Redmond, Wash. based Microsoft announced yesterday, Nov. 4, the development of new software designed for warriors transitioning out of the service.
Microsoft’s 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.
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."
The pilot program will start at joint Base Lewis-McChord, just out of Tacoma, Wash., and will branch to other key bases by the end of the year.
The program will be open to warriors transitioning out of all branches of the service, including National Guard troops and Reservists.
The 16-week course will prepare service members for certifications required to be IT managers, applications engineers and software developers. Much of the training will be "hands on" and on-the-job.
Twenty-two participants will graduate from the program by the end of this year.
The entire press release with more detailed information can be found here.
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