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A Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) classroom. (Photo credit MSSA)

By Justin Hodge

Passion. Drive. Desire.

These are just a few of the many words that describe members of the armed forces.

From the moment you arrive at basic military training to the day you out-process, you give every last bit of energy into ensuring the safety and security of a nation. So why shouldn’t you receive an equal amount of support when transitioning to civilian life and a new career? One company is leading the charge to help current and former service members find new career paths once their service to country is over.


Four years ago, Microsoft executives and retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Chris Cortez saw a correlation between the thousands of military members leaving the armed forces each year and the same number of IT jobs that go unfilled due to lack of computer-based knowledge. Now, as Vice President of Military Affairs for Microsoft, Cortez is front and center of a massive project to train and place these service members into potentially lucrative careers, through the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy.

“After the first course, we saw clearly that this was going to work,” Cortez says. “This is a really good program to prepare our military members for a career in the IT industry.”

The 18-week, work-intensive MSSA provides qualified candidates the essential skills needed to succeed in the IT industry’s high demand careers of Cloud Administration, Database & Business Intelligence Administration, Cloud Application Development and Cybersecurity Administration.

The program is currently available at seven military installations across the U.S. with plans for expanding to twelve bases by January 2018.

Don’t think IT is for you? With over 600 graduates to date, and an expected 1,000 graduates annually, why not give it a shot? You never know how one opportunity can change your future for the better.

To find out more information, visit the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy website.

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