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Wednesday, June 24, 2020   Even in Difficult Times, Becoming an Electrician or Low Voltage Technician is Still a Safe Bet

2020 has been an unprecedented year for the electrical and construction industries in California due to the COVID-19 emergency, Governor Newsom's Executive Order N-33-20, and confusion stemming from differing information regarding how the industries could—or could not—operate.

However, there are two things that this crisis has shown. The electrical and construction industries are resilient, and electricians, low voltage technicians, and solar technicians are essential and in high demand—and as such, command salaries significantly above or on par with the national average across all occupations, and enjoy excellent benefits.

For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in May 2019 that the annual mean wage across all occupations in the United States was $53,490 per year. Meanwhile, electricians nationwide can expect to make an average of $60,730 per year, with electricians in California making $65,377 per year on average. As for low voltage technicians--using fire alarm and security installers as an example--the national average is $50,210 per year, with those in California making $52,374 per year.
But that's not the only good news. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that the projected career growth for electricians nationwide from 2018 to 2028 will be 10 percent (faster than average), while the employment of fire alarms and security installers (as an example of low voltage technician growth) is estimated to grow 13 percent from 2014 to 2024—also faster than average.
What's more, the construction industry in California actually added jobs in May, despite the COVID-19 emergency and statewide shutdowns. According to the Associated Press, California's construction industry added 75,000 jobs in May, largely due to “restaurants and other businesses in need of repairs before reopening". Read the rest of the article here. So, while the industry and the economy as a whole are not yet 'out of the woods', so to speak, the statistics offer a glimpse of hope and stability for the future.

Apply for one of WECA's apprenticeship programs or register to start your education with the electrician trainee certificate program (no waiting!)--both are viable educational paths to gaining certification in California.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020   Summer 2020 Updates to Online Courses; Effective Until Sept. 30

Please review the information below for changes to upcoming onsite lab scheduling and in-person classroom courses, in response to COVID-19 in California.

The good news for Electrician Trainees and Journeyperson Continuing Education Students enrolled in our programs is that most of our class delivery is already online. Online classes will continue to be delivered as scheduled with no interruption, including all evening GetWired classes. Our entire summer catalog is online and available for enrollment here. Alternate arrangements are offered for onsite lab days; please read below for details specific to your course.

For those students currently enrolled in a GetWired class with a lab date from now through the end of Session 3 (September 30, 2020):
  • 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 interested in Two Day Exam Prep, we are currently offering a Live Online Two Day Exam Prep rather than the classroom version; this course uses the same curriculum as our ongoing popular course, but is held in a live, online, instructor-led format across two Saturdays.
  •  Live Online Two Day Exam Prep, 16 hours (July 18th and 25th; open for enrollment)
  • You may also consider GetWired 404 Exam Prep. (GetWired 404 is 42 hours, entirely online and led by a live instructor, and delves even more deeply into preparation for the State certification exam).
The situation around COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and WECA's delivery plans are subject to further modifications based upon subsequent guidance 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.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020   Live Online 2-Day Exam Preparation Lets You Study at Your Own Pace

Seats Going Fast -- Register Today for July!

Many students are eager to prepare to take their certification exam--especially now that many of PSI's testing centers across California have reopened for appointments--and WECA wants to meet that need. In order to do so safely and easily in this era of physical distancing due to COVID-19, WECA has taken its popular 2-Day Exam Prep class online! 

Live Online Two Day Exam Preparation is an online, instructor-led, fast-paced code study course focused on using the Code book in preparation for the State Certification exam. 

In this class, enrollees meet with their instructor and fellow students over Zoom for two subsequent Saturdays. Students enjoy not only excellent, personalized instruction and the opportunity to get questions answered, but also a ton of practice with simulated exam quizzing.

This course is meant to be a refresher course for individuals otherwise ready to take the General or Residential Certification Exam. Much of the class is dedicated to sample testing similar to state exams. It focuses on practical research by the students to find the answers to code questions rather than instruction by lecture. 

