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FFA Student Austin Washam Wins 1st Place

Gilmer High School FFA member, Austin Washam, recently placed 1st in the Area 1 Agricultural Electrification (EMC) Career Development Event. The event was held at the Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation in Jasper, GA on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Austin Washam will advance to the State Career Development Event to be held at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, GA on Saturday, January 10, 2015.

The Agricultural Electrification (EMC) Career Development Event is an activity, which provides opportunities for FFA members to demonstrate their skills in electrical wiring, critical thinking, and communications. The Electric Membership Corporations throughout Georgia sponsors these activities as a means of promoting education in the safe, efficient use of electrical energy.

The overall objective of the Agricultural Electrification (EMC) Career Development Event is to promote and expand educational programs in electrification for students enrolled in agricultural education. To achieve this objective, the CDE reinforces the classroom instruction and FFA supervised activity projects in three (3) stages consisting of a problem-solving exercise, practical wiring exercise, and an oral demonstration.

The skills encompass (1) following a problem-solving exercise that examines the student’s knowledge of electric cooperative operation and history, electrical facts and knowledge, National Electric Code Book (NEC) usage, wiring circuit schematic interpretation, and circuit planning skills. (2) A practical wiring exercise of a specific electrical circuit that requires the CDE contestant to read a schematic, then plan and actually wire the circuit. This exercise provides a means to examine correct planning and wiring methods, efficiency and safety considerations in wiring. (3) An oral demonstration/presentation to strengthen leadership skills and abilities to communicate. Use an assigned topic concerning some component of an electrical system.