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Monday, April 27, 2020   GetWired! Labs Held Online Through at Least May 31, & Other Class Scheduling Changes due to COVID-19

Electrician Trainees and Journeymen Continuing Education students: 

Please review the information below for changes to upcoming GetWired lab scheduling and in-person classroom courses, in response to continuation of  COVID-19 Stay-at-Home orders in many counties in California through at least the end of May.

Online classes will continue to be delivered as scheduled with no interruption, including all evening GetWired classes. Alternate online arrangements are offered for onsite lab days; please read below for details specific to your course.

WECA will be postponing or rescheduling in-person classroom courses (such as Basic Motor Controls or Two Day Exam Prep) for the remainder of May 2020.
For those students currently enrolled in a GetWired class with a lab date in May, including May 2nd labs for GetWired 103, 104, or 201; May 9th labs for GetWired 101 or 202; May 16th labs for GetWired 101, 203, or 204; or May 30th labs for GetWired  101, 102, or 201:
  • Your lab will be conducted entirely online.
  • Your lab date will remain identical. Your lab time may shift from afternoon to morning, or vice versa. Please watch your email for further details.
  • WECA will send you confirmation of your login instructions for your online lab.
For those students enrolled in the Two Day Exam Prep instance starting Saturday, May 16th in Rancho Cordova or San Diego. 
  • WECA is cancelling these class instances.
  • You may transfer into a future Two Day Exam Prep instance with no transfer fees.
  • You may also transfer into an upcoming GetWired 404 Exam Prep instance with no transfer fees and at no additional cost. (GetWired 404 is entirely online and delves even more deeply into preparation for the State certification exam).
  • You may request a full refund.
For those students enrolled in Basic Motor Controls Part 1 in Rancho Cordova, beginning May 30th:
  • WECA is cancelling this class instance.
  • You may transfer into a future Basic Motor Controls instance with no transfer fees.
  • You may request a full refund.
The situation around COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and WECA's class delivery plans are subject to further modifications based upon subsequent advice from authorities. We're glad to be able to deliver our regularly-scheduled online classes without interruption. Please follow WECA's communications closely for further updates, as we will do our best to rapidly communicate any further changes to you. Thank you for your patience and solidarity as we all work together to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community.

Note: WECA has suspended sales of its DVD/Textbook-based home study courses. All online home study courses will remain available.

Want to learn more? Our COVID-19 Advisory page outlines WECA's response to the California Stay-at-Home mandate, and how we're working to ensure that the mandate disrupts your educational experience as little as possible. Please check it often for up-to-date information. 

Monday, April 27, 2020   Video: When Apprenticeship Education Had to Go Online, WECA Was Ready

Take a quick peek behind the scenes:
 When Apprenticeship Education Had to Go Online, WECA Was Ready

Monday, April 27, 2020   Summer 2020 Courses, Including the Entire GetWired Series, Now Available for Enrollment!

But Act Fast -- Seats Are Filling Quickly! advisory
WECA's expertise in online education means that we're able to offer our full catalog of GetWired and self-paced courses without pause. Feel confident that we'll keep delivering great online experiences, and alternate online labs for as long as is necessary. There's no need for you to hit the pause button on your journey to becoming a certified electrician, or renew as one.

View the Electrician Trainee course catalog here.

Jump to the Journeyman continuing education course catalog here

Summer courses are open for online enrollment, and of course you can also enroll over the phone at (877) 444-9322 , or by email at info@goweca.com.

If you have any questions regarding a particular course, please call (877) 444-9322 or email us at info@goweca.com.

Monday, April 27, 2020   GetWired! Instructor Spotlight: Andre Lewis

One of the things that we're most proud of here at WECA is that many of our instructors are former students - as is the case with GetWired! instructor Andre Lewis.

Lewis - born and raised in San Diego - graduated from WECA's Commercial Apprenticeship program in 2010. Prior to landing at WECA, Lewis gained experience retrofitting lighting for banks and warehouses.

And at WECA, Lewis "had the distinct pleasure and opportunity of being taught by some of WECA's finest instructors - like Rick Labon, Rick Mortensen, and Mark Milne, to name a few. And my fascination and love for what we do as electricians grew immensely into a passion which compelled me to give back via teaching for WECA, and to instill the same core values that WECA and their instructors diligently work at articulating and conveying to every student."

WECA is lucky to have Andre - who also works as a maintenance electrician at San Diego State University - as a part-time instructor with our GetWired! program; we are inspired by his unbridled love and enthusiasm for the profession and teaching.

"Every day brings a new challenge, which in turn creates opportunities for new ideas," said Lewis. "Working with some of the world's greatest minds and developing new ways of approaching certain tasks fulfills my heart, and building confidence by exuding enthusiasm when students seem to have lost sight [of the goal] is the joy I find most rewarding with every lesson taught - both online and during labs."

This is perfectly illustrated by one of his mottos: "Seeing is believing, and in most cases, only confirmed through practical applications."

Lewis continued, stating that "learning how to effectively illustrate the language means being able to paint a picture so crystal clear you could almost touch it. It isn't just a challenge, but another benefit to teaching online. These moments aren't just a driving force for me - but what I enjoy most as an instructor."

Looking to the future, Lewis said that he hopes to become a full-time instructor for WECA's San Diego training facility through "a continued effort of self-education."

And when not inspiring and educating students online through the GetWired! program, Lewis predominantly spends his days off with his wife Ashley and his three children - Zechiyah, Andre Jr., and Drevione.

Thank you, Andre, for bringing your passion, dedication, and sincere warmth to the WECA family!

Monday, April 27, 2020   Laid Off and Looking for Work Due to COVID-19? WECA's Job Board Is Here to Help You

Have you been laid off -- and are now seeking employment -- due to COVID-19? WECA is here for you with our Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board. 

Wondering how it works? Simply post your resume to the WECA Job Board, or view open positions posted by our Member Contractors. This 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...

Low Voltage Technicians,
Electrician Trainees and Journeymen,
Industry employees (including office personnel!),
and the Member Contractors who want to hire them. 

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