Microsoft wants to train vets for tech jobs

REDMOND -- Microsoft Corp. has announced a new program to provide software development training and testing to active duty service members looking to transition out of the military.

The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy aims to give U.S. veterans the opportunity for new careers in technology.

"American service members possess the drive, self-discipline and problem-solving skills that are essential for the technology industry," Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith said.

The Academy consists of a 16-week course designed to help participants obtain the certification required for technology careers. Service members who complete the program will be hired into entry-level roles and software testers by either Microsoft or Launch Consulting, the firm administering the program.

The program will begin at Saint Martin's University at Joint Base Lewis- McChord, and will expand to bases in California and Texas later this year.