Microsoft logoIt might be hard for military veterans transitioning out of the military to find a job in an entirely different field as stated by Joint Base Lewis-McChord commander H. Charles Hodges Jr., “Unemployment rates are higher among veterans because it’s not always easy for service members to understand where their skills apply outside the military,” which is why Microsoft is hoping to do their part for US military veterans by providing them with training in software development and testing in hopes that these skills can then be taken and applied in the tech industry, where the veterans can then apply for job positions such as developers, applications engineer, and IT project managers.

According to Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith, “American service members possess the drive, self-discipline and problem-solving skills that are essential for the technology industry […] Microsoft Software & Systems Academy is a bridge between one great career — serving in the U.S. military — and another, creating technologies that improve lives.” The course will be a 16-week one and will initially launch at the Saint Martin’s University at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. Participants who successfully complete the program will also have a chance of being employed by either Microsoft or Launch Consulting, the IT consulting firm who is in charge of administering the program. [Press Release]

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