Awards & Contests

2017 IEC Apprentice Short Story Contest


IEC prides itself on the IEC Apprentice Training Program and the quality of men and women who go through it. Each year, apprentices graduate and continue to excel in their careers. IEC enjoys commemorating the great accomplishments of its graduating apprentices, and honors their stories of why they chose IEC and a career in the electrical industry. Their stories are inspiring and provide valuable insight into the workforce development of the electrical industry.

Annually, fourth year IEC apprentices are encouraged to submit a short story describing how or why they enrolled into the IEC Apprentice Training Program, or why they decided to pursue a career as an electrician. These essays are judged by various IEC members and industry partners on four criteria: originality, sincerity, creativity, and conventions of print. Winners receive a monetary prize and are featured, along with their essay, in the July issue of Insights.

The stories of all five exceptional winners of the 2016 IEC Apprentice Short Story Contest can be read by clicking their respective names below:

First Place: Joe Schlich, IEC Kentucky-Southern Indiana
Second Place: Nick Haworth, IEC Kentucky-Southern Indiana 
Third Place: Michael Shockley, Central Indiana IEC
Fourth Place: Evan Combs, IEC Kentucky-Southern Indiana
Fifth Place: Angel Vazquez, IEC Central Ohio

Essays are now being accepted for the 2017 contest. The submission deadline is March 3, 2017. 

For a complete list of contest rules or contest application form, click here.