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Wednesday, August 26, 2020   Announcing NEW Self-Paced 24-Hr. General/Residential Electrician Certification Exam Prep Course

Study for the exam online, at your own pace, on your own time.

Are you gearing up to the take California General/Residential Certification exam? If so, consider WECA's new Self-Paced Online 24-Hour Exam Preparation Course as part of your preparation arsenal!

This course is for students who want to study for the California General or Residential Electrician certification exam online, at their own pace. Informative, interactive presentations help guide students through the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70). It is meant for individuals almost ready to take the exam. Much of the course 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.

If you prefer to take an instructor-led online class instead, check out Live Online Two Day Exam Prep, running on subsequent Saturdays over Zoom every month.

If you are looking for a more extensive exam preparation course, consider GetWired 404, consisting of 42 instructor-led hours, all online.

But if you're saying "Yep, Online Self-Paced Exam Prep that I can take on my own time sounds like just the right course for me," read on!

Self-Paced Online 24-Hour General/Residential Exam Prep

Recommended Prerequisite for Electrician Trainees: Substantial completion of GET WIRED! Program.

Other Prerequisites: 8,000+ General OJT hours and substantial knowledge of electrical theory and the National Electric Code (NEC) or 4,800+ Residential OJT hours and substantial knowledge of electrical theory and the National Electric Code (NEC).

  • Subject indexing
  • Circuit calculations/ conductor sizing and Protection
  • Motor calculations
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Raceway and Box fill calculations
  • Theory
  • Wiring methods and special equipment
  • Service sizing and clearances
  • General equipment and panelboards
  • Safety maintenance and repair.
  • Low Volt Communications and Fire systems
  • Test taking skills
Maximize your California General/Residential exam preparation today -- learn more and enroll in the course here.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020   Online Delivery Plans for Session 4 (October-December 2020) In Response to COVID-19

GetWired labs to remain online through at least December 31, 2020

Please review the information below for changes to upcoming onsite lab scheduling and in-person classroom courses for WECA's Session 4 2020 (October-December), in response to the continued spread of COVID-19 in California. View Session 4 course catalog here.

The good news for 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. Alternate arrangements are offered for onsite lab days; please read below for details specific to your course.

The WECA Electrician Trainee and Journeyperson Continuing Education programs have cancelled all in-person classroom courses (such as Two Day Exam Prep and Basic Motor Controls) scheduled for the remainder of 2020.

For those students currently enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a GetWired class with a lab date through December 31, 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 Classroom-based Two Day Exam Prep, these classes have been cancelled until further notice. However, our Live Online Two Day Exam Prep class is available for enrollment. It's the same curriculum; just delivered in an online classroom instead.
  • WECA has cancelled all classroom-based Two Day Exam Prep class instances until further notice.
  • WECA's Live Online Two Day Exam Prep is now available on a monthly basis. Scheduled over two subsequent Saturdays, a live instructor leads students through our popular Two Day Exam Prep course experience over Zoom in this 16 hour class.
  • You may prefer to take an upcoming GetWired 404 Test Prep instance. GetWired 404 is also entirely online and instructor-led, but delves even more deeply into preparation for the State certification exam over 42 hours.
  • WECA's new 24-Hour Self-Paced Online Exam Prep for the General or Residential Certification exams is an option, too, for students who want to study on their ow schedule.
For those students interested in Basic Motor Controls, these classes have been cancelled until further notice.
  • WECA has cancelled all classroom-based Basic Motor Controls classes through the end of 2020. 
  • You may take an alternate online course to fulfill this requirement towards your ET Program Certificate. Call WECA to discuss your options.
  • You can wait until WECA can resume offering the classroom Basic Motor Controls class and take it on a future date, but as of now, no dates are scheduled.
WECA has suspended sales of its DVD/Textbook-based home study courses. All online home study courses will remain available.

Certification Testing:
  • As of May 1, 2020, PSI has reopened several of its testing sites across California for limited testing. WECA has personally checked with PSI testing centers in both Sacramento and San Diego and each reports that they are currently open, practicing social distancing, and only allowing a certain amount of people in the building at a time. Keep in mind as you schedule your exam appointment that available windows may be limited, so if you're ready to take the exam, don't delay in securing your appointment. In addition, the State of California confirms that it is actively processing certification applications.
The situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve 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 and watch our website COVID-19 Advisory Page 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.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020   Commercial Apprentices--Your Anthem Health Plan Includes Free COVID-19 Testing through December 31

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Peace of mind is an important part of your health and well-being. We want you to feel secure knowing your Anthem health plan has you covered.

If you or anyone on your health plan needs testing for COVID-19, your benefits will cover the test and the care visit where the test takes place with no out-of-pocket costs. There is no end date for this extension of benefits right now.

If treatment for COVID-19 is necessary, your benefits will cover the care with no copays or cost sharing through December 31, 2020, from doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals in your plan's network.

