FORT HOOD, TEXAS (KCEN) - Fort Hood soldiers say it's the opportunity of a lifetime.
Microsoft expanded their technology program to Fort Hood, and on Monday, the first class of ten soldiers graduated.
These soldiers are all transitioning out of the Army with in the next six months, but these ten students in particular are leaving with an added bonus.
"The next step is the interview and if it all turns out well I'll be working at Microsoft," said Sgt. Anthony Dedesma.
It's a guaranteed job interview, for soldiers like Anthony Dedesma and Luis Rivera, who go through the intense, 16 week technology program.
"Even after graduation we're coming here just to study, practice," said Sgt. First Class Luis Rivera. "Our goal is for all ten personnel, all ten soldiers, to be working with Microsoft in the next coming months."
The Microsoft software and systems academy was started last November and just recently expanded to Fort Hood.
Through Central Texas College, soldiers transitioning out can test into the program and fast track their technology careers, giving them a little peace of mind as they enter an uncertain job market.
"You know I have a family, I make sure I take care of my family, you always have a game plan, but what if, what may happen," said Sgt. Rivera.
And these soldiers aren't wasting that opportunity," said Sgt. Dedesma. "At worst case it's great experience, we got some certificates for it."
Their military skills of teamwork, dedication, and hard work are reflected in the classroom as they fight for a promising future.