Hire a Vet!


On February 11, Voices for Innovation was proud to host a great webinar with U.S. Marine Corps Major General Chris Cortez (Ret.), vice president of Microsoft Military Affairs, “Hire a Vet! How MSSA Can Help You Find Top IT Talent.”

General Cortez walked participants through the achievements of a great IT training program—Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA)—that benefits Microsoft partners, transitioning U.S. service members and veterans, and the broader tech sector.

Map showing MSSA locations.

MSSA operates on military bases across the nation, providing intensive training to vets and service members for careers in technology. MSSA also goes a step further: it connects Microsoft partners, recruiters, and other technology companies with MSSA graduates who are prepared to contribute to the IT sector.

Please consider signing up today as an MSSA hiring partner and hiring vets!

During the webinar, we also heard from Mike Powers of TEKsystems, who talked about the strength of new hires coming out of the MSSA program. Mike described MSSA grads as “driven” and “proactive.” He noted too that they have working knowledge, not just theoretical knowledge. Another plus, program participants’ “ability to work in diverse environments is exceptional.”

The webinar also included a demo of the Hiring Portal, where hiring managers can search for students and graduates of the MSSA program. Hiring companies can also visit MSSA sites to meet students and observe classes.

In addition to having many Microsoft partners participate in the webinar, we were joined by representatives of Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and staffing agency Robert Half.

You can watch the complete webinar below: