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Thursday, January 26, 2023   Arizona Electrical Contractors: Why Should You Train Your Employees with WECA?

Our new video explores the benefits for Arizona electrical contractors in enrolling their employees in

WECA Electrical Apprenticeship
 

Pro Tip: WECA's California and Utah Programs Offer All these Benefits to Contractors, Too!



 

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Thursday, January 26, 2023   A Special Video Invitation from Terry Seabury, WECEF Executive Director; WECA Executive Director/CEO

You're Cordially Invited to the 2023 WECEF Claws for a Cause Crab Feed Fundraiser and Board Installation


 

2023 WECEF Claws for a Cause Crab Feed Fundraiser and Board Installation

When: Friday, March 10, 2023

Time: 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Where: WECA California HQ

3695 Bleckely St.

Rancho Cordova, CA 95655
 

After a three-year hiatus, the Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) is pleased to invite you to once again come out for a good cause on March 10th! Join us for WECEF's annual fundraiser and crab feed, to support education and careers in the electrical and low voltage trades. This fundraiser helps WECEF create more opportunities for student scholarships, materials, and improvements to WECA labs, classrooms, and the electrical industry.

Please join us for the installation of the 2023 WECA Board of Directors, Apprenticeship Training Trust Board of Trustees, and Health and Welfare Board of Trustees at this event, in addition to a delicious dinner of fresh Dungeness crab, sides, and festive libations, celebrating in support of WECEF's mission, and mingling with your peers and industry professionals.

This is a "bring your own butter" event!

King Crab Sponsor ($1,000)
  • Includes (6) dinner tickets, reserved table, acknowledgement from podium, newsletter & social media recognition, announcement on WECA and WECEF websites. We'll contact you to get the names of your additional guests.
Snow Crab Sponsor ($750)
  • Includes (4) dinner tickets, acknowledgement from podium, newsletter & social media recognition, announcement on WECA and WECEF websites. We'll contact you to get the names of your additional guests.
Blue Crab Sponsor ($500)
  • Includes (2) dinner tickets, acknowledgement from podium, newsletter & social media recognition, announced on WECA and WECEF websites. We'll contact you to get the names of your additional guests.
WECEF Crab Feed Dinner Ticket ($75/person)
 

Sign up for a sponsorship or purchase individual dinner tickets at the link, and thank you for your continued support of electrical and low voltage education!

Reserve your sponsorship package and/or dinner tickets today!

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Thursday, January 26, 2023   Making WECA History in Utah

WECA's Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program Now Serving Commercial Electrical Contractors and Their Apprentices in the Salt Lake City Area






 

This week is a historic week for WECA's Utah Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program and Salt Lake City-area training facility in Woods Cross! Monday was the first day of class for our inaugural cohort of first year, first semester Commercial Electrical apprentices at our brand-new, state-of-the-art training facility!

Don Black, Apprentice Training, IT, and Facilities Director, applauded Utah Apprenticeship Manager/Instructor Talon Pobuda for working tirelessly to get the facility and program ready, and also credited Carolyn Black, Lab and Facilities Technician, with preparing the training aids for the program and Christine Hall, Director of Operations, with making sure that the apprentices were ready to be successful in their new training and career. Countless other WECA staff were also instrumental in making the WECA Utah Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program and new training facility a reality, and appreciates all the support from founding Utah member Hunt Electric.

WECA is thrilled to educate and train the next generation of premier commercial electricians in the Beehive State, and looks forward to all that our apprentices will accomplish!

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Thursday, January 26, 2023   Read: Inflation Reduction Act Apprenticeship Resources

Content Courtesy of: Apprenticeship USA

On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed Public Law 117-369, 136 Stat. 1818, commonly known as the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), into law. The IRA amended the Internal Revenue Code to add prevailing wage and Registered Apprenticeship requirements for taxpayers constructing, and in some case performing alteration or repair, of qualified clean energy facilities, property, projects, or equipment to qualify for increased tax credit or deduction amounts. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Apprenticeship is committed to supporting the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the effective implementation of these apprenticeship requirements. The IRS has launched a page dedicated to providing the latest information and guidance on the implementation of the IRA.

