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Veteran Joins Amazon Web Services, Thanks to Special Training Program
After devoting 23 years of his life to the U.S. Army, Sergeant 1st Class Robert Beare was ready to learn new skills, pursue a different career path and spend more time with his family. But first, he needed to brush up on his knowledge of software and systems.
For Beare, the solution was an 18-week training program, developed by Embry-Riddle Worldwide for Microsoft and its IT partners. The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, or MSSA, now widely available on military bases, provides opportunities for military service members who are within six months of separate as well as veterans who recently transitioned from the military. “I had access to Microsoft labs and software I wouldn’t normally have access to, so I took advantage of it,” Beare said. After meeting an Amazon recruiter through the MSSA program, Beare submitted his resume to Amazon Web Services, where he began work in January 2016. Amazon’s focus on supporting the military community – through groups such as “Amazon Warriors” and the presence of many former service members within the company’s workforce – has been a big plus in his new career, Beare said.
More than 350 students have either completed or are now enrolled in the MSSA program. Some 200 companies – including Amazon – are looking to the program for new talent.
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