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Wednesday, November 20, 2019   Showcasing WECA Apprenticeships with WECA's National Apprenticeship Week 2019 Open Houses

WECA got into the spirit of National Apprenticeship Week 2019 with its open houses in Rancho Cordova on November 11th and San Diego on November 12th.

The open houses showcased WECA's state-of-the-art labs, top-notch instructors, and three cutting-edge Apprenticeship programs - all designed to show the enthusiastic prospects in attendance how they can achieve their dreams with a WECA Apprenticeship. 

Both open houses began with presentations and lively question-and-answer sessions before segueing into the main attraction - the tour! During both tours, attendees gained enlightening insights into the inner workings of WECA's Apprenticeship programs, and learned about all the benefits that a WECA Apprenticeship can afford them - like having their tuition paid for by the WECA Member Contractor that employs them, getting to experience hands-on learning both on-the-job and in-the-classroom, and receiving either a health and welfare plan or a Fringe Benefit Package from their employer.
What's more is that prospects discovered all the paths they can take with a WECA Apprenticeship under their toolbelt - like being an electrician, electrical instructor, electrical contractor, and so much more. The sky is virtually the limit for those in the electrical trades, because the skills learned and knowledge gained during an Apprenticeship can be applied in myriad ways in a variety of professions.
A WECA apprenticeship is just the beginning - the pivotal first step to a satisfying, in-demand, and respected career that provides you a high quality of life. Would you - or someone you know - excel in the hands-on, intellectually stimulating career of an electrician? Take your - or encourage them to take their - first step toward the future today by applying to one of WECA's three Apprenticeship programs.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019   Learn How to Use the New Version of WECA's eCampus Mobile App

It's here! WECA's rolling out a new and updated version of our eCampus mobile app--a handy companion to our eCampus website--to give students a more seamless user experience. 


Click here to learn how to download and use the app to complete tasks like taking a quiz, checking your grades, and more!

But if you prefer the website to the app--not to worry. With our recent eCampus update, students can visit the website via any mobile web browser and the website will automatically scale to the size of their screen, giving every student the seamless user experience they deserve. 
 
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019   Veteran and Apprentice Spotlight: Pedro Andrade


Some Apprentices and Electrician Trainees come to WECA already equipped with some electrical experience - like United States Marine Corps veteran and Commercial Apprentice Pedro Andrade, who accumulated electrical work experience while serving as a Corporal in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006 to 2010.

And after some time spent back stateside, Andrade decided to capitalize on his prior electrical experience with the Corps and found work with a WECA Member Contractor.

"I was lucky enough to work for a WECA Member Contractor," Andrade said. "And I was able to hear of WECA through the anecdotes of my fellow coworkers who were enrolled, and the journeymen who had graduated from WECA. After this, the decision [to apply to become a WECA apprentice] was a no-brainer."

As Andrade has progressed throughout his Apprenticeship, he's reflected upon his journey from the Corps to WECA.

"Serving in the military definitely instilled a work ethic in me, and I am grateful for that. Also, understanding leadership and what it takes [to succeed] makes me follow orders until I'm ready to lead in this field," Andrade said.

Andrade continued, stating that "I would 100 percent recommend for other vets to get into this trade and succeed."

But Andrade's advice isn't just limited to veterans - it's for everyone.

"My piece of advice for any newcomers is this: stay motivated and remember why you are here."
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019   Apprentice Spotlight: Alondra Mora



WECA first-year Low Voltage Apprentice Alondra Mora initially aspired to become a construction worker when she enrolled in a Career Technical Education (CTE) class during her junior year at Clovis High School. But when an electrical unit was introduced into the curriculum, there was a 'spark' for Mora - which led to her subsequently enrolling in an electrical systems class during her senior year.

"It was interesting because it's not like I decided 'I definitely want to do this for the rest of my life'", said Mora. "Rather, I realized that I really liked the work, enjoyed it, and never dreaded it - I would just think to myself, 'I want to know more about this.' And there was always something new to learn and it was the only thing that motivated me to go to school the next day."

