CHICAGO, November 19, 2018 – Code Platoon, a Chicago-based nonprofit that transforms veterans and military spouses into professional software developers through an immersive, educational bootcamp, mentorship, and internship program, announced today that it has received a grant for $50,000 USD from The Boeing Company. Because of this generous investment, Code Platoon will expand its program to serve more veterans and military spouses.
“We are honored to receive this grant from Boeing,” said Rod Levy, Executive Director of Code Platoon. “This grant is recognition of the learning and hard work of our students and their success in the market after leaving our program. This generous donation will allow us to move forward in our mission to help veterans and military spouses develop the skills necessary to compete and excel in the fast-growing tech industry. With this funding, we will be able to grow our program and offer more Chicago based veterans the opportunity to become software developers.”
The Boeing Company has committed more than $55 million in grants to more than 500 nonprofit organizations across the globe in 2019. Specifically, The Boeing Company is concentrating efforts around their pillar of investment, Our Heroes: Veterans and Their Families, providing nearly $8 million in veteran grant investments, representing a year-over-year increase of 50 percent from 2018 to 2019. The investment in Code Platoon builds on Boeing’s commitment to support military veterans and their families transitioning into the civilian workforce.
Boeing’s annual contributions include a three-year commitment of more than $25 million in support of veterans’ recovery and rehabilitation programs and transition services. Their charitable grants package will fund programs through 2019 and supplement an anticipated $117 million in company-wide business and employee contributions to similar causes—bringing Boeing’s total community investments to approximately $167 million this year alone. A full list of 2019 contributions made by Boeing can be found in their official press release.
“We aspire to be a top performer in every area of our business, and that includes leading in the communities where our employees and their families live and work,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and chief executive officer. “By harnessing our teammates’ unique skills and passion for giving, our professional networks and partnerships, and our financial resources, we will inspire the dreamers and doers of tomorrow and drive positive, lasting change in our communities across the globe.”
About Code Platoon
Based in Chicago, Illinois, Code Platoon provides software coding training for veterans and military spouses interested in pursuing meaningful careers as professional software developers. While some participants hold traditional degrees, the only requirements for enrollment are a deep desire to become a professional software developer, a positive work ethic, and a tremendous amount of tenacity. Each veteran and military spouse is eligible to apply for a scholarship that covers approximately 80% of their tuition, and additional scholarships are available for groups traditionally underrepresented in technology fields, including women. The program consists of 8-15 students per class who spend 70 hours a week learning together for 14 weeks, frequently culminating in a local, paid internship. For more information on Code Platoon please visit codeplatoon.org.
About The Boeing Company
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries.
Rod Levy, Executive Director