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Thursday, December 1, 2022   Wrapping Up a Successful Year of Outreach

WECA and Members Promoted Apprenticeship at CIE Foundation's Trades Day in Sacramento on November 28th











WECA’s Apprenticeship Outreach team is wrapping up a very productive and successful year! We were thrilled to attend CIE Foundation’s Trades Day at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Monday, November 28th as one of our final events of the year.

Representing WECA at the event were Wendy Flanagan, Assistant Director of Apprenticeship, and Low Voltage Apprenticeship instructors John Arias and Randy Rivera. WECA Member Contractors Royal Electric Company and Mark III Construction, Inc. joined in the outreach efforts.

“We had hundreds of individuals from various high school and construction trades programs visit our booth,” said Wendy. “They were eager to hear about the classroom and get hands-on demonstrations with John and Randy, while I shared program information with them and handed out our fun swag.”

Thank you for having us, CIE Foundation! It was an rewarding day, as always, of reaching out to the future of California electrical and low voltage workforce! 

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Thursday, December 1, 2022   Congratulations to the 2022 WECEF Scholarship Winners!

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Please join us in congratulating the 2022 WECEF Scholarship Winners!

·        Phillip Anossov

·        Gabriel Avila

·        Damien Carlos

·        Cody Carpenter

·        Charles-Joshua Cortez

·        Ivan Cruz Perez

·        Saul Fernandez, Jr.

·        Javier Garcia, Jr.

·        Dane Godbe

·        Benito Gonzales

·        Micah Kirk

·        Scott McFarland

·        Roeun Morng

·        Elissa Penn

·        Shane Peters

·        Ricardo Ramirez

·        Jake Ramsey

·        Justin Robinette

·        Daniel Rojas

·        Brandon Roome

·        Cody Ruggles

·        Ulises Sanchez

·        Brian Shipp

·        Taiye Skillman

·        Dane Storm

·        Brandon Velasco

·        Andres Vera

We were pleased to receive a record number of scholarship applications this year, and are continually inspired by applicants' talent and determination. This year, WECEF focused its scholarship opportunities on students enrolled in WECA’s Electrician Trainee (ET) Program.

Each annual WECEF scholarship round helps support students in continuing their education with WECA. This year, awardees received up to $1,000 each in monetary awards towards furthering their education, and/or tuition to cover two future classes in WECA's Electrician Trainee Program Certificate Path.

Leanne Sipes, WECA Senior Accountant, says "This year's applications yielded many thoughtful responses. We were pleased to receive applications from the employees of members and non-members alike. It was also great to see that many applicants espoused the importance of safety in the workplace, stating that their approach to safety was to 'continually train on it and embed it into everyone's psyche."

Terry Seabury, WECA Executive Director and CEO, also notes that many applications touched upon common themes in response to questions posed during the application process, such as "What does it take to be an effective leader?" and "Ideas to improve the work environment?" The most common responses to these questions were: leading by example, listening and communicating effectively, remaining calm in the face of challenges, highlighting and sharing everyone's strengths and talents, demonstrating honesty and sincerity, and practicing proper planning and execution to ensure safety on the jobsite. "Many applicants also demonstrated a desire to contribute to improving jobsite and team communication," said Terry.

Congratulations, everyone!

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Thursday, December 1, 2022   Rising Above the Competition in Arizona

WECA Arizona Founding Member Contractor Corbins Electric Makes Phoenix Business Journal's Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Private Companies List

Please join us in congratulating WECA Arizona founding Member Contractor Corbins Electric in making the Phoenix Business Journal's Arizona Corporate Excellence Private Companies List!

We're pleased that our Member Contractors continually dominate these types of lists and demonstrate merit shop excellence in the West.

Congratulations, Corbins! Thank you for anchoring WECA in Arizona, and we are excited to see further accomplishments and accolades in the coming new year!

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Thursday, December 1, 2022   Congratulations Larry Thomas, Jr.: Recipient of Arizona Outstanding Apprentice Award









Please join us in congratulating Larry Thomas, Jr., WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprentice with Member Contractor Corbins Electric, who recently won an Arizona Outstanding Apprentice Award!

Larry received the award at the 60th annual Outstanding Apprentice Awards ceremony on Saturday, November 19th at the Wigwam Resort and Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Arizona. There were 600-plus people in attendance, 99 of whom were award recipients. Larry’s wife and daughter were on hand to help celebrate, as were Darin Johnson, Vice President of Foreman Development at Corbins Electric, Olivia Kasparek, Apprenticeship Program Coordinator at Corbins Electric, and Bob Bartlett, WECA Membership Director.

Dennis Anthony, the Chairman of the Arizona Apprenticeship Advisory Committee, was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Additionally, Ted Cooke – the General Manager of the Central Arizona Project – was a featured guest speaker and gave a speech on what it takes to be a leader and not just a manager.

And last, but not least, the award winners had their pictures taken with Willie Higgins, the director of the Arizona State Apprenticeship Program, while receiving their awards.

Congratulations, Larry! We are so proud of your momentous achievement and thank you for representing excellence in apprenticeship! 

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Thursday, December 1, 2022   It's Time to Come Together to Celebrate the WECA Arizona Graduating Class of 2022!

There's One Month Left to Support WECA Graduates by Sponsoring This Graduation Event.

Dear WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters,

WECA is proud to announce the Arizona Graduating Class of 2022!

Our Commercial Electrical Apprentices in the Class of 2022 have successfully completed their education with WECA!

Help us honor their achievement with your sponsorship of their graduation event on:

Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM

The Grand Ballroom

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Phoenix Airport

320 North 44th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85008

Help us make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend the graduation event, which is especially meaningful for grads if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend the graduation, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.   

Please consider the sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical training, apprenticeship, and workforce development for Arizona!

Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team

Reserve your sponsorship package

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Thursday, November 17, 2022   National Apprenticeship Week 2022 Was One for the Books!



WECA Northern California Open House at our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova training facility

WECA hosted our Northern California National Apprenticeship Week open house at our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova training facility on Nov. 15!

The open house drew electrical and low voltage apprenticeship applicant hopefuls as well as attendees from select organizations, schools, and programs.

"Everyone was friendly and social with each other," says Jeanette Santos, Workforce Development Specialist. "And we got a lot of feedback from instructor John Arias' tour -- everyone noticed how much passion he has for his field." Attendees received the opportunity to participate in hands-on electrical demonstrations with John during the tour.

Thank you for coming, Sacramento and Rancho Cordova! We appreciate your enthusiasm, and are excited to help you succeed in the electrical and low voltage fields soon!