By statute, the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements generally apply to qualifying facilities where construction begins 60 days or more after Treasury and the IRS publish guidance on those requirements. On November 30, Treasury and the IRS published initial guidance on the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements. The publication of guidance on November 30 starts the 60-day period, meaning the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements will be operative for facilities where construction begins on or after January 29, 2023.

This webpage provides resources on apprenticeship for background information purposes only. Please consult Notice 2022-61 published by the Internal Revenue Service for guidance on the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements.

The IRA is by far our nation’s largest investment in clean energy solutions to date. By pairing climate investment, with the creation of good paying jobs, the IRA’s unparalleled investments to fight the climate crisis will help improve job quality in clean energy industries and incentivize the expansion of workforce training pathways into these jobs. The inclusion of Registered Apprenticeship provisions also enables a talent pipeline for developing this critical workforce and ensures that it is an industry-driven approach with high-quality career pathway opportunities for all workers. By utilizing Registered Apprenticeships, employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, receive progressive wage increases, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.  

The IRA’s prevailing wage and apprenticeship provisions apply to the: 

  • Alternative Fuel Refueling Property Credit  
  • Production Tax Credit 
  • Credit for Carbon Oxide Sequestration  
  • Credit for Production of Clean Hydrogen 
  • Clean Fuel Production Credit  
  • Investment Tax Credit  
  • Advanced Energy Project Credit  
  • Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction 

In addition, the IRA’s prevailing wage provisions apply to the: 

  • New Energy Efficient Home Credit 
  • Zero-Emission Nuclear Power Production Credit 
Click here to explore more featured resources and read and get answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
 
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Thursday, January 12, 2023   Graduation Held January 7 in Phoenix for the WECA Arizona Class of 2022

Please join us in thanking our sponsors and gift donors for making the event special and memorable for our graduates and their guests!



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WECA Arizona Class of 2022 Graduation

Watch: WECA Arizona Class of 2022 Graduation Event

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WECA celebrated the hard work and accomplishments of the Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022 at their graduation on Saturday, January 7th at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Phoenix.

75 people – including graduates’ family and friends, special guests, WECA Member Contractors, WECA Industry Partners, gift donors, and WECA staff – attended the celebration. Notable attendees included Darin Johnson, Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety and Workforce Development at Corbins and WECA Apprenticeship Training Committee Trustee; Mike McBride, National Account Manager for WECA Industry Partner Talent Corps, and Andrew Spleth, Territory Manager for the Greater Phoenix area for tool donor Milwaukee Tool.

The evening was memorable and poignant, according to Wendy Flanagan, WECA’s Assistant Director of Apprenticeship and Don Black, WECA’s Apprentice Training, IT, and Facilities Director.

“Everyone was excited and proud of their accomplishments,” said Wendy. “Most of the graduates chose to speak and they thanked Corbins and their loved ones, and also expressed their appreciation for WECA and the higher level of education that we and Keith Smart [WECA Phoenix Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program’s Manager and Instructor] offer. It was very moving to hear about how much they appreciate and respect Keith and his teaching and his mentorship.”

Don concurred with Wendy, stating “The graduates were very grateful that Corbins switched to using WECA as their apprenticeship program. Many graduates said that Keith was the best instructor they ever had and were grateful for his mentorship.”

The graduation ceremony also had a unique twist – certainly a WECA graduation first!

“Several of the graduates brought their kids, and one of the kids had a birthday that day. Her dad thanked her for cutting her birthday short to be at the ceremony, and we all sang happy birthday to her,” said Wendy.

Congratulations to the WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022! We’re proud of you, and thankful that you are part of the WECA family. We look forward to seeing how you shape the future of the Arizona commercial electrical industry! 



 
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Thursday, January 12, 2023   Congratulations to the WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022!

Meet Some of Our Graduates

Erik Ramirez



 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chase Quillin


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aaron Reali


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, January 12, 2023   Please Join Us in Congratulating This Year's WECA Board Election Winners

The results are in! Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their respective elections to the following WECA Boards of Directors and Trustees:
 

WECA Board of Directors:

Ian Vander Linden

Mark Cooper

Rick Butterfield

Rob McMillian
 

WECA Apprenticeship and Training Board of Trustees:

Dru Wells

Matt Liefer

Leslie Schlaegel

Windell Pascascio, Jr.

