The demand for software developers is growing. Yet, job-seeking veterans face many challenges translating their military skills into civilian job experience and struggle to find work. Code Platoon’s solution is simple: turn skilled veterans and military spouses into quality programmers.
The unemployment rate for young post-911 veterans is 50% higher than the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014). Developer boot camps — short-term immersive education programs — have become talent pools for large companies. Code Platoon was created to bridge the gap, helping to connect the veteran community with job opportunities.
A new model in workforce development — immersive coding boot camps give students opportunity to learn by doing in a collaborative environment. Many hours are spent coding, applying the principles taught in the lectures. Working together on teams to solve complex code challenges simulates the real-world job experience.
While unemployment rates in the veteran community remains high, the demand for software developers continues to grow. Jobs are available—traditional coding boot camps have shown placement rates upwards of 90%.
Using a similar model, Code Platoon teaches veterans and military spouses marketable skills that leverage core competencies of problem-solving, team-work, and discipline, transforming them into software developers through an immersive, hands-on, educational process and paid internship program.
How We Do It
As a 501(c)3 non-profit, Code Platoon helps veterans and military spouses to find meaningful and fulfilling work. We work to:
Lower barrier to entry. Traditional boot camps cost $10,000 or more. Code Platoon’s sponsors and corporate partners help to make this an affordable option for veterans and military spouses through scholarships and funding.
Challenge Assumptions. A veteran or military spouse has what it takes to become a developer, even if they don’t identify as a techie. We encourage all veterans and military spouses to apply. It doesn’t require a math background or a four-year degree.
Raise Awareness. The veteran community brings a lot of value to the workplace, as well as many benefits to the employer. We help spread the word by partnering with companies that have veteran hiring programs.
Train to be a developer
Get the skills for a new career. Code Platoon is an immersive coding boot camp that teaches veterans and military spouses everything they need to know to become a full-stack developer.