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WECA Arizona Open House at our Phoenix training facility

On Nov. 16, WECA hosted our Arizona National Apprenticeship Week open house at our Phoenix training facility!

Attendees included representatives from Arizona state agencies, prospective WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship applicants, WECA Industry Partners, instructors from a local high school pre-apprenticeship program, and current WECA apprentices.

Bob Bartlett, Membership Director, said that the current WECA apprentices were on hand to share their experiences at WECA in comparison to their previous electrical apprenticeship program.

"They answered questions regarding how good the WECA program is, and why the other programs did not [positively] compare to ours," says Bob.

Keith Smart, Apprenticeship Manager and instructor, gave attendees a thorough presentation via our Smart Board and touched upon the subject matter taught per apprenticeship program year. A WECA National Apprenticeship week video featuring WECA apprenticeship graduate, professional motorcycle racer, and wildfire fighter Jayson Uribe was also shown, and greatly enjoyed by the attendees. Have a watch here:

Jayson Uribe, WECA Electrical Apprenticeship Grad for 2022 National Apprenticeship Week

Professional Motorcycle Racer. Wildfire Fighter. WECA Electrical Apprenticeship Grad. Is there anything Jayson Uribe can't do? Get to know this real-life hero, this National Apprenticeship Week 2022.

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WECA Southern California Open House at our San Diego training facility

And last, but not least, WECA hosted our Southern California National Apprenticeship Week open house at our San Diego training facility on Nov. 16!

Jeff Van de Moere, Membership Manager, says that the diverse mix of attendees -- existing WECA Electrician Trainees, WECA Apprenticeship program applicants, and people new to but curious about pursuing careers in the electrical and low voltage industries -- peppered himself and instructor Neil Pesarillo with questions throughout the presentation and tour.

Thank you for coming, San Diego! We can't wait to see you in our labs and classrooms soon!

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Terry Travis Jr.

WECA Apprentice Spotlight for National Apprenticeship Week 2022

“For as long as human beings walk the earth, we will continually use electricity. Those that understand and know how to harness the power of electricity will always be wanted and needed,” says Commercial Electrical Apprentice Terry Travis, Jr.

Electricians are the backbone of today’s modern society, and as such, will always be in demand. But being an electrician wasn’t on Terry’s radar until a family friend recommended that he apply for an apprenticeship with the union. But despite applying, Terry never heard back – so he then began WECA’s Electrician Trainee program on the recommendation of a church elder.

While enrolled as an Electrician Trainee, Terry sent his resume to ten WECA Member Contractors in hopes of being hired for eventual apprenticeship sponsorship. Terry’s tenacity paid off when WECA Member Contractor Alessandro Electric Inc. hired Terry as a material handler. After six months, Alessandro sponsored his Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship with WECA – an event that drastically altered and determined the course of Terry’s life.

“Becoming an apprentice has given me the power to change my world,” says Terry. “It has given me the ability to create stability for myself and my family. When I was a child and young adult, I went through periods of homelessness – I have slept in cars, lived in motels, and ridden public transportation all night because I had nowhere else to go. That is no longer the case or reality in my life – I own a home and am the first person in my family to do so. My wife and children will never struggle like I did. I thank God that I have become an electrician. The apprenticeship has provided me the opportunity to learn a skill that will always be in demand,” says Terry.

Though tenacious and determined, Terry is also humble. In his continual pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement, Terry also credits WECA and his apprenticeship instructors – James Hall, Lakeal Morris, and Zack Wallace – with “providing me with the resources to become the best electrician I can be.”

Terry looks forward to every class because it provides him the chance to grow in knowledge and understanding – due in large part to his instructors.

“The instructors at WECA are some great individuals … after every class, I feel that I have leveled up and am ready to apply what I was taught. James is very knowledgeable about the NEC, and he has helped me to understand it much better. I also love the analogies Lakeal uses to relate and show the connection between electricity and life. And thanks to Zack, I have a much better understanding of how to read and make sense of blueprints,” says Terry.

However, WECA’s instructors aren’t the only ones full of wisdom. Terry also has some great wisdom to impart, himself.

“Humility comes before honor, and persistence and determination alone are omnipotent,” says Terry. “Being an apprentice is a humbling position; there are so many things you do not know, and you will not find out that you do not know those things until you are in that situation. As an apprentice, you are constantly learning and the best way to learn is to heed the advice of those that have been where you are. Being teachable has led to my success as an apprentice and I encourage all apprentices to practice humility.”

Terry, thank you for choosing to pursue a Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship with WECA. We are humbled to play such an instrumental role in your life, and know that your tenacity, humility, and talent will take you far in life.

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Alec Briseno

WECA Apprentice Spotlight for National Apprenticeship Week 2022

One thing that a lot of our apprentices have in common is being mechanically inclined since they were a kid, or having been exposed to the construction industry from a young age. Alec Briseno, a Commercial Electrical Apprentice studying at WECA’s Rancho Cordova training facility, is no different.

“I have been mechanically inclined from a young age,” says Alec. “My dad had his own industrial shop that repaired appliances and offered other parts to local vendors. The mechanics of it was very simple to me, but one thing that challenged me was how a single-phase system or a three-phase system worked on the motors. I felt like it really grabbed my interest in a way that nothing else could.”

As an adult, Alec followed up on that passion by joining up with WECA Member Contractor Reyff Electric.

“I was referred to WECA by Reyff Electric and after doing some research, I figured it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. It’s a complete setup for success and what you put in is what you will get out [of it]”, says Alec. “I was job-hopping before and not sure what I was going to do, or what was interesting to me. The electrical trade and the people at Reyff Electric have inspired me to push through hard times because there is a brighter future ahead.”

In his apprenticeship, Alec enjoys having the opportunity to work on commercial jobs and seeing everything that goes into getting the job done.

“Communication, ability to work with a team, and helping yourself at 100 percent is what’s important on a job. These traits have allowed me to challenge myself every day,” says Alec.

Alec also cites instructor Jimmie Slemp as being another positive influence on his apprenticeship.

“So far, my favorite instructor has been Jimmie,” says Alec. “With his years of experience and knowledge of the trade, he can teach and answer questions with complete honesty. One thing that has always stood out to me was that he can teach apprentices from just his field experience alone.”

Though Alec is enjoying the here and now, he also looks to the future with optimism and implores his fellow apprentices to do the same.

“Keep pushing and challenging yourself every day,” says Alec. “Those challenges are what’s going to make you better for yourself and your crew.”

Those are great words of wisdom, Alec! We’re glad that you followed your passions and turned them into a career, and are excited to see where your passion, hard work, and dedication take you in the future!

