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Tuesday, February 25, 2020   GetWired! Instructor Spotlight: Bill Garr



At WECA, we pride ourselves on providing a comprehensive electrical industry education - thanks in no small part to our talented, knowledgeable, and passionate instructors. And we think that Bill Garr - third-generation electrician, Santa Rosa native, and one of our many talented GetWired! instructors - perfectly embodies these sentiments.

"I was highly interested in teaching for a long time due to the fact that WECA has the facilities and resources to reach out to the industry and instruct with great teachers, coupled with how awe-inspiring working with raw energy and construction truly is."

Garr states that as a teacher, he loves that he "gets to interact with and show my passion and excitement for electrical theory, construction and science; reach multiple people at any given time online and in the labs, and that having the classes taught online coupled with the availability of the hands-on labs makes it [our curriculum] available for everyone on a personal basis."

That, and Garr simply just loves "teaching electrical theory and code, which leads to helping people be better at what they do. My goal is to educate and inspire electricians, so that we leave and build a better place for all."

It is, after all, in his blood.

"My grandfather and father were both electricians," said Garr. "I first attended community college for general education credits toward an AA, and then I was a caretaker to my grandparents [along] with my father for a few years. After that, I joined WECA, took all the required Electrician Trainee (ET) courses, and received my Electrician Trainee program certificate through WECA."

And it shows - Garr lists two crucial traits for electricians: curious and always learning - in his personal philosophy. But he also espouses the importance of being humble, respectful, honest, adventurous, and thankful for all opportunities.

When not educating and inspiring the next generation of California's merit shop electricians, Garr partakes in an impressive repertoire of hobbies like practicing instinctual traditional archery, fly fishing, playing computer games, enjoying the outdoors with his dog, and working out at the gym.

Thank you, Bill, for being part of the WECA family and for continuing your family's proud tradition of working in the electrical industry, as well as WECA's proud tradition of counting alumni among its most dedicated instructors. We are thrilled to have a talented and well-rounded individual such as yourself on our team!
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020   Congratulations to the 2020 WECEF Scholarship Winners!

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Please join us in congratulating the 2020 WECEF Scholarship winners!

WECEF was gratified to receive untold numbers of scholarship applications, and ultimately awarded 38 scholarships -- totaling $14,125 -- to eight Electrician Trainees and 30 apprentices.

"In all the years we have reviewed applicants' essays, these were some of the best and seemed heartfelt and genuine," said Terry Seabury, Executive Director and CEO of WECA. "They are certainly well-deserved appreciation and comments for our instructors and how they are helping people's lives and careers. There is no doubt in my mind that we are making a difference and are the best!"

From all of us at WECA, congratulations to all the winners. Your awards are well-deserved, and we cannot wait to see all that you accomplish with a WECA education! 

Click here to view the full list of the 2020 WECEF Scholarship winners.
 
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020   Just a Few Seats Left: LowVolt BICSI Training in March

Back by Popular Demand -- BICSI's ICT Installer 1 Training Class in March (Seats Going Fast!). Plus, BICSI's PM102 and OSP102 Classes Coming in June!
All classes will be held at WECA's Rancho Cordova HQ bicsi
 

WECA is pleased to offer the BICSI ICT Installer 1 Training class at our Rancho Cordova headquarters in March 2020, and the BICSI PM102 and OSP102 classes -- also at our Rancho Cordova headquarters -- in June 2020.

Seats are filling fast for the March 23 - 27 BICSI ICT Installer 1 Training class, so get one before they're gone! 

IN101: BICSI ICT Installer 1 Training, March 23 - 27 (Added by Popular Demand!)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to provide entry-level installers with the background, knowledge and basic skills needed to function safely and effectively as part of a cabling installation team. The BICSI Installer 1 Training course is the introductory course of the Installation Program series.

Who should attend?

