Nineteen Soldiers graduated from the United Association Veterans in Piping Program’s 5th welding class at Fort Campbell.
The United Association Veterans in Piping Program equips 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 - provided free of cost on military bases across the country - VIP participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into solid private-sector jobs with good pay and benefits.
The fifth UA VIP class at Fort Campbell began on June 20th, 2016. Over the 18 week course, military members are prepared to enter an apprenticeship with the UA upon successful completion of the program.
Successful UA VIP graduates are able to go anywhere in the nation that is home to a UA Local Union with a training center, and transition into their civilian life without the stress of having to acclimate while finding a career that will provide a living wage and benefits.
The graduation ceremony was held at the SSG Glenn H. English, Jr. Army Education Center on Fort Campbell Thursday morning. Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Colonel James Salome provided opening remarks, UA VIP graduate Staff Sergeant Nicholas Meulemans gave a student testimony and Kentucky State Representative Will Coursey was the keynote speaker.