 


 

 

 

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Thursday, November 17, 2022   Please Join Us in Thanking Veteran WECA Apprentices for Their Service

Learn More About Their Stories in Our Article and Videos in Honor of Veterans Day 2022

Abigail Stone

Air Force veteran, current Air National Guard member, and WECA Commercial Electrical apprentice at our Fresno training facility

Meet Abigail Stone – Commercial Electrical Apprentice at WECA’s Fresno training facility, Air Force veteran, and current member of the Air National Guard.

Abigail – who served as a vehicular mechanic during her six years at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington State and reached the rank of Staff Sargeant – cites her former profession as the reason for choosing to become an electrician.

“I was a vehicular mechanic during my service, and that was a reason for choosing to be an electrician,” says Abigail. “I already knew electrical systems on vehicles, so I wasn’t going into the trade blind. It’s helped me on job sites with running equipment and being able to troubleshoot little issues so we can keep working.”

In her apprenticeship, Abigail says that her favorite thing to work on so far has been Musco Lighting, which are large area lighting systems used in applications such as sports.

“I’ve helped set them up from day one to finish,” says Abigail.

Abigail recommends that fellow veterans consider a career in the electrical industry after their service and offers the following advice to her fellow apprentices.

“Be a sponge. Absorb as much knowledge as you can from those around you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions,” says Abigail.

Thank you, Abigail, for your service and for being part of the WECA family! We’re thrilled to have you here and know you will do big things in your career. 

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Fue Lee

Marine Corps veteran and WECA Commercial Electrical Apprentice at our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova training facility

A friend told Fue Lee about the WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program, and the rest is history. This United States Marine Corps veteran and Rex Moore Group employee parlayed his experience as an electrician in the service to a successful apprenticeship with WECA. Learn more about his journey:



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Austin Thomason

Army veteran and WECA Commercial Electrical Apprentice at our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova training facility

WECA Apprentice and Veteran Austin Thomason

Austin Thomason, a U.S. Army Veteran now enrolled in the WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program, says that "seeing the joy on our customer's faces" after the crew has accomplished a job well done is one of his favorite aspects of his new career. He also says the competitive pay is great, he enjoys the set schedule, and his apprenticeship qualifies him for an extra paycheck each month provided by the post 9-11 G.I. bill.

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Thursday, November 17, 2022   WECA Member Contractors: There Are About Two Weeks Left; Don't Forget to Vote!

Check Your Mailboxes and Cast Your Ballot for the 2023 WECA Board of Directors, Apprenticeship and Training Board of Trustees, and Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees by Nov. 30

Dear WECA Member Contractors,

There's about two weeks left to cast your ballot for candidates for the 2023 WECA Board of Directors, WECA Apprenticeship and Training Board of Trustees, and WECA Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees.

Ballots were sent out to our primary contact at each WECA member contractor. If you haven't yet voted, please check your inbox and submit your ballot!

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Thursday, November 17, 2022   Want to Show Your Support for the WECA Arizona Graduating Class of 2022?

Now's Your Chance -- Support WECA Graduates by Sponsoring Their Graduation Event!

Dear WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters,

WECA is proud to announce the Arizona Graduating Class of 2022!

Our Commercial Electrical Apprentices in the Class of 2022 have successfully completed their education with WECA!

Help us honor their achievement with your sponsorship of their graduation event on:

Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM

The Grand Ballroom

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Phoenix Airport

320 North 44th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85008

Help us make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend the graduation event, which is especially meaningful for grads if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend the graduation, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.   

Please consider the sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical training, apprenticeship, and workforce development for Arizona!

Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team

Reserve your sponsorship package

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Thursday, November 3, 2022   WECA San Diego Chronicles: Klein Visit; First Year, Commercial Electrical Apprentices Succeed in Lab

WECA San Diego Chronicles

Klein Tools Reps Visit; First Year, First Semester Commercial Electrical Apprentices Succeed in the Lab



Instructor Neil Pesarillo and his first year, first semester Commercial Electrical class were pleased to recently host Klein Tools reps Dan Garland and Elizabeth Medlen at WECA's San Diego facility for a demo and lesson!

During the visit, Dan and Elizabeth gave out free gifts and engaged students by having them answer questions for prizes. Neil also gave his students a shout-out by praising their success in understanding the theories and concepts taught in recent labs.

Thank you for visiting, Dan and Elizabeth, and keep up the great work, everyone!

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Thursday, November 3, 2022   Advancing Women in the Construction Industry

Wendy and Diane Represent WECA at 2022 SRBX/CIEF Women in Construction Fall Conference in Sacramento

Wendy Flanagan, Assistant Director of Apprenticeship, and Diane Trotter, Workforce Development Supervisor, attended the 2022 SRBX/CIEF Women in Construction Fall Conference in Sacramento on Oct. 27.

According to the SRBX website, SRBX Women in Construction is a council that helps to educate, connect, develop, inspire, and advance women in the construction industry as they build meaningful careers. The council also celebrates women as a visible component of the construction industry and seeks to encourage California lawmakers at all levels to adopt policies that will successfully increase women in apprenticeship programs.

Diane says, "We both attended some great breakout sessions. Mine were 'How to Create a Culture that Invites Diversity' and we both went to a fabulous one on 'Overcoming Unconscious Bias in Recruiting and Retention.' There was also a great panel called Lived Experiences, where we got to hear from women that have been successful in their careers in construction."

Thank you, Wendy and Diane, for representing WECA and women in construction at the conference!

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Thursday, November 3, 2022   Checking in with WECA Northern California Low Voltage Apprentices

Second Year, First Semester Apprentices Learn How to Install and Troubleshoot Initiating Fire Alarms









Instructor Randy Rivera took some pictures of second year, first semester Low Voltage Apprentices learning how to install and troubleshoot initiating fire alarms in the lab at our California headquarters in Rancho Cordova this week. Thank you for sharing, Randy!
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Thursday, November 3, 2022   It's Never Too Early to Think About the Future

Inspiring Sacramento-area Youth to Pursue Careers in the Electrical and Low Voltage Industries

WECA loves investing in today's youth and the future of the electrical and low voltage industries!

We recently joined forces with Capital College and Career Academy, WECA Member Contractor Helix Electric, and Sacramento-area utility provider SMUD at Capital College and Career Academy's "Build Your Future Today" Program Cohort to teach local students how to wire electrical circuits.

We had a wonderful time inspiring the students to someday pursue well-paying, rewarding, and hands-on careers in the electrical and low voltage industries!

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Thursday, November 3, 2022   Have Employees Considering Apprenticeship? Encourage Them to Attend Our Upcoming Open Houses

Have Employees Considering Apprenticeship?