Cody Eaton
 

WECA Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees:

Jeremy Alessandro

Nathan Gosink

Dustin Phillips
 

Congratulations to the newly elected!

You can view our full Boards of Directors and Trustees rosters here.

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Thursday, January 12, 2023   Starting the Year Off Strong

Three WECA Member Contractors Make Engineering News Record California's 2022 Top Specialty Contractors Preview List

Rankings for Top Contractors by Sector: Electrical

Please join us in congratulating WECA Member Contractors Helix Electric, Royal Electric Company, and Barnum & Celillo Electric, Inc. on being named to Engineering News Record California's 2022 Top Specialty Contractors! Shown below are the rankings for top contractors for the electrical sector:

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Thursday, January 12, 2023   Fresno-Area Contractors: RSVP Today for Feb. 22 "Jump Start Your Career" Job Fair

Greater Fresno-Area Member Contractors: Participate in Our Feb. 22 "Jump Start Your Career" Job Fair at WECA's Fresno Training Facility: Meet WECA Apprenticeship Applicants In Your Area

RSVP Today!



We are excited to host the "Jump Start Your Career" job fair at WECA's Fresno training facility on February 22 from 4 to 7 p.m.!

But, your help is needed to make this event a success! This is a great opportunity for Fresno-area member contractors to connect with apprentice applicants about career opportunities in the trades as an electrician, and to share information about your company.

We will be providing information about the different pathways and programs we offer at WECA and some hands-on activities.

Please let us know if you want to be included in this fabulous event to showcase all the great things about a careers as an electrician. WECA will provide tables and chairs for the event booths, as well as meeting space, if you would like to conduct interviews at the event.

To RSVP, please email Wendy Flanagan at wflanagan@goweca.com or Diane Trotter at dtrotter@goweca.com.

We look forward to seeing you there! And if you RSVP soon, we'll add you to the "attending contractors" section of this flyer:

?Download the "Jump Start Your Career" Job Fair flyer here.

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Thursday, January 12, 2023   Behind the Scenes at WECA: Winterfest Staff Breakfast 2022 Edition







Happy New Year, everyone!

We're looking forward to a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2023, but before we continue diving head-first into the new year, we'd like to look back on the joyous time we had at WECA's staff Winterfest breakfast at our California headquarters in Rancho Cordova on December 30.

Everyone had a blast -- we enjoyed yummy breakfast foods and beverages, listened to festive music, enjoyed each other's company, and showed off our competitive sides with a suspenseful but friendly game of White Elephant (pictured above)!

Thank you for being part of the WECA family and allowing us to serve you -- here's to a wonderful 2023!

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Thursday, December 15, 2022   WECA Announces Expansion of Electrical Apprenticeship Training Program into Utah

The Western Electrical Contractors Association (WECA), an industry leader in electrical training and apprenticeship and contractor business services in the Western United States, is pleased to announce the expansion of its registered, electrical apprenticeship training program into Utah, having obtained approval to be a Division of Professional Licensing Recognized Electrical Apprenticeship for Utah in October 2022. 

In partnership with founding Utah Member Contractor Hunt Electric, a full-service electrical, technology and infrastructure contractor known for providing quality services which span all markets, WECA is bringing its lauded programs to meet workforce development needs in Utah. Membership and usage of its apprenticeship training program is open to all licensed electrical contractors in Utah and WECA looks forward to serving the contractor community. Cody Eaton, Operations Manager of Hunt Electric, speaks to the state’s workforce development needs, saying “Too few people looking to start a career today are familiar with the benefits of working as an electrician. Encouraging new applicants to pursue this lucrative and rewarding career that doesn’t require taking on student loan debt to get started can give them a promising future. It also benefits the industry by replacing an aging workforce with new talent.”

WECA’s newest training facility, located in Woods Cross, is intended to serve apprentices in the greater Salt Lake City region as well as the entire state of Utah. WECA will register its first Utah commercial electrical apprenticeship class in early 2023.

