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Friday, April 12, 2019   Making a Difference with WECA Lab Donations: Scoreboard Update and Thank You to Our Donors!



We could not do what we do here at WECA without the help of our dedicated members and industry partners. Please join us in saying 'thank you' to the individuals and companies that help make WECA's state-of-the-art labs and comprehensive, hands-on education the best in the State of California.

"We would like to thank everyone who has donated supplies and equipment to us this year. These donations really contribute to the educational excellence here at WECA. It is truly a team effort when it comes to shaping the next generation of electricians," said Jimmie Slemp, WECA's lead instructor and lab facilities manager. 

WECA extends a huge thank you to:
  • Lee Bowman and Med Cram (Platt Electric Supply)
  • Ron Arnall (Western Tube and Conduit)
  • Kristen Pontolino and Ned Johns (Ideal Industries)
  • Gary Howell (Howell Multimedia)
  • Max Charlton (Klein Tools)
There's still time to make a difference at WECA and claim your place on this year's scoreboard! To make a donation, please click on the above image to be redirected to our lab donations scoreboard and wish list. Donors will be featured on the lab donations scoreboard and the WECA and WECEF websites.
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Friday, April 12, 2019   WECA Employee Spotlight: Diane Trotter



"Why is this the first time I'm hearing about this? It sounds like a great career."

These are the words that make talking to prospective WECA apprentices immensely rewarding for Diane Trotter, WECA's new apprenticeship recruiter.

"I love sharing all the great benefits of our apprenticeship program," said Trotter. "You see a light in their eyes as they realize there is an alternative to the traditional college path, and it is very rewarding to see."

Trotter, a native of Santa Cruz, majored in business administration at Fresno State. Prior to joining WECA, she served as the general manger at many JCPenney locations, including her last outpost in Stockton.

"A friend of mine shared the [apprenticeship recruiter] position description with me, and it sounded like so much fun - who wouldn't want to share information about the opportunities that are available in the electrical and low voltage trades with everyone? These are great trades and career paths," said Trotter.

Her enthusiasm for the position as well as WECA's mission is evident in her outreach efforts.

"My job is to make sure that the general public as well as high school and college students know that there are opportunities that they may have not considered before, and that being an apprentice for one of our member contractors is a great path that will give them the on-the-job training and classroom education they need to fulfill state requirements on their way to becoming journeymen," said Trotter. "I also get to meet them when they are invited in for testing and orientation and help to answer their questions about our apprenticeship standards."

Trotter's optimistic energy is also palpable when she discusses her professional and personal philosophies.

"[I hope] to learn as much as I can so that I can add value to students, staff, and our member contractors," said Trotter. "And at this moment in my life I'm all about doing more things for the first time and stretching myself to do things that make me uncomfortable - which helps me be a better person."

And Trotter is well on her way to achieving her goals and more, according to her contemporaries.

"Diane has been a fast learner and is already building relationships with new contacts and in new geographic areas," said Wendy Flanagan, WECA's Assistant Director of Apprenticeship. "She has the ability to connect with applicants and students as well as business partners. She is a great addition to our team."

When not inspiring students and staff alike in her day-to-day with WECA, Trotter loves to go hiking with her husband, run, go to the movies, read, and travel. She is also the proud mother of two young men.
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Friday, April 12, 2019   Prominent WECA Member Sued; CABIA at Forefront of Efforts to Reduce Frivolous Lawsuits.


A prominent WECA member was recently sued under the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) by a former employee. 

The California Business and Industrial Alliance (CABIA) is at the forefront of reform efforts to reduce frivolous and costly lawsuits over minor wage and hour violations. 

If you want to learn more about CABIA or the risk of PAGA lawsuits, attend this April 17 event in Orange, CA. RSVP directly with CABIA per the flyer below:
 
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Friday, April 12, 2019   BICSI Classes Underway at WECA! Read Instructor John Arias' Review of the Program



BICSI classes are underway at WECA's Rancho Cordova headquarters until June 28th, and we strongly encourage our member contractors and students to enroll in these courses to further develop a wide breadth of knowledge.

If you're wondering if you should register for these classes, look no further. WECA instructor John Arias enrolled and participated in the first class and shared his insight on the class with us:

Be humble, be teachable, and always keep learning.

