Microsoft has announced a new partnership as a part of its quest to help position transitioning service members for success in the highly-in demand, well-paying information technology career field. A new partnership with LaunchCode, a technology training organization, is open to select transitioning service members and Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) eligible veterans with TS/SCI clearance or above. Participants will learn JavaScript, C#, and Azure, among other programming skills, culminating in a fulltime job offer at Microsoft.

The course is looking to train 30-40 transitioning service members in software development. For this curriculum, a traditional tech background is not required – they are looking for collaborative and innovative individuals who are willing to work hard and learn new tech skills that are very much in demand. Applications are open from January 29 to March 10.

The full-time, 17-week course takes place from April 6 to July 31 and the class runs during the duty day in the Fort Meade area under the Career Skills Program. Students will be able to learn the skills needed to launch a career at companies like Microsoft. The Career Skills Program permits individuals to train for a full-time civilian career during the last six months of enlistment.

Service members from all branches of the military are welcome to apply, but applicants must be transitioning out of Fort Meade, Fort Belvoir, or Fort Myer/Henderson Hall to be eligible. Those transitioning from another post must ask their chain of command if they are eligible for permissive TDY before applying.

All of the work is related to national security and is classified, therefore, an active TS/SCI security clearance or above is required to apply for the program.

“Microsoft stands behind its mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more—including those who serve and protect our nation. Microsoft offers veterans a place to utilize their technical skills to drive innovative, mission-based work and has helped many people like you transition to software development careers.”

What is LaunchCode?

After applying online for a LaunchCode apprenticeship, mentors helps individuals grow their skills while providing feedback on progress. Following this mentor-protege relationship, LaunchCode matches them with one of their 500 employer partners for a paid apprenticeship. More than four out of five apprentices are converted to full-time hires.

Microsoft and LaunchCode are jointly hosting information sessions on February 13 and 27. Individuals looking to learn more about the role and hiring process are invited to join and have their questions answered.

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