees firm or corporate-wide at any time. The release of the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) comes approximately two months after President Joe Biden announced a sweeping set of COVID-19 vaccine mandates and requirements for both Federal employees and private employers.

It's important to note that while the Federal ETS technically goes into immediate effect, California is governed by its own regulatory board: the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) that must now formally adopt the Federal ETS. As a result, with the release of the Federal ETS, Cal/OSHA now has approximately 30 days to formally adopt the Federal ETS in its current released form or adopt more stringent vaccine standards in addition to the Federal ETS. Only upon formal adoption by the Cal/OSHA Board does the Federal ETS go into effect in California. 

Who is covered?
  • Employers that have a total of at least 100 employees firm or corporate-wide at any time.
Exclusions
  • Federal OSHA ETS does not apply to workplaces covered under the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors.
  • The ETS does not apply to employees who do not report to a workplace where other individuals such as coworkers or customers are present, employees while they are working from home, or employees who work exclusively outdoors.
Effective Dates
  • The ETS is effective immediately upon publication in Federal Register. To comply, employers must ensure provisions are addressed in the workplace by the following dates:
  • 30 days after publication: All requirements other than testing for employees who have not completed their entire primary vaccination dose(s)
  • 60 days after publication: Testing for employees who have not received all doses required for a primary vaccination
Testing provisions for employees who are not vaccinated
  • The ETS requires employers to ensure that each employee, who is not fully vaccinated, is tested for COVID-19 at least weekly (if in the workplace at least once a week) or within 7 days before returning to work (if away from the workplace for a week or longer). The ETS does not require employers to pay for any costs associated with testing. However, employer payment for testing may be required by other laws, regulations, or collective bargaining agreements or other collectively negotiated agreements. In addition, nothing prohibits employers from voluntarily assuming the costs associated with testing.
Employer support for employee vaccination
  • ETS requires employers to support vaccination by providing employees reasonable time, including up to four hours of paid time, to receive each vaccination dose, and reasonable time and paid sick leave to recover from side effects experienced following each dose.
Streamlining Implementation and Setting One Compliance Deadline Across Different Vaccination Requirements: January 4, 2022 
  • The rules released today ensure employers know which requirements apply to which workplaces. Federal contractors may have some workplaces subject to requirements for federal contractors and other workplaces subject to the newly-released COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS. To make it easy for all employers to comply with the requirements, the deadline for the federal contractor vaccination requirement will be aligned with those for the CMS rule and the ETS. Employees falling under the ETS, CMS, or federal contractor rules will need to have their final vaccination dose – either their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or single dose of Johnson & Johnson – by January 4, 2022. This will make it easier for employers to ensure their workforce is vaccinated, safe, and healthy, and ensure that federal contractors implement their requirements on the same timeline as other employers in their industries. And, the newly-released ETS will not be applied to workplaces subject to the federal contractor requirement or CMS rule, so employers will not have to track multiple vaccination requirements for the same employees.

 
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Thursday, November 04, 2021   Behind the scenes at WECA's Apprenticeship outreach initiatives



WECA loves performing outreach in the community, and we were pleased to be able to be in attendance at the Greater Sacramento Urban League's 2021 Get Back to Work Sacramento Diversity Job Fair on Oct. 27! 

While there, WECA's Assistant Director of Apprenticeship Wendy Flanagan, Workforce Development Supervisor Diane Trotter, and Low Voltage Apprenticeship instructor John Arias talked to job hunters about WECA's Apprenticeship programs, did cool demos,
and were thrilled to join forces for workforce development with some of our WECA Member Contractors, like Rex Moore Group Inc., Royal Electric Company, Johnson Controls, Teichert, and Mark III Construction. 

It's gratifying to be able to ramp up our outreach opportunities again, and we look forward to a busy 2022 ahead. See you at the next event!
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Thursday, November 04, 2021   Concerned with Cybersecurity at Your Company? US DOL Resource Within

Dealing with an Uptick in Phishing Emails? Otherwise Concerned with Cybersecurity at Your Company? Here's a Resource: The United States Department of Labor's Cybersecurity Program Best Practices (downloadable PDF for your convenience)


Download the United States Department of Labor's Cybersecurity Program Best Practices here.
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Thursday, November 04, 2021   Don't let your employees miss out--encourage them to visit WECA for an open house during NAW 2021!

Don't let your employees miss out--encourage your prospective apprentices to visit WECA for an open house during National Apprenticeship Week!