Ever the student, Arias was intrigued when WECA announced that BICSI would be holding classes at its Rancho Cordova headquarters. So, he signed up for and took the class to satisfy his curiosity.
Overall, Arias reported that he enjoyed the class very much, though the class was a recap of the basic principles of electrical theory as well as signal and data transmissions and industry standards for installations.

"The course is comparable to first-year apprenticeship classes at WECA," said Arias, "because the course focused more on understanding electrical theory, rather than the fine details on terminating."

Regardless of the beginner's nature of the class, however, Arias recommended the BICSI program to WECA members and students.

"The BICSI installation credential is internationally recognized," said Arias. "It's my understanding that some large projects would require a BICSI certified installer to be on site. And for students that have graduated our apprenticeship, an installer should be well-prepared to obtain the BICSI credential because this brings value not only to the individual, but the company as well."

For member contractors and students interested in taking BICSI classes, Arias noted that preparation was important regardless of the desired class level.

"Purchase the BICSI Information Technology Systems Installation Methods manual well in advance," said Arias. "Having it two weeks prior to class will help tremendously. Brush up on the basics."

Interested in enrolling yourself or an employee in a BICSI course? See below for remaining class dates at our Rancho Cordova HQ. 

But seats are filling fast, so register now!


IN250: 
 BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber Training Apr 15-19 
The course will open with an overview of professionalism, fiber transmission principles and the general safety practices related to optical fiber cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on installation, splicing, termination and testing of optical fiber cable...Learn More

OSP102: 
 Applied Outside Plant Design May 20-24 & June 17-21 
This course is designed to provide application-based knowledge of all aspects of the Outside Plant (OSP) installation process. During this course, students will apply what they have learned through a series of design exercises such as route design, selecting cables to be housed in the pathways...Learn More
PM102: 
Applied Telecommunications Project Management Jun 10-14
 Proper project management is the foundation of any successful project. This course is designed to provide ICT professionals an opportunity to build on their existing project management skills while also exploring the steps and thought processes behind the basic principles and information necessary for managing a successful telecommunications project...Learn More
DC102: 
Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices Jun 24-28
BICSI's DC102: Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices course is a five-day course that provides an in-depth review of best practices for designing data centers. In this course you will be introduced to various data center infrastructure systems. In addition, you will have an opportunity to apply what you have learned by engaging in case studies...Learn More

These classes are open to the public and we encourage interested WECA members to enroll early in order to secure seats. These classes are rarely offered in Northern California, and we encourage our members to take advantage of this convenient opportunity.


Registrations must be processed directly with BICSI. To learn more about these courses and to enroll yourself or an employee, click on the individual course links above, or visit www.bicsi.org and search courses by location for "Rancho Cordova."
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Friday, April 12, 2019   Why Merit Shop? Download This Poster for Your Workplace Today!

ou know all the reasons you choose to be merit shop--but sometimes it's helpful to review them!

WECA is pleased to provide this downloadable poster (11x17 print size) for your workplace. It covers the Merit Shop philosophy, explains the benefits of merit shops and drawbacks of union shops, and contains helpful information for your employees about their rights.

If you're a member of WECA, we're also happy to provide you with our print edition of this information. (It's in folded brochure format for easy hand-out). Please email us at communications@goweca.com to request print brochures.
 
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Friday, April 12, 2019   Employee Training is Worth the Investment

Article content is courtesy of: Go2HR

EMPLOYEE TRAINING IS WORTH THE INVESTMENT 
Staff training is essential for specific purposes related to your business. You may require new workers to undertake instruction in first aid, food handling or a new booking system. Incorporating training that develops employees toward long-term career goals can also promote greater job satisfaction. A more satisfied employee is likely to stay longer and be more productive while on your team.

THE COST OF TURNOVER
A recent survey indicates that 40 per cent of employees who receive poor job training leave their positions within the first year. They cite the lack of skills training and development as the principal reason for moving on.
Consider the cost of turnover. With one fewer worker, your company's productivity slips. Sales decline. Your current staff members are required to work more hours. Morale may suffer. To find a replacement, you spend time screening and interviewing applicants. Once you hire someone, you need to train that person. The cost of staff turnover adds up. Figures vary, but it can cost as much as $2,500, depending on the position, to replace a frontline employee. That is a hefty price to pay for not training staff.

