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Fort Carson Graduates 10th Welding Class

Sep 8, 2017 12:04:14 PM

For members of the United Association Veterans in Piping Program at Fort Carson, the rigorous welding course is about to pay off. 

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11 Graduates honored after completing Fort Campbell United Association Veterans in Piping Program Welding Class 7

Aug 8, 2017 12:36:01 PM

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program is proud to announce the graduation of its Fort Campbell Welding Class 7.  On Aug. 3, 11 active-duty members of Fort Campbell successfully completed the free career-training program that teaches transitioning military members basic welding skills to begin a successful career in the pipe trades.

Thanks to the UA VIP Program, these transitioning service members will not face the stress of searching for a job that most military members experience upon their discharge. The Fort Campbell Welding Class 7 graduates are guaranteed a job with a UA contractor, which gives them an opportunity to earn a livable wage.

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JBLM Graduates Welding Class 12 and HVAC-R Class 11

Jul 14, 2017 9:03:00 AM

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program proudly announces the graduation of its VIP Program Joint Base Lewis-McChord Welding Class 12 and HVAC-R Class 11 on July 13.

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JBLM Welding Class 12 learns basic pipefitting techniques

May 22, 2017 8:02:00 AM

Members of JBLM Welding Class 12 are starting on a class project to simulate position welding in the field.

Seven weeks into the 18-week accelerated program, Kris McAferty, JBLM VIP Welding lead instructor, feels his students are doing a good job understanding the coursework.

At this stage of the course, they learn to cut and prep pipe and fitting, as well the basic techniques of pipefitting. 

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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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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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UA Veteran's in Piping Program Expands to Camp Lejeune

Jul 8, 2014 2:57:00 AM

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada and Australia (UA) is pleased to announce that the UA’s Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program has expanded to its sixth location at Camp Lejeune, where accelerated training in welding will be offered to transitioning active-duty Marine personnel. The first incoming class will begin training on July 14th and graduate from the program in November.

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An Inspirational Day For All—UA Local 26 Graduates First Class from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)

Jun 5, 2013 3:51:00 AM

On Thursday, May 23, 2013, UA Local 26 and the Southwest Washington Pipe Trades were honored to host the graduation of the first Veterans In Piping Accelerated Welding program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Fourteen graduates endured the 18-week program in which they welded for approximately 700 hours. The graduates are well prepared for a direct transition to their prospective local unions to become part of the UA’s nationally recognized apprenticeship program. The graduates’ families and friends were elated as the graduates took center stage for the ceremony.

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