They'll get to learn about our Apprenticeship programs, tour our facilities, see cool lab demos, meet instructors and staff, and more!

This National Apprenticeship Week, WECA's pulling out all the stops and showing off our cutting-edge Apprenticeship programs and state-of-the-art facilities to prospective Apprentices! There are three opportunities for them to learn more about WECA apprenticeship at one of these special events:
 
  • November 16 at 10 a.m. at our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova HQ
  • November 17 at 12 p.m. at our San Diego training facility
  • November 17 at 10 a.m. at our Phoenix training facility
Regardless of which open house your employees attend, they'll get the chance to learn about our Apprenticeship programs (all of which pay THEM to learn a skilled trade 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!

There's only one week left until these events, so make sure they don't miss out! Encourage them to register today--by sharing the link to their nearest open house. (Note: pre-registration is not necessary, but encouraged.)



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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Thursday, November 04, 2021   The CA Energy Commission wants your feedback to support compliance with the CA Energy Code!

The California Energy Commission wants your feedback to support compliance with the California Energy Code!

Link to survey within.




October 28, 2021

The California Energy Commission (CEC) seeks your valuable feedback on documents, tools, and resources intended to support compliance with the California Energy Code. Your feedback is important to our ongoing efforts to provide better service and support. Please respond by December 3, 2021. This survey is being administered by the CEC in partnership with the California Statewide Utility Codes & Standards Program. You can respond to the survey here.
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Thursday, November 04, 2021   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 12-21-20)
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Thursday, October 21, 2021   Thank you to everyone who attended the open house for our new Fresno training facility!



WECA Fresno facility-based Apprenticeship instructor Jaron Stroud (right) demonstrates a lab for guests.

WECA thanks everyone who attended the open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of our new Fresno training facility on October 13!



Nicole Goehring, Vice President of ABC Northern California; Thomas "Tommy" Esqueda, Fresno City Manager; and Amy Fuentes, Fresno Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer are all smiles for the camera!

The event was a success, and we were thrilled to greet so many members of the Fresno and greater Central Valley community! After witnessing the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees enjoyed food and libations, were treated to tours of the facility, met instructors, staff, students, and board members, learned about WECA and the merit shop philosophy, and got to see first-hand how WECA Apprentices learn via demonstrations of the new technology and innovative training tools used in WECA's Apprenticeship learning labs.



The ribbon was cut by Fresno County Supervisor (and Chairman) Steve Brandau. WECA community members pictured include Nathan Gosink of WECA Member Contractor Rex Moore (far left; who emceed the event), WECA Member Contractor and alumni Windell Pascascio, Jr. (clad in gray, to the left of Steve Brandau), and WECA Apprenticeship Training and Facilities Director Don Black (far right).

Thank you again, everyone! We enjoyed spending time with you all and sharing our new Fresno training facility with you. We are honored to be part of the Fresno community!



From left to right: former Fresno City Council Member and current BizFed Central Valley CEO Clint Olivier; WECA Executive Director and CEO Terry Seabury; Fresno County Supervisor (and Chairman) Steve Brandau; and Richard Markuson of WECA Government Affairs take a brief respite from the festivities to take a snap.

 
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Thursday, October 21, 2021   WECA is offering three Apprenticeship open houses Nov. 15-21 in recognition of NAW 2021

National Apprenticeship Week is November 15-21
And WECA is offering three apprenticeship program open houses for prospective applicants in Sacramento/Rancho Cordova, San Diego, and Phoenix!

If you have employees considering Apprenticeship--please encourage them to attend!

This National Apprenticeship Week, WECA's pulling out all the stops and showing off our cutting-edge Apprenticeship programs and state-of-the-art facilities to prospective Apprentices! There are three opportunities for them to celebrate with us:
 
  • November 16 at 10 a.m. at our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova HQ
  • November 17 at 12 p.m. at our San Diego training facility
  • November 17 at 10 a.m. at our Phoenix training facility
Regardless of which open house your employees attend, they'll get the chance to learn about our Apprenticeship programs (all of which pay THEM to learn a skilled trade 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!

Make sure they don't miss out! Encourage them to register today--by sharing the link to their nearest open house. (Note: pre-registration is not necessary, but encouraged.)



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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Thursday, October 21, 2021   Register today for WECA Industry Partner Cook Brown, LLP's Nov. 4 Webinar!