The next instance of this online, instructor-led course will run on two subsequent Saturdays, July 18th and 25th. Learn more and secure a seat for yourself or an employee. As always, be sure to take advantage of WECA member discounts for your employees! (Give us a call if you're using a member discount for the first time, to make sure you're maximizing this benefit. Your employees can get a discount even if they're paying for themselves.)

Students who want a more comprehensive exam preparation experience are encouraged to enroll in WECA's GetWired! 404 Test Prep, consisting of 42 instructor-led hours, also all online.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020   Watch: Mike Rowe Delivers an Unsolicited Commencement Speech Delivered at the Height of the Plague

An Unsolicited Commencement Speech Delivered at the Height of the Plague
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020   Online VDV and FLS technician certification exam prep courses let you study at your own pace

Fully Code-and-text updated for current exams!
Individuals planning to take California's Voice Data Video (VDV) or Fire Life Safety (FLS) technician certification exams can get prepared with WECA's interactive and self-paced online exam prep courses, 32-Hour VDV Exam Prep and 32-Hour FLS Exam Prep -- both fully Code-updated for the current exam.

Fire Life Safety Exam Preparation (32 Hour Course)(2017 Code Edition)

This self-paced online course is for students who want to study for the California Fire Life Safety Technician certification exam at their own pace. Informative presentations help guide students through the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) as well as the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72). It is meant for individuals almost ready to take the exam. Much of the class is dedicated to sample testing similar to state exams. It focuses on practical research by the students to find the answers to code questions rather than instruction by lecture.
Click here to learn more and enroll!

Voice Data Video Exam Preparation (32 hour course)(2017 Code Edition)

This self-paced online course is for students who want to study for the California Voice Data Video Technician certification exam at their own pace. Informative presentations help guide students through developing proficiency in the preparation for and execution of the VDV certification exam. It is meant for individuals almost ready to take the exam. Much of the class is dedicated to sample testing similar to state exams. It focuses on practical research by the students to find the answers to questions rather than instruction by lecture.
Click here to learn more and enroll!
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020   WECA's Popular 2-Day Exam Prep Is Now Available Online. Get Your Seat in June 20th & 27th Class

Zack's teaching the June class. Grab your seat!


Many students are eager to prepare to take their certification exam--especially now that many of PSI's testing centers across California have reopened for appointments--and WECA wants to meet that need. In order to do so safely and easily in this era of physical distancing due to COVID-19, WECA has taken its popular 2-Day Exam Prep class online! 


Live Online Two Day Exam Preparation is an online, instructor-led, fast-paced code study course focused on using the Code book in preparation for the State Certification exam. 
In this class, you'll meet with your instructor and fellow students over Zoom for two subsequent Saturdays. You'll enjoy not only excellent, personalized instruction and the opportunity to get your questions answered, but also a ton of practice with simulated exam quizzing.

This course is meant to be a refresher course for individuals otherwise ready to take the General or Residential Certification Exam. Much of the class is dedicated to sample testing similar to state exams. It focuses on practical research by the students to find the answers to code questions rather than instruction by lecture. 
This instructor-led online course will next run on two subsequent Saturdays, June 20th and 27th. Learn more and secure your seat in the June 20th & 27th Live Online 2-Day Exam Prep here. 

Students who want a more comprehensive exam preparation experience are encouraged to enroll in WECA's GetWired! 404 Test Prep, consisting of 42 instructor-led hours, also all online.

What do those who have taken Two Day Exam Prep with WECA have to say?

Alfredo Franco, Exam Prep Student:

"Hello, I took the exam prep course in October (Riverside facility) and I want to thank you (Rick Labon, WECA Instructor) and WECA for giving me the skills and techniques necessary to pass my state test. The class was great; it covered a lot of things that I encountered on the exam.  I felt well prepared and walked out of the testing center feeling like a champ. This class is definitely a must for those willing to put in the time and dedication to study hard and pass the examination. Thanks WECA!!"

