Photo: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

Republican presidential candidate John McCain announced this morning that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be his running mate.

Elected governor in 2006, Palin became Alaska's first female governor, as well as its youngest. She will be the first politician from Alaska to run on a national ticket in a campaign for vice president.

Palin has made efforts to expand the use of technology in Alaska. In 2007, Palin announced a new online training program for workforce development. The Work Ready/College Ready program helped to assess skills and offered training courses.

"The skills needed to enter many vocations are similar to the skills needed to get into college," explained Palin at the time. "Work Ready/College Ready lets students know what level of skill they need for the occupations they're interested in, how well they match up in those skill levels and it provides training to reach their goals."


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Casey Mayville  |  Writer