WECA Industry Partner Cook Brown, LLP will offer their 20th Annual Labor and Law Legal Update Webinar (covering legal developments impacting California employers in 2022) on November 4



Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Place: Live via Zoom
Cost: There is no charge for this event

20th Annual Labor and Law Legal Update

During this virtual session, Cook Brown Partners will provide an overview of key legislative and regulatory changes, as well as court opinions impacting California employers on a variety of topics, including developments in:
  • Wage-and-hour law, including time rounding, calculation of the regular rate of pay, and paystub reporting
  • Enforceability of arbitration agreements
  • COVID-19 requirements
  • Independent contractor status
  • Prevailing wage law coverage
Cook Brown Partners will also share their knowledge of the latest trends affecting businesses in California, including legal developments and trends in Private Attorneys General Act and class action litigation, and the best practices to keep your workplaces working.

Save your spot, space is limited.

Register here.
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Thursday, October 21, 2021   Have Apprentices at WECA's Sacramento/Rancho Cordova HQ that could be the next IDEAL Champion?

Encourage them to participate in qualifiers held on October 27, 28 and 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova HQ!

Psst: Apprentices who register (even if they don't plan on competing) will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win $500 or one of 300 IDEAL tool sets!
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Do you have Apprentices attending classes at WECA's Sacramento/Rancho Cordova headquarters that have the potential to become the next IDEAL National Champion? They're in luck--Empire Electric Sales is holding qualifiers for the 2021 IDEAL National Championship on October 27, 28, and 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at WECA's Sacramento/Rancho Cordova headquarters!

Encourage them to register for the qualifiers here.

And even if Apprentices don't plan on competing, just registering for the qualifier enters them into a drawing for the chance at $500 or one of 300 IDEAL tool sets!

Good luck, everyone!
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Thursday, October 21, 2021   WECA's Hiring!

Review Open Positions in Full-time and Part-time Instruction, plus Full-time Curriculum Development



Join the WECA Team and develop the next generation of electrical and low voltage professionals in the American West!

Click here to review career opportunities with WECA
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Thursday, September 23, 2021   WECA's outreach efforts are back in high gear!

Go behind the scenes at North State Building Industry Foundation's 2021 Construction Job Fair with WECA's Diane and Zack!





Left: WECA's booth setup, complete with WECA swag! Right: Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship instructor Zack demonstrates how to bend conduit to a prospective WECA Apprentice!

WECA's Workforce Development Supervisor Diane and Commercial Apprenticeship instructor Zack attended North State Building Industry Foundation's 2021 Construction Job Fair on Wednesday, September 22 and had nothing but great things to say about it!

"We were so excited to be back in person sharing information about WECA's Apprenticeship programs and careers as an electrician at the job fair," says Diane. "The attendees had lots of questions about what it takes to be an electrician and were excited to learn about WECA's training programs to get them on the path to a successful career!"

Thank you, Diane and Zack! We love you seeing you out in the community inspiring the next generation of California's premier electricians and low voltage technicians!
 
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Thursday, September 23, 2021   WECA will be performing outreach at upcoming job fairs and career events in October

But that's not all! WECA will be performing outreach at upcoming Greater Sacramento Urban League and Construction Industry Education Foundation events in October!

Would Like Member Contractors to Join Us







MARK YOUR CALENDAR and get the Sacramento region back to work during the Greater Sacramento Urban League’s twenty-ninth annual Diversity Job Fair happening on Wednesday, October 27th at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

JOIN US and our partner sponsors SMUD, Dignity Health, ESPN and KSFM radio as we get our region’s jobseekers back to work. The COVID pandemic has taken a devastating toll on Sacramento’s workforce. This year’s event is specially designed with COVID safety protocols for both employer-exhibitors and jobseekers. The 2021 Diversity Job Fair will feature a vaccine and testing clinic, Computer Caf?or immediate online upload of employment applications, free LinkedIn headshots booth courtesy of Audacy Radio, as well as the wealth of Sacramento talent looking to go to work.  
 
FOR 53 YEARS, the Greater Sacramento Urban League has served a mission to educate, empower and employ our region's most talented jobseekers and most vulnerable communities. We are a stakeholder and advocate of the Sacramento Regional Prosperity Plan realizing the capital benefits a diverse workplace culture can bring.

RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY by completing the attached Exhibitor Registration form. Take advantage of our AJCC employer hire services and benefits. Support our region. Get Sacramento Back To Work on October 27, 2021.
 
2021 GSUL Diversity Job Fair will be held at:
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Why should WECA Member Contractors participate? WECA wants to help our Member Contractors build their workforces by participating in events and sharing information about our programs. Our Member Contractors are ultimately the employer, so there's a lot of value in attending these events together as partners. Having you, our Member Contractors, present provides a tangible connection to jobs in the industry for prospective apprentices, trainees, or even journeyperson job seekers.

