VETERAN ASSISTANCE AND UMAP
The UMAP program was started in April 2012 through the tremendous efforts of the UWUA Veterans Committee, led by previous Local 18007 Business Manager Rick Passerelli. In a Chicago neighborhood, a project was started at the Kennedy-King College’s Dawson Technical Institute. Rick Passerelli, a military veteran himself, spearheaded an educational program dealing with general education and basic courses focusing on the safe construction and operation of the natural gas distribution systems. Upon completion of the program, students receive 52 college credits for an Associate’s Degree as well as a certificate of completion of the program.
With the focus of rebuilding the infrastructure of Chicago’s natural gas system and delivering safe and reliable service to the public. Since the start of the UMAP project, more than 500 graduates have become Local 18007 members.
UMAP provides returning veterans with the training needed as gas sector utility workers to successfully transition into job opportunities provided by Peoples Gas.
The Gas Utility Worker Program is a 50-credit hour advanced certificate program, that consists of general education and classes in operation of natural gas distributions systems. The program also includes a one-month internship, along with a structured mentoring program. All mentors are UWUA Local 18007 workers, and are provided with training prior to participants entering the internship.