Levi’s Plugged-In Apprenticeship Raises Questions

surge-protector-type-26al.thumbnail.jpgIn 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.

The Frost Lady of Alaska told People Magazine that she:

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.

8 Responses to "Levi’s Plugged-In Apprenticeship Raises Questions"
Eli | Saturday January 3, 2009 12:44 pm 1

Maybe he can go work for KBR in Iraq. They don’t seem particularly picky about their electricians.

gbsavatar | Saturday January 3, 2009 02:40 pm 2

So, are there any tapes of moose-murderin’ Sarah doing a quid pro quo for the unlawful employment of her son-in-law? Is she smarter than a Blagojevich?

Are Reid and Durbin going to show up to keep Levi from putting his timecard through the clock?

Millineryman | Saturday January 3, 2009 03:23 pm 3

If nothing else, Sarah demonstrates that she indeed is a good Republican by abusing her power and flaunting it publicly.

EdwardTeller | Saturday January 3, 2009 03:36 pm 4

Thanks for covering this, Lisa.

Dan Fagan has finally made this into an issue with traction. Good for him.

That being said, Fagan is a right-wing hate talk radio host M-F in Anchorage. He’s an Islamaphobic — “the religion of hate”, homophobic — “the homosexual agenda,” corporatist — “liberals, communists and socialists – what’s the difference?” — kind of guy.

Fagan actually stole this meme from another, more honest Alaska conservative, Andy Halcro.

Phoenix Woman | Saturday January 3, 2009 06:45 pm 5
In response to EdwardTeller @ 4

Sigh. Alaska collects conservatives like so much toxic waste.

oldoilfieldhand | Saturday January 3, 2009 07:40 pm 6

Back when I was in high school, those of us who completed the curriculum received a graduation diploma, not a degree.

oldoilfieldhand | Saturday January 3, 2009 07:42 pm 7

Full disclosure, my future Mother in law wasn’t the Governor.

Margot | Saturday January 3, 2009 07:51 pm 8
In response to oldoilfieldhand @ 7

Funny, I hadn’t noticed she said “degree” until you mentioned it.

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