This course will greatly benefit anyone planning to take the BICSI Installer 1 exam to include individuals with little or no cabling experience, anyone wishing to pursue a career in ICT cabling distribution, and individuals seeking basic knowledge of and skills in cabling installation.

Why should you attend?
  • Learn the background knowledge and basic skills to function safely and effectively as part of a cabling installation team.
  • Learn the best practices and methods outlined in the Information Technology systems Installation Methods manual (ITSIMM), 7th edition.
  • Complete modules and activities which incorporate codes, standards, and best practices.
What will you learn?
  • Describe the professional expectations for an installer
  • Describe how information is transmitted over telecommunication media
  • Describe the primary characteristics of copper cabling media
  • Ensure that work is performed in accordance with applicable codes, standards, and regulations
  • Describe the basic configuration of a structured cabling system
  • Comply with safety policies and procedures
  • Pull horizontal cable, terminate and copper cabling media
  • Explain an installer's role in the firestopping process
How long is this course?

This class takes place over a period of 4.5 days; 5 days for students planning to take the hands-on exam to earn the certification. After successful completion of the hands-on exam, examinees will be required to take and pass the written exam at a Pearson Vue testing center of their choosing to earn certification.

Please note: the Installer 1 (INST1) exam is not included in the course fee. You must register for the exam separately.

Can I earn credit?
Yes, you can earn 35 continuing education credits towards an existing BICSI credentials recertification requirements upon successfully completing this program.

PM102: Applied Telecommunications Project Management, June 15 - 19

This course is designed to provide ICT professionals an opportunity to build on their existing project management skills while also exploring the steps and thought processes behind the basic principles and information necessary for managing a successful telecommunications project...Learn more

OSP102: Applied Outside Plant Design, June 29 - July 3

In this unparalleled training class, you will learn elements common to all OSP projects, along with design techniques for underground, direct-buried and aerial cable plant applications. You will have an opportunity to apply what you have learned through a series of design scenarios such as route...Learn more

These classes are open to the public and we encourage interested WECA members to enroll early in order to secure seats. These classes are rarely offered in Northern California, and we encourage our members to take advantage of this convenient opportunity.

Registrations must be processed directly with BICSI. To learn more about this course and to enroll yourself or an employee, visit BICSI here
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020   Think The WECA Electrician Trainee Program Might Be the Right Fit for You? Learn More!


Are you interested in becoming an electrician, but aren't sure if WECA's Apprenticeship programs are right for you? We've got you covered with our Electrician Trainee program.
 

WECA's state-approved Electrician Trainee program is available to students throughout the state of California. All classes are exclusively taught online by experienced electrical industry professionals.
 

That's right -- you get the best of both worlds with a variety of online courses (taken in the evenings from the comfort of your home) and one to two hands-on, instructor-led lab days (held on weekends) at your nearest WECA training facility. 
 

The Electrician Trainee program also offers shorter self-paced online course options that Electrician Trainees can take to supplement their program coursework. While these courses are not required, they can be used to make up missed hours or fill the gaps between classes -- allowing you to maintain your Electrician Trainee registration with the state of California.

Want to learn more, or enroll? Click here! 
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020   Take Your First -- and Best! -- Step Toward a Rewarding Career Career as a Low Voltage Technician!


Do you enjoy the technical or analytical side of things?

If so, a career as a Low Voltage Technician is a great choice! WECA is seeking applications statewide for our Low Voltage apprenticeship program.

Wondering what, exactly, a Low Voltage Technician does? Great question!

Low Voltage Technicians specialize in installing, testing, servicing, and maintaining systems such as:
  • fire alarm systems
  • security systems
  • nurse call systems
  • voice evacuation systems
  • very early smoke detection apparatuses
  • open-area smoke imaging detection systems
  • cable and satellite TV
  • the Internet
  • home entertainment systems
  • landline phone networks
  • and more!
The possibilities are nearly endless.

And at WECA, we can help you -- or someone you know -- achieve a fast-paced, satisfying career as a Low Voltage Technician.

