Saint Martin’s University, JBLM and Microsoft Corp. to honor first military students of the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy

Nov 26, 2013

Ring in the season

Saint Martin’s University, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Microsoft Corp. will mark the achievement of 22 service members who will have completed the inaugural Microsoft Software & Systems Academy pilot program during a private ceremony Monday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m., at the Norman Worthington Conference Center, located on the Lacey campus at 5300 Pacific Ave. SE.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will be the keynote speaker for the ceremony.

The ceremony will recognize 22 active duty service members from JBLM who have completed 16 weeks of training toward a Microsoft IT certification required for technology careers such as a developer, applications engineer and IT project manager.

In addition to receiving Microsoft IT Academy-powered curriculum provided by Saint Martin’s University, service members completing the pilot program will be hired into entry-level roles as software testers by either Microsoft or Launch Consulting, the technology consulting firm administering the program.

The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy was inspired by the “VOW to Hire Heroes Act,” which allows a service member to begin the employment process before their separation from the military to facilitate a seamless transition from the military to other careers.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Media interested in attending the ceremony can RSVP by calling the JBLM Public Affairs Office at 253-967-0152.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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JBLM Public Affairs Office

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager