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Hotel Platoon celebrates graduation

From Left to Right: Charles Kubiak, Caroline Cessaro, and Joshua Babicz planning their final project.

Code Platoon is excited to congratulate the graduates of Hotel Platoon. This was our eighth class of students.

We held our graduation ceremony on April 18, 2019 at 2:30 PM CST at the Motorola Solutions office in Chicago, Illinois. Nine students graduated; five of those used GI Bill® benefits, and the remaining four received tuition scholarships in order to attend our program.

These graduates will continue in their journeys with paid software development internships exclusively offered for Code Platoon attendees to further their coding careers. The internships for this cycle are, 8th Light, Sprout Social, Avant, Coyote Logistics, Wayfair, and Castleview Partners.

Hotel Platoon’s lead instructor, Jonathan Young, had this to say about the graduating class: 

“Code Platoon is proud to graduate its eighth cohort, Hotel Platoon. Coming into 2019, the Code Platoon team analyzed the market and decided to add an Amazon Web Services (AWS) professional certificate and change the curriculum from Ruby to Python. It was a large move but the Hotel Platoon students rose to the challenge and knocked it out of the park. We’re proud of each student and know that they will represent this new chapter of Code Platoon well with their future companies.”

Hotel Platoon graduate testimonials

“Since leaving the service in 2011, I have struggled to find a place where I feel I truly belong. In January 2019, I took a chance on myself by joining Code Platoon. I knew I loved tech and coding, but even then I was unsure what to expect from the program.

What I found was the first place I have truly felt at home in years. In just four short months I and 11 other veterans/mil spouses learned to create full stack web applications and we are now firmly on the road that will lead us to the next part of our lives.

For our Capstone Project my team and I created a fully functional mobile game in React native in just over a week and then presented it to an enthusiastic audience that was truly thrilled and eager to watch us succeed. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I am so proud of everyone.

To any vets/mil spouses with a passion for code and doubts as to whether this is the right step, I assure you it is. Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the program, especially the remote option. I am just one part of a larger community that wants you to succeed by doing what you love!

I can’t wait to see where this path takes us all and I look forward to navigating it together with everyone from this cohort, as well as those that paved our way from the previous cohorts.”

-Gina Hobbs

Code Platoon would also like to thank the sponsors who made this particular cohort possible, including Motorola Solutions and Boeing.

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