Code Platoon

Can’t make it to our office in Chicago? Don’t worry, we’ll come to you!

Here at Code Platoon, we see more and more veterans and military spouses transition into the world of coding and development every single day. However, we know that veterans or military spouses come from every corner of the nation – not just the Chicagoland area – and that’s why we’re excited to share that we’re expanding our offerings to include a new remote initiative!

We’ll be piloting this new program during our next cohort and we’re looking for two highly motivated veterans and military spouses to participate; if that sounds like you or someone you know, read our full brief below.

Our new Remote Attendance Program offers:

ABSOLUTE CONVENIENCE – Whether you’re traveling or you’re on the other end of the world, our Remote Attendance Program is all about providing our veterans and military spouses with a convenient path to access our tried and true curriculum. While we’d love to have you visit our AO, you no longer have to make the trip over here to learn everything you need to become a full-stack developer.

FREE ADMISSION FOR VETERANS AND MILITARY SPOUSES — Our regular program is a 14-week long, in-person coding program located in Chicago, Illinois. For in-person students, the cost is $13,000, but all admitted veterans or military spouses receive $10,500 in scholarships so they’re essentially paying $2,500 out of pocket. For our veteran or military spouses students who are going to be remote, we’re upping that scholarship to the full $13,000 so that they won’t have to pay a cent.

HIGH QUALITY INSTRUCTION — The Remote Attendance Program is very much the same program that our in-person students participate in. Remote students will have access to everything that in-person students have, and will be able to participate in live discussions, ask questions, and receive real-time answers. What’s more, our remote students will work on the same assignments and team projects as their in-person counterparts. The only thing that’s different for our Remote Attendance Students is that they won’t be eligible to participate in the internship program, or at least not with Chicago-based internships.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of our remote offering, make sure you apply now! There are fewer spots for our Remote Attendance Program and our admission standards for these spots will be more rigorous than our in-person program given that we can only take so many. Additionally, we will give preference to veterans with disabilities.

If you’d like to learn more about our remote offerings, you can head to our Remote Attendance Program page for more information or contact us at info@codeplatoon.org.

Deja Baker’s Coding Journey

Deja Baker’s Coding Journey Leads the Way for Women and Veterans Alike

Despite the fact that the tech community is growing faster than ever, there are still two demographics that are often overlooked – women and veterans. However, the dearth of representation from both communities is quickly changing, especially when you have individuals like Deja Baker spearheading the effort. Baker, who enlisted in the Navy as an Analyst, eventually pursued her interest in technology as a Computer Science major at the Naval Academy.

Seeking to further her education in the coding industry, Baker applied for and received Code Platoon’s Women In Technology Scholarship, which fully covers her tuition, and is scheduled to attend the all-veteran coding bootcamp this fall. While there were a number of other bootcamps to choose from, Code Platoon was always the first choice for Baker.

“One reason why I chose to apply for Code Platoon is because its exclusively for veterans,” Baker said. “I feel that being around people from a similar background, who are working towards the same goals, will prove more beneficial to the process.”

In addition to providing a sense of community, Baker believes that an all-veteran bootcamp will likely be composed of the most highly motivated and disciplined students in the coding industry.

“Veterans have worked in a variety of different roles all over the world, and because of that, veterans have a wide array of experiences that allow them to adapt quickly when engaging in new projects,” Baker said. “I feel that a lot of veterans have the drive and the aptitude to work towards a role in tech.”

Although many of today’s veterans often have skillsets that translate well to coding and programming few choose to pursue a career path in the tech industry. Baker says that veterans who have given thought to a career in coding should, at the very least, give it a try.

“I know a lot of people that are interested in coding who are too worried to see what it’s all about, but there are abundant resources online to just dabble in it and see if coding is for you.”

It’s a sentiment that’s shared by leading tech giants such as Google, IBM, and Intel, all of whom have taken measures to help veterans gain a footing in the tech sector. And because there are plenty of opportunities waiting for veterans with strong programming skills, Baker says she’s eager to begin her first day at Code Platoon.

“I’m excited to have this opportunity to study and work towards becoming a developer; I’m looking forward to working in teams in a highly collaborative environment and to be challenged while solving difficult problems.”

Amazon Donation to Code Platoon

Amazon Donation to Code Platoon as seen in “Chicago Inno”

Amazon announces $10K donation which will help provide 80 hours of code instruction to 6 veterans and military spouses. Read the article in Chicago Inno at https://www.americaninno.com/chicago/2017/07/10/amazon-expands-chicago-footprint-with-office-space-for-up-to-400-employees/

Code Platoon Featured in TechRepublic Article

Code Platoon Featured in TechRepublic Article

TechRepublic features Code Platoon as a good education option for Veterans wanting to enter a career in software development. Read the full article

Code Platoon Founder Rod Levy

Code Platoon Founder, Rod Levy, Interviewed in on Tasty Trade’s Bootstrapping in America

Rod Levy, Code Platoon’s founder and Executive Director, was interviewed by Tasty Trade’s Tom Sosnoff and Tony Battista for their Bootstrapping In America segment. Watch it here

Code Platoon Founder Rod Levy

Code Platoon Founder, Rod Levy, Interviewed in Allstate’s CEO Spotlight on WGN

Rod Levy, Code Platoon’s founder and Executive Director, was interviewed by WGN’s Steve Grzanich for Allstate’s CEO Spotlight. Listen to it here…

Table XI Helps Code Platoon Students

Table XI Helps Code Platoon Students Learn Modern Technologies

Table XI, a leading Chicago Software Development consultancy helped prepare Code Platoon students for the real world. Read the full article

Code Platoon Featured in CUSP Magazine

Code Platoon Featured in CUSP Magazine

Code Platoon has been featured in CUSP Magazine. Check out the full article.

Code Platoon featured on Enova International Blog

Code Platoon featured on Enova International Blog

Enova welcomed Rod Levy, Code Platoon’s Founder, as a guest author on the Enova Blog. Check out the full post!
Code Platoon has been featured in BuiltinChicago

Code Platoon Listed on Built In Chicago’s Top 50 Startups to Watch in 2016

Code Platoon has been featured in BuiltinChicago! Read the full article