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

JBLM graduate worked at U.S. Olympic Training Center

Oct 12, 2017 4:08:39 PM

It has been a busy year for recent UA VIP graduate Kurt Watson.

Following his graduation from Joint Base Lewis-McChord HVAC-R Class 8 and discharge from the Army, the former Sergeant moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., where he began work for Johnson Controls.

In July 2016, he also began his career as a second-year HVAC-R apprentice with Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVAC-R Service Journeyman Local 58.

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Camp Pendleton UA VIP Program Welding Class 25 graduates 16 members

Sep 28, 2017 12:06:34 PM

It was a special day for the Camp Pendleton UA VIP Program Welding Class 25, as 16 members graduated from the intensive 18-week training program.

On Sept. 21, the class, made up entirely of Marines, graduated from the UA VIP Program’s 25th Welding Class at Camp Pendleton. During the training program, students learned basic welding skills related to the pipe trades. Following their discharge from active military service, the members will all have jobs waiting for them with a UA contractor in an agreed upon geographical area.

In addition to a job, each VIP graduate will enter a UA apprenticeship program, where they will receive additional free classroom and on-the-job training in the pipe trades on their way to becoming a journeymen.

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9 members of UA VIP Program graduate from Fort Hood Welding Class 9

Sep 28, 2017 10:15:36 AM

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program graduated nine members from its recent Fort Hood Welding Class 9.

Once discharged from active military service, the soon-to-be veterans will all have jobs waiting for them with a UA contractor in an agreed upon geographical area. In addition to jobs, VIP graduates also enter a UA apprenticeship program, where they undergo additional training in the pipe trades on their way to becoming journeymen.

On Sept. 21, the recent Fort Hood graduates showed off their welding skills to those who attended an open house. Attendees saw first-hand how the graduates learned to weld throughout the 18-week accelerated training course.

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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. 

On Aug. 31, 11 students graduated from the 10th UA VIP Welding Class Fort Carson. One graduate came from the Air Force, while the others were enlisted in the Army.

Welding Class 10 began on May 1 and following intensive hands-on training and classroom education, the 11 members are now looking ahead to life after they are discharged from the service.

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Naval Station Norfolk holds Open House

Aug 11, 2017 10:29:36 AM

The United Association Veterans In Piping held an Open House at Naval Station Norfolk to celebrate the graduation of the most recent HVACR class.

In the place of a graduation ceremony, members, military leaders at Naval Station Norfolk and United Association representatives will attend the UA VIP Open House on August 10, 2017 at the VIP training center.Members of UA VIP Naval Station Norfolk Class 4 gather for a picture following their graduation cermemony.

Displays throughout the training center were set up to act as an exhibition for the nine graduates of Naval Station Norfolk’s fourth HVACR class to demonstrate the skills they have learned.

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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.

Nine service members graduated from the welding class and eight graduated from the HVAC-R class. The UA VIP Program provides servicemen and servicewoman at JBLM with free career training in the piping trades so they can begin a career with the UA upon their discharge from the military.

“The long-standing partnership that has formed between the United Association and the leadership at JBLM has been very fruitful for both parties, but the real winners are these fine young military service members of JBLM's UA VIP welding and HVAC-R classes,” said Mike Hazard, UA VIP Administrator and military veteran. “The VIP graduates of welding 12 and HVAC-R class 11 have proved through their hard work and dedication over the past 18 weeks that they are ready to make an immediate impact with their newly developed skills in their new careers as UA apprentices; and we wish them the best of luck!”

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UA VIP offers job security, less stress during military transition

Jul 12, 2017 10:03:36 AM

As Sergeant William Kindermann was preparing to leave the service, he found himself thinking more and more about his future.

It’s natural to have some apprehension about the unknown, but one aspect of Kindermann’s future life was already certain: The start of a new and rewarding civilian career thanks to the free welding training he received through the United Association’s Veterans in Piping Program.

Upon leaving the military, Kindermann will have a job waiting for him as an apprentice welder with a UA contractor.

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Fort Sill graduates Sprinkler Fitting Class 6

Jul 10, 2017 4:39:33 PM

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program at Fort Sill graduated four members on June 14 from its Sprinkler Fitting Class 6.

These four individuals began on-base training for a sprinkler fitting career on Feb. 13 under the instruction of Robert Carr. Just 18 weeks later, the group completed the accelerated program.

Upon their discharge from active duty, the new UA VIP alumni will each head to an agreed upon area of the country to begin their civilian lives as UA apprentices, earning a livable wage working in the lifesaving field of sprinkler fitting.

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Fort Campbell UA VIP Instructor honored

May 26, 2017 8:48:37 AM

Fort Campbell recently honored the UA VIP Program and its instructors.

Michael Smith, on behalf of his entire Fort Campbell VIP training staff, accepted an award from the Installation Management Command at Fort Campbell.

The Fort Campbell United Association Veterans in Piping Program teaches transitioning soldiers the basics of welding, which will prepare them for a welding career in the UA.

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