Meet Rick Labon, WECA's Senior Education Advisor & Curriculum Development Lead.
In his junior high school electronics class, Rick Labon became interested with applications like three-way and four-way switching. This interest with electricity soon turned into a fulfilling 30+ year career in the electrician industry.
Before he began teaching, Rick was involved in many aspects of the electrician field. He started as an apprentice and quickly expanded his expertise to work in roles such as a journeyman, foreman, supervisor, and ultimately becoming an electrical contractor. He has worked on many commercial, industrial and residential projects during his career. He is a master electrician by trade and experience.
Today, Rick continues to contribute to the electrician industry as a lead apprenticeship curriculum developer, as well as still teaching apprentices at the WECA Riverside training facility. He gets great satisfaction from the opportunity to share and draw upon 30 years of experience as an electrician. "This is a great opportunity for me because I've always wanted to teach. It's especially rewarding to see students understand the concepts that I've presented to them," said Rick. "I want to mold apprentices to be safe, knowledgeable, and competent journeyman electricians."
In his curriculum development role, Rick is a company leader in eLearning development and incorporating jobsite technologies into the classroom. As a talented illustrator, Rick also produces many of the technical graphics that go into WECA's curriculum.
Rick is a Certified California Electrician and a Credentialed California Vocational Education Teacher. He is originally from Michigan and now resides in Hemet, CA. Rick is happily married and has two grown children and five grandchildren. In his spare time, he likes to restore muscle cars and ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
You can reach Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org