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The reality is, many service members of the United States Military are faced with uncertainty when transitioning back into civilian life.

The Veterans Electrical Entry Program (VEEP) looks to turn that uncertainty into opportunity to earn direct entry into IBEW/NECA apprenticeship programs across that country after separation after that military.

Established by the Electrical Training Alliance (ETA), the pre-apprenticeship program is offered to service members who are within their final 180 days of duty, recently separated veterans and their spouses. The course is designed to prepare them for their IBEW apprenticeship journey, with intensive classroom work and hands-on curriculum over 40 hours a week, for seven weeks.

Once a VEEP participant successfully completes the class, the ETA facilitates their transition to a home IBEW/NECA JATC of their choice, one of the most unique aspects of the program.

While VEEP works in tandem with more than 300 JATCs across the country, IBEW Local 1547 out of Anchorage, Alaska, along with the NECA chapter and the local JATC, have been the boots on the ground, implementing the first two offerings of this national vision.

At the end of the first leg of a journey toward a promising career, VEEP, sponsored by Milwaukee Tools, culminates in a graduated to celebrate the future IBEW apprentices.

Learn more about VEEP and the incredible opportunities it has provided IBEW members by watching the video above.

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Rhiannon Manzi

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