Apply today to start your Low Voltage Apprenticeship journey!

Have questions? Contact Wendy Flanagan, Assistant Director of Apprenticeship, via phone at 877-444-9322, ext. 145, or via email at wflanagan@goweca.com.
 
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020   Celebrate Women in Construction Week with Us: Stay Tuned for Relevant Social Media Content!


March 1 - 7 is Women in Construction Week, and WECA is celebrating accordingly with social media coverage of all things women in construction!

Follow us on social media as we shine the spotlight on awesome female Apprentices and Electrician Trainees at WECA, share some fun facts about women in construction, feature photos of our female Apprentices and Electrician Trainees in the classroom and on-the-job, and more!

Don't follow us on social media? Check us out -- and follow us! -- on these platforms for the latest at WECA:
 
See what's happening on our social sites:
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   Electrician Trainees and Journeymen -- WECA's Spring 2020 Courses Are Now Available Online



Electrician Trainees and Journeymen -- start the new year off right by enrolling in WECA's Spring 2020 Electrician Trainee and Journeyman Continuing Education courses -- now available online for enrollment!

Check out the Electrician Trainee course catalog here.

Check out the Journeyman Continuing Education course catalog here.

And as always, you may enroll for courses over the phone at (877) 444-9322, in person at a WECA facility, or via email. But be aware -- many GetWired! courses fill fast, so be sure to enroll early to get a seat!

If you have any questions or need help enrolling, please call us at (877) 444-9322 or email us at info@goweca.com
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   GetWired! Program Instructors Continue Blazing Path to Student Success at Biannual Train the Trainer


WECA held its first Train the Trainer event of the decade on Saturday, January 11th at its Rancho Cordova headquarters. The event - which was facilitated by Dan Bierly (Curriculum Development and GetWired! Training Manager); Galen Eckert (Electrician Trainee/Continuing Education Lead Instructor); Ana Lopez (Electrician Trainee/Journeyman Program Manager); Emily Groetsema (Electrician Trainee/Continuing Education Program Coordinator), and Rebecca Archer (Curriculum Production and eLearning Specialist) - covered topics such as the latest teaching strategies and techniques, new processes such as rolling out a new code year (2017 NEC), and burning questions that the GetWired! program instructors in attendance brought to roundtable discussions.

One highlight of the event came as the team celebrated that at the beginning of the previous decade (2010), the GetWired! program had less than 200 students per session. But now, as we enter a new decade, the program regularly draws over 1,000 students per session. The growth of this program is due in no small part to the skill and dedication of our GetWired! program instructors.

Dan Bierly, the Curriculum Development and GetWired! Training Manager, says that "Train the Trainer is all about team building. All of our instructors teach from different locations, and this is a way to bridge the gap and open the lines of communication with all instructors so no person has to teach in a vacuum."

Rebecca Archer, the Curriculum Production and eLearning Specialist, concurred with Bierly, adding that with the event, "we get to express gratitude to our instructors for their hard work."

"Many instructors go above and beyond every session to help us meet the ever-increasing student demand," said Bierly. "If it wasn't for our part-time instructors - some of whom teach four nights a week plus weekend labs in addition to their full-time jobs - we would not have the successful program that we have today."

As we begin a new year and a new decade here at WECA, we are grateful to our instructors for continually striving to ensure that WECA's students receive the most cutting-edge and well-rounded electrical industry education possible.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   Behind the Scenes at WECA Last Weekend: GetWired! Students in the Lab

Ever wonder how blended learning works? At WECA, it means students in our CA state-approved Electrician Trainee program, GetWired!, are able to attend a "blend" of online and in-person learning. Two weeknights a week, they attend class sessions online from wherever they live in California. And then, typically one Saturday per course, they get their hands-on lab training at the WECA facility nearest to their home. Check out these snaps from last weekend of our GetWired! students applying what they've been learning online to hands-on builds. 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   Check This Out: Celebrating 10 Years of Apprenticeship Growth at WECA