And after graduation, Mora enrolled in WECA's Low Voltage Apprenticeship program with Member Contractor Sebastian.

"I chose to do a WECA Apprenticeship because everything about it is so much better than going to college for a couple of years, coming out with a bunch of debt, and then still having to look for a company to hire you. Going through an Apprenticeship, they are paying you to learn and you don't have anything to lose or owe for simply giving it a shot. So I gave it a shot - and it's the best decision I've ever made," said Mora.

Further, Mora stated that she specifically chose to be a low voltage apprentice because "low voltage works the most with telephone systems, cameras, computers, and all the fun stuff that would catch my attention."

Mora has only been on the job with Sebastian for a short time, but she's picked new things up quickly and has had fun doing it, too!

"I've learned several things so far - like how to put conduit up and tips and tricks on how to complete work more efficiently," said Mora, "but my favorite thing to work on is the telephone systems. I messed around with those a lot more in my electrical systems class which gave me pretty good insight on how this industry is and how it runs ... but the telephone systems are the most fun for me. I'm not so sure why, but I definitely enjoy working on them."

Being on the job has also given Mora unique insight into what it's like to be a female in the low voltage industry.

"So far, it's been really good and fun; I haven't had any problems or clashes with any of the guys. I love going to work and I really enjoy working with my coworkers," said Mora.

Mora's insight doesn't stop there, though. She also dispensed wise advice to those currently going through an Apprenticeship program or seeking to follow in her footsteps.

"Work the best you can, don't slack off, always be early, and most importantly - learn how to accept criticism from others. All you have to do is just soak up everything anyone says to you and figure out how to change and improve, rather than taking it the wrong way," said Mora.

With insight like this, we can confidently say that Alondra Mora is going to do great things and be at the forefront of the female revolution in the electrical industry. Welcome to the WECA family, Alondra, and we are excited to see where your WECA Apprenticeship and career take you!
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019   Learn More About the Updated GW402 for Electrician Trainees


Electrician Trainees--you asked for solar in our GetWired! course repertoire, and we heard you! We're proud to introduce GetWired! 402: Solar Power; plus Residential Service and Troubleshooting.

This 33-hour online-learning based course covers concepts like systematic troubleshooting using the 5-step troubleshooting approach; technologies and diagnostic equipment; business elements of doing service work; service call "work order" simulations; array configurations and electrical design characteristics for grid-tied Photovoltaic (PV) systems, PV system installations from the perspective of the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC), and more!

Ready to get started? Click here to learn more and register. 
 
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019   California Apprenticeship Council Spotlights WECA Commercial Apprentice Nelson Caro

Content courtesy of: California Apprenticeship Council and Division of Apprenticeship Standards
 

From the article: "I am Nelson Caro, a fifth-year WECA commercial Apprentice and veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I served as a sergeant and an intermediate level hydraulics/pneumatic technician for FA-18s and KC-130s. I served two tours in Iraq, one in Iwakuni, Japan, and one in Bahrain and Syria-all before applying for WECA's Commercial Apprenticeship program. 

I've found success in WECA's Apprenticeship program in a few ways. First, you should ask as many questions as possible. The instructors are very knowledgeable and have no issues at all answering your questions. Second, discuss the topics with fellow classmates. Since not everyone learns the same way, it helps to get other points of view to get a better understanding of certain subjects. Last would be the labs. Having labs that show things like conduit bending, or properly connecting motors circuits etc. are very helpful.

To read the rest of the California Apprenticeship Council's Spotlight on Nelson and his story, click here
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019   WECEF Offers 2020 Scholarship Opportunity--Apply Now!

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The Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) is pleased to again offer a scholarship program for students enrolled as an Apprentice, Electrician Trainee, or a Journeyman taking continuing education courses with WECA.

The WECEF Scholarship is intended to assist students whose career pursuits are in the electrical or low voltage fields and to help them in continuing their education with WECA.

Scholarships will be awarded in amounts ranging from $200 to $500 per successful applicant and are to be used for the cost of books, tools, fees, and/or tuition.