Encourage Them to RSVP to Attend Our Upcoming Apprenticeship Open Houses in Recognition of National Apprenticeship Week 2022.

It's the Perfect Opportunity to Tour a WECA Facility -- Current and Prospective WECA Member Contractors Welcome, Too!


 

This National Apprenticeship Week, WECA's pulling out all the stops and showing off our cutting-edge apprenticeship programs at three of our state-of-the-art facilities! There are three opportunities to see what we're all about:

  • ARIZONA: November 16 at 3 p.m. at our Phoenix training facility/Arizona HQ
  • NorCal: November 15 at 10 a.m. at our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova training facility/California HQ
  • SoCal: November 16 at 1 p.m. at our San Diego training facility

Attendees will get the chance to learn about our apprenticeship programs, tour our facilities, view lab demos, meet instructors and staff (with the opportunity to ask individual questions), and more!



Registration link for the WECA Arizona Open House



Registration link for the WECA Northern California Open House



Registration link for the WECA Southern California Open House

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Thursday, November 3, 2022   WECA Member Contractors: Don't Forget to Vote!

Check Your Mailboxes and Cast Your Ballot for the 2023 WECA Board of Directors, Apprenticeship and Training Board of Trustees, and Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees by Nov. 30

Dear WECA Member Contractors,

It's time to cast your ballot for candidates for the 2023 WECA Board of Directors, WECA Apprenticeship and Training Board of Trustees, and WECA Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees.

Ballots were sent out to our primary contact at each WECA member contractor. If you haven't yet voted, please check your inbox and submit your ballot!

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Thursday, November 3, 2022   San Diego: Vote No on Measure D

WECA and its strategic partner AGC San Diego have been busy fighting the lies and misinformation the San Diego Building Trades have been using to sell Measure D to San Diego city voters.

These tactics included a mailer that suggested the San Diego Padres agreed with the union liars, which resulted in the Padres issuing a press release disclaiming any endorsement of "D". Read the story here.

The "No on D" side will be running some TV ads this week to encourage city voters to "Vote No on D."

Watch the ad here.

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Thursday, October 20, 2022   Industry Partner Spotlight: Walters Wholesale Electric Company


 

WECA is proud to announce our new Industry Partner, Walters Wholesale Electric Company! We are excited to join forces with them to ensure that our Member Contractors in Southern California have the finest electrical supplies at their disposal.

Since its founding in Long Beach, California in 1953, Walters has grown to include 30 locations throughout Southern California, in addition to a central distribution center in Brea, California.

This central distribution center – which clocks in over 250,000 square feet – sets Walters apart from the competition with a 99 percent fill rate, meaning that Walters’ immense inventory remains local and makes its way to customers in a timelier manner.

As an electrical supply distributor, Walters carries a vast number of products, according to Shahla Cox, Walters’ Manager of Marketing, Talent Development, and Recruiting. However, Walters also offers various suites of services geared toward different sectors of the electrical field, including but not limited to prefabrication, wire solutions, EV chargers, residential lighting, roadway and street lighting, underground and utilities, low voltage, industrial automation, and more!

“We are excited to see our new relationship flourish and bring our products and services to the WECA network,” says Cox. With that in mind, Walters would also like to invite WECA Member Contractors in Southern California to join Walters for the following events and initiatives:

·        Food Drive
·        Toys for Tots
·        Win Rams tickets from Signify
·        Free Watt Stopper Lighting Controls Training

WECA Member Contractors in Southern California who are interested in sourcing supplies and/or services from Walters Wholesale Electric Company may visit their website for more information or contact staff at one of their 30 locations throughout Southern California to begin a partnership on the company level.

Thank you, Walters Wholesale Electric Company, for partnering with WECA and providing our Southern California Member Contractors with premier electrical industry supplies and services! 

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Thursday, October 20, 2022   It's Construction Inclusion Week!

Learn How WECA and Our Member Contractors Are Supporting the Development of Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces in Our Industry

It's Construction Inclusion Week, but for WECA and our Member Contractors, supporting the development of diverse and inclusive workplaces in our industry is always a top priority. 

If you're a Member Contractor wondering how to start or continue fostering diversity and inclusivity in your workplace, click here to access WECA's ever-expanding library of diversity, equity, and inclusion resources for Member Contractors. 

In recognition of Construction Inclusion Week, WECA has been sharing our diversity and inclusion initiatives on our social media channels, as well as those of our Member Contractors.

On Monday, we shared a video on Alondra Mora -- who entered a WECA apprenticeship program directly out of high school, and with the benefit of a supportive employer (WECA Member Contractor Sebastian, based in Fresno, CA), coworkers, and a strong education from WECA, has now graduated into leadership roles on the job site! 

We're also sharing what your fellow WECA Member Contractors have shared on social media about developing their own diverse and inclusive workplaces -- check them out below!



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WECA Member Contractors Royal Electric Company and Bergelectric participated in #ConstructionInclusionWeek on social media, where they shared their respective commitments to diversity and inclusivity in their workplaces.

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Thursday, October 20, 2022   Royal Electric Company and Helix Electric Make SBJ's Best Places to Work 2022 List!

WECA Member Contractors are at it again: Royal Electric Company and Helix Electric have made the Sacramento Business Journal's Best Places to Work 2022 list!

Congratulations, both -- we are proud of you for continuing to exemplify WECA excellence in the Sacramento region and showing the industry how it's done!

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Thursday, October 20, 2022   Join Us for a Two-Part Webinar Series on Prevailing Wage and Skilled and Trained Workforce in Nov.

Join WECA and Cook Brown, LLP for a Two-Part Webinar Series on Prevailing Wage and Skilled and Trained Workforce

Part 1 (Prevailing Wage) on Nov. 10

Part 2 (Skilled and Trained Workforce) on Nov. 17

Join Cook Brown Partner Carrie Bushman November 10 for Part 1 of a two-part webinar series on Prevailing Wage and Skilled and Trained Workforce. Part 1 will cover Prevailing Wage, including:

  • Identifying and understanding the wage determination applicable to your project
  • Taking credit for employer-provided fringe benefits
  • Record-keeping
  • Apprenticeship compliance
  • Enforcement

Register today to join us online on November 10, from 8:30 to 11 AM, for Part 1 of this informative webinar series.

This webinar is free for WECA Member Contractors and their employees. All others are $75/registration.

Register for the November 10 webinar here!

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Join Cook Brown Partner Carrie Bushman for Part 2 of a two-part webinar series on November 17. Part 2 will focus on Skilled and Trained Workforce, where Carrie will discuss:

  • Recognizing to which types of projects Skilled and Trained Workforce requirements apply
  • Understanding apprentice graduation requirements
  • Compliance and enforcement

Register today to join us online on November 17, from 8:30 to 9:30 AM, for Part 2 of this informative webinar series.

