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Chris Cortez, Microsoft’s Vice President of Military Affairs speaking aboard the Battleship USS Iowa to announce a collaboration with Los Angeles establishing a free training program to prepare veterans for careers in the tech industry in San Pedro on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

LA Mayor Garcetti speaking aboard the Battleship USS Iowa to announce a collaboration with Microsoft establishing a free training program to prepare veterans for careers in the tech industry in San Pedro on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. The training will be a free, four-month program, preparing veterans for careers in software engineering, cloud application development, and cloud administration. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Chris Cortez, Microsoft’s Vice President of Military Affairs speaking aboard the Battleship USS Iowa to announce a collaboration with Los Angeles establishing a free training program to prepare veterans for careers in the tech industry in San Pedro on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

LA Mayor Garcetti speaking aboard the Battleship USS Iowa to announce a collaboration with Microsoft establishing a free training program to prepare veterans for careers in the tech industry in San Pedro on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. The training will be a free, four-month program, preparing veterans for careers in software engineering, cloud application development, and cloud administration. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

A collaboration between the city of Los Angeles and Microsoft will create a countywide technology jobs training academy for veterans, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday, Aug. 11, on the deck of the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro.
The free, four-month training program — Los Angeles Veterans Technology Training Academy — will prepare veterans for careers in software engineering, cloud application development and cloud administration.
Veterans who live in Los Angeles County, including the city of L.A., can contact the academy at 310-890-6775 or veterans@jvs-socal.org. An informational session will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13, via Zoom (bit.ly/2T1pkuM).
The 16-week program, according to its website, offers “practical, hands-on exercises” for veterans who want to get a technical foundation and access to earn certification in Microsoft Azure, which is a cloud computing service.
Initially, student potential will be tested prior to enrollment, said Shantae Conliffe of JVS SoCal, an employment agency assisting with the project.
Garcetti, who is a U.S. Navy veteran, hailed the program and partnership with Microsoft as a way to pay back veterans for what they’ve given to the nation.
“This is the best of who we are as Americans,” he said at Wednesday’s announcement.
The training is based on the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy. Los Angeles is the first city in the nation to introduce a tech program for its military veterans, according the mayor’s office.
“Microsoft believes its role as an industry leader is to enable veterans to see computer science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers as a viable path when transitioning to civilian life in the public or private sector,” said Chris Cortez, Microsoft’s vice president of Military Affairs.
The program will be available to all veterans, including those who have already transitioned out of the military.
The Microsoft training it is based on has been used to train active duty military for eight years and has a 97% graduation rate, Cortez said. And 95% of those, he added, find employment in the field.
The program provides training for various careers in the tech sector, including jobs in software engineering, cloud application development and cloud administration.
The course also offers classes on general professional development, including resume writing and interview skills, as well as transitioning skills learned in the military to abilities being sought after by companies.
Graduates will be connected to Los Angeles companies for additional mentorship and employment opportunities.
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