Kyle Walters, WECA Get Wired! and Exam Prep Student:

"Hey Zack (Wallace, WECA Instructor), I took my online classes with you and I took the test prep course with you back in June. I just wanted to let you know that I passed my test on the 1st try with an 87%. Needless to say I was stoked beyond belief. I wanted to let you know that the 2 day prep course helped me out tremendously. It really helped me understand how to find the codes easier & helped me not to panic because that was definitely the hardest test I've ever taken. I do have to say that the test is ridiculously hard, I swear that half the stuff on the test I've never seen or will ever probably have to deal with. With that being said I just wanted to thank you for all your help."

Dennis Farner, Exam Prep Student:
 
"I recently enrolled in the 2 day exam preparation 16 hour course for residential or general electrician exams. My experience was wonderful. The fast paced refresher course delivered a great amount of usable knowledge needed to pass the exam. The class went as scheduled. The instructor was very knowledgeable in the trade and code, a "well-rounded electrician," and a great person to learn from. He was extremely patient and fair towards questions, and was even willing to stay during lunch and after hours to answer any questions. I took the general exam 1 week after taking the class. I passed! I would recommend this course to anybody who is looking to take the exam. The school and instructors genuinely care and want you to succeed! I am very pleased with my decision. Thank you for taking the time to read my testimonial and great luck with your exam!"
 
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020   Videos: WECA Appreciates Our Instructors! Teacher Appreciation Week 2020

During Teacher Appreciation Week earlier this May, WECA had endless thanks for its teachers. Missed it the first time around? No worries -- you can watch our appreciation videos for each instructional team below. Remember to thank a teacher in your life today -- and always!
 
WECA Appreciates Our GetWired Instructors! Teacher Appreciation Week 2020.

WECA Appreciates Our GetWired Instructors! Teacher Appreciation Week 2020
 
It's Teacher Appreciation Week 2020, and WECA Appreciates Our Apprenticeship Instructors!

It's Teacher Appreciation Week 2020, and WECA Appreciates Our Apprenticeship Instructors!
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020   COVID-19 Testing Portal: Learn Where, When, and How You Can Test for COVID-19

San Diego County has announced free COVID-19 for all essential workers--most definitely including construction. They've provided this Q and A to help answer your questions about testing.

Q and A from San Diego County:

1) How do I sign up for a free COVID19 diagnostic test?

Go to the following website to register at Lhi.care/covidtesting.   There'll be some questions to complete. Also, you will have options to choose the location, date and time that is most convenient for you. Also, phone registration is available for people without internet access.  Call at 888-634-1123 Monday thru Fridays. 

2) Is this a free and confidential test?   

Yes, the result is shared with only the individual taking the test. 

3) How long does it take to do the test?  

Average time is 5-8 minutes which includes the paperwork and nasal swab test. There is no blood work involved. 

4) Is there an option to do a drive up test?
No - it's by appointment for walk ins only.   There is plenty of free parking on the premises.  There is no waiting room and you can wait in your car until the appointment time.

5) Do you need a doctor's order for the test? 

No, a doctor's order is not needed for the state testing sites.

6) How long does it take to get the lab result?  

Approximately 48 hours is the expected test result timeframe.

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Sacramento County health officers on Wednesday [May 6] announced the private drive-through coronavirus testing site at Cal Expo is now accepting all comers for free tests, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.

The site, operated by the county along with the Verily research company, has been conducting appointment-only tests at the Expo grounds for six weeks for Sacramento County residents age 18 or older.

Previously, the site only accepted people with mild symptoms. Now the site will accept people who are symptom-free.

People who want to take a test at the site still must fill out a form at the Verily website and obtain an appointment time. As of Wednesday afternoon, appointment bookings were two days out at the Sacramento site. That site is open Monday through Friday. Monday appointments can be made after 7 p.m. on the preceding Friday. To read the rest of the Sacramento Bee article, click here.
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If you live outside of San Diego or Sacramento counties, covid19.ca.gov has resources available to help you determine if you are a candidate for COVID-19 testing and if so, where to obtain COVID-19 testing throughout the state of California. 
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020   Laid Off & Looking for Work Due to COVID-19? WECA's Student Referral Service & Job Board Can Help!


