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

JBLM graduates two classes

Mar 17, 2017 9:03:00 AM

Members of the welding and HVACR classes at Joint Base Lewis-McChord graduated in mid-February.

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UA VIP helps Michael Cruz get into dream career

Mar 15, 2017 1:38:33 PM

Growing up, Michael Cruz had always wanted to be a welder. In fact, prior to joining the service, he went to school for welding.

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UA VIP Graduates Recognized in New York Post article

Mar 13, 2017 11:17:57 AM

The article Veterans revamp the tri-state area one project at a time by the New York Post introduces three New York area construction workers who proudly served their country. Two of the those highlighted workers excelled through the Veterans In Piping Program.

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Transitioning Service Members Prepare for Lucrative Careers in the Pipefitting Industry Through Specialized Training at Camp Lejeune

Mar 2, 2017 8:59:33 AM

Sixteen active-duty Marines are projected to graduate from the United Association’s (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) welding program at Camp Lejeune on March 30, 2017. The 18-week VIP welding program is preparing transitioning service members for the paid 5-year apprenticeship they’ll be placed in upon graduation. Although the program focus is welding, participants are exposed to all aspects of the trade.  Work will include installation, maintenance and repair of all types of piping systems as well as joining structural steel brackets and supports for such systems.

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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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