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WECA's College Credit Recommendation Now Includes New 4-Year Commercial Electrical Program in AZ

Friday, May 28, 2021

WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Grads Can Seek College Credits Following Program Completion at WECA

Using This Benefit: A Downloadable Guide for Our Apprentices

The Details

WECA's California Commercial and Residential Electrical apprenticeship programs previously received college credit recommendations from NCCRS (the National College Credit Recommendation Service). WECA is currently undergoing the process of attaining a recommendation for our Low Voltage apprenticeship program and hopes to have exciting news to share on that front, later this year.

New in 2021--the NCCRS has added a recommendation for our four-year Commercial Electrical apprenticeship program in Arizona! Future Arizona program grads will also be able to enjoy this benefit. Learn more about it below:
This benefit provides WECA commercial and residential electrical apprentices 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.
 "WECA is thrilled to extend this opportunity to our apprentices and graduates," says Terry Seabury, WECA Executive Director and CEO. "We know that some of our graduates choose to pursue additional higher education at traditional colleges and universities in fields such as construction management, and these college credit recommendations from NCCRS may allow them to receive substantial credits for the programs they've already completed at WECA. We view these NCCRS college credit recommendations as further evidence of the educational quality and vigor of our apprenticeship programs."
"NCCRS is pleased to recommend college credit for WECA's commercial and residential electrical apprenticeship courses," NCCRS Director Lisa Sax Mahoney said. "Through our professional evaluations, we continue to support the recognition of high-quality workforce training programs delivered by qualified organizations across the country."
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 specific college credit recommendations for WECA, including our new four-year Commercial Electrical apprenticeship program, at: http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors.

Using This Benefit: A Quick Q and A for our Future Arizona Program Graduates:

Q: Who is eligible?

A: Any graduates of WECA's Commercial or Residential Electrical Apprenticeships, in California or Arizona, 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. For our Arizona program, NCCRS recommends up to 61 semester credit hours for completion.

Q: How Do WECA 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 apprenticeship 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 if I still have questions?

A: Please call us at 1-877-444-9322 and we'll do our best to help you out.