b'The VIP ProgramSecuring a Job and Career Ambitions for One ApprenticeThird-year Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 354, Latrobe, PA, apprentice Scott ReedyScott Reedyspent seven years in the Marine Corps. His first two years were spent stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and his last four years were spent sta-tioned in North Carolina. Scott always knew he wanted to join the Marines because both of his grandparents served in the Vietnam War.In Okinawa, I was strictly a field radio oper-ator, Scott said. When I came back to North Scott went through the VIP program at Carolina, I was still a field radio operator, but ICamp Lejeune and is grateful for it. I always got attached to RECON and deployed withthought I was going to be a power lineman, he them. After that, I got away from that job andsaid. College was never going to be the route I started handling COMSEC material. I workedwas going to take. I always wanted to work withI always thought I in a vault every day, which I didnt like because Imy hands. I enjoy it, and I like seeing the out-was secluded. Then, I was a Platoon Sergeant income of the work we do. Scott is also gratefulwas going to be a charge of 100 guys, making sure they wereto the UA for where he is now. He said, As far trained and doing what they were supposed toas my transition getting out, they made it seam- power lineman . be doing. less. Ive never gone without a paycheck. WhenScotts second deployment was an MEU de- I got out of the Marine Corps, I took 70 days ofCollege was never ployment. He spent six months on a ship in thevacation, and then I started working right away,going to be the Pacific Ocean. He said, My second deployment,so that was awesome. They took good care of we were busy dropping bombs, and as far as thatmeI started as a second year instead of a firstroute I was going to goes, every day is like Groundhog Day. We gotyear. They made sure I was working, and I was to port three times, but still, waking up andable to get a welding certification and becometake. I always doing the same thing every single day is tough.OSHA 30 certified, which set me up ahead ofScott decided it was time to get out in 2019my class.wanted to work with and knew the VIP program would be a great After completing the program, Scott figured opportunity. He first heard of the VIP programhe would join Steamfitters Local 449 in Pitts- my hands. I enjoy it, from a fellow Marine he was stationed with inburgh, PA, until he found out there was a UA Okinawa who went through the first programlocal near his hometown. He said, I grew up inand I like seeing the out of Camp Lejeune. Then, another fellowGreensburg, PA, but I didnt know about Local Marine who went through the VIP program354. I called a buddy, because I thought he was inoutcome of the work during Scotts last year of service told him noth- Local 449. I asked him how work was and how ing but great things about it. Scott said, I knewhe liked driving to Pittsburgh. He told me, Iwe do.he went through the program and liked it, and Idont work in Pittsburgh, I work for Local 354. I always knew I was going to work in the trades,had already told my instructors I was going to Scott Reedyso as soon as I was ready to get out, I startedLocal 449, but I looked into Local 354 anyway doing my research to make sure I would get inand called the training coordinator and talked to the program. him. Im glad I joined Local 354, because the 14 opsCAREER'