Interested in a technology career after the military? Here’s a roundup of programs for service members and veterans that could give you the boost you need to enter the workforce.
Tech giant Microsoft recently launched a new training program at Camp Lejeune, marking the latest expansion of the company’s Microsoft Software and Systems Academy for transitioning service members. The 18-week training program prepares soon-to-be veterans for civilian careers in the technology industry, and graduates of the program are guaranteed an interview with Microsoft or one of its 280 hiring partners, which include Dell Inc., Oracle, Accenture and the Defense Department.
Nonprofit organization NS2 Serves is offering free training and employment assistance for veterans interested in information technology careers through a 12-week program, Boots to Suits. NS2 Serves, chaired by retired Gen. John Campbell, the former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and founded by the global software company SAP, has trained 160 veterans since its launch and hopes to reach 400 more former service members by 2021. The next training program will begin May 21 in San Antonio.
With a goal of reaching 100,000 veterans, education technology company Skillsoft has donated its online learning platform to nonprofit Hire Our Heroes to train veterans in digital, cybersecurity and other technological skills. Veterans can now get access to an online hub of resources, including books and videos, for more than 100 certifications in information technology and business.
Military spouses interested in information technology credentials can get a 50 percent discount on Simplilearn’s online education programs through a new partnership with the National Military Family Association. Participants who register through NMFA’s website will get discounted access to over 400 training courses across a variety of emerging technologies and applications. Additionally, Simplilearn, a member of the Hiring Our Heroes Veteran Employment Advisory Council, also offers scholarships to active-duty service members participating in the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program.
The new SANS Cyber Workforce Academy – Maryland is providing 80 scholarships for Maryland residents looking for a fast track to a career in the cybersecurity field. The three-to-four month training sessions, launched in January, are funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and will run through the end of 2019. Participants will receive advanced technical training, industry-recognized certifications and help with their job search after graduation. Application deadlines for future cohorts of students are June 1, July 16 and Sept. 30. Veterans and women are encouraged to apply.
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