Western Electrical Contractors Association, Inc.

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CA DAS Features WECA's Article in Quarterly Publication

Thursday, July 16, 2020

When the COVID-19 outbreak hit and Californians were told to stay at home, Western Electrical Contractors Association, Inc. (WECA) found itself well positioned to transition its electrical and low voltage apprenticeship classes online, quickly and appropriately.

Before these unprecedented events, WECA’s apprenticeship training board of trustees had the vision to ask us to expand our usage of learning technologies for our apprenticeship program, as well as increase the flexibility of our delivery model. This head start enabled us to rapidly convert our onsite apprenticeship classes to online delivery when everything began escalating so quickly in early-mid March. It also helped enormously that WECA has been delivering online education for its other programs since 2007. Our administrative and instructional teams had nearly 15 years of experience on which to draw.

“The (COVID-19) situation was constantly changing, so as it developed, we had to be ready at a moment’s notice to pull the trigger on transitioning our classes to online learning,” said Tom Thompson, WECA curriculum development manager. Read the rest of the article here.