To read the rest of this article, click here.
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Friday, April 12, 2019   Have You Gotten Your Copy of "Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: a Contractor's Guide" Yet?

If you're still grappling with California's prevailing wage laws, make sure to get your copy of the newly-released 2nd edition of our eBook, Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide, today! 

Compliance requires understanding and applying a complex set of legal statutes that are ever-changing, and California is often singled out as having the most complicated set of prevailing wage requirements in the nation. 
Our 2nd edition is newly updated with the latest changes to California law.
Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide guides readers through California prevailing wage compliance beginning with basic introductions, up through advanced wage calculations. This updated eBook is intended for audiences at all levels, regardless of prior knowledge. Anyone from the novice to the experienced professional, contractors to office staff, can benefit from this eBook.
Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide is unlike any other prevailing wage text. Learning is made as painless as possible, and is facilitated throughout by a rich visual presentation, engaging infographics, and an interactive design. Instead of quoting the inaccessible language of case law, we bring the law to life through a graphic-rich presentation-helping readers to more easily learn and retain information about their prevailing wage obligations. Topics include: new registration laws, debiting already paid benefits, calculating predetermined increases, footnotes, holiday pay, and much more.

Current WECA member contractors receive a complimentary copy of this publication as a member benefit. It's easy to get your eBook today - just log in to your member dashboard to download an interactive PDF.  

WECA is also pleased to make our eBook available for sale to the general public, encouraging increased awareness and enhanced prevailing wage compliance throughout California trades. Visit our Amazon (kindle version) or Shopify (interactive PDF version) stores today to get your copy!
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Friday, April 12, 2019   WECA Member Contractors: Please Check Your Inboxes and Respond to Our 3-Minute Survey

 Dear WECA Member Contractors,
     
If you haven't yet submitted your responses, please check your inbox for your survey link and help us better understand your needs for jobsite technology training for you, your apprentices, and your other employees, as we continuously update and improve our curriculum and course offerings.

Survey respondents will be entered into a raffle for a $50 Amazon gift card. Three winners will be drawn from among respondents. 

Thanks,
   The WECA Team
 
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Thursday, March 14, 2019   Get the Updated Edition of our Prevailing Wage eBook!




If you're grappling with California's prevailing wage laws, worry no more. WECA is pleased to announce the release of the second edition of its downloadable eBook, Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide. 

Compliance requires understanding and applying a complex set of legal statutes that are ever-changing, and California is often singled out as having the most complicated set of prevailing wage requirements in the nation. 

Our 2nd edition is newly updated with the latest changes to California law.
Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide guides readers through California prevailing wage compliance beginning with basic introductions, up through advanced wage calculations. This updated eBook is intended for audiences at all levels, regardless of prior knowledge. Anyone from the novice to the experienced professional, contractors to office staff, can benefit from this eBook.
Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide is unlike any other prevailing wage text. Learning is made as painless as possible, and is facilitated throughout by a rich visual presentation, engaging infographics, and an interactive design. Instead of quoting the inaccessible language of case law, we bring the law to life through a graphic-rich presentation-helping readers to more easily learn and retain information about their prevailing wage obligations. Topics include: new registration laws, debiting already paid benefits, calculating predetermined increases, footnotes, holiday pay, and much more.

Current WECA member contractors receive a complimentary copy of this publication as a member benefit. It's easy to get your eBook today - just log in to your member dashboard to download an interactive PDF.  

WECA is also pleased to make our eBook available for sale to the general public, encouraging increased awareness and enhanced prevailing wage compliance throughout California trades. Visit our Amazon (kindle version) or Shopify (interactive PDF version) stores today to get your copy!
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Thursday, March 14, 2019   Employee Spotlight: New Apprentice Training Director Don Black



Don Black is a blue-collar guy at heart.

Black, WECA's new apprentice training director, is a self-professed outdoorsman, handyman, and lover of all things career education. "I love the trades, and I love anything that requires your brain and hands to get in sync," said Black.

Black - a native of tiny Jasper, Oregon - majored in sociology at Humboldt State and earned a master's degree in business from Regis University. With these degrees under his toolbelt, Black forged a successful career in the financial aid sector and the operations sector, respectively, at institutions such as Humboldt State, George Fox University, and the Universal Technical Institute.