This webinar is free for WECA Member Contractors and their employees. All others are $75/registration.

Register for the November 17 webinar here! 

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Thursday, October 20, 2022   WECA Member Contractors: It's Time to Vote!

Check Your Mailboxes and Cast Your Ballot for the 2023 WECA Board of Directors, Apprenticeship and Training Board of Trustees, and Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees by Nov. 30

Dear WECA Member Contractors,

It's time to cast your ballot for candidates for the 2023 WECA Board of Directors, WECA Apprenticeship and Training Board of Trustees, and WECA Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees.

Ballots were sent out earlier this week to our primary contact at each WECA member contractor. If you haven't yet voted, please check your inbox and submit your ballot!

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Thursday, October 20, 2022   Don't Let Your Electrician Trainees Miss Out on 2022 WECEF Scholarship Opportunity!

The Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) 2022 Scholarship Opportunity

Don't Let Your Electrician Trainees Miss Out. Encourage Them to Apply for Consideration Today!

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For students enrolled in the GetWired Electrician Trainee program:

Application Deadline:

October 31, 2022

Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity for students enrolled in WECA’s Electrician Trainee (ET) Program. These scholarships help support students in continuing their education with WECA.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE:

  • Active WECA Electrician Trainee at time of application or as of 10/1/2022
  • COMPLETION of at least one WECA ET course within the GetWired 100-300 series, with a passing grade of at least 80%, during the six months prior to 10/1/22 (between April 1, 2022-Sept 30,2022).
  • Accurate completion of the online scholarship application and answers to questions, by the deadline of October 31, 2022. Incomplete applications, or late applications, will not be considered.
  • Not currently a registered Apprentice.
  • Not a General Student or a Journeyman Student. This is only for Active Electrician Trainees.
  • Within the past two years, may not have received a notification of any violation of any WECA student conduct standards as outlined in our ET student handbook.
  • Was not a recipient of a WECEF scholarship during 2021

AWARDS:

Depending on the quality and quantity of the applications, up to ten (10) recipients will be awarded. This year the WECEF Board of Directors has decided to award a monetary amount plus a credit towards future courses.

  • Each monetary award will be between $500-$1000, PLUS tuition to cover two future classes in WECA's Electrician Trainee Program Certificate Path, namely the GetWired series and Basic Motor Controls 1 and 2.
  • Tuition awards towards courses cannot be converted to cash or transferred to another person.
  • Tuition award cannot be used towards a class already purchased.
  • Tuition can be used for only two future WECA courses; and both courses must be started before July 31, 2023.
  • Award towards tuition expires after July 31, 2023 and cannot be renewed.

A 1099 will be issued for tax purposes for the monetary and the tuition credit award.

The WECEF Board of Directors will review applications from eligible candidates. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s final decision within one month from application deadline, by mail and/or email.

Submissions must be fully completed by the 10/31/2022 11:59 PM deadline for consideration.

Please encourage your Electrician Trainees to login to WECA eCampus to access and complete their scholarship application.

Sincerely,

The WECEF Board of Directors

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Thursday, October 6, 2022   Sacramento Members: Join CIE Foundation at Sacramento Trades Day on Nov. 17

WECA Member Contractors in Sacramento: Join CIE Foundation at Sacramento Trades Day on Nov. 17 to Reach Out to the Next Generation of Electricians and Low Voltage Technicians!


 

Reach out to the next generation of electricians and low voltage technicians in California at CIE Foundation's Sacramento Trades Day on Nov. 17! 

WECA will be at the Sacramento event. If you're a WECA member with strong workforce development needs in the Sacramento region and would like to join forces with WECA at the event, just say the word! Email Wendy Flanagan at wflanagan@goweca.com or Diane Trotter at dtrotter@goweca.com to plan. 

Click here to learn more about CIE Foundation and this Trades Day event, as well as CIE Foundation's other Trades Day events. 

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Thursday, October 6, 2022   Video Recap: Jumpstart Your Career Event Introduced Applicants to Participating Member Contractors

Video Recap: Jumpstart Your Career Event Introduced Apprenticeship Applicants to Participating Member Contractors

Our Upcoming Apprenticeship Open Houses in Recognition of National Apprenticeship Week 2022 are the Next Opportunity to Tour a WECA Facility -- Encourage Your Interested Employees to RSVP. Members Both Current and Prospective Are Welcome, Too!

We invited applicants for apprenticeship in Northern California to come meet hiring WECA member contractors last month -- all part of WECA's extensive workforce development efforts in the regions it serves. We were thrilled to have so many of our member contractors join us and get to know these applicants.

?WECA's next apprenticeship open houses (in Sacramento, San Diego, and Phoenix) will be held in November 2022 for National Apprenticeship Week -- and these are open for public registration!

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This National Apprenticeship Week, WECA's pulling out all the stops and showing off our cutting-edge apprenticeship programs at three of our state-of-the-art facilities! There are three opportunities to see what we're all about:

  • ARIZONA: November 16 at 3 p.m. at our Phoenix training facility/Arizona HQ
  • NorCal: November 15 at 10 a.m. at our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova training facility/California HQ
  • SoCal: November 16 at 1 p.m. at our San Diego training facility

Attendees will get the chance to learn about our apprenticeship programs, tour our facilities, view lab demos, meet instructors and staff (with the opportunity to ask individual questions), and more!

Attendees will get the chance to learn about our apprenticeship programs, tour our facilities, view lab demos, meet instructors and staff (with the opportunity to ask individual questions), and more!



Registration link for the WECA Arizona Open House



Registration link for the WECA Northern California Open House



Registration link for the WECA Southern California Open House
 


 

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Thursday, October 6, 2022   Industry Partner Spotlight: Desert States Electrical Sales


 

WECA’s new Industry Partner, Desert States Electrical Sales, prides itself on being a hands-on manufacturer’s representative to electrical contractors.

“We spend over half of our time in the field with the contractors and installers providing product training, and introducing new labor saving-products,” says Tony Rowe, President. Their commitment to doing so is what distinguishes Desert States from its competitors, adds Rowe.

Desert States – which has conducted business in Arizona, Southern Nevada, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, for 35 years – represents a myriad of manufacturers, such as Arlington, BRK, DeWalt/Lenox, Magnitude Lighting, and Shamrock Conduit, to name a few. In the past two years, Desert States has also made strides in doubling the size of the company in sales and personnel.

However, Desert States does not sell supplies directly to electrical contractors, opting instead to sell through distribution. Regardless, Rowe states that Desert States can “help influence pricing [of products] to a certain degree” for WECA Member Contractors interested in doing business with the supplier.

