The UA VIP Program celebrated the graduation of its most recent HVACR class by hosting an Open House ceremony for its members and military leaders at Naval Station Norfolk.
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The UA VIP Program is proud to announce all 20 members of its sixth Fort Campbell Welding Class graduated in mid-March.
The UA VIP Program at Camp Lejeune welcomes a new class of 16 transitioning service members to their welding class.
Ryan Hector, a 2013 UA VIP graduate from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, served in the United States military for four years, completing tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, before beginning a career in the pipe trades.
Dallas County officials honored the UA VIP Program and Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 100 in Dallas in late February with a resolution for their work transitioning military members.
Local 100 currently has 241 apprentices enrolled in their apprenticeship program, with 13 coming from the UA VIP welding program. In April, the Local will welcome their first UA VIP HVAC apprentice.
By displaying a great work ethic, VIP members have created a wonderful reputation with contractors in Local 100’s jurisdiction. The contractors know VIP members are reliable and work hard, which is why they are eager to put VIP graduates to work the day they arrive in the Dallas area.
Members of the welding and HVACR classes at Joint Base Lewis-McChord graduated in mid-February.
Welding Class 11 graduated 10 transitioning service members, including one from the Air Force, Glenn Bloom, and another from the Navy, Patrick Ramsey. The rest of the class was made up of Army service members.
HVACR Class 10 consisted of nine Army service members.
Following graduation, these 19 men and women will leave their military careers and officially begin life as an apprentice.
Growing up, Michael Cruz had always wanted to be a welder. In fact, prior to joining the service, he went to school for welding.
When he learned the VIP Program at Fort Campbell could place him in his dream career, Cruz jumped at the chance to apply to the free job-training program.
When he graduates from the program, Cruz will be able to transition directly into the United Association’s apprenticeship program with guaranteed employment.
VIP has helped him ease the stress and burden of transitioning out of the military.
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.
With resounding courage, Alejandro Francis and Jason Price served as part of the United States Marine Corps. Both also completed the United Association (UA) Veterans In Piping (VIP) Program at Camp Lejeune in 2014.
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.
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 trades including installation, maintenance and repair of all types of piping systems as well as joining structural steel brackets and supports for such systems.
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.
Moreland entered the Marines in 1993 and after two assignments; one in Okinawa, Japan and the other with the Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 in Tustin, CA, his term of service came to an end. In 1997, Moreland, now married, was searching for a future outside the Marines and after working a few odd jobs landed a position with a welding facility.