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16 Marines from Camp Pendleton Graduate the UA VIP Program

Dec 14, 2016 3:33:17 PM

Following 18 weeks of intensive training, 16 Marines from Camp Pendleton are better prepared to enter civilian life and find meaningful employment after completing the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program. 

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UA VIP Graduate Shares His Story at Helmets to Hardhats Luncheon

Dec 8, 2016 4:07:46 PM

Akini Celestine, a graduate of the United Associations (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program and a member of UA Local 1 in New York City, recently spoke at a Helmets to Hardhats Luncheon.  He detailed his decision to apply to the UA VIP Program, his life as a unionized worker, and the less than common path he took to find himself among the men and women of the United States Army.   His speech, in its entirety, is below. 

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Catching up with UA VIP Graduate Akini Celestine

Dec 8, 2016 3:08:00 PM

After three and a half years of active duty with the United States Army, including a twelve-month deployment to Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom, Akini Celestine entered the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program to gain the skills needed for a fulfilling career in the pipe trades.

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Another 16 Transitioning Military Members Graduate from the UA VIP Program

Nov 22, 2016 12:52:51 PM

For many members of the military, transitioning back into civilian life and finding meaningful, permanent employment can be difficult. While unemployment numbers have fallen, the number of unemployed veterans is consistently higher than the national average.

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UA VIP Graduate Todd Secor

Nov 4, 2016 9:52:50 AM

Veteran unemployment numbers are consistently higher than that of the general population.  It’s a disappointing thought; after defending our freedom, the men and women of the armed forces may not have a career to come back to, or a paycheck to support themselves or their loved ones.


With the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program, transitioning military members prepare to leave the service with sought after skills that can lead to lifelong careers in the increasingly in-demand pipe trades. Through 18-week accelerated courses - provided free of cost on military bases across the country – UA VIP participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into stable private-sector jobs with good pay and benefits. Department of Defense funds are not required to make this program work; the UA International Training Fund pays for the education and trains the departing service members.

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SPC William Northrop, UA VIP Graduate

Nov 1, 2016 3:27:33 PM

There’s no shortage of success among the graduates of the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program.

During the program, transitioning military members prepare to leave the service with sought after skills that can lead to lifelong careers in the increasingly in-demand pipe trades. Through 18-week accelerated courses - provided free of cost on military bases across the country – UA VIP participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into stable private-sector jobs with good pay and benefits. Department of Defense funds are not required to make this program work; the UA International Training Fund pays for the education and trains the departing service members.

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Eight Marines will graduate from the UA VIP Program at Camp Lejeune on Thursday, October 27.

Oct 26, 2016 12:51:50 PM

Another group of transitioning military members is better prepared to move back to civilian life after completing the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program.   Eight Marines will graduate from the UA VIP Program at Camp Lejeune on Thursday, October 27. 

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Fort Campbell Holds graduation for Fifth UA VIP Class

Oct 21, 2016 11:51:10 AM

Nineteen Soldiers graduated from the United Association Veterans in Piping Program’s 5th welding class at Fort Campbell.

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UA VIP Program at Fort Sill Highlighted in Oklahoma Newspaper

Sep 19, 2016 3:18:45 PM

A recent article in ‘The Sunday Constitution,’ written by Mike Meador, highlighted the United Association of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, and Service Techs (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program as one of the curriculums available at Fort Sill to prepare military members for the transition to civilian life.

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The United Association holds 39th General Convention in San Diego, CA

Aug 5, 2016 3:55:51 PM

The United Association of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Techs held their 39th General Convention in San Diego, CA on August 1st-5th.

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