Thursday, December 12, 2013

Military Veterans Transition To Tech Thru Microsoft Software & Systems Academy

Shifting to civilian life after serving in the military has always been a challenge for returning military veterans, and more so, hunting and competing for a job is such a daunting task.

However, some veterans – along with about two dozen other military service members who are still on active duty – are taking part in a pilot program sponsored by Microsoft and run in partnership with other organizations, where they’ll receive intensive training designed to make them eligible for jobs as entry-level software testers. The program, which Microsoft is calling the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, provides a 16-week course, taught by instructors from Saint Martin’s University. At the end of the 16 weeks, graduates will receive certification helpful in obtaining jobs as developers, applications engineers and IT project managers. Read more via

“The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy is a bridge between one great career—serving in the U.S. military—and another, creating technologies that improve lives” – Microsoft executive vice president and general counsel Brad Smith in a statement. Microsoft has been among those private companies who have assisted vets find work in the civilian workforce. Read more via

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