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Code Platoon Web Development Bootcamp Approved for GI Bill in Illinois


Chicago-based web development bootcamp for U.S. military veterans and service members is the first of its kind to be approved for the GI Bill.

Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) February 28, 2018

Code Platoon, a Chicago-based web development bootcamp for U.S. military veterans and service members, has been approved for GI Bill eligibility by the Department of Veteran's Affairs. This means eligible students enrolled in the immersive, 14-week program will be able to use GI Bill education benefits to fund their tuition, housing and other associated costs.

Code Platoon is the first of its kind to reach this milestone in the state of Illinois, according to the bootcamp's Executive Director Rod Levy. "We are extremely proud to be the first coding bootcamp to be GI Bill approved by the VA in Illinois, and the only one to focus exclusively on the veteran community," said Levy. "Code Platoon has always focused on providing veterans a top tier educational experience at an affordable price. We hope that the GI Bill will allow even more veterans to access our training and internships."

Since its inception in 2016, Code Platoon has offered student's scholarships of up to $10,500. Students using the GI Bill may now be able to cover the full cost of tuition depending on their level of benefits. Code Platoon's program is strictly for veterans and focuses on providing a supportive learning environment, coupled with industry-supported internships, to maximize the likelihood of successfully transitioning to a new career as a software developer.

"GI Bill approval will help us grow our class sizes and allow more veterans to become software development professionals," said Alicia Boddy, Code Platoon's Development Director. "This seal of approval from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs will show our current funding partners that we are continuing to cement ourselves as the leader in software development education for veterans."

The nonprofit has received generous financial support through grants and sponsorships from major corporations, including Amazon, Motorola and Boeing. GI Bill approval could help Code Platoon and its supporters further their quest to enhance the lives of U.S. service members and veterans.

"I am looking forward to sharing this milestone with current and prospective funders, as this approval will help all of us further our missions to help our nation's heroes," she added. "We are proud to be a mission first GI Bill approved program and look forward to welcoming more veterans into our next classes."

The next session of Code Platoon's bootcamp begins on April 30 and runs through August 10. The application deadline for the upcoming cohort has been extended to March 5 in light of the GI Bill approval.

Visit the Code Platoon website for more information on the bootcamp and application process.

Information on the GI Bill can be found here.

Contact: Rod Levy, rod(at)codeplatoon(dot)org


About Code Platoon:
Code Platoon is a 501(c)3 non-profit that helps veterans transition into the civilian workforce by providing technical training and career placement. For 14 weeks, the students are immersed in learning the full Ruby on Rails stack. After completing the program veterans will be eligible for an internship.

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