Army Partnership Creates First Military-Based Microsoft Academy

The U.S. Army and Microsoft have partnered to create a Microsoft IT Academy at Fort Gordon in Georgia. The academy is intended to “skill up” soldiers on the company’s leading technologies.

This partnership was inked on May 13, when Fort Gordon leaders signed an agreement with Microsoft to establish the academy. This is the first of its kind to be located on a military installation. Fort Gordon was chosen for this endeavor because it already is established as a site of IT development.

“Fort Gordon is the U.S. Army School of Information Technology, so it’s a center of excellence for the military in terms of training individuals who will go out into the force to perform a specific set of information technology tasks, [such as] networking administration [and] core infrastructure support roles,” said Jim LeValley, global education programs director at Microsoft Learning.

According to Microsoft, the Army partnership provides a number of benefits for both parties.

“We [Microsoft] see it as a great validation for us on the rigor of our content and certification programs, as well as the broad applicability of those programs,” said Chris Pirie, general manager of global sales and marketing at Microsoft Learning. “We are excited about bringing industry-strength training and certification into the academic and noncommercial world.

“[Soldiers] come into this [program] because it’s their military occupation specialty: They will be working with technology, and they’re trained on that technology in a very sophisticated and specific manner to perform their role within the military,”…


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