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UA VIP Graduates can Obtain a College Degree Through WCC

UA Veterans In Piping (VIP) Washtenaw Community College articulation agreement

UA Veterans In Piping (VIP) graduates will now be one step closer to earning a college degree thanks to a new agreement with Washtenaw Community College (WCC). Upon completion of the UA VIP program, students will have earned 16 college credits through the newly established partnership. WCC Logo-Horiz 2 line_Grn-1

In 2022, the UA VIP Program officially signed an articulation agreement with WCC that guaranteed the curriculum taught in the welding, HVACR and Fire Suppression UA VIP program would earn college credit for students. The UA has an extensive history with WCC creating a natural partnership between the two parties. 

After completing the UA VIP Program and completing the UA Registered Apprenticeship Program, participants will be a few general education classes away from obtaining an associate of applied science in industrial construction supervision or a journeyman industrial training associate degree. 


About the UA VIP Program 

UA VIP graduates are also guaranteed employment upon transition from the military. They begin new careers with sustainable and financially fruitful futures. UA VIP is a DOD Skillbridge program that assists active-duty members transition to civilian life. 

Transitioning active-duty service members looking for a career after their time in the military are invited to apply to the UA VIP program during their last six months of military commitments. Training is available in welding, HVACR and fire suppression at select military bases across the country.


About Washtenaw Community College 

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) was established in 1965 and has grown into one of the nation’s premier community colleges, with an annual enrollment of more than 18,000 students in credit classes each year and thousands more in Economic and College Development classes. 

The 285-acre campus is located in Michigan, with multiple strategically placed extension centers.

The UA International Training Fund Program has a partnership with WCC that allows indentured journeymen to apply for their work as certified apprentice instructors toward an associate in science degree in Industrial Training. 


Washtenaw Community College FAQs: 

  • How many additional college credits do I need to get a degree from WCC if I complete the UA VIP Program?
    • UA VIP graduates will still need anywhere from five to nine credits (depending on which of the general education classes are selected) to graduate with an associate of applied science in industrial construction supervision or an industrial training associate degree at WCC.
  • Can I still obtain a degree at WCC if I’m not a UA journeyman yet?
    • Yes, WCC offers degrees for apprentices and journeymen. Click here for more information. 
  • Can I take classes online or do I have to take in-person classes at WCC?
  • Can I get a degree that helps me move into a management position?
    • Yes, WCC offers UA members interested in moving into a management position the opportunity to join classes focusing on Construction Supervision.