Stories by: Microsoft Military Affairs Team
Veterans: Take the fast track to a high-paying tech career
Ready for a new career after serving your country? With Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA), you could achieve your objective in just 18 weeks!
With new Army base locations, MSSA continues to create opportunities
In the more than two years since we started Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA), it has established itself as a successful program that has helped more than 260 former service members train for their post-military careers.
Louisiana National Guardsman helps protect the U.S. from cyberthreats
Many former service members find the skills they learned in the military are applicable to their subsequent civilian careers. National Guardsman Dan Fain is both using those skills and applying them in real time.
Coast Guard Reservist finds the right work-life balance at Microsoft
Rich Kocher, an intelligence officer in the Coast Guard Reserve, took an unusual path to the military: He’d already completed college, had a degree and was working as a mutual fund analyst before he decided to enlist.
Invested from the start: MSSA mentor volunteers more than 500 hours
When Erik Downing was first approached to develop materials for the budding Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA), he saw it as a great way to share some of the knowledge he’d gained in his 15 years at Microsoft.
Special Forces veteran finds Microsoft needs more than coders
Tom Snead had just marked 20 years of service as a U.S. Army Special Forces officer when a friend and fellow veteran asked what he would do after leaving the Army. Snead hadn’t thought seriously about retiring, but his friend had a bright idea: Join him at Microsoft.
Microsoft’s own ‘Golden Rolodex’ links service members with tech careers
Joe Wallis has a nickname: the Golden Rolodex. He’s earned it over years of recruiting for placement firms and employers, building an extensive network of former colleagues, fellow service members and business associates.
Service members are a key resource to fill the STEM skills gap
While we are committed to supporting STEM education, we believe one key to ensuring the tech industry’s future is providing training for an untapped talent pool: our nation’s armed forces.