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Trainee feeds his passion through the UA VIP HVACR Program

Nov 13, 2017 8:01:00 AM

Philip Miraglia found the perfect fit to his professional passion when he discovered the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program.

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Camp Pendleton UA VIP Program Welding Class 25 graduates 16 members

Sep 28, 2017 12:06:34 PM

It was a special day for the Camp Pendleton UA VIP Program Welding Class 25, as 16 members graduated from the intensive 18-week training program.

On Sept. 21, the class, made up entirely of Marines, graduated from the UA VIP Program’s 25th Welding Class at Camp Pendleton. During the training program, students learned basic welding skills related to the pipe trades. Following their discharge from active military service, the members will all have jobs waiting for them with a UA contractor in an agreed upon geographical area.

In addition to a job, each VIP graduate will enter a UA apprenticeship program, where they will receive additional free classroom and on-the-job training in the pipe trades on their way to becoming a journeymen.

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9 members of UA VIP Program graduate from Fort Hood Welding Class 9

Sep 28, 2017 10:15:36 AM

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program graduated nine members from its recent Fort Hood Welding Class 9.

Once discharged from active military service, the soon-to-be veterans will all have jobs waiting for them with a UA contractor in an agreed upon geographical area. In addition to jobs, VIP graduates also enter a UA apprenticeship program, where they undergo additional training in the pipe trades on their way to becoming journeymen.

On Sept. 21, the recent Fort Hood graduates showed off their welding skills to those who attended an open house. Attendees saw first-hand how the graduates learned to weld throughout the 18-week accelerated training course.

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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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Naval Station Norfolk Open House celebrates new HVACR graduating class

Apr 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM

The UA VIP Program celebrated the graduation of its most recent HVACR class by hosting an Open House ceremony for its members and military leaders at Naval Station Norfolk.

Instead of a traditional graduation ceremony, the UA VIP Program hosted an Open House for Hampton Roads military leadership, providing a first-hand look at the UA HVACR mobile training trailer and the classroom.

Stations were set up to allow dignitaries to see the eight graduates of Naval Station Norfolk’s third HVACR class in action, displaying the skills they acquired during the 18-week HVACR course. The Open House also gave military leaders a chance to familiarize themselves with the VIP program, which is entering its second year at Hampton Roads.

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20 members graduate from Fort Campbell VIP Program Welding Class 6

Apr 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The UA VIP Program is proud to announce all 20 members of its sixth Fort Campbell Welding Class graduated in mid-March.

The class, comprised of members of the Army, is now prepared to begin the next phase of their life as they transition out of the armed forces.

The class members – 19 males and one female – underwent an intensive 18-week training course to introduce them to welding and prepare them for an United Association apprenticeship.

Fort Campbell UA VIP Training Instructor Michael Smith called the work ethic displayed by this class as top-notch.

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Camp Lejeune Welcomes New Welding Class

Apr 6, 2017 4:06:00 PM

The UA VIP Program at Camp Lejeune welcomes a new class of 16 transitioning service members to their welding class.

To ease the transition back into civilian life, the United Association (UA) established the Veterans in Piping (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 an 18-week accelerated welding course, Camp Lejeune participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into stable, private-sector jobs with good pay and benefits.

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JBLM Graduates Two Classes

Mar 17, 2017 9:03:00 AM

Members of the welding and HVACR classes at Joint Base Lewis-McChord graduated in mid-February.

Welding Class 11 graduated 10 transitioning service members, including one from the Air Force, Glenn Bloom, and another from the Navy, Patrick Ramsey. The rest of the class was made up of Army service members.

HVACR Class 10 consisted of nine Army service members.

Following graduation, these 19 men and women will leave their military careers and officially begin life as an apprentice.

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Fort Sill Service Members Transition into Fire Protection Careers

Jul 7, 2015 8:38:00 AM

FORT SILL, Okla. -- The Fort Sill Industrial Training Complex is bridging the gap for Soldiers getting out of the military and putting them directly into the civilian workforce with the latest partnership through the United Association's Veterans in Piping (VIP). The 18-week fire suppression sprinkler system course is graduating its first class July 7, and the soon-to-be civilians are starting their careers at locations of their choice.

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Fort Campbell’s VIP Program is a Model for Soldiers for Life Program

Apr 29, 2015 1:16:00 AM

“Life is about transitions,” guest speaker Army Lieutenant General David D. Halverson, the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, said during the graduation ceremony on April 24, 2015, to the 16 United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping® (VIP®) welding graduates from Fort Campbell’s inaugural program. “The most dangerous time we have in combat is during transitions. The first month and your last month—those transitions are dangerous.

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