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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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JBLM Welding Class 12 learns basic pipefitting techniques

May 22, 2017 8:02:00 AM

Members of JBLM Welding Class 12 are starting on a class project to simulate position welding in the field.

Seven weeks into the 18-week accelerated program, Kris McAferty, JBLM VIP Welding lead instructor, feels his students are doing a good job understanding the coursework.

At this stage of the course, they learn to cut and prep pipe and fitting, as well the basic techniques of pipefitting. 

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Fort Hood Graduates 8th Welding Class

May 17, 2017 9:31:18 AM

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program is proud to announce graduation of 14-service members stationed at Fort Hood from their on-base welding program.

Over the span of 18 weeks, instructors Louis Purcella and Alvin Davis taught their students the fundamentals of welding and helped them gain the skills necessary to start a successful career in the welding field.

Those members who completed Fort Hood Welding Class 8 will have jobs waiting for them once they officially discharge from the service.

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VIP Program, U.A. Local 100 in Dallas Honored

Mar 30, 2017 2:46:06 PM

Dallas County officials honored the UA VIP Program and Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 100 in Dallas in late February with a resolution for their work transitioning military members.

Local 100 currently has 241 apprentices enrolled in their apprenticeship program, with 13 coming from the UA VIP welding program. In April, the Local will welcome their first UA VIP HVAC apprentice.

By displaying a great work ethic, VIP members have created a wonderful reputation with contractors in Local 100’s jurisdiction. The contractors know VIP members are reliable and work hard, which is why they are eager to put VIP graduates to work the day they arrive in the Dallas area.

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16 Marines from Camp Pendleton Graduate the UA VIP Program

Dec 14, 2016 3:33:17 PM

Following 18 weeks of intensive training, 16 Marines from Camp Pendleton are better prepared to enter civilian life and find meaningful employment after completing the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program. 

To ease the transition back into civilian life, the UA established the VIP Program to better 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 course, participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into stable private-sector jobs with good pay and benefits.

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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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Twenty Soldiers Graduate from Fort Campbell VIP Program

Jan 29, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Twenty Fort Campbell soldiers will not have to worry about looking for work once they transition out of the service.

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17 Graduate from Fort Hood VIP Program

Jan 14, 2016 2:18:00 PM

Today, the fifth welding class at Fort Hood graduated 17 welding students from the Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program completing 18 weeks of accelerated training.

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HVACR and Welding VIP Classes Graduate from JBLM

Dec 10, 2015 2:00:00 PM

More than 25 students graudated from the Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord after completing 18 weeks of accelerated training.

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