WIT Scholarships Grant

Code Platoon receives grant from William R. Johnson Foundation, William R. Johnson Foundation gives to Women in Tech

Chicago, January 12, 2021 – Code Platoon, a Chicago-based nonprofit that transforms Veterans and military spouses into professional software developers through an immersive Coding Bootcamp, has received a $5,000 grant from The William R. Johnson Foundation. Because of this generous investment, Code Platoon can continue to serve Veterans and military spouses in their pursuit of obtaining skilled and meaningful employment within technology.

The William R. Johnson Foundation grant will specifically benefit Code Platoon’s Women in Technology scholarship fund. The Women in Technology Scholarship is awarded to female Veterans and spouses in honor of Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and a computer programming pioneer. 

“Currently, women only make up about 25% of IT roles,” saise Rodrigo Levy, Founder and Executive Director, Code Platoon. “Code Platoon is committed to creating more access and opportunities for Veteran women and military spouse developers. This scholarship reaffirms that commitment and we are grateful to The William R. Johnson Foundation for their partnerships.”

The Women in Technology scholarship provides access to a career in technology for Veterans and spouses of Servicemembers who may otherwise not be able to gain the skills required to find careers in software development. 

“Getting the scholarship for Women in Tech really meant a lot,” said Code Platoon graduate Christina Angeline. “I’m grateful that Code Platoon has such a passion for helping people like myself.” 

To learn more about Code Platoon, visit their website at codeplatoon.org

About The William R. Johnson Foundation

The William R. Johnson Foundation, located in Libertyville, IL, is a private foundation focused on philanthropy, voluntarism, and grant making. 

About Code Platoon

Code Platoon is a 501(c)3 non-profit that helps Veterans and military spouses transition into the civilian workforce by providing technical training and career placement. For 15 weeks, the students are immersed in learning the full web development stack, including Python), Django , JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. No previous programming skills are required. After completing the program, the Veteran or military spouse will be hireable as a junior full-stack web developer and eligible for an internship.

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