WECA Member Contractors interested in doing business with Desert States – whether through sourcing electrical supplies or giving Desert States the opportunity to meet their Apprentices, Electrician Trainees, and Journeypersons – can contact Tony Rowe or Joel Keck, Vice President, at (602) 268-7008 or info@desertstates.com.

Desert States Electrical Sales, thank you for becoming a WECA Industry Partner! We’re excited to leverage our partnership as we mutually serve the electrical industry in the American West. 

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Thursday, October 6, 2022   Join WECA and Cook Brown, LLP for a Webinar Series on Prevailing Wage; Skilled and Trained Workforce

Join WECA and Cook Brown, LLP for a Two-Part Webinar Series on Prevailing Wage and Skilled and Trained Workforce

Part 1 (Prevailing Wage) on Nov. 10

Part 2 (Skilled and Trained Workforce) on Nov. 17

Join Cook Brown Partner Carrie Bushman November 10 for Part 1 of a two-part webinar series on Prevailing Wage and Skilled and Trained Workforce. Part 1 will cover Prevailing Wage, including:

  • Identifying and understanding the wage determination applicable to your project
  • Taking credit for employer-provided fringe benefits
  • Record-keeping
  • Apprenticeship compliance
  • Enforcement

Register today to join us online on November 10, from 8:30 to 11 AM, for Part 1 of this informative webinar series.

This webinar is free for WECA Member Contractors and their employees. All others are $75/registration.

Register for the November 10 webinar here!
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Join Cook Brown Partner Carrie Bushman for Part 2 of a two-part webinar series on November 17. Part 2 will focus on Skilled and Trained Workforce, where Carrie will discuss:

  • Recognizing to which types of projects Skilled and Trained Workforce requirements apply
  • Understanding apprentice graduation requirements
  • Compliance and enforcement

Register today to join us online on November 17, from 8:30 to 9:30 AM, for Part 2 of this informative webinar series.

This webinar is free for WECA Member Contractors and their employees. All others are $75/registration.

Register for the November 17 webinar here! 

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Thursday, October 6, 2022   WECEF Announces Its 2022 Scholarship Opportunity!

Don't Let Your Electrician Trainees Miss Out -- Encourage Them to Apply for Consideration Today

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For students enrolled in the GetWired Electrician Trainee program:

Application Deadline:

October 31, 2022

Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity for students enrolled in WECA’s Electrician Trainee (ET) Program. These scholarships help support students in continuing their education with WECA.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE:

  • Active WECA Electrician Trainee at time of application or as of 10/1/2022
  • COMPLETION of at least one WECA ET course within the GetWired 100-300 series, with a passing grade of at least 80%, during the six months prior to 10/1/22 (between April 1, 2022-Sept 30,2022).
  • Accurate completion of the online scholarship application and answers to questions, by the deadline of October 31, 2022. Incomplete applications, or late applications, will not be considered.
  • Not currently a registered Apprentice.
  • Not a General Student or a Journeyman Student. This is only for Active Electrician Trainees.
  • Within the past two years, may not have received a notification of any violation of any WECA student conduct standards as outlined in our ET student handbook.
  • Was not a recipient of a WECEF scholarship during 2021

AWARDS:

Depending on the quality and quantity of the applications, up to ten (10) recipients will be awarded. This year the WECEF Board of Directors has decided to award a monetary amount plus a credit towards future courses.

  • Each monetary award will be between $500-$1000, PLUS tuition to cover two future classes in WECA's Electrician Trainee Program Certificate Path, namely the GetWired series and Basic Motor Controls 1 and 2.
  • Tuition awards towards courses cannot be converted to cash or transferred to another person.
  • Tuition award cannot be used towards a class already purchased.
  • Tuition can be used for only two future WECA courses; and both courses must be started before July 31, 2023.
  • Award towards tuition expires after July 31, 2023 and cannot be renewed.

A 1099 will be issued for tax purposes for the monetary and the tuition credit award.

The WECEF Board of Directors will review applications from eligible candidates. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s final decision within one month from application deadline, by mail and/or email.

Submissions must be fully completed by the 10/31/2022 11:59 PM deadline for consideration.

Please encourage your Electrician Trainees to login to WECA eCampus to access and complete your scholarship application.

Sincerely,

The WECEF Board of Directors

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Thursday, September 22, 2022   Celebrating the WECA Northern California Class of 2022

Looking Back on This Year's Graduation Celebration

Enjoy this video recap and some pics from last weekend's 2022 Northern California WECA Graduation: 
































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WECA held its graduation ceremony for the Northern California Class of 2022 on Saturday, September 17th at WECA's California Headquarters in Rancho Cordova.

It was great to see our auditorium filled with our graduates and their families, as well as some of their employers.

"We had about 200 attendees," says Wendy Flanagan, Assistant Director of Apprenticeship. "Everyone was in a fun and relaxed mood, and it was great to see so many familiar faces -- it's amazing how fast three to five years passes. (WECA's Residential and Low Voltage Electrical Apprenticeship programs are three years each; Commercial Electrical is five years; and our Electrician Trainee Certificate program is four years."

Adding to the joyous atmosphere was emcee Jimmie Slemp, Lead Instructor and Lab Facilities Manager, who had everyone laughing with his "dad jokes," according to Wendy.

Congratulations, graduates! We were proud to share in your special day with you and your loved ones, and look forward to your accomplishments in the electrical and low voltage fields!

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WECA would like to thank our generous sponsors and graduation gift donors for making the WECA Class of 2022 Northern California graduation celebrations memorable! 

Please join us in thanking:

Volts Level Sponsors:

  • Rex Moore Group, Inc.
  • Helix Electric
  • Bergelectric (Southern California Commercial Division)
  • Bergelectric (Low Voltage Division)
  • Rock and Sons, Inc.

Amps Level Sponsors:

  • Royal Electric Company
  • Vasko Electric
  • Bergelectric (Northern California Commercial Division)

Watts Level Sponsors:

  • Whitehead Electrical Systems
  • Bosley Electric Company
  • Graybar

Ohms Level Sponsors: 

  • KS Telecom
  • Pacific Advocacy Group
  • Sueco Equipment Rental
  • Chief Transport

Graduation Gift Donors:

  • Klein Tools
  • Milwaukee Tool
  • Platt Electric Supply
  • Empire Electrical Sales, Inc.
  • IDEAL Electrical
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Thursday, September 22, 2022   Celebrating the WECA Northern California Class of 2022: Graduate Spotlights

Spotlights on Some of This Year's Graduates

Michael Braaten, Employee of WECA Member Contractor

e1 Audiovisual Technologies


 

2022 Northern California Low Voltage Valedictorian Michael Braaten cites his WECA education as being “very wide-ranging and interesting” and says that “being in a cohort with people from many different subtrades really gave me a deeper understanding of how low voltage works and what it takes to be successful on a job site.” 