WECA thanks the Utah Apprenticeship community and electrical industry for their welcome. “Over the past several months WECA Utah Apprenticeship Manager and Lead Instructor Talon Pobuda and I have had the opportunity to work closely with several of the other Utah electrical apprenticeship and training programs, contractors, and educators,” says WECA Operations Director Christine Hall. “We’re grateful for the welcome we’ve received and look forward to contributing to and being part of training the future electrical workforce in Utah. It was also great to get the opportunity to attend the Apprenticeship Utah Summit and Apprenticeship Job Fair this past November 2022.”

Registered Apprenticeship is a system of learning in the classroom and receiving on-the-job training while earning wages. WECA’s apprenticeship programs are known for their high graduation counts; great reviews from apprentices and contractors alike; to-the-point, up-to-date competency-based curriculum and on the job training; and a dedicated, experienced instructional staff and administration. WECA’s apprentices attend classes in an accelerated and intensive format consisting of full-time classroom and lab instruction for two consecutive weeks every six to seven months. Each two-week session is equal to one semester. WECA’s daytime program is unique, and participants—apprentices and their sponsoring employers alike—appreciate the opportunity for apprentices to focus on their classroom and onsite lab education for these short, productive, and intense periods, rather than attending school in the evenings in a tiring and drawn-out fashion. 

WECA has provided Commercial Electrical Apprentice Training, Residential Electrical Apprenticeship, and Low Voltage Apprentice Training programs since 1992, 1997, and 2005, respectively. All of WECA’s apprenticeship programs have undergone rigorous evaluation and subsequently received college credit equivalency recommendations from the National College Credit Recommendation Service.

For over 90 years, WECA has been honored to prepare thousands of the most skilled electricians in the American West for a competitive workforce. The association currently serves over 300 member contractors, over 1,000 apprentices, and approximately 4,000 non-apprenticeship electrical students. WECA is proud to bring its programs to Utah for the benefit of its electrical industry and the development of its skilled workforce.

Interested Utah apprenticeship applicants can submit an application, and Utah electrical contractors can explore membership, at GOWECA.COM.

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Thursday, December 15, 2022   Watch: A Sneak Peek of All That's to Come in Utah!

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Thursday, December 15, 2022   WECA Arizona Member Contractor K2 Electric Wins Accolade from Phoenix Business Journal



At WECA, we say that our Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and industry suppliers are the best of the best -- as shown by the awards and accolades that consistently come their way. WECA Arizona Member Contractor K2 Electric, LLC is the latest member to clinch such an honor, being named in the Phoenix Business Journal as being among the "Best Places to Work - Midsize." Congratulations, K2 Electric -- way to end 2022 on a high note!
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Thursday, December 15, 2022   WECA Member Contractor Solutionz, Inc. Makes System Contractor News Top 50 List



Earlier this month, WECA Member Contractor Solutionz, Inc. -- the largest individually owned and operated audiovisual integration company in the United States -- was named the 4th best systems integrator company in the United States in 2022 by Systems Contractor News! Congratulations on this incredible achievement, Solutionz, Inc. -- we are so proud!
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Thursday, December 15, 2022   After a Three-Year Hiatus, We're Pleased to Host WECEF's Annual Crab Feed Once Again

Please Save the Date for the WECEF Crab Feed on March 10, 2023

After a three-year hiatus, WECEF is pleased to invite you to once again come out for a good cause this coming March! Join us for WECEF's annual fundraiser and crab feed to support education and careers in the electrical and low voltage trades.

Please save the date to join us for a delicious dinner of fresh Dungeness crab and festive libations, celebrate in support of WECEF's mission, and mingle with your peers and industry professionals. We will also be installing the 2023 WECA Board of Directors, Apprenticeship Training Trust Board of Trustees, and Health and Welfare Board of Trustees at this event.

When:

March 10, 2023

Where:

WECA California Headquarters

3695 Bleckely St.

Rancho Cordova, CA 95655

Be on the lookout for ticket and sponsorship options coming soon! We look forward to seeing you!