A lot can happen in 10 years -- it certainly has for WECA! At the beginning of the last decade, we had an average of 553 Apprentices active in our Apprenticeship programs. By the end of the decade, our new average was a whopping 781! More Apprentices choose WECA and its Member Contractors every year to earn while they learn. Thank you, all, for choosing to become part of the WECA family! Here's to the next decade -- may we break even more records in the years to come! 
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   BICSI to Offer Classes at WECA's Rancho Cordova Headquarters in June 2020

WECA is a BICSI ATF

WECA is pleased to announce that the following BICSI classes will be held at our Rancho Cordova headquarters in June 2020:

PM102: Applied Telecommunications Project Management June 15 - 19

This course is designed to provide ICT professionals an opportunity to build on their existing project management skills while also exploring the steps and thought processes behind the basic principles and information necessary for managing a successful telecommunications project...Learn more

OSP102: Applied Outside Plant Design June 29 - July 3

In this unparalleled training class, you will learn elements common to all OSP projects, along with design techniques for underground, direct-buried and aerial cable plant applications. You will have an opportunity to apply what you have learned through a series of design scenarios such as route...Learn more

These classes are open to the public and we encourage interested WECA members to enroll early in order to secure seats. These classes are rarely offered in Northern California, and we encourage our members to take advantage of this convenient opportunity. 

Registrations must be processed directly with BICSI. To learn more about and enroll in these courses, click on the individual course links above, or visit www.bicsi.org and search courses by location for "Rancho Cordova."
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   WECA's Low Voltage Industry Job Board and Student Referral Service -- Your Employment Resources


Are you out of work and seeking employment? Post your resume to the WECA Job Board. Or view open positions posted by our members. Our contractors are hiring!

If you are a current WECA student, or a WECA grad, go a step further and contact us about our Student Referral Service! This service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff provide hands-on referrals, taking some of that work off your plate.

WECA's Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board is designed to help connect individuals seeking employment in the electrical and low voltage industry with the contractors who want to hire them.

Our job board exists for...
  • Electricians,
  • Low voltage technicians,
  • Electrician Trainees and Journeymen,
  • Industry employees (including office personnel!),
  • And the Member Contractors who want to hire them.
This is a free, no-obligation service open to all workers seeking employment in the electrical and low voltage industry. WECA's purpose in providing this service is to help our Member Contractors find the qualified workers they need.

Search open positions today!
 
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   Calling Talented, Certified Electricians -- Seeking Part-Time Instructors for Nights and Weekends

Keep Your Skills Sharp While Earning Extra Money with the Perfect Side Gig PT
Make a Difference in Your Industry. 
Teaching Others is a Rewarding Opportunity.
 

Experienced, Certified Electricians (including the recently retired!) who:
  • Are natural leaders and teachers
  • Enjoy learning more about the field all the time
  • Enjoy sharing knowledge about all things electrical with a new generation of prospective electricians
  • Want to earn more money in the evening, without having to leave home
We'd be excited to have you join our team and help us in developing the workforce for our industry!

Part-Time instructors for our GetWired! programs teach weeknights online and/or occasional Saturday labs at our training facilities.

This is the side gig that lets you earn extra money while keeping your day job!

View the job posting and application details here to learn more and apply today.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   Thank You to Our Generous Donor -- Ron Arnall of Western Tube and Conduit -- for Supporting WECA


Please join us in saying 'thank you' to the companies and individuals -- like Ron Arnall of Western Tube and Conduit -- that help make WECA's state-of-the-art labs and comprehensive, hands-on education the best in the State of California with their generous donations of lab materials.

"We're getting the year -- and the decade! -- started off on the right foot," said Jimmie Slemp, WECA's lead instructor and lab facilities manager. "This donation (of conduit) will help WECA continue to be at the forefront of electrical industry education and provide the cutting-edge education that the next generation of merit shop electricians and electrical contractors deserve."
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