Fort Bragg, Fort Benning will become newest MSSA sites in October

Aug 23, 2016

Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) is on the march. Two more military bases are set to join the training program that has helped hundreds of service members transition to high-tech civilian careers.

Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Benning, Georgia, will become the newest MSSA sites with cohorts starting on Oct. 17. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies at both bases will welcome new students into the IT training program. Fort Bragg and Fort Benning join three bases where MSSA is already up and running, with six additional locations planning to join the program in the coming years.

A story on Taskandpurpose.com notes that MSSA aims to attract service members who have the discipline and problem-solving skills that the tech industry needs to fill open positions. Microsoft is expanding MSSA to more bases and further investing in the program to offer transitioning and former service members more opportunities around three career pathways:

  1. Server & Cloud Administration
  2. Database & Business Intelligence Administration
  3. Cloud Application Development

Those who complete the 18-week program are guaranteed an interview for a full-time position at Microsoft or one of its hiring partners. More than 300 service members have successfully completed the program, and of those graduates, 82 percent are employed or have gone on to pursue more schooling. More than 130 companies have hired MSSA grads at an average starting salary of more than $70,000.

Current or former service members can apply at their Base Education Center or find more information on the MSSA home page.