Your health is your most valuable asset. If you have questions about your benefits, please visit our website at anthem.com/ca or call us at the Member Services number on your ID card.

Find a COVID-19 Testing Center

Wednesday, August 26, 2020   What Do Electricians Work On and Study?

Electricians do--and learn--many cool things on the job.

As illustrated by Rick Labon, WECA Curriculum Development Lead and Senior Education Adviser:
This graphic shows the locations in a dwelling that require GFCI (Ground-fault Circuit Interrupter) and AFCI (Arc-fault Circuit Interrupter) protection based on the 2017 NEC.
This graphic shows the most common receptacle spacing requirements for kitchen SABC (Small Appliance Branch Circuits) and habitable areas in a dwelling based on the 2017 NEC.

Does this interest you? Have you been thinking of studying to become an electrician? It's an excellent career with a lot of projected growth. Read on to the next article to learn how to get started.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020   Are You--or Someone You Know--Looking for an Lucrative, Rewarding, and Stable Career?

Become an Electrician Today with WECA's Apprenticeship or Electrician Trainee Programs

Are you--or someone you know--interested in becoming an electrician, but unsure of where or how to start? Well, you're in the right place. WECA offers two paths to becoming an electrician--our Apprenticeship program and our Electrician Trainee program. 

Both are stellar ways to kick off your career as an electrician, but differ slightly.

With WECA's Commercial, Residential, or Low Voltage Apprenticeship programs,
prospective Apprentices must first apply for--and be accepted into--the Apprenticeship program of their choice before beginning their education in the classroom with WECA's instructors and on-the-job with a WECA Member Contractor. Learn more about WECA's three Apprenticeship programs here.

However, with WECA's Electrician Trainee program, prospective Electrician Trainees can immediately start their journey toward becoming an electrician by enrolling in the program. Once enrolled, all Electrician Trainees have to do is begin their coursework online and go forward from there. Learn more about WECA's Electrician Trainee program here.

Apply for a WECA Apprenticeship today!

Apply for WECA's Electrician Trainee program today!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020   WECA's Student Referral Service: Connect with a Great Employer Today!

Are you a current WECA student or WECA grad that is currently out of work? Try our Student Referral Service today! 

This service is a conduit to introduce our current Electrician Trainees, Journeyman Continuing Education students, and WECA Grads to our Member Contractors. 

There is no charge to Student or Member to use our Student Referral Service. WECA's Student Referral Service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff provide hands-on referrals, taking some of that work off your plate.  

This is a free, no-obligation service. WECA's purpose in providing this service is to help our Member Contractors find the qualified workers they need. 

To sign up for the Student Referral Service, contact Trisha Hughes, Junior Client Services Specialist, at thughes@goweca.com or fill out the form on our website.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020   Accommodations for WECA Students & Apprentices Affected by Wildfire Evacuations &/or Power Shutoffs

Our thoughts are with all those affected by the wildfires in California. Please note the following accommodations for those affected by wildfire evacuations, as well as those who miss a scheduled online class due to a public utility power shutoff. 

For Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson Continuing Education students, and General Students affected by wildfires and evacuation orders:
WECA will accommodate course make-up requests for currently-enrolled Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson continuing education students, and general students; or course transfers with associated course transfer fees waived; for those affected by wildfire evacuations. Please contact WECA at 877-444-9322 to get started.

For Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson Continuing Education students, and General Students affected by utility power shutoffs:

WECA will still be running all scheduled GetWired! webcasts, GetWired! online labs, Live Online 2-Day Exam Prep Classes, and all other instructor-led online class instances at this time. Students should plan to attend class as normal. 
Students who are unable to attend a scheduled webcast due to a power shutoff, and who cannot attend the class instance from an alternate remote location (which is encouraged), can contact WECA to arrange a class make-up or submit a make-up request through their eCampus class home page. WECA will cross-check the student's address with outage maps or otherwise request proof of the outage before accommodating the make-up.
Please watch your email closely for further updates from WECA; if the power shutdown maps are expanded, classes may be further affected.

For Apprentices affected by wildfires and evacuation orders or public utility power shutoffs:

If you are affected by a wildfire evacuation, or a public utility power shutoff causes you to miss part of an online apprenticeship class, please contact WECA at 877-444-9322 and we'll work with you to determine a resolution for your situation.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020   2020 Graduates--Don't Miss Out on Graduation Gifts from WECA!

Take a Moment to Make Sure You Have Your Current Mailing Address on File with Us

Graduation is just around the corner...and WECA is excited to commemorate your important milestone with a gift!

But to ensure that all of our graduates receive their gifts, we need to make sure that we have everyone's current mailing address on file. So when you have a moment, please login to your WECA account to see if the mailing address on file is up-to-date.

If your mailing address is not up-to-date, please update it in your account information, or email your current mailing address to Wendy Flanagan, Assistant Director of Apprenticeship, at wflanagan@goweca.com.

Thank you for your help, and we can't wait to celebrate your graduation with you soon!

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