Please contact Diane Trotter, WECA Workforce Development Supervisor, to discuss coordinating efforts at these upcoming events. 877-444-9322 ext.151
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Thursday, September 23, 2021   Behind the scenes at WECA Rancho Cordova HQ: 4th-year Commercial Electrical Apprentices in the labs







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Thursday, September 23, 2021   Industry Partner Spotlight: Trade Hounds



The digital revolution continues apace within the electrical and construction industries. An excellent example of this is WECA’s newest industry partner—the aptly named Trade Hounds, a construction technology company founded in 2016—whose mission is to “Improve the lives of hardworking tradespeople who are building the world around us. Building a digital home for these workers allows us to help contractors source and hire the skilled tradespeople they struggle to find anywhere else,” says Peter Maglathlin, Trade Hounds’ co-founder and Chief Financial Officer. 

According to Maglathlin, more than 225,000 skilled tradespeople use Trade Hounds to “Showcase their work, build professional profiles and find jobs. We launched our hiring platform one year ago, and today hundreds of electrical contractors across the country use Trade Hounds to source and hire the skilled electricians they need. We provide electrical contractors access to the deepest pool of trades-only talent out there.”

To put it simply—through Trade Hounds, WECA Member Contractors are able to recruit and hire from their user base of more than 225,000 tradespeople. But if that seems overwhelming, worry not—Maglathlin says that users can “Define what they seek. For example, licensed Journeyman electricians within 50 miles of Sacramento with a minimum of 5 years of experience.”

What’s more is that Trade Hounds promotes posted jobs via text and app notifications to tradespeople that meet the end user’s defined parameters. The advantage of this is that your job is front and center—right on a job seeker’s cell phone—which they tend to never part ways with (we all know that feeling, right?).

As the self-described “digital home for tradespeople”, Trade Hounds wanted to partner with WECA “Because WECA is an association of top-tier electrical contractors, and our track record of success with electrical contractors across the country gives us confidence that we can deliver value to the membership, and in return deliver value to Trade Hounds users. We’re thrilled to be part of the organization,” says Maglathlin. 

Want to join the electrical industry’s digital revolution and utilize Trade Hounds’ services? Click here! Once you sign up, someone from Trade Hounds’ Customer Success team will reach out to you to better understand your needs and help you post a job. Alternatively, you can also reach out directly to Trade Hounds’ Director of Business Development, Jonathan Pasternack, via phone at (617) 549-2362 or via email at jpasternack@tradehounds.com
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Thursday, September 23, 2021   Join WECA in Fresno on Oct. 13 for an open house celebrating our new Fresno training facility!



You're cordially invited to WECA's open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for our new Fresno training facility! All are welcome!
 
When: October 13, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM
 
Where: 7328 N. Remington Ave., Fresno, CA 93711
 
• Enjoy food and libations
 
• Tour the facility
 
• Meet WECA instructors, staff, members, students, board members, and members of the Fresno community
 
• Learn about WECA and how the merit shop philosophy benefits electrical contractors
 
• Learn about the latest in the electrical industry and its impacts on merit shop electrical contractors
 
• See how our apprentices learn--including the new technology and innovative training tools used in WECA's apprenticeship learning labs!
 
Please RSVP at the link below so we can look forward to seeing you there!
 
Register Here for our Fresno Open House
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Thursday, September 23, 2021   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 12-21-20)
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2021   Industry Partner Spotlight: Trade Hounds



The digital revolution continues apace within the electrical and construction industries. An excellent example of this is WECA’s newest industry partner—the aptly named Trade Hounds, a construction technology company founded in 2016—whose mission is to “Improve the lives of hardworking tradespeople who are building the world around us. Building a digital home for these workers allows us to help contractors source and hire the skilled tradespeople they struggle to find anywhere else,” says Peter Maglathlin, Trade Hounds’ co-founder and Chief Financial Officer.

According to Maglathlin, more than 225,000 skilled tradespeople use Trade Hounds to “Showcase their work, build professional profiles and find jobs. We launched our hiring platform one year ago, and today hundreds of electrical contractors across the country use Trade Hounds to source and hire the skilled electricians they need. We provide electrical contractors access to the deepest pool of trades-only talent out there.”

