Frequently Asked Questions

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

  • Veterans who want a career as a software engineer  (we will ask for your DD-214, or Statement of Service if you don’t have one)

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

  • $2,500.
  • Tuition is $13,000.  We have enough funding to provide $10,500 scholarships to our students in 2017, bringing the out-of-pocket cost to $2,500.

WHERE IS CODE PLATOON LOCATED?

  • Classes are held at 444 North Wabash Ave.
  • Our office / mailing address is in 1871 in the Merchandise Mart.

DO I NEED PRIOR PROGRAMMING EXPERIENCE?

  • ABSOLUTELY NOT

WHO GETS ADMITTED INTO CODE PLATOON?

  • We are looking for veterans who are deeply interested in software, have a high capacity to learn, and are smart and intellectually curious.  Oh, and tenacious.  Learning to program (and working as a programmer) requires constant learning and overcoming roadblocks.
  • Contrary to popular belief, a high aptitude in math is not required.  It helps, but many great programmers don’t come from a math or science background.

WILL HOUSING BE PROVIDED?

  • At this time, unfortunately, no.

ARE YOU ACCREDITED?

  • Code Platoon is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. We are not accredited as an educational institution.

DO YOU ACCEPT THE GI BILL?

  • Code Platoon will not be eligible to apply for GI Bill participation until 2018. We hope our $10,500 scholarships can make this program accessible to many veterans.

IS THERE AN ONLINE OPTION?

  • We recognize that many veterans want to learn about programming, but cannot make it in-person. You can see our first 3 weeks of class, in detail, here. If you want to see all of it, let us know and if you are a veteran, we will provide it to you, free of charge.
  • We record most of the classes, and those videos can be found here.

ARE SPOUSES/FAMILIES ALLOWED?

  • You can live with whoever you want.  Warn them that you will be completely occupied, physically and emotionally, by this intense program for four months.  Think of it as going to basic combat training again (but with friendly instructors).

DO YOU HELP WITH JOB PLACEMENT?

  • Of course!  This will be a key focus of this program. Specifically, we will help with interview preparation, job counseling and employer matching. Many students will be able to participate in our paid internship program that follows the instructional phase.