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Microsoft and CompTIA Help Vets Transition to IT Careers

Microsoft and CompTIA are teaming up to enlarge the scope of Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, an education program designed to get service members ready for meaningful, productive work in IT after leaving the military.

Earlier this week, CompTIA announced it is partnering with Microsoft to enable more and greater participation for military personnel transitioning back into civilian life via the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA).


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MSSA By the Numbers (Source: Microsoft)


This team-up now means that two of CompTIA’s most popular, entry-level certifications — namely Network+ and Security+ — will now be accepted as prerequisites. This program, an 18-week intensive full-time, total immersion training program, helps transitioning service members learn critical IT skills to help them take up jobs in IT after leaving the military.


Those who complete the program successfully, in fact, are guaranteed a job interview at Microsoft or one or more of its 220-plus hiring partners.


The partnership was first announced during the weekend of Aug. 19-20 at a meeting of the Veteran Employment and Education Committee, held during the American Legion National conference held in Reno, NV. Prior to the partnership’s announcement, MSSA candidates had to first obtain a Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification or better (e.g. MCSA, MCSA, and so forth) to qualify for admission to the program (see Requirements for details).


The MSSA program currently supports four distinct learning paths for candidates, of which some accept Security+ or Network+ as prerequisites. (Language below is cited verbatim from Microsoft’s MSSA page under the “Preparation” heading there, relevant CompTIA certs therein are in boldface, where the emphasis added thereby is mine.)