Flash: Break-Up News!
Levi Johnston (18), retired high school hockey player and father of Governor Sarah Palin’s out-of-wedlock grandchild, has quit his apprentice electrician’s position. Anchorage radio commentator Dan Fagan pointed out that apprenticeship programs require applicants to have high school diplomas or GEDs. As Governor Palin recently told the news media, daughter Bristol’s baby daddy is not a dropout; he just didn’t finish high school.
So how did diploma-less Levi Johnston get into the electrician apprenticeship program at ASRC Energy Services in the first place? It’s all in the family. Levi’s Mom is in the pharmaceutical business, not electricity, but his Dad is an engineer at ASRC, and Bristol’s family, the Palins, are really into power, big time.
Not just the Governor; her spouse, Alaska’s First Thug Todd Palin, too. When he’s not busy intimidating state officials, Mr. Palin takes an interest in “Workforce Development.” His official Alaska State Government webpage has links to Apprenticeship Opportunities in Alaska and Oil & Gas Employment and Training Opportunities, with statements like:
High School Diploma or GED equivalency is required. Applicant must provide an official transcript(s) for high school and post high school education and training. All GED records must be submitted if applicable. Some programs require completion of high school level Algebra or the post secondary equivalent. – Alaska Job Center Network
Mr. Palin’s Alaska State Government website also sports a link to the advertising-laden homepage of the Tesoro IronDog, “ the Longest, Toughest Snowmobile Race in the World. ” Maybe “the Dog” has less stringent apprenticeship standards. Kid’s gotta work; baby needs a new pair of snowshoes.
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