After weeks of classes, 14 Marines graduated from the Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program.
The fourth welding class to graduate from Camp Lejeune began classes in early September 2015. Through hard work and dedication, the Marines completed their training and are now ready to begin their apprenticeship.
The Camp Lejeune graduation ceremony was held at the Ball Center Building. Brother Dave Porter emceed the ceremony, while Brigadier General Weidley made welcome remarks and MG(R) Matt Caulfield gave the keynote address. The instructors at Camp Lejeune are Brothere Dave Porter and Brother Billy Platt.
Every graduate of the VIP Program goes on to continue their training as apprentices in UA Local Unions while working for signatory contractors.
The VIP Program offers high-quality skills training and jobs in the pipe trades to active duty military personnel preparing to leave the service. Participants in the program receive 18 weeks of accelerated skills training in either welding, HVACR or sprinklerfitting, and earn industry-recognized certifications and college credit as part of their training. Upon graduation, participants gain direct entry into UA apprenticeship programs, which are recognized in the industry as the best in the business.
The program is currently being offered at Camp Lejeune (NC), Camp Pendleton (CA), Joint Base Lewis-McChord (WA), Fort Carson (CO), Fort Hood (TX), Fort Campbell (KY), and Fort Sill (OK).