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Thursday, December 15, 2022   'Tis the Season for Giving: Commercial Electrical Apprentices Donate to Annual WECA Food Drive



One of the best parts of the holiday season is giving back, and instructor Jimmie Slemp captured record of his second year, first semester class doing just that by contributing to the annual food drive at WECA's Sacramento/Rancho Cordova HQ. Thank you to Jimmie's class as well as all the other classes, staff, and members of the WECA community for your donations to help out during the holiday season!
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Thursday, December 15, 2022   WECA Artist in Residence: Showcasing Instructor Randy Rivera's Airbrushed Nikola Tesla Masterpiece



WECA's comprised of many talented and dedicated individuals -- but we have to say that Low Voltage instructor Randy Rivera's airbrushed Nikola Tesla masterpiece, displayed prominently in his classroom -- certainly takes the cake!

What a wonderful addition to our California headquarters, Randy! We are in awe of your artistic ability, and proud to have you as part of the WECA family. As for Nikola Tesla, we hope that his presence in Randy's classroom inspires current and future generations of electrical and low voltage apprentices!

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Thursday, December 15, 2022   Download the Inflation Reduction Act Guidebook Below

Content courtesy of whitehouse.gov

This guidebook provides an overview of the clean energy, climate mitigation and resilience, agriculture, and conservation-related tax incentives and investment programs in President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, including who is eligible to apply for funding and for what activities. The Biden-Harris Administration is working quickly to design, develop, and implement these programs; as such, the information in this guidebook is current as of publication. In the coming weeks and months, we will publish new developments on www.CleanEnergy.gov to keep stakeholders and potential beneficiaries of these programs up to date on the latest deadlines and details. This guidebook does not cover the Inflation Reduction Act’s health care provisions or certain corporate tax reforms.

The guidebook groups the Inflation Reduction Act’s tax incentives and investment programs into thematic chapters and explains how the law will deliver on the President’s commitments to the American people. Each chapter outlines the significance of these programs and includes a one-page summary of each program’s eligible uses, potential beneficiaries, and other important information. Given the cross-cutting nature of energy and climate issues, many of these Inflation Reduction Act programs and tax provisions could fall under more than one chapter. For ease of presentation, each program or provision is featured only once in the guidebook. 

Read and download the guidebook here.

Download a list of Inflation Reduction Act funding programs in the guidebook.

Download a data dictionary for the list of Inflation Reduction Act Programs above.

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Thursday, December 1, 2022   Wrapping Up a Successful Year of Outreach

WECA and Members Promoted Apprenticeship at CIE Foundation's Trades Day in Sacramento on November 28th











WECA’s Apprenticeship Outreach team is wrapping up a very productive and successful year! We were thrilled to attend CIE Foundation’s Trades Day at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Monday, November 28th as one of our final events of the year.

Representing WECA at the event were Wendy Flanagan, Assistant Director of Apprenticeship, and Low Voltage Apprenticeship instructors John Arias and Randy Rivera. WECA Member Contractors Royal Electric Company and Mark III Construction, Inc. joined in the outreach efforts.

“We had hundreds of individuals from various high school and construction trades programs visit our booth,” said Wendy. “They were eager to hear about the classroom and get hands-on demonstrations with John and Randy, while I shared program information with them and handed out our fun swag.”

Thank you for having us, CIE Foundation! It was an rewarding day, as always, of reaching out to the future of California electrical and low voltage workforce! 

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Thursday, December 1, 2022   Congratulations to the 2022 WECEF Scholarship Winners!

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Please join us in congratulating the 2022 WECEF Scholarship Winners!

·        Phillip Anossov

·        Gabriel Avila

·        Damien Carlos

·        Cody Carpenter

·        Charles-Joshua Cortez

·        Ivan Cruz Perez

·        Saul Fernandez, Jr.

·        Javier Garcia, Jr.

