The Independent Electrical Contractors’ Georgia Chapter held its fifth annual Savannah graduation ceremony July 19 at the Cambria Suites Savannah Airport. Senator Buddy Carter, who has been a member of the Georgia State Senate since 2009, addressed the audience with a thought-provoking message on the importance, significance, and responsibility of their accomplishments.

Prior to the guest speaker, Pace Electrical Contractor’s Project Manager and IEC Georgia Board member, Robbie Jones, started the program with a welcome to the graduates and all in attendance. A special award went out to Christopher Awesome of Prolectric for winning first place in the Apprentice Short Story Contest. Awesome was also the recipient of the 2013 Academic Achievement Award with a grade average of 96.25%.

All of the graduates completed four years of instruction and on-the-job training. Showing their appreciation, IEC contractors (Pace Electrical Contractors, Prolectric Electrical Contractors, and A & V Electrical Contractors) were on hand to present their graduates with a well-earned certificate. The event was packed to maximum capacity with family and friends showing their support.

Graduates also received gifts from IEC members, ranging from clothing to tools. Graybar, Mayer, Legrand, Southwire, and Home Depot also sponsored gifts for the graduates as they prepare to enter the electrical field. IEC Georgia’s gift to the graduates included a 2013 graduating class mug, which was also presented to six past IEC graduates in the audience, as a memento of their IEC journey as well.