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

Naval Station Norfolk Open House celebrates new HVACR graduating class

Apr 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM

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.

Instead of a traditional graduation ceremony, the UA VIP Program hosted an Open House for Hampton Roads military leadership, providing a first-hand look at the UA HVACR mobile training trailer and the classroom.

Stations were set up to allow dignitaries to see the eight graduates of Naval Station Norfolk’s third HVACR class in action, displaying the skills they acquired during the 18-week HVACR course. The Open House also gave military leaders a chance to familiarize themselves with the VIP program, which is entering its second year at Hampton Roads.

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20 members graduate from Fort Campbell VIP Program Welding Class 6

Apr 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The UA VIP Program is proud to announce all 20 members of its sixth Fort Campbell Welding Class graduated in mid-March.

The class, comprised of members of the Army, is now prepared to begin the next phase of their life as they transition out of the armed forces.

The class members – 19 males and one female – underwent an intensive 18-week training course to introduce them to welding and prepare them for an United Association apprenticeship.

Fort Campbell UA VIP Training Instructor Michael Smith called the work ethic displayed by this class as top-notch.

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Camp Lejeune Welcomes New Welding Class

Apr 6, 2017 4:06:00 PM

The UA VIP Program at Camp Lejeune welcomes a new class of 16 transitioning service members to their welding class.

To ease the transition back into civilian life, the United Association (UA) established the Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program to equip military service members preparing to leave the service with sought after skills that can lead to lifelong careers in the increasingly in-demand pipe trades.

Through an 18-week accelerated welding course, Camp Lejeune participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into stable, private-sector jobs with good pay and benefits.

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VIP Graduate Ryan Hector Featured in St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Apr 4, 2017 4:17:00 PM

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. 

Now a fourth-year United Association plumbing apprentice, Hector felt compelled to write to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, opposing a senate bill that will hurt union construction workers by eliminating the state’s prevailing wage.

In his op-ed piece, Hector stands up for his brothers and sisters, including fellow veterans who work in the construction industry and educated readers on the potential harm the bill would cause veterans, if it becomes law.

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VIP Program, U.A. Local 100 in Dallas Honored

Mar 30, 2017 2:46:06 PM

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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. 

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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.

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. 

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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