The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) is offering free Veteran training to military and Veteran community. This free, formal training takes place in some of the technology industry’s most in-demand roles. Transitioning service members’ and Veterans’ experiences often uniquely prepare and qualify them for the skills and security clearances technology companies need.
What is the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA)?
MSSA is an industry-leading educational program designed specifically to support members of the military community, including transitioning service members and Veterans, with job skills, training, mentorship and other professional support to successfully transition to a career in technology. Courses and professional networking are offered online, and students can access developed comprehensive learning paths for careers as cloud application developers and server and cloud administrators.
What does the MSSA program cover?
MSSA provides 16-17 weeks of online training for high-demand careers in cloud development or cloud administration. MSSA also offers a Tech Transition Toolkit with simple tips for how you can build a career in technology, including how to create a strong resume, learn “tech lingo” to sound like a pro, set up your virtual workspace, use your virtual professional network to your advantage, and learn lessons from MSSA graduates.
Program graduates have an opportunity to interview for a full-time job at Microsoft. Since MSSA launched in 2013, more than 90% of graduates hired by Microsoft have stayed on the job two years and longer.
MSSA also works with other companies to help them become more “Veteran-ready” rather than just “Veteran-friendly,” according to Chris Cortez, vice president of military affairs at Microsoft. Program graduates can interview with one of MSSA’s more than 600 hiring partners, many of whom are Fortune 500 companies, to find new career paths in the technology industry. CLICK HERE to see some of the partner hiring companies.
Who is eligible and what does it cost?
MSSA is free to the military and Veteran community, including transitioning service members.
How to apply
To get started, email MSSAOPS@Microsoft.com for an invite to attend one of the weekly information sessions, a mandatory part of the application process, held every Tuesday at 12:00 and 3:00 (ET).
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