To put it simply—through Trade Hounds, WECA Member Contractors are able to recruit and hire from their user base of more than 225,000 tradespeople. But if that seems overwhelming, worry not—Maglathlin says that users can “Define what they seek. For example, licensed Journeyman electricians within 50 miles of Sacramento with a minimum of 5 years of experience.”

What’s more is that Trade Hounds promotes posted jobs via text and app notifications to tradespeople that meet the end user’s defined parameters. The advantage of this is that your job is front and center—right on a job seeker’s cell phone—which they tend to never part ways with (we all know that feeling, right?).

As the self-described “digital home for tradespeople”, Trade Hounds wanted to partner with WECA “Because WECA is an association of top-tier electrical contractors, and our track record of success with electrical contractors across the country gives us confidence that we can deliver value to the membership, and in return deliver value to Trade Hounds users. We’re thrilled to be part of the organization,” says Maglathlin.

Want to join the electrical industry’s digital revolution and utilize Trade Hounds’ services? Click here! Once you sign up, someone from Trade Hounds’ Customer Success team will reach out to you to better understand your needs and help you post a job. Alternatively, you can also reach out directly to Trade Hounds’ Director of Business Development, Jonathan Pasternack, via phone at (617) 549-2362 or via email at jpasternack@tradehounds.com.  
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Thursday, September 09, 2021   CSLB Holds Online BESS Workshop and Answers Frequently Asked BESS Questions



Content courtesy of CSLB

ONLINE BESS WORKSHOP
 
CSLB will hold an online battery energy storage system (BESS) workshop on Friday,
September 17, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m., to address application or scope of work/classification questions.
 
Please email your questions to classifications@cslb.ca.gov by Friday, September 10, 2021.

Meeting Link:
 
https://cslb.webex.com/cslb/j.php?MTID=m0fe62a957e0e941ed0a18f28d5edec53
 
Friday, Sep 17, 2021, 3:00 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-07:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Event number: 2556 472 8621
Event password: BPxcxn3Pf77 (27929637 from phones)

Questions & Answers
 
1.    What do C-46 Solar contractors need to do if they want to install battery energy storage systems (BESS) after November 1, 2021?
 
To place, install, erect, or connect a BESS, the C-46 contractor will need to add the C-10 Electrical contractor classification on their license. To get the C-10 added, go to the CSLB website and complete this application. CSLB will expedite its review of applications received by November 1, 2021.
 
If you are a solar contractor that has been installing BESS in conjunction with photovoltaic (PV) systems for four or more years, you will meet the requirements to add the C-10 Electrical classification to your license. CSLB also encourages you to start studying early for the trade exam, please refer to CSLB’s study guide. Information regarding obtaining a wavier of the exam can be found here.
 
Without the C-10, B, or A classification on your license, a C-46 Solar contractor cannot take a contract on a project that includes BESS installation. Beginning November 1, 2021, this applies to all new contracts on projects entered into on and after November 1, 2021, and for work occurring on and after November 1, 2021. You may refer to Business and Professions Code section 7059.

2.    Who needs to have a certified electrician on their team?  
 
A C-10 Electrical contractor needs a certified electrician on staff to engage in the connection of electrical devices greater than 100-volt amperes. CSLB recommends contractors review California Labor Code sections 108-108.5 and California Department of Industrial Relations regulations and its Electrical Certification FAQ.
 
The only time a contractor needs a certified electrician on staff is when they hold a C-10 classification and are engaging in the connection of an electrical device pursuant to California Labor Code sections 108-108.5. This includes connecting a BESS or PV system to an existing electrical system or to a utility grid. This also includes placing, installing, erecting or connecting an electrical panel.
 
If you have questions about a specific project, please email CSLB’s classification at classifications@cslb.ca.gov.
 
If you have questions about electrician certification or how to obtain it, please visit the Department of Industrial Relations, Electrician Certification Program webpage.

3.    When can a contractor with a C-10 electrical classification use non-certified workers?
 
A C-10 contractor does not need to use a certified electrician to perform work on a BESS or PV when the work does not involve connecting an electrical device. Examples include installation, repair, or service of: 
 
·      Racks on a roof (including associated flashing and sealing roof penetrations from rack attachment).
·      Installation of poles and racks for ground mounted solar systems.
·      Installation of BESS racks.
·      Installation of required BESS or PV signage.
·      Seismic Restraints

4.    What about General Contractors (“A” General Engineering, “B” General
Building) and BESS?

Please see the August 12, 2021 CSLB Industry Bulletin about this question. A General Building contractor may take a prime contract that involves a PV or BESS installation if the multiple trade requirement of Business and Professions Code section 7057 is met. And a General Engineering contractor may take a prime contract that involves a PV or BESS installation if the project is in connection with fixed works requiring general engineering knowledge or skill, as required by Business and Professions Code 7056. The Labor Code sections 108 – 108.5 referenced above do not require general contractors who do not have a C-10 Electrical license to employ certified electricians.