"I have loved being a part of helping others achieve their career goals, am passionate about education that is directly connected to a career and love that WECA connects its apprentices and trainees directly with a career," said Black.

For Black, his new job isn't just a job. It's a deeply held conviction and passion, one that extends all the way back to his pre-college days when he set his sights on becoming a carpenter.

"I believe I am on this earth to help others achieve things they may not have thought possible, and [to help them] be the best version of themselves," said Black. "I am a coach and a mentor - my job is to help the instructors be the best they can be in connecting content to students to ensure understanding of the training, and to connect the content to the learner so that the learner can engage with and absorb the material."

And it seems that Black's contemporaries - such as WECA executive director and CEO Terry Seabury - agree with his sentiments.

"Don has contributed to the association from day one," said Seabury. "He recently held a comprehensive and much-needed three-day apprenticeship instructor meeting and led his team in many collaborative discussions on issues and opportunities for improvement. The future progress and continuous improvement Don and his team are already planning are sure to impress us all."

According to Black, his approach ensures "an environment that allows for students' differences" and states that "students will learn all that they need, and our members will have great apprentices and employees".

Black's approach to success, however, doesn't stop with WECA. He also considers the long game - life after WECA.

"Take your training seriously, and don't dismiss the soft skills," said Black. "90 percent of success is showing up on time, being able to learn, working as part of a team, and problem solving. These are critical skills that will grow your career and your paycheck."
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Thursday, March 14, 2019   New 2019 Private Wage Sheets Available


WECA members: You can find new 2019 private wage sheets (effective March 2, 2019) available for download from our website. Please visit the following links to view applicable private wages: 


For Low Voltage Apprentices


For Residential Apprentices


For Commercial Apprentices

 
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Thursday, March 14, 2019   Correction to Prevailing Wage Overtime and Double-time Rates for Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz

It was recently brought to our attention that Overtime and Double-time rates for the Electrician - Inside Wireman Determination(s) covering counties for: Monterey (Zone A), San Benito (Zone A) and Santa Cruz (Zone) have a footnote, stating: "Contribution is factored at the applicable overtime multiplier for each overtime hour worked" to the fringe amounts for H&W, Pension, Training and Other Payment, which was not originally applied when requested. Please contact the WECA office for the corrected overtime and double-time rates, if needed. We sincerely apologized for any inconvenience. 
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Thursday, March 14, 2019   Members: Hiring? Post Open Positions to WECA's Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board




WECA's Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board is designed to help connect individuals seeking employment in the electrical and low voltage industry with the WECA member contractors who want to hire them. 
 
Our job board exists for...
  • Talented electricians
  • Low voltage technicians
  • Electrician Trainees
  • Industry employees (including office personnel)
  • And the member contractors who want to hire them. 
View this WECA-provided, free, no-obligation service HERE, and post a position to help you find your next great employee today! You can also view active resumes here as part of your member contractor benefits.
 
Post a job today!
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Thursday, March 14, 2019   Commercial and Residential Apprenticeship Grads Can Seek College Credits for Program Completion

The Details: Help Your Apprentices and WECA Grads Understand Their Options
Our Commercial and Residential Electrical apprenticeship programs have received college credit recommendations from NCCRS (the National College Credit Recommendation Service). 
 
This benefit provides graduates of the WECA commercial and residential electrical apprenticeship programs the ability to gain access to college credit for completion of either program by using credit recommendations set forth by NCCRS. While admissions and acceptance of transfer credit isn't guaranteed, more than 1,400 colleges and universities nationwide currently consider awarding credit based on NCCRS recommendations.
 
NCCRS, founded in 1973 by the Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York, strives to increase access to higher education through recognition of non-collegiate learning. Using an academic peer review model, NCCRS conducts independent, third-party evaluations of courses and examinations to determine their comparability to college-level learning. Courses and examinations that meet appropriate standards receive college credit recommendations which are listed within CCRS Online, a web directory maintained by NCCRS.
 
Learn more about NCCRS and view their college credit recommendations for WECA at:  http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors.

Using This Benefit: A Guide for our Apprentices and Graduates 
Q: Who is eligible?
A: Any graduates of WECA's Commercial or Residential Electrical Apprenticeships since September of 2013. (NCCRS has granted eligibility going back five years, and evaluated WECA's programs in Autumn of 2018.)

