Allow Homeschoolers in Oregon to Be Eligible for Apprenticeships.
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My name is Adam. I'm a home-schooled graduate. I want to become a master electrician and start my own business someday.
Last month (June, 2017), I arrived at my local union training center and applied for an Inside Electrician apprenticeship. The program spans 4-5 years and pays around $16 an hour to start. I was eager to pass the aptitude test, persuade the interviewing committee, and prove myself on the jobsite, but - to my astonishment - I wasn’t even given a chance.
Scrutinizing my high-school diploma, the clerk asked if I was homeschooled.
“Yes,” I answered.
She promptly returned my application and said that I needed a GED or Associate’s degree.
Dumbfounded, I asked why I wasn’t eligible.
She kindly explained that state standards require “[a] graduate from a high school accredited by a state education agency…” Apparently, this excludes home-schooled graduates.
I could try apprenticing for a non-union company or moving to a state with friendlier rules, but either would concede defeat.
Fortunately, a campaign has been started.
This petition addresses Brad Avakian - Oregon's Labor Commissioner - and requests that all home-schoolers be made eligible to apply for consideration in all apprenticeships within the state of Oregon.
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Your name will not only make the movement stronger, but – if successful – will create a precedent for other states to follow. Reform starts small. It begins here.
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- Adam Russell Garman
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