Employment, Job Related

Code Platoon

We train veterans to become software developers

aka Code Platoon, NFP

Chicago, IL

Mission

Code Platoon transforms veterans into software developers through an immersive, hands­-on, educational process and paid internship program.

Ruling Year

2015

Executive Director

Mr. Rodrigo Levy

Main Address

125 South Clark Street 17th Floor

Chicago, IL 60603 USA

Keywords

software development, workforce development, veterans, nonprofit

EIN

47-2499578

 Number

5772078437

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Employment Training (J22)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Code Platoon currently focuses recruitment efforts on post-9/11 veterans because they have a 5.8% unemployment rate, the highest among all veteran groups. According to the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, there were 35,000 new veterans between 2013 and 2017. Veterans ages 18-24 are the hardest hit by unemployment, having a 28.8% unemployment rate. A survey of Chicago-area veterans showed 65 percent of post-9/11 veterans left the military without a job. While unemployment rates among veterans grows, the demand for software developers also continues to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics posits there will be a shortfall of 1 million computer-related workers by 2020, with a 17 percent growth rate from 2014 to 2024. Code Platoon is opening the door to technology jobs for veterans. Our mission is expanding in 2019 to include military spouses in our program. We understand that the whole military family is in need of vocational training like ours.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Software Development Training

Training Veterans and Military Spouses to Become Software Developers

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of program graduates

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Military personnel,

Veterans

Related program

Software Development Training

Context notes

Code Platoon is proud to graduate three classes of students each year beginning in 2017.

Number of participants who gain employment

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Military personnel,

Veterans

Related program

Software Development Training

Number of participants who felt that they have been provided with a range of options for future employment

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Military personnel,

Veterans

Related program

Software Development Training

Context notes

The Code Platoon curriculum provides technical training that can be used across a variety of job opportunities for our graduates.

Total number of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Military personnel,

Veterans

Related program

Software Development Training

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Military personnel,

Veterans

Related program

Software Development Training

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our goal is to ultimately decrease veteran and military spouse underemployment in the greater Chicago area. By creating a program that leads to high paying and sustainable jobs, veterans enjoy productive and profitable careers as software developers after their training with Code Platoon. Medium-term outcomes include spreading community awareness of veterans’ abilities as professional developers and growing the program each year to include more graduating classes.

Based in Chicago, Code Platoon provides software development training to help local veterans and military spouses find meaningful careers as professional software developers. Each veteran and military spouse is eligible to receive a scholarship that covers about 80% of their tuition, making this career path affordable and attainable. Code Platoon also offers extra scholarships to women veterans who join the bootcamp as they are historically underrepresented in technology based careers. Our program is approved by the Department of Veteran Affairs, allowing our students to use their GI Bill benefits to participate. The program consists of 8 to 12 students per class who spend 60-80 hours a week together for 14 weeks. Instruction is a carefully curated mix of lectures, advanced coding training, and team projects, frequently culminating in a local paid internship.

A cornerstone of Code Platoon are our corporate sponsors including: Change Healthcare, Grainger, Power Reviews, and Raise.com. Our corporate sponsors will contribute $130,000 to our program in 2018 and provide internships to our students. We also enjoy generous grant support from Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship, Motorola Solutions Foundation, The McCormick Foundation, DRW Foundation, Amazon, and Capital One. Code Platoon is the only software coding bootcamp in the Chicagoland area that exclusively focuses on teaching veterans these skills. We partner with industry experts to design our relevant and cutting edge curriculum, ensuring our students are receiving the most up-to-date education. These corporate sponsorships allow our students access to high level internships upon graduation, leading to lucrative full-time employment opportunities. We provide a direct link between our education and a career to our veterans.

The program impact of Code Platoon will ultimately decrease veteran underemployment in the greater Chicago area. By creating a program that leads to high paying and sustainable jobs, veterans will enjoy productive and profitable careers as software developers after their training with Code Platoon. Medium-term outcomes include spreading community awareness of veterans’ abilities as professional developers and growing the program each year to include more graduating classes. Measurable metrics will include tracking student progress during classes, accurately aligning companies and students through our matching program, surveying students post-graduation, and monitoring graduates' progress upon securing full-time employment. Our short term goals over the next year are to have a 25% increase in applications, a 10% increase in acceptance rate of applicants, and an 80 to 95% successful completion rate of students who begin the program.

Code Platoon has graduated six classes of students. Within those classes, over 35 students have successfully completed our program. The majority of our graduates have gone on to paid internships and full-time jobs as software development professionals. In 2019, we are excited to welcome military spouses to our program. In addition, we will be expanding our curriculum to include Python. We are consistently increasing our recruitment efforts to ensure more veterans and military spouses know about our program and have the opportunity to explore this new career path.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes