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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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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!

What is the UA VIP Program: 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. The United Association established the program in 2008 as a means of addressing two important issues:

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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.

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. Additionally, 100 percent of the men and women who graduate from the UA VIP Program are placed into a 5-year apprenticeship program with the UA where they train for a career, not just a job.

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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.

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 18-week accelerated courses, participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into stable private-sector jobs with good pay and benefit.

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Sixteen Graduate from Fort Cason United Association’s Veterans in Piping Program

Jul 8, 2016 11:07:53 AM

Sixteen Fort Carson service members are better prepared for the next phase of their lives following military service after completing the 18-week United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinkler Fitters, Steam Fitters and Service Technicians (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program. 

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The UA is the perfect fit for Fort Carson VIP Graduates

Oct 7, 2015 1:25:00 PM

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner arrived on September 11, 2015, to congratulate the latest group of soldiers who were graduating from the UA’s fifth Fort Carson Veterans in Piping® (VIP®) welding program held at Local 58 in Colorado Springs. Senator Gardner arrived early and candidly spoke to the participants about the program and heard about their plans for the future. They all said the program was so much harder than they anticipated, but they were excited and felt prepared to take their next step toward becoming a United Association journeyman.

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Catching Up with Three VIP Graduates One Year Later

Feb 2, 2015 2:06:00 AM

“I love my job!” exclaimed Willie Nazario, who has been on the job for one year working for Olson Plumbing and Heating in Colorado Springs, CO, in Olson’s piping fabrication facility. Willie was in the inaugural Veterans in Piping® (VIP®) class at Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVAC Service Technicians Local 58 in Colorado Springs. He was a Sergeant in the Army based at Fort Carson and was deployed twice to Iraq as an Army Combat Medic.

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Addresses the Fort Carson Veterans in Piping® Graduates

Jul 15, 2014 2:48:00 AM

The 13 graduates from the United Association’s most recent Fort Carson Veterans in Piping® (VIP®) welding program had a special keynote speaker when Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper stepped up to the podium on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. He said, “You are all at a turning point in your career. We have had an all-volunteer military for roughly 40 years. The military has an obligation—to not just welcome our soldiers home, but to make sure they have a smooth transition that will lead to a high quality of life.  And I have always said that quality of life starts with a job.

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The UA’s Veterans in Piping (VIP) Welding Program Graduates First Class from Fort Carson

Mar 19, 2014 3:05:00 AM

Fort Carson Garrison Commander Colonel David Grosso hit the nail on the head during the graduation ceremony on March 7, 2014, when he stated, “Our nation, as a whole, has embraced our service members who are returning from war. They admire the ethos. But admiration and actually stepping up to offer service members opportunity are two very different things. The UA stepped up and offered opportunity.

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The VIP Program has been a lifesaver for our famil

“The VIP Program has been a lifesaver for our family.”