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Twelve FFA students from across the state gathered on Saturday, January 14, to test their electrical wiring and presentation skills at the annual State FFA/EMC Electrification Career Development Event.
Each of the dozen had already proven themselves to be the best in their area by coming in first or second in one of six FFA regional contests. Georgia FFA and the electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) in Georgia provide this educational opportunity that has been teaching high school students the safe, efficient use of electricity for nearly 50 years. The program is designed to teach career skills and helps students develop the ability to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively.
Participants complete a multiple choice written exam, a practical wiring problem testing their knowledge of the National Electric Code, and an oral presentation describing necessary steps to complete a specific electrical task. All state contestants earn scholarship funds for technical school or college.
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