Q: So WECA apprentice grads automatically have college credits?
A:  No. NCCRS makes college credit recommendations. (From NCCRS:
A college credit recommendation is an academic advisement about the comparability of a learning experience to college-level instruction, such as undergraduate or graduate course work, the amount of credit that may be awarded, and areas where credit could apply. The credit recommendations are intended to guide college officials as they consider awarding credit to persons who have successfully completed NCCRS evaluated learning experiences. College credit recommendations are not actual college credit because the New York State Board of Regents does not award college credit. Through the results of the NCCRS evaluations, however, the Board of Regents encourages colleges and universities to consider accepting the credit recommendations.)

Q: How Does Acceptance of College Credit Recommendations work?

A: It is up to the college or university to choose whether to grant college credits, how many, and in what subjects, for completion of a WECA program. NCCRS recommends specific credit amounts and subjects. College and university admissions departments should reference NCCRS' WECA listing at http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors for specific recommendations. NCCRS recommends up to 66 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Commerical program, and up to 40 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Residential program. 
Q: How Do WECA Commercial and Residential Electrical Apprenticeship Graduates Use This Benefit?
A: Apprentices grads should:
1. Identify the college or university they wish to ask to accept a credit recommendation from NCCRS for work completed at WECA. (A list of colleges and universities who have previously participated with NCCRS is here: http://www.nationalccrs.org/colleges-universities. Seeing a college or university on this list is a promising sign that they will consider NCCRS' recommendation, but is not a guarantee. Further, just because a college or university is not yet shown on the list does not mean the apprentice grad shouldn't request that they consider the credit recommendation.)
2. Work with their admissions advisor at their college or university of choice to learn the process for seeking college credits for their WECA Commercial or Residential program completion. The college or university may refer to this as their PLA (prior learning assessment) process or policy. The applicant should share NCCRS' WECA credit recommendation,  
http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors with the decision-makers at their college or university.
3. Request a transcript from WECA as requested by their college or university. Email apregistrar@goweca.com with transcript requests.
4. If the applicant encounters problems with their transfer credit request, they can submit a Request for Assistance Form to NCCRS so that NCCRS can advocate on the applicant's behalf.
Q: What about Low Voltage Apprenticeship? Or the Electrician Trainee Program?
A: 
WECA plans to pursue college credit recommendations for its Low Voltage Apprenticeship program next year, so please stay tuned for more information on that. 
WECA is currently evaluating demand for college credit recommendations for its Electrician Trainee program.
Q: What if my apprentices, WECA graduate employees, or I still have questions?
A: Please call us at 1-877-444-9322 and we'll do our best to help you out.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019   Training for Your Low Volt Techs: BICSI Classes at WECA's Rancho Cordova HQ Starting March

WECA is a BICSI ATF


WECA is pleased to announce that BICSI will be holding the following classes at our Rancho Cordova headquarters for the first time in Spring 2019. 
Seats filling fast, register now!

IN101BICSI Installer 1 Training Mar 25-29
This course is designed to provide entry-level installers with the background, knowledge and basic skills needed to function safely and effectively as part of a cabling installation team. The BICSI Installer 1 Training course is the introductory course of the Installation Program series... Learn More

IN225BICSI Installer 2, Copper Training Apr 1-5
The course begins with an overview of professionalism, copper transmission principles and general safety practices associated with working with copper cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on BICSI best practices for the installation, termination and testing of copper cable... Learn More

IN250BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber Training Apr 15-19
The course will open with an overview of professionalism, fiber transmission principles and the general safety practices related to optical fiber cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on installation, splicing, termination and testing of optical fiber cable... Learn More

TE350BICSI Technician Training Apr 29-May 3
A significant amount of course time will be spent on troubleshooting copper and optical fiber cable installations. In addition, this course will cover project planning and implementation at the technician level. Additional topics will include site safety, site surveys, blueprint reading, bonding and... Learn More

OSP102Applied Outside Plant Design May 20-24 & June 17-21 
This course is designed to provide application-based knowledge of all aspects of the Outside Plant (OSP) installation process. During this course, students will apply what they have learned through a series of design exercises such as route design, selecting cables to be housed in the pathways... Learn More

