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AND HAPPENINGS WITH VIP

Take a look at some of the newsworthy items for the VIP program.

JBLM graduate worked at U.S. Olympic Training Center

Oct 12, 2017 4:08:39 PM

It has been a busy year for recent UA VIP graduate Kurt Watson.

Following his graduation from Joint Base Lewis-McChord HVAC-R Class 8 and discharge from the Army, the former Sergeant moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., where he began work for Johnson Controls.

In July 2016, he also began his career as a second-year HVAC-R apprentice with Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVAC-R Service Journeyman Local 58.

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JBLM Graduates Welding Class 12 and HVAC-R Class 11

Jul 14, 2017 9:03:00 AM

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program proudly announces the graduation of its VIP Program Joint Base Lewis-McChord Welding Class 12 and HVAC-R Class 11 on July 13.

Nine service members graduated from the welding class and eight graduated from the HVAC-R class. The UA VIP Program provides servicemen and servicewoman at JBLM with free career training in the piping trades so they can begin a career with the UA upon their discharge from the military.

“The long-standing partnership that has formed between the United Association and the leadership at JBLM has been very fruitful for both parties, but the real winners are these fine young military service members of JBLM's UA VIP welding and HVAC-R classes,” said Mike Hazard, UA VIP Administrator and military veteran. “The VIP graduates of welding 12 and HVAC-R class 11 have proved 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!”

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The ‘Who, What, Where, When, Why and How’ of the UA VIP Program

Jan 24, 2017 4:53:10 PM

The United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program is an award-winning program that offers high quality skills training and careers with the UA in the pipe trades industry to active-duty military personnel who are preparing to leave the service.

Learn all about the program and how you can get involved here!

What is the UA VIP Program: The United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program is an award-winning program that offers high quality skills training and careers with the UA in the pipe trades industry to active-duty military personnel who are preparing to leave the service. The United Association established the program in 2008 as a means of addressing two important issues:

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Catching Up with Three VIP Graduates One Year Later

Feb 2, 2015 2:06:00 AM

“I love my job!” exclaimed Willie Nazario, who has been on the job for one year working for Olson Plumbing and Heating in Colorado Springs, CO, in Olson’s piping fabrication facility. Willie was in the inaugural Veterans in Piping® (VIP®) class at Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVAC Service Technicians Local 58 in Colorado Springs. He was a Sergeant in the Army based at Fort Carson and was deployed twice to Iraq as an Army Combat Medic.

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VIP Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service Technicians (HVACR) — Supplying Soldiers with a Career in the Growing HVACR Sector

Aug 2, 2013 3:47:00 AM

This past May, the United Association (UA) successfully graduated its first active-duty Army Veterans In Piping (VIP) welding class from its Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) training site. As the welding graduates moved on to their new apprenticeships and careers, another class of UA VIPs—the first class of UA HVACR service technician candidates—started their 18-week program. The first class of JBLM HVACR VIPs will graduate at the end of August.

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The VIP Program has been a lifesaver for our famil

“The VIP Program has been a lifesaver for our family.”