Awarded scholarships are at the sole discretion of the WECEF Board of Directors and contingent upon the applicant's ability to meet the eligibility and application requirements noted in the application form.

Apprentices and students can learn more and download the application form at the following link, or contact 877-444-9322 for more information.

Download scholarship application here

Application Deadline: 
Applications and all required documents must be received by 5:00 PM on January 13, 2020. 

Email all materials to lsipes@goweca.com
OR
 
Mail to: 
WECEF Scholarship Program
3695 Bleckeley Street
Mather Commerce Center

Rancho Cordova, CA 95655
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019   WECA's Hiring! Seeking Part-Time Instructors for Nights and Weekends

Keep Your Skills Sharp While Earning Extra Money with the Perfect Side Gig hiring
 

Seeking experienced Journeymen who:
  • Are natural teachers and leaders
  • 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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Wednesday, October 23, 2019   Saturdays in the WECA Labs

Fall is here, and our Electrician Trainees and Journeymen are engaging in hands-on learning at WECA's Saturday labs--like Basic Motor Controls 1 (where they gain experience building control circuits for motors, and learn the basics of motor controls), and GetWired! 103 (where they learn to install lighting branch-circuits in residences, while exploring NEC requirements for safe installations and standard industry practices). 
 
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019   The Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) Announces Scholarship Opportunity!

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The Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) is pleased to announce it is again offering a scholarship program for students enrolled as an Apprentice, Electrician Trainee, or a Journeyman taking continuing education courses with WECA.

The WECEF Scholarship is intended to assist students whose career pursuits are in the electrical or low voltage fields and to help them in continuing their education with WECA.

Scholarships will be awarded in amounts ranging from $200 to $500 per successful applicant and are to be used for the cost of books, tools, fees, and/or tuition.

Awarded scholarships are at the sole discretion of the WECEF Board of Directors and contingent upon the applicant's ability to meet the eligibility and application requirements noted in the application form.

Apprentices and students can learn more and download the application form at the following link, or contact 877-444-9322 for more information.

Download scholarship application here

Application Deadline: 
Applications and all required documents must be received by 5:00 PM on January 13, 2020. 

Email all materials to lsipes@goweca.com
OR
 
Mail to: 
WECEF Scholarship Program
3695 Bleckeley Street
Mather Commerce Center

Rancho Cordova, CA 95655
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019   It's That Time of Year Again--Commercial Apprentice Open Enrollment Underway from Oct. 15 - Nov. 6

WECA's annual open enrollment period for Commercial Apprentices is taking place from October 15 - November 6changes will become effective on December 1

If you are adding a dependent(s) to your group health plans, please return your completed enrollment form to WECA's Sacramento/Rancho Cordova headquarters no later than Nov. 6.

If you are NOT making any changes to your existing coverage, there is nothing for you to do. 

To learn more, please log in with your WECA ID and password to view the 2019-2020 Benefit Summary, and Annual Notices.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cindy Cormier, Insurance Administrator, by phone at (877) 444-9322 ext. 117 or by email at ccormier@goweca.com.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019   Behind the Scenes at WECA: Checking Out the Latest in Curriculum Development and eLearning

 

Members of WECA's Curriculum Development team (L to R: Tom Thompson-Curriculum Development Manager; Maris Kaplan-Curriculum Project Coordinator; and Sadie Moua-Instructional Designer) are at the CBExchance from C-BEN (Competency-based Education Network) in Palm Desert, CA, this week. WECA's Apprenticeship programs are at the forefront of competency-based education for the trades, but that's no reason to rest on our laurels! 
 
 

Meanwhile, WECA's Curriculum Production and eLearning Specialist, Rebecca Archer, is at the DevLearn 2019 Conference and Expo in Las Vegas this week. We pride ourselves on continually integrating the latest in eLearning technologies into our state-of-the-art labs and top-notch curriculum, but there's always more to see, learn, experience, and integrate when it comes to the rapidly-evolving world of learning technologies! 
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