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AND HAPPENINGS WITH VIP

Take a look at some of the newsworthy items for the VIP program.

Catching Up With Chad Moreland, A UA VIP Graduate

Feb 6, 2017 4:44:52 PM

A 21-year career in the armed services (five with the Marine Corps and 16 in the Army) helped shape Chad Moreland into the kind of job candidate employer’s love: dedicated, structured and reliable.  Moreland knew as he began to transition out of the Army he needed a second career, and the UA VIP Program was the key to that career.

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The ‘Who, What, Where, When, Why and How’ of the UA VIP Program

Jan 24, 2017 4:53:10 PM

The United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program is an award-winning program that offers high quality skills training and careers with the UA in the pipe trades industry to active-duty military personnel who are preparing to leave the service.

Learn all about the program and how you can get involved here!

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Catching Up With Brian Kirby, A UA VIP Graduate

Jan 24, 2017 4:01:58 PM

After serving his country for 13 years in the United States Army, Brian Kirby was ready to transition to civilian life and decided the best way to prepare for his future outside of the Armed Services was with the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program.

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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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