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UA VIP Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord graduates Welding Class 13 and HVACR Class 12

Nov 16, 2017 3:03:00 PM

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program (UAVIP) is proud to announce that it graduated a combined 18 transitioning military service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord Welding and HVACR Programs.

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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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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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Eight Marines will graduate from the UA VIP Program at Camp Lejeune on Thursday, October 27.

Oct 26, 2016 12:51:50 PM

Another group of transitioning military members is better prepared to move back to civilian life after completing the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program.   Eight Marines will graduate from the UA VIP Program at Camp Lejeune on Thursday, October 27. 

To ease the transition back into civilian life, the United Association established the VIP Program to equip 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, participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into stable private-sector jobs with good pay and benefit.

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Fort Campbell Holds graduation for Fifth UA VIP Class

Oct 21, 2016 11:51:10 AM

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.

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Fifteen Marines Graduate From UA VIP Program at Camp Pendleton

Jul 28, 2016 3:25:53 PM
On July 28th, fifteen Marines participating in the Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program at Camp Pendleton will graduate from the 16-week welding curriculum. This group marks the 22nd VIP class graduating from Camp Pendleton.

The ceremony will be held at the Marine Memorial Golf Course in the Eagles Landing room.  Mike Hazard will emcee the ceremony, and the guest speaker is Lt Col William E. O’Brien, Commanding Officer, 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, the Keynote speaker is Major General Matt Caulfield USMC (Ret), and the student speaker is Sergeant Cesar Rodriguez.

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Sixteen Graduate from Fort Cason United Association’s Veterans in Piping Program

Jul 8, 2016 11:07:53 AM

Sixteen Fort Carson service members are better prepared for the next phase of their lives following military service after completing the 18-week United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinkler Fitters, Steam Fitters and Service Technicians (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program. 

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Army Specialist Peddy and Sergent Tamayo Graduate from UA VIP Program at Fort Campbell

Jun 14, 2016 10:37:14 AM

Two women are among the 19 Fort Campbell Soldiers who graduated from the United Association’s Veterans in Piping program (UA VIP) on June 2, an important first for the program at the Kentucky base.

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