A note to Solar Contractors from WECA--if you've recently become a C-10 in response to the new CSLB requirements and now need to quickly get your employees registered as Electrician Trainees before the November 1 deadline, WECA can help. Learn how to register your employees with our Electrician Trainee Program (and subsequently with the State of CA) here and don't hesitate to call our office with questions: 1-877-444-9322.
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Thursday, September 09, 2021   Congratulations to the WECA Northern California Class of 2021!

How we celebrated our graduates at WECA's Rancho Cordova headquarters





WECA extends a hearty congratulations to the WECA Northern California Class of 2021, who celebrated their graduation at WECA’s Rancho Cordova headquarters on Saturday, August 28th.

The graduation, held in a shaded and cooled tent outside, yielded an impressive turnout of 163 guests (including lots of cute babies!).

It was gratifying to see so many graduates bringing their families along, enjoying delicious food and drink on WECA’s grounds and also giving them tours of WECA’s training facilities! We were also pleased to treat graduates to swag duffle bags stuffed with goodies from Industry Partners like Milwaukee Tool, IDEAL Industries, and Klein Tools, and to the sharp wit of WECA Lead Instructor and Lab Facilities Manager Jimmie Slemp, who served as emcee.

"Graduation was amazing. It was fun to see the staff and students all work together, under difficult circumstances, to celebrate and showcase all of the graduates' dedication and hard work over the past years!", says Galen Eckert, WECA's Electrician Trainee/Continuing Education Program Online Education Manager.

Wendy Flanagan, WECA's Assistant Director of Apprenticeship, also says that "Everyone was excited to be there and celebrating the graduates of 2020 and 2021. There were many babies and young children there; I love seeing the families that are started while they are in their Apprenticeship. And one of the graduates--who could not bring his baby--held up a poster board with a picture of his baby when his [the graduate's] name was called and everyone clapped."

Also in attendance was Glen Forman, the Deputy Chief of the Division of Apprenticeship Standards. It was great to see Glen come out to support our graduates! All in all, the event was a success, and the steadfast support that our graduates receive from their loved ones, employers, instructors, sponsors and other electrical industry stakeholders was evident.

Eckert concurs, giving "A shout-out to all the supportive family members and friends of our graduates, who we all know are a huge help behind the scenes, keeping the family dynamic going as well as supporting our students. Congratulations to everyone involved!"

Congratulations, everyone! We are proud of your hard work and dedication!



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Thursday, September 09, 2021   We couldn't have pulled it off without the support of our generous sponsors!

Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting the WECA Class of 2021 graduations:

Volts Level Sponsors





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Amps Level Sponsors









Watts Level Sponsors









Ohms Level Sponsors

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Thursday, September 09, 2021   Check out the WECA Northern California Class of 2021 graduation ceremony in our commemorative video

2021 WECA Northern California Graduation Event
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Thursday, September 09, 2021   Extra, extra: read our WECA Northern California Class of 2021 graduate spotlight!



Northern California Double-Program Graduate Autumn DeChaine

It’s not everyday that WECA gets to graduate an Apprentice who has succeeded in not just one—but two!—Apprenticeship programs. That’s the case with 2021 Northern California Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduate Autumn DeChaine, who also graduated (as Valedictorian!) from WECA’s Low Voltage Apprenticeship program in 2014.

“I’m really glad that I chose to graduate from the Low Voltage Apprenticeship program before joining the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program,” says DeChaine. “It added value to my career as an electrician and gave me a good foundation before going into the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program.”

DeChaine says that the Low Voltage Apprenticeship program and the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program are similar in that they both follow the WECA structure of class time and homework, but obviously differ in terms of the curriculum.

“The main difference between working as a Low Voltage Apprentice and a Commercial Electrical Apprentice is that as a Low Voltage Apprentice, you are responsible for knowing one or two systems (fire life safety or voice data video). As an electrician, you are on the job from the very beginning and you are responsible for all the electrical systems,” says DeChaine.

DeChaine says that her favorite part of the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program was going back to work after time in the classroom and integrating what she learned.