Michael, who works for WECA Member Contractor E1 Audiovisual Technologies, expounds on his sentiment by saying that “My WECA education gave me a lot of background knowledge about how low voltage works in general, and electrical code, project management, and tools to be successful on a job site. Beyond that, having classes with such a wide variety of people from various subtrades really gave me excellent insight into what it is like working in those other trades, as well as how to successfully collaborate with them on site to get the job done.” 

Michael also says that his on-the-job training with E1 was very diverse and challenging in many ways, but extremely rewarding. 

Read the rest of Michael's spotlight here!

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Rhoderic Tayaba, Employee of WECA Member Contractor Bergelectric Corp.


 

2022 Northern California Low Voltage Salutatorian Rhoderic Tayaba says that if you want to be the best in your field and have state-of-the-art training and education, WECA is where you want to be.

“The opportunity with WECA is there,” says Rhoderic. “I had a strong desire to be successful in my career. I wanted to be the best in my field and WECA encouraged me to do it by providing all the tools I needed to be successful, such as a positive class environment and encouraging instructors, classmates, and coworkers. The [Low Voltage Apprenticeship] program was an incredible program that I would highly recommend to anyone looking to go into my field because it provided classroom learning with real-life field experience.”

Rhoderic – who works for WECA Member Contractor Bergelectric – says that WECA prepared him for his career by enabling him to take his classroom learning out into the field.

Read the rest of Rhoderic's spotlight here!

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Alondra Mora, Employee of WECA Member Contractor Sebastian Corp.


 

2022 Low Voltage Apprenticeship graduate Alondra Mora – who works for WECA Member Contractor Sebastian – got her start in the low voltage electrical industry when she met her boss, Frank Sierra, at a high school career fair.  

“I was introduced to him at a high school career expo, and he always kept doors of opportunities open for me to go through and explore,” says Alondra. 

Though some of Alondra’s apprenticeship was completed during the pandemic stay-at-home directive in California, when WECA apprenticeship classes moved temporarily online, she always eagerly looked forward to doing hands-on labs at WECA’s Rancho Cordova training facility, stating that it was her “favorite part because it would allow us to experience what it would really be like working out in the field.” 

Read the rest of Alondra's spotlight here!

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Shane Suddeth, Employee of WECA Member Contractor Rex Moore Group


 

2022 WECA Northern California Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduate Shane Suddeth says that the greatest aspect of WECA and his apprenticeship was “Going through the apprenticeship with the group of people that I went through it with. We’ve all grown and learned together.”

Shane also credits WECA and his apprenticeship with giving him “quite an arsenal of knowledge and a pretty heavy-hitting support group” but attributes his success to his motivation and eagerness to learn and be successful in the trade, as well as some key people in his personal circle.

“First of all, my employer, [Rex Moore Group] for seeing potential and investing in my future,” says Shane. “Secondly, everybody who plays a role in my education (instructors, partners in the trade, foremen) and my classmates, when at some points it was difficult, we all would pull together and build one another up.”

Read the rest of Shane's spotlight here!

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Thursday, September 22, 2022   WECEF Announces Its 2022 Scholarship Opportunity!

Encourage your Electrician Trainees to Apply for Consideration

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For students enrolled in the GetWired Electrician Trainee program:

Application Deadline:

October 31, 2022

Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity for students enrolled in WECA’s Electrician Trainee (ET) Program. These scholarships help support students in continuing their education with WECA.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE:

  • Active WECA Electrician Trainee at time of application or as of 10/1/2022
  • COMPLETION of at least one WECA ET course within the GetWired 100-300 series, with a passing grade of at least 80%, during the six months prior to 10/1/22 (between April 1, 2022-Sept 30,2022).
  • Accurate completion of the online scholarship application and answers to questions, by the deadline of October 31, 2022. Incomplete applications, or late applications, will not be considered.
  • Not currently a registered Apprentice.
  • Not a General Student or a Journeyman Student. This is only for Active Electrician Trainees.
  • Within the past two years, may not have received a notification of any violation of any WECA student conduct standards as outlined in our ET student handbook.
  • Was not a recipient of a WECEF scholarship during 2021

AWARDS:

Depending on the quality and quantity of the applications, up to ten (10) recipients will be awarded. This year the WECEF Board of Directors has decided to award a monetary amount plus a credit towards future courses.

  • Each monetary award will be between $500-$1000, PLUS tuition to cover two future classes in WECA's Electrician Trainee Program Certificate Path, namely the GetWired series and Basic Motor Controls 1 and 2.
  • Tuition awards towards courses cannot be converted to cash or transferred to another person.
  • Tuition award cannot be used towards a class already purchased.
  • Tuition can be used for only two future WECA courses; and both courses must be started before July 31, 2023.
  • Award towards tuition expires after July 31, 2023 and cannot be renewed.

A 1099 will be issued for tax purposes for the monetary and the tuition credit award.

The WECEF Board of Directors will review applications from eligible candidates. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s final decision within one month from application deadline, by mail and/or email.

Submissions must be fully completed by the 10/31/2022 11:59 PM deadline for consideration.

Please encourage your Electrician Trainees to login to WECA eCampus to access and complete your scholarship application.

Sincerely,

The WECEF Board of Directors

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Thursday, September 8, 2022   Celebrating the WECA SoCal Class of 2022; Looking Back on This Year's Graduation Celebration

Go behind-the-scenes of the 2022 WECA Southern California graduation ceremony with our video (below):

WECA held a graduation ceremony for the Southern California Class of 2022 on Saturday, August 27th at the Falkner Winery in Temecula. 

We enjoyed celebrating our graduates and were thrilled to be joined by so many of their family and friends, as well as Member Contractors Helix Electric and Bergelectric, Industry Partner Milwaukee ToolWECA Board Member Rob McMillian, and Rick Guantone from the San Joaquin County Office of of Education LEA. 

The atmosphere of the event -- emceed by Don Black, WECA Apprentice Training, IT, and Facilities Director -- was "electric", according to WECA Assistant Director of Apprenticeship Wendy Flanagan.

"Everyone was excited and had a fun time celebrating," says Wendy. "I met parents, wives, and several graduates brought their new little WECAns. I also spoke with several graduates that shared their appreciation for WECA and their future career goals now that they have graduated." 

Congratulations, graduates! It was wonderful to see your big smiles, celebrate your accomplishments, and share the excitement of your growing success in the electrical and low voltage fields! 

