UNITED ASSOCIATION VETERANS IN PIPING PROGRAM
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United Association's Veterans in Piping Program is a free 18-week accelerated career-training course designed to provide a direct pathway to a career in the piping industry. Phil Miraglia graduated from JBLM HVAC-R Class 12 in 2017 and is currently a first-year apprentice at UA Local 421

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Following her successful completion of the United Association Veterans in Piping Program as a member of JBLM HVAC-R Class 7 in 2015 and her subsequent transition out of the military, Samantha Metcalf almost immediately began a new civilian career.

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Melissa has been on the job since the end of March. She graduated from the United Association Veterans In Piping Program (VIP) Accelerated Welding Program at Fort Hood in February of 2018. When asked how it was going, she was candid about her first experience working with a journeyman.

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Phillip Bonpua decided to transition out of the Army after missing some monumental moments in his life. He was accepted into the UA VIP free 18-week career-training program, which guarantees graduates a good paying job with a United Association signatory contractor once they return to civilian life.

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United Association Veterans in Piping Fort Campbell Welding Class 11, which began on Oct. 8, is made up of 18 students, who are learning basic welding skills to help start new careers in the piping industry.

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Participants in the United Association Veterans in Piping Program Fort Hood Welding Class 12 have nothing but good things to say about the 18-week accelerated career-training program, which has taught its participants valuable welding skills.

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The UA Veterans in Piping Program Naval Station Norfolk began its latest HVAC-R Class on Oct. 15. It is a free career-training course that instructs transitioning active-duty military service members on the basics of a career in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

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The United Association Veterans in Piping Program hosted an open house for 14 graduating students that completed UA VIP Camp Lejeune Welding Class 11 on Oct. 18. For Sgt. Zimmer, the UA Program helped him realize a goal of entering a registered apprenticeship program after leaving the Marine Corps.

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Instructors working with United Association Veterans in Piping Program Camp Pendleton Welding Class 28 are pushing the group to achieve their goals as the class nears graduation. There are 16 students in Welding Class 28, which is scheduled to graduate on Nov. 15

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Fuller is now a second-year apprentice with Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 192 in Cheyenne, WY. He said he applied for the United Association Veterans In Piping (VIP) welding program at Fort Campbell, KY, because he liked to weld. He had done some before. He also liked the idea of working for a union.

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