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Apprenticeship and Training Program unveils 116-foot-long educational mural

Local artist Viktor Verhovod stands before his new mural in the WECA Apprenticeship and Training Program facility.

Western Electrical Contractors Association, Inc., is excited to unveil a 116-foot-long indoor mural at the WECA Apprenticeship and Training Program’s new facility in Rancho Cordova, (Mather), California. The educational mural visually conveys the story of an electrician’s job by showing how electricity is applied, from its derivation from natural sources, through the process of electricity generation, through transmission and distribution, and finally through the process of converting it for use in public, commercial and residential spaces.

The mural, painted by local artist Viktor Verhovod, is the culmination of a vision that began with the WECA Apprenticeship and Training Program’s expansion into a new, 47,000 square foot training facility in October of 2010. “I wanted the apprentices to see the reality of their craft,” explains Executive Director Terry Seabury, “and instill within them pride and respect for their trade and themselves.” In this building, apprentices in the commercial and residential electrical, as well as voice-data-video and fire-life-safety trades, are trained in state-of-the-art lab and classroom facilities. Many of WECA’s online electrician trainee and journeyman training classes are developed and delivered in the facility, which also houses WECA’s membership association for merit shop electrical and low-voltage contractors in California.

Verhovod was chosen from amongst several artists who responded to WECA’s call for submissions for designs for this educational mural. As soon as he read the RFP, he says, “Images of the theme of electricity began spinning in my head.” His vision manifested in the application of vibrant colors and dynamic rhythms to express the story of electricity, including the portrayal of life-size, full-body figures of electricians and electrical apprentices in action. The mural highlights facets of WECA’s electrical training program content, including an emphasis on safety.

Verhovod’s online portfolio may be viewed at www.verhovod.com, and many of his works can be seen around the Sacramento area; locations include Manuel J. Barandas Park, Yolo County Juvenile Probation Center, Blue Moon Gallery, Firebird Restaurant, Fusion International Art Center, Schumacher Architectural Ceramics, and at First Slavic Baptist Church of Sacramento.

The mural will be unveiled next Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, at WECA’s annual Installation of Officers and Awards reception, “Celebrating a Year of Success for the Merit Shop Community,” from 5-7:30 PM. Interested members of the public may RSVP to attend the event, which is free of charge, at 877-444-9322. (RSVPs are required by Friday, February 1st.) The press is welcome.

Learn more about WECA at www.goweca.com. 

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