WECA Class of 2023 Graduate Michael Johnston's journey in the Western Electrical Contractors Association (WECA) Electrician Trainee Certificate Program, from which he graduated as Salutatorian of his Southern California cohort, serves as an example of how seizing opportunities for a quality education can pave the way to a fulfilling career.
Michael's decision to enter the electrical field was serendipitous, initiated by getting a job with a supportive contractor. Michael's boss, having gone through the WECA program himself, recommended it to Michael, and sponsored his course tuition. WECA's comprehensive ET Cert program, most of which Michael was able to attend online while still attending intensive hands-on labs at a WECA training facility once a quarter, provided Michael with the knowledge and skills necessary for success.
Michael considers one of the highlights in his WECA education to have been the hands-on labs in the GetWired classes which make up the ET Program Certificate path. He stated, "Honestly, I really like the hands-on labs, being able to put into practice what we've been learning." These labs offered him the opportunity to apply his theoretical knowledge in real-world situations, a fundamental aspect of his training to become a certified electrician. Michael works in the Residential Electrical sector, and says he particularly enjoys the variety of having lots of different job projects, meeting lots of different people.
In his educational journey at WECA, Michael was fortunate to have an inspiring instructor. Having knowledgeable and supportive educators is key to a student's success, and longtime WECA GetWired instructor and San Diego lab manager Art played a role in Michael's journey. Michael recalls, "Art Rubio stood out. He was a very intelligent man, always keen to answer questions."
Michael's journey doesn't end with education. His plans for the future include potentially starting his own electrical company. His ambitions reflect the entrepreneurial spirit and growth potential in the electrical field, a high-growth industry which will need many more young people to become electricians in the years ahead. Michael offers this perspective on how the electrical field can be a great choice for those who enjoy applying logic in everything they do: "There's a logical order to everything in life, just like in setting up an electrical system or a control circuit for motors. You know, you start at the beginning and work your way through.You can apply that to life."
Congratulations on your achievement as Salutatorian of your graduating ET Program Certificate So Cal Class of 2023, Michael! We can’t wait to follow your career.