PM102Applied Telecommunications Project Management Jun 10-14 
Proper project management is the foundation of any successful project. This course is designed to provide ICT professionals an opportunity to build on their existing project management skills while also exploring the steps and thought processes behind the basic principles and information necessary for managing a successful telecommunications project... Learn More

DC102Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices Jun 24-28
BICSI's DC102: Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices course is a five-day course that provides an in-depth review of best practices for designing data centers. In this course you will be introduced to various data center infrastructure systems. In addition, you will have an opportunity to apply what you have learned by engaging in case studies... Learn More

These classes are open to the public and we encourage interested WECA members to enroll early in order to secure seats. These classes are rarely offered in Northern California, and we encourage our members to take advantage of this convenient opportunity.

Registrations must be processed directly with BICSI. To learn more about these courses and to enroll yourself or an employee, click on the individual course links above, or visit www.bicsi.org and search courses by location for "Rancho Cordova."
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Thursday, March 14, 2019   WECA's Hiring! Seeking a Full-Time Lead Instructor for Our GetWired! Program, Plus Part-Time





Your Chance to Teach for WECA!

Are you a certified electrician (former/retired acceptable if you're willing to get re-certified upon hire) who enjoys learning more about your field all the time, sharing your knowledge with others, and educating the next generation, and who'd like to work for an organization that combines the best of all worlds?

If so, we'd be excited to have you join our team! 

WECA is seeking qualified applicants for the following positions: 
 
  • Full-Time Lead Instructor for Electrical Trainee/Continuing Education programs including GetWired! This position not only teaches, but leads other instructors through quality educational delivery, as well!
  • Part-Time Instructors for our GetWired! programs (Teach weeknights online and/or occasional Saturday labs at our training facilities--the side gig that lets you earn extra money while keeping your day job!)

To learn more about these positions and apply, please visit our 'Careers' page. 
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Thursday, February 28, 2019   Alumni Spotlight: Demi Zayas


The birth of her daughter sparked Demi Zayas' desire to become an electrician.

Though mechanically inclined from a young age thanks to her father's background in carpentry, her daughter's birth made her realize that "the next best step to giving her a good future was to join the trades."

And she did just that, joining a small yet growing club of females increasingly drawn to traditionally male-dominated industries.

"Being a female is pretty interesting in a male field," said Zayas. "I'm generally ignored for the first 3 weeks and then once people kind of see who I am, how I am and that I do work hard and carry my own weight, everything opens up and nobody has an issue with me being a female."

According to Data USA and the United States Census Bureau, there are only 15,864 female electricians in the United States - shockingly low when compared to the 732,242 males working in the industry. These figures illustrate the urgent need for role models - such as Zayas - to serve as beacons of light for women aspiring to careers in the trades.

"More females should join the trades because it's an amazing experience, the satisfaction of seeing something after it's built," said Zayas. "It's so gratifying and it gives you such a sense of accomplishment to be able to see something after the fact."

However, regardless of gender, Zayas recommends WECA as a place where aspiring electricians can go to learn the tools of the trade in a fun and supportive environment.

"WECA was the gateway to the life I have today. It taught me everything in this open, accepting and wonderfully explanatory place. [You can] just really broaden your knowledge in this field, and really get to understand the nuts and bolts of how electricity works and how these buildings get powered and put together," said Zayas.

And the future is bright for the electrical trades, according to Zayas.

"Electricity is not going anywhere - the necessity is not going to go away," said Zayas. "If anything, it's just going to become more innovative, and be used differently and more efficiently."

Zayas elaborates, stating that she had "a 35-year superintendent tell me that he still doesn't know everything, but every day he comes to work and almost every day he learns something new. I think that's really engaging and really exciting because you never know what you might learn tomorrow."

But most of all, Zayas emphasizes that aspiring electricians "will never know everything, [but] just keep that mentality and always be willing to learn, and you can take this job anywhere you want it to go."
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Thursday, February 28, 2019   Don't Forget to Reigster Now for BICSI low volt classes at WECA's Rancho Cordova HQ

WECA is a BICSI ATF


WECA is pleased to announce that BICSI will be holding the following classes at our Rancho Cordova headquarters for the first time in Spring 2019. 

