Fort Carson holds graduation for 11th UA Veterans in Piping class
The United Association Veterans in Piping Program (UA VIP) graduated 10 soldiers that completed its 11th Welding Class held at Fort Carson on Jan. 25.
Graduates learned basic welding skills during the 18-week accelerated training program and upon leaving the military, are guaranteed a job in an in-demand field that pays good, livable wages and offers good benefits, working in an agreed upon geographical location of the country.
“The VIP graduates of Welding Class 11 have proven 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,” said UA VIP Administrator Mike Hazard.
The program helps reduce the stress faced by members of the armed services who are preparing to transition out of the service by guaranteeing them employment upon successful completion of this free skills training course. Instead of worrying about what is next, they can focus on taking care of themselves and their family.
Bowie Gregg, Fort Carson UA VIP Instructor praised the graduating class for their accomplishments.
“Some of you made it further than others, but all of you now have the basic skills to build a successful career. We are proud of all of you and what you have accomplished,” said Gregg.
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 in-demand pipe trades.
Transitioning members of the armed forces can apply for this 18-week accelerated courses that included classroom and hands-on skills instruction, which is provided free of cost on military bases across the country. VIP participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into guaranteed private-sector jobs with good pay and benefits through a UA signatory contractor.
The UA VIP Program helps military members prepare to enter the United Association’s five-year apprenticeship program at an agreed upon UA Local with an apprenticeship training center practically anywhere in the nation. Upon successful completion of the course, they begin their transition back to civilian life without the stress of having to acclimate, while also starting a career that will provide a living wage and good benefits.
To recieve more information on the Fort Carson UA VIP Program, visit our website.