Microsoft Launches 16-Week IT Employment Course for Veterans; Brad Smith Comments

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Microsoft has launched a 16-week information technology course with the goal of helping military veterans find jobs in the information technology industry.

The company is working with Saint Martin’s University in Washington state to help veterans gain certifications required for roles such as developers, applications engineers and IT project managers, Microsoft announced Monday.

Microsoft Software & Systems Academy curriculum will be offered in California and Texas after a pilot initiative at Saint Martin’s University.

“American service members possess the drive, self-discipline and problem-solving skills that are essential for the technology industry,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft executive vice president and general counsel.

“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.”

Veterans who pass and complete the course will be hired into entry-level jobs at either Microsoft or Launch Consulting, the technology consulting firm that will administer the program.

Twenty-two participants are scheduled to join the program this December.

Microsoft intends for the academy to support the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

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