Microsoft Software and Systems Academy transitions to virtual instruction during COVID-19 outbreak

Mar 24, 2020

EDITORIAL UPDATE: (4/9/2020) This blog was updated to align with nomenclature used by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Microsoft is committed to the safety and health of our Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) students, staff members, partners and community. We have been monitoring the rapidly evolving information and guidance around the COVID-19 outbreak. With our communities in mind, we transitioned all MSSA program training to virtual instruction beginning last week. This applies to technical trainings delivered by our academic partners—Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and St. Martin’s University (SMU)—as well as to all soft skills and professional development sessions. Current and future MSSA cohorts will continue through virtual instruction until further notice.

The decision to move MSSA to virtual instruction was necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by eliminating in-person gatherings. We will continue to provide MSSA training to transitioning service members while helping protect the health of our students, staff members, partners and communities. We are grateful for the support of our base partners, whom we consulted with early and often, in trusting us and facilitating this swift transition for their service members to our virtual instruction program.

Our commitment to service members by providing effective training through MSSA remains unchanged, and we will continue to recruit for and administer our programs during this challenging time. Now more than ever, Microsoft recognizes the value of helping the veteran and military community find meaningful opportunities in today’s digital economy.

Microsoft is proud to continue its commitment to the veteran and military community. To learn more about MSSA and how to apply for upcoming cohorts, visit the program webpage.