“I also enjoyed the camaraderie of going to school with the same people year after year and supporting each other,” says DeChaine. “As far as the curriculum, I loved learning motor controls and relay logic.”

Now that DeChaine has completed both programs, she says that she still has a lot to learn and plans on running bigger projects in the future.

And, DeChaine adds that she has been with her company, Vanden Bos Electric, for nine years and still loves it there. DeChaine says she plans to incorporate all her education and work on both fire life safety and electrical systems.

“I just completed my first project as a foreman. There is a lot incorporated in running projects that you don’t think about as an Apprentice or Journeyman; I learned a lot and am optimistic about my future with Vanden Bos Electric,” says DeChaine.
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Thursday, September 09, 2021   Low Voltage Apprenticeship graduates can seek college credits for program completion at WECA!



The Details

WECA has a big announcement! Our Low Voltage Electrical Apprenticeship program has received college credit recommendations from NCCRS (the National College Credit Recommendation Service).

This benefit provides WECA low voltage apprentices the ability to gain access to college credit for completion of this three-year apprenticeship program by using the credit recommendation(s) set forth by NCCRS. The Low Voltage Electrical Apprenticeship program joins WECA's Commercial Electrical and Residential Electrical Apprenticeship programs, which each previously received college credit recommendations from NCCRS in 2018.

"We’re gratified to receive this college credit recommendation for our Low Voltage Electrical Apprenticeship program, which now joins our Commercial Electrical and Residential Electrical Apprenticeship Programs in giving our apprenticeship graduates a route towards receiving substantial college credits for the programs they’ve already completed at WECA,” said Terry Seabury, WECA’s Executive Director and CEO. “We appreciate the external validation that our comprehensive, competency-based curriculum featuring skilled teaching by credentialed instructors and technicallyadvanced, hands-on labs is of equivalent rigor to courses held at a traditional four-year college or university.”

"NCCRS is pleased to recommend college credit for WECA’s Low Voltage Electrical Apprenticeship program,” NCCRS Director Lisa Sax Mahoney said. "Through our professional evaluations, we support the recognition of high-quality workforce training programs delivered by qualified organizations across the country."

Founded in 1973 by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), located in Albany, New York, is an organization that evaluates and establishes college credit recommendations for courses offered by government, industry, and other noncollegiate sponsors.

NCCRS collaborates with more than 1,500 organizations and institutions of higher education across the United States and beyond. NCCRS member organizations include state government agencies, apprenticeship sponsors, corporations, and community and faith-based organizations. A few longstanding members include the City of New York Police Department (NYPD), the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), and Consolidated Edison. Since its inception, NCCRS has evaluated and recommended college credit for more than 5,200 courses, exams, and educational programs enabling individuals to gain access to college credit for successful completion of qualified learning.
 
Learn more about NCCRS and view their college credit recommendations for WECA here.

Using This Benefit: A Guide for our Apprentices and Graduates 

Q: Who is eligible?

A: Any graduates of WECA's Low Voltage Apprenticeship program in the Class of 2021, or beyond. (Any graduates of WECA's Commercial or Residential Electrical Apprenticeships since September of 2013 are eligible for those programs. (NCCRS granted eligibility for those programs going back five years, and evaluated WECA's Commercial and Residential programs in Autumn of 2018.)

Q: So WECA apprentice grads automatically have college credits?

A:  No. NCCRS makes college credit recommendations. (From NCCRS:
A college credit recommendation is an academic advisement about the comparability of a learning experience to college-level instruction, such as undergraduate or graduate course work, the amount of credit that may be awarded, and areas where credit could apply. The credit recommendations are intended to guide college officials as they consider awarding credit to persons who have successfully completed NCCRS evaluated learning experiences. College credit recommendations are not actual college credit because the New York State Board of Regents does not award college credit. Through the results of the NCCRS evaluations, however, the Board of Regents encourages colleges and universities to consider accepting the credit recommendations.)

Q: How Does Acceptance of College Credit Recommendations work?

A: It is up to the college or university to choose whether to grant college credits, how many, and in what subjects, for completion of a WECA program. NCCRS recommends specific credit amounts and subjects. College and university admissions departments should reference NCCRS' WECA listing at http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors for specific recommendations. NCCRS recommends up to 30 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Low Voltage Electrical program, up to 66 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Commerical Electrical program, up to 40 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Residential Electrical program. 

Q: How Do WECA Commercial, Residential, and Low Voltage Electrical Apprenticeship Graduates Use This Benefit?