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

Many WECA Member Contractors are actively hiring, and we'd like to put you in touch with them.

Get referred to WECA Member Contractor through our Student Referral Service. The only requirement for participation is that you be an active electrician trainee or journeyperson continuing education student with WECA, or a graduate of any of our programs.

What is this Service?

A free job referral service that introduces our current Electrician Trainee, Journeyperson, and WECA-grad job seekers to Member Contractors in order to help them meet their staffing needs. 

Who does this benefit?

Everyone! WECA Member Contractors are referred qualified, WECA-trained applicants to help meet their staffing needs. And in turn, WECA student and grad participants get valuable job referrals.

How does this differ from the WECA Job Board?

WECA's current Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board is a self-service portal where members and electrical and low voltage employment job seekers submit and review resumes and job postings online.

The Student Referral Service, in contrast, provides additional customer service by having WECA staff supply our members with hands-on referrals. In other words--we take some of the hard work off everyone's plate!

The Student Referral Service refers you to employers, and they hire you directly.
To participate in WECA's Student Referral Service, please contact Ana Lopez, WECA ET/Journeyman Program Manager, at alopez@goweca.com or at (877) 444-9322. 

You can also:

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. In this case, you and the employer will communicate more traditionally through the job application or resume viewing process, and WECA won't be otherwise involved in the referral.

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. 

 
Search Open Positions Today
 
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020   Put Safety First -- Get Your Hours on Theme w/ WECA's Online OSHA 10 & 30 Classes w/ ClickSafety

May is National Electrical Safety Month. Consider getting your trainee or  
continuing education hours in with one of the following self-paced, online learning-based OSHA courses, which WECA offers in partnership with ClickSafety . Successful completion of any of these courses also gains you the relevant OSHA certification card, which can be valuable to both you and your employer. Several variations on OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 below! 
 

California OSHA 10-Hour Construction (10 hour course)

This 10-hour online California OSHA training from WECA partner ClickSafety is an excellent way to receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites. It is specially designed to help keep California workers safe while obtaining their OSHA 10-Hour Card.

Learn more about and enroll in California OSHA 10 Construction today!
 

 OSHA 10 Construction (10 Hour Course)

This 10 hour online OSHA training from WECA partner ClickSafety is an excellent way to receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites. It covers fewer topics than OSHA 30.

 Learn more about and enroll in OSHA 10 Construction today!
 


OSHA 10 Construction Spanish (10 Hour Course)

Este curso de 10 horas del socio de WECA, ClickSafety, es una versión en línea del exitoso programa de OSHA, cubriendo menos temas que el OSHA 30. La capacitación de OSHA en línea es una excelente forma de garantizar que ha recibido la formación adecuada en temas importantes de salud y seguridad en sus sitios de trabajo. 

 Â¡Aprende mas sobre e inscrabete en OSHA 10 Construction Spanish hoy mismo!
 


OSHA 30 Construction (30 Hour Course)

This 30 hour online OSHA training from WECA partner ClickSafety is an  even more comprehensive way to receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites.

Learn more about and enroll in OSHA 30 Construction today!
 
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020   WECA's GetWired Labs Are Humming Along Online


Our GetWired! Electrician Training Program is usually blended--meaning online lectures combined with in-person electrical labs. But due to COVID-19, our curriculum developers and instructors have been going the extra mile--and then some--to recreate and deliver those labs as dynamic online activities. We can't tell you how fun it is to watch our teachers and students working together to master these same concepts in new ways! Electrician Trainees can feel confident that WECA's providing the same outstanding electrical education you and they are accustomed to--just a little differently at the moment, while we all work together to stay safe through COVID-19. Get the latest on online lab scheduling for GetWired! and other classes on our COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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