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Program helps veterans get construction jobs


MADISON (WKOW) -- A union program is helping local veterans learn the skills needed to get a job in construction, a booming industry here in Madison.

Construction jobs are at a four-year high in Madison. According to Associated General Contractors of America, sites added 800 jobs between February 2011 and February 2013.

The "Veterans in Piping" (VIP) program helps military veterans fill some of those job openings.

Veterans like Steven Kimpel, originally from Pewaukee, went through a 16-week welding course. Kimpel is now helping build the newest addition to the UW Hospital campus.

Kimpel says it was a great opportunity for him to get into the workforce after he left the Army.

"I got back, I have a good paying job, I enjoy the job," says Kimpel. "It's not just soldering and stuff; we actually do math, we learn trigonometry when we're up here, you get to use your mind as well as your hands."

Associated General Contractors of America says they are actively trying to recruit U.S. veterans.

For more information on the VIP program, visit the United Association's Veterans in Piping website.

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