A: Apprentices grads should:
1. Identify the college or university they wish to ask to accept a credit recommendation from NCCRS for work completed at WECA. (A list of colleges and universities who have previously participated with NCCRS is here: http://www.nationalccrs.org/colleges-universities. Seeing a college or university on this list is a promising sign that they will consider NCCRS' recommendation, but is not a guarantee. Further, just because a college or university is not yet shown on the list does not mean the apprentice grad shouldn't request that they consider the credit recommendation.)
2. Work with their admissions advisor at their college or university of choice to learn the process for seeking college credits for their WECA Commercial, Residential, or Low Voltage Electrical program completion. The college or university may refer to this as their PLA (prior learning assessment) process or policy. The applicant should share NCCRS' WECA credit recommendation 
http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors with the decision-makers at their college or university.
3. Request a transcript from WECA as requested by their college or university. Email apregistrar@goweca.com with transcript requests.
4. If the applicant encounters problems with their transfer credit request, they can contact NCCRS so that NCCRS can advocate on the applicant's behalf.

Q: What about the Electrician Trainee Program?

A: WECA is currently evaluating demand for college credit recommendations for its Electrician Trainee program.

Q: What if I still have questions?

?A: Please call us at 1-877-444-9322 and we'll do our best to help you out.
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Thursday, September 09, 2021   Join WECA in Fresno on Oct. 13 for an open house celebrating our new Fresno training facility!



You're cordially invited to WECA's open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for our new Fresno training facility! All are welcome!
 
When: October 13, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM
 
Where: 7328 N. Remington Ave., Fresno, CA 93711
 
• Enjoy food and libations
 
• Tour the facility
 
• Meet WECA instructors, staff, members, students, board members, and members of the Fresno community
 
• Learn about WECA and how the merit shop philosophy benefits electrical contractors
 
• Learn about the latest in the electrical industry and its impacts on merit shop electrical contractors
 
• See how our apprentices learn--including the new technology and innovative training tools used in WECA's apprenticeship learning labs!
 
Please RSVP at the link below so we can look forward to seeing you there!
 
Register Here for our Fresno Open House
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Thursday, September 09, 2021   WECA Industry Partner Spotlight: OneSource Distributors

Electrical and industrial distribution for commercial, residential and solar electrical contractors in California, Arizona, Hawaii and Mexico



WECA’s Industry Partners strive to make our Member Contractors’ jobs easier.

And our newest Industry Partner, OneSource Distributors, is a valuable addition to our arsenal.

Founded in 1983, San Diego-based OneSource Distributors is an electrical and industrial distributor with 19 locations across California, Arizona, Hawaii and Baja California in Mexico. In 2011, OneSource Distributors joined the Sonepar group, which is an independent family-owned company that in turn owns 14 independently managed operating companies with over 700 locations in the United States.

“We provide innovative services and solutions that make it easy and efficient for customers work with us,” says Steve Reyno, GM and Director of Business Development at OneSource Distributors. Serving commercial, residential, utility, contractor and industrial markets, OneSource’s mission includes continuous focus on customer needs, quality and service. The company’s core values are focused on ongoing improvement and are embodied in their 10 Principles of Personal Leadership.

“We partnered with WECA because we are passionate about supporting WECA’s mission to train, educate and develop the current and future skilled trades workforce,” says Reyno. “We hope to be a resource for WECA Member Contractors, and to help its members become familiar with current and new products and solutions in the electrical space.”

OneSource Distributors offers a full line of electrical and automation products and services. Among these products are indoor, outdoor and industrial lighting and controls, Siemens distribution gear, all types of safety products, enclosures, wire and cable, wiring devices, solar, renewables and EV charging stations, and tools and testing products.

“We also include value-added services like digital solutions, project management, product packaging, safety assessment and training, vendor managed inventory, material handling cages, storage lockers, and more,” says Reyno. Learn more about all the products and services OneSource Distributors offers, or download their contractor line card.

OneSource Distributors makes it easy to for WECA Member Contractors to become customers. Visit the OneSource website at 1sourcedist.com and click “become a customer” to set up an account to easily get quotes, convert quotes to orders, track material and review previously purchased products. Or simply call (800) 266-9111 or contact your OneSource sales representative. You can also visit in person at one of the company’s sales centers.

But that’s not all OneSource Distributors has on offer. WECA Member Contractors can take advantage of ongoing programs and discounts. Find these is by contacting your sales representative, calling OneSource us at (800) 266-9111, or by emailing sales@1sourcedist.com.
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Thursday, September 09, 2021   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 12-21-20)
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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