·        Dane Godbe

·        Benito Gonzales

·        Micah Kirk

·        Scott McFarland

·        Roeun Morng

·        Elissa Penn

·        Shane Peters

·        Ricardo Ramirez

·        Jake Ramsey

·        Justin Robinette

·        Daniel Rojas

·        Brandon Roome

·        Cody Ruggles

·        Ulises Sanchez

·        Brian Shipp

·        Taiye Skillman

·        Dane Storm

·        Brandon Velasco

·        Andres Vera

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

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

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

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

Congratulations, everyone!

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Thursday, December 1, 2022   Rising Above the Competition in Arizona

WECA Arizona Founding Member Contractor Corbins Electric Makes Phoenix Business Journal's Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Private Companies List

Please join us in congratulating WECA Arizona founding Member Contractor Corbins Electric in making the Phoenix Business Journal's Arizona Corporate Excellence Private Companies List!

We're pleased that our Member Contractors continually dominate these types of lists and demonstrate merit shop excellence in the West.

Congratulations, Corbins! Thank you for anchoring WECA in Arizona, and we are excited to see further accomplishments and accolades in the coming new year!

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Thursday, December 1, 2022   Congratulations Larry Thomas, Jr.: Recipient of Arizona Outstanding Apprentice Award









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

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

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

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

Congratulations, Larry! We are so proud of your momentous achievement and thank you for representing excellence in apprenticeship! 

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Thursday, December 1, 2022   It's Time to Come Together to Celebrate the WECA Arizona Graduating Class of 2022!

There's One Month Left to Support WECA Graduates by Sponsoring This Graduation Event.

Dear WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters,

WECA is proud to announce the Arizona Graduating Class of 2022!

Our Commercial Electrical Apprentices in the Class of 2022 have successfully completed their education with WECA!

Help us honor their achievement with your sponsorship of their graduation event on:

Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM

The Grand Ballroom

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Phoenix Airport

320 North 44th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85008

Help us make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend the graduation event, which is especially meaningful for grads if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend the graduation, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.   

Please consider the sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical training, apprenticeship, and workforce development for Arizona!

Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team

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Thursday, November 17, 2022   National Apprenticeship Week 2022 Was One for the Books!



WECA Northern California Open House at our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova training facility

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

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

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

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

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WECA Arizona Open House at our Phoenix training facility

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

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

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

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

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

Jayson Uribe, WECA Electrical Apprenticeship Grad for 2022 National Apprenticeship Week

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

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WECA Southern California Open House at our San Diego training facility

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

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

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

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Terry Travis Jr.

WECA Apprentice Spotlight for National Apprenticeship Week 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alec Briseno

WECA Apprentice Spotlight for National Apprenticeship Week 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

 

 

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Thursday, November 17, 2022   Please Join Us in Thanking Veteran WECA Apprentices for Their Service

Learn More About Their Stories in Our Article and Videos in Honor of Veterans Day 2022

Abigail Stone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fue Lee

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

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



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Austin Thomason

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

WECA Apprentice and Veteran Austin Thomason

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

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Thursday, November 17, 2022   WECA Member Contractors: There Are About Two Weeks Left; Don't Forget to Vote!

Check Your Mailboxes and Cast Your Ballot for the 2023 WECA Board of Directors, Apprenticeship and Training Board of Trustees, and Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees by Nov. 30

Dear WECA Member Contractors,

There's about two weeks left to cast your ballot for candidates for the 2023 WECA Board of Directors, WECA Apprenticeship and Training Board of Trustees, and WECA Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees.

Ballots were sent out to our primary contact at each WECA member contractor. If you haven't yet voted, please check your inbox and submit your ballot!

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Thursday, November 17, 2022   Want to Show Your Support for the WECA Arizona Graduating Class of 2022?

Now's Your Chance -- Support WECA Graduates by Sponsoring Their Graduation Event!

Dear WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters,

WECA is proud to announce the Arizona Graduating Class of 2022!

Our Commercial Electrical Apprentices in the Class of 2022 have successfully completed their education with WECA!

Help us honor their achievement with your sponsorship of their graduation event on:

Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM

The Grand Ballroom

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Phoenix Airport

320 North 44th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85008

Help us make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend the graduation event, which is especially meaningful for grads if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend the graduation, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.   

Please consider the sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical training, apprenticeship, and workforce development for Arizona!

Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team

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