Jackson EMC has been involved with the Wiring Contest for more than four decades, supporting it each year at the chapter, area, district and state levels. The competition is designed to promote electrification programs for agriculture students, and it is sponsored by the electric cooperatives and FFA chapters in the state. There are three separate portions to the contest: a problem-solving multiple-choice exam, a practical wiring problem and an oral presentation.
In the first part of the competition, contestants complete a 30-item problem-solving activity within a 45-minute time limit. This portion of the contest is worth 30% of the overall score. Next, contestants complete an assigned wiring problem. Wiring materials are provided, but contestants furnish their own tools. This portion of the contest is worth 60% of the overall score. Contestants then use effective communication skills in describing actual electrical wiring tasks. All participants use the same topic and materials and props are provided. A panel of judges scores each contestant on this phase of the contest, which is worth 10% of the overall score.
Active FFA members enrolled in a high school agriculture education class in Jackson EMC’s service area are eligible to participate in area competition. The top two individuals in each area contest compete at the state meet; however, students who have already participated in the state contest are ineligible to participate in this contest again. College scholarships earned at wiring competitions can be used at any college, university or vocational-tech school in Georgia. Contact your school's FFA advisor for more information and a complete listing of rules.