Seats filling fast, register now!

IN101: BICSI Installer 1 Training Mar 25-29
This course is designed to provide entry-level installers with the background, knowledge and basic skills needed to function safely and effectively as part of a cabling installation team. The BICSI Installer 1 Training course is the introductory course of the Installation Program series... Learn More


IN225: BICSI Installer 2, Copper Training Apr 1-5
The course begins with an overview of professionalism, copper transmission principles and general safety practices associated with working with copper cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on BICSI best practices for the installation, termination and testing of copper cable... Learn More


IN250: BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber Training Apr 15-19
The course will open with an overview of professionalism, fiber transmission principles and the general safety practices related to optical fiber cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on installation, splicing, termination and testing of optical fiber cable... Learn More


TE350: BICSI Technician Training Apr 29-May 3
A significant amount of course time will be spent on troubleshooting copper and optical fiber cable installations. In addition, this course will cover project planning and implementation at the technician level. Additional topics will include site safety, site surveys, blueprint reading, bonding and... Learn More

OSP102Applied Outside Plant Design May 20-24 & June 17-21
This course is designed to provide application-based knowledge of all aspects of the Outside Plant (OSP) installation process. During this course, students will apply what they have learned through a series of design exercises such as route design, selecting cables to be housed in the pathways... Learn More

PM102Applied Telecommunications Project Management Jun 10-14 
Proper project management is the foundation of any successful project. This course is designed to provide ICT professionals an opportunity to build on their existing project management skills while also exploring the steps and thought processes behind the basic principles and information necessary for managing a successful telecommunications project... Learn More

DC102Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices Jun 24-28
BICSI's DC102: Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices course is a five-day course that provides an in-depth review of best practices for designing data centers. In this course you will be introduced to various data center infrastructure systems. In addition, you will have an opportunity to apply what you have learned by engaging in case studies... Learn More


These classes are open to the public and we encourage interested WECA members to enroll early in order to secure seats. These classes are rarely offered in Northern California, and we encourage our members to take advantage of this convenient opportunity.


Registrations must be processed directly with BICSI. To learn more about these courses and to enroll yourself or an employee, click on the individual course links above, or visit www.bicsi.org and search courses by location for "Rancho Cordova." 
 
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Thursday, February 28, 2019   Check Out WECA's 2019 Six Flags Discounts!

Attention member contractors: WECA has partnered with Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Hurricane Harbor in Concord, and Magic Mountain in Valencia, which means that you can purchase day and season passes at a discounted rate! You'll also be able to sign up for meal vouchers, and a "dolphin in water" interaction at a reduced price.

Log in to our website and access your personal dashboard to download a flyer with discount codes and purchase instructions.
 
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Thursday, February 28, 2019   Tour Our 3 Training Facilities in Virtual Reality!

Interested in touring our three training facilities, 
but can't make it to them in person? 

Virtual tours are now available!

Click on the images below to tour our facilities:

Rancho Cordova:

San Diego:

Riverside: 
 
 
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Thursday, February 28, 2019   Where's the Fire? 32-hour Fire Alarms Systems self-paced online class from WECA partner NTC



Fire Alarm Systems (32 hour course)

Newly code-and-information updated!

Contractors are encouraged to recommend this course to journeymen who need 32 hours of continuing education and have expressed an interest in fire alarm systems and possess the required experience to enroll.
Course content includes:
Fire Alarm Systems Design:
  • Introduction to Fire Alarm Systems
  • Fire Alarm Systems Basics
  • Life Safety & Building Codes (NFPA 101 and IBC)
  • NFPA 72 - National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
  • Initiating Devices
  • Notification Appliances
  • Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems
  • Signatures and Detection
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Networking for Fire Alarm Systems
  • Sample Fire Alarm Design Projects
Learn more and enroll your employees here
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Thursday, February 28, 2019   WECA's Hiring! Seeking a Full-time, Lead Instructor for our ET/Continuing Education Programs

Are you passionate about the electrical field and educating the next generation, and looking to work for an organization that combines the best of both worlds?

If so, we'd be excited to have you join our team! 

To learn more about the lead instructor position and apply, please visit our 'Careers' page at:

http://www.goweca.com/Careers/CareerswithWECA.aspx
 
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