In a series of frantic media calls earlier this week, Gov Sarah Palin stated that her daughter Bristol is enrolled in high school and that Levi Johnston, Bristol’s boyfriend and the father of Palin’s grandson Tripp, is not a high school drop-out and is taking correspondent courses to complete his degree.
wanted to be clear about their continuing work toward high school degrees because any suggestion otherwise "harms Bristol’s reputation and Levi’s reputation and their chances for good work opportunities."
Oh you betcha it does. According to an editorial by Dan Fagan in today’s Achorage Daily News:
federal regulations require all members of apprentice programs, union or otherwise, to first obtain a high school diploma, something the governor’s soon-to-be son-in- law does not have. Some apprentice programs even require the completion of high school level algebra or the post-secondary equivalent.
The head of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation’s apprentice program, Bo Underwood, confirmed that Levi Johnston is employed by the corporation as an apprentice elctrician. But he claimed not to know whether a high school diploma is needed to be an ASRC apprentice, but said he would check on it.
A quick search online shows that in Alaska a high school diploma or GED is required to apprentice in most trades. A electrical worker’s apprentice job advertised on BristolBayNative.com requires a high school diploma or GED and copies of transcrips, plus
Applicants must have at least one year of high school Algebra with passing grades
Well at least Levi has a job. For now.