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WECA would like to thank our generous sponsors and graduation gift donors for making the WECA Class of 2022 Southern California graduation celebrations memorable! 

Please join us in thanking:

Volts Level Sponsors:

  • Rex Moore Group, Inc.
  • Helix Electric
  • Bergelectric (Southern California Commercial Division)
  • Bergelectric (Low Voltage Division)
  • Rock and Sons, Inc.

Amps Level Sponsors:

  • Royal Electric Company
  • Vasko Electric
  • Bergelectric (Northern California Commercial Division)

Watts Level Sponsors:

  • Whitehead Electrical Systems
  • Bosley Electric Company
  • Graybar

Ohms Level Sponsors: 

  • KS Telecom
  • Pacific Advocacy Group
  • Sueco Equipment Rental
  • Chief Transport

Graduation Gift Donors:

  • Klein Tools
  • Milwaukee Tool
  • Platt Electric Supply
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Thursday, September 8, 2022   Celebrating the WECA Southern California Class of 2022; Spotlights on Some of This Year's Graduates

Cosimo D'Alessio, Employee of WECA Member Contractor Enovity

2022 Southern California Commercial Electrical Valedictorian Cosimo D’Alessio credits WECA with giving him a better understanding of the electrical field and a concrete base from which to build upon, while preparing him to exceed, thrive, and advance in his career.

“The impact this program has had on me both personally and professionally might be impossible to quantify,” says Cosimo, who works for WECA Member Contractor Enovity. “The time I’ve spent learning and absorbing the material within this program’s classroom environment over the last five years has been an invaluable asset; giving me the tools in which to develop and succeed.”

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Austin Schroeder, Employee of WECA Member Contractor Bergelectric

2022 WECA Southern California Low Voltage Apprenticeship Valedictorian Austin Schroeder says that WECA provided a fully hands-on education due to being tasked with completing projects from start to finish and seeing them become fully operational.

“Starting a career in low voltage and joining WECA, I was unsure of what to expect or if I would even enjoy this line of work, as I was still unsure of what career path I wanted to take. I started my journey with [WECA Member Contractor] Bergelectric here in Southern California, and shortly after was indentured with WECA as an official apprentice,” says Austin. “But WECA helped me learn more in depth all the different low voltage systems, and it has been a great experience to get to where I am now.”

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Bryce Picone, Employee of WECA Member Contractor Helix Electric

 

2022 WECA Southern California Commercial Electrical Apprentice graduate Bryce Picone, who works for WECA Member Contractor Helix Electric, describes his WECA experience as fun and practical.

“It was fun. From the friends and colleagues you make, to the teachers who get to watch their students learn and grow. It also taught me practical skills, but teachers and other students were able to show real-life applications as well. So, if we weren’t familiar with a specific topic, we were still able to learn hands-on and become familiar with it,” says Bryce.

Read the rest of Bryce's spotlight here.

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Thursday, September 8, 2022   GetWired Instructor Franklin Tilley Finds Fulfillment in Teaching After Retirement

Retired Electricians: Want to Pass on Your Knowledge and Experience to the Next Generation? Become a GetWired Instructor!


 

Retirement doesn’t mean that electricians can’t stay involved in the industry or continue to share their wealth of knowledge and experience.

In fact, retired electricians can stay involved in the industry in ways like teaching. Take for instance GetWired instructor Franklin Tilley, who has taught at WECA in various capacities since 1988 and continued after his retirement from project management and construction supervision with the state of California in 2012.

Franklin, who began teaching for WECA after taking a class from former WECA instructor Bob Hogan in 1988, also served as the president of IAEI Sacramento Valley for three years, taught NFPA 70 updates to building inspectors for over ten years, and more.

“I have taught every level of apprenticeship classes with WECA, set up and operated the WECA program in Hayward for two years, and am now one of the instructors who teaches the GetWired 101 program online. I look forward to each class, and I hope to keep learning from the students. They teach me so very much with every class, and I now live vicariously through their stories of their companies and personal experiences,” says Franklin.

Franklin – and his wealth of knowledge and experience – are important contributors to WECA’s success and our students’ success.

“The legacy of quality work done safely, and courteous service to the customers of my employer has been my lifelong mantra, and I do my best to instill this same philosophy to all my students,” says Franklin.

In his personal time, Franklin enjoys writing to his seven children and 26 grandchildren, helping families in his church prepare for various emergency scenarios, gardening, cooking and delivering meals for the homeless, and more.

“I am nothing without the support of my wife and family, neighbors, friends, and students, and have been truly blessed to return to the community all that I have been given,” says Franklin.

Franklin, thank you for being part of the WECA family! Your lived knowledge and experience are an asset to us all, and we look forward to many more years of working with you.

Readers: are you a retired electrician (or an electrician thinking of retiring) who would like to give the gift of their knowledge and experience back to the electrical industry and their local community? Consider becoming an instructor for the WECA GetWired program, which consists of online, instructor-led, live-webcast classes on two weekday evenings per week, with one onsite, hands-on lab day per class on a Saturday at a WECA Northern or Southern California training facility. Learn more about and apply to become a WECA GetWired instructor here. 

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Thursday, September 8, 2022   Information for Your Apprentices Regarding Wildfire Evacuation Orders and Power Shutoffs

For Member Contractors:

If you have WECA Apprentices or employ Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson Continuing Education students, or General Students who have been affected by the California wildfires or power shutoffs, and you have any questions or concerns about their progress, please contact WECA for clarification about accommodations for your employees' situations at 877-444-9322.

For Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson Continuing Education students, and General Students affected by wildfire evacuation orders or utility power shut-offs:

WECA will accommodate course make-up requests for currently enrolled Electrician Trainees, Journeymen, and General Students, course refunds or transfers and waive all associated fees for those whose homes are affected by fires or evacuations. Please contact WECA at 877-444-9322 to get started.

Please note the following information for WECA students affected by utility power shutoffs:

WECA will still be running all scheduled GetWired! webcasts, GetWired! labs (whether scheduled for onsite or online), Live Online 2-Day Exam Prep classes, and all other instructor-led 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 at their residence, and who cannot attend the class instance from an alternate remote location (which is encouraged), can contact WECA to arrange a class make-up. WECA will cross-check the student's address with outage maps or otherwise request proof of the outage before accommodating the make-up; this accommodation is for students living in power shutoff areas only.

Please contact WECA at 877-444-9322 if you must miss a scheduled webcast due to the outage and wish to request a make-up class instance.

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 wildfire evacuation orders:

If you are affected by a wildfire evacuation, please contact WECA at 877-444-9322 and we'll work with you to determine a resolution for your situation.

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