JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – JBLM, Microsoft Corp., and Saint Martin’s University will mark the achievement of 22 service members who will have completed the inaugural Microsoft Software & Systems Academy pilot program during a ceremony December 2 at 2 p.m., at the Saint Martin’s University Norman Worthington Conference Center in Lacey, Washington.
U.S. Senator Patty Murray, a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will be the keynote speaker for the ceremony.
The ceremony will recognize 22 active duty service members from JBLM who have completed 16 weeks of training towards a Microsoft IT certification required for technology careers such as a developer, applications engineer and IT project manager.
In addition to receiving Microsoft IT Academy-powered curriculum provided by Saint Martin’s University, service members completing the pilot program will be hired into entry-level roles as software testers by either Microsoft or Launch Consulting, the technology consulting firm administering the program.
The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy was inspired by the “VOW to Hire Heroes Act,” which allows a service member to begin the employment process before their separation from the military to facilitate a seamless transition from the military to other careers.