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Code Platoon

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Code Platoon

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Code Platoon is a non-profit coding bootcamp located in Chicago, Illinois specifically designed for veterans and military spouses transitioning into the civilian workforce by providing technical training and career placement. Code Platoon offers a 14-week, full-time immersive bootcamp and a 35-week, part-time bootcamp. Both programs are available to attend in-person or remotely via video conference. Students are taught technical skills that leverage the core competencies of problem-solving, teamwork, and discipline. 

The Code Platoon curriculum immerses students in learning full stack web development, including Python, Django, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. The Python and Javascript track includes five modules: computer science/programming fundamentals, the World Wide Web, data science, Amazon Web Services, and creating applications. No prior programming experience is required to enroll. Upon graduation, students are eligible for paid internships with Code Platoon’s corporate sponsors. 

Code Platoon accepts the GI Bill and VET TEC. General scholarships are also available to eligible students. The majority of students have 80% or more of their tuition covered through VA benefits and/or scholarships.

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  • Full Stack Web Developer Immersive

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    CSS, Git, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, Rails, Ruby, Sinatra, SQL
    In PersonFull Time50 Hours/week13 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$2,500
    Class size12
    LocationChicago
    This class teaches all of the necessary components to become a full-stack web developer. Over 20 (6 remote, 14 in person) intense weeks, you will be taught Ruby, Rails, Javascript, ReactJS, HTML and CSS. You will also learn industry best practices, including test driven development, pair programming, version control with Git,and Agile processes.
    Financing
    Deposit$500
    Tuition PlansYes
    Scholarship$10,500 for all Veterans, 2017 $500 All Women Full Scholarship Transgender
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Full Stack Web Developer Immersive / Remote Attendance

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    CSS, Front End, HTML, JavaScript, Rails, React.js, Ruby, Sinatra, SQL
    In PersonFull Time50 Hours/week14 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$2,500
    Class size4
    LocationChicago
    This class teaches all of the necessary components to become a full-stack web developer. Over 20 (6 remote, 14 in person) intense weeks, you will be taught Ruby, Rails, Javascript, ReactJS, HTML and CSS. You will also learn industry best practices, including test driven development, pair programming, version control with Git,and Agile processes.
    Financing
    Deposit$500
    Tuition PlansYes
    Scholarship$10,500 for all Veterans, 2017 $500 All Women Full Scholarship Transgender
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
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    Andrew Whitford • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Overall the program was very smooth and comprehensive. I felt like the instructors were there with the desire to see me succeed. I have also been connected to a network that will help with the job search. 
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    Alexander Saunders • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I attended Code Platoon as an in person student from May 2021 - September 2021. I did have prior knowledge of python. During my time there I learned html/css, javascript, python, Django, react, and other technologies. Along with that I learned soft skills that will benefit me in a team base environment. Along with the core technologies we also had guest speakers and workshops that gave you a different perspective of the coding world. The teachers at code platoon are absolutely amazing and technically knowledgable. Along with having the teachers help you with problems, we also had amazing TAs that were more than willing to help you with any questions on the lesson for the day. It’s encouraged to try the answer yourself because it allows you to grow as a programmer, but you have a network to reach out to. Overall I would definitely recommend this program to anyone that is on the fence about attending and glad I choose Code Platoon.
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    Shawn • Backend Engineer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Transitioning out of military life, whether you’re a veteran or a military spouse, is a challenging endeavor. Learning the skills and culture of the civilian workforce can be liking moving to a foreign country where you don’t speak the language. Code Platoon does an amazing job of helping to make that transition. 

    Beginning with their boot camp prep course, they go above and beyond to help you be prepared to complete the rigorous 14-week curriculum. The curriculum is designed to give you the hard and soft skills needed to be successful as a software engineer while focusing on popular but enduring technologies that are in demand now and will continue to be relevant in the future.

    I can’t say enough positive things about the instructors and teaching assistants. They are there to help you succeed, and they go above and beyond to achieve that goal. There’s no cutthroat environment at Code Platoon - everyone is supportive and genuinely wants to see you complete the program.

    Their career services team is also top-notch. They work with you to craft an amazing resume, assist in your job search, and prepare you for the interviewing process. They’re so good that I had a job offer before graduation!

    If you are transitioning into software development and meet the requirements to apply, I strongly encourage you to do it! You won’t find a better boot camp.
  • Graduate
    - 9/3/2021
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    Jack S. • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I attended Code Platoon as a remote student from May 2021 to September 2021. It is an intensive 14 week course to teach full stack software engineering, tech industry norms, and the skills necessary to grow over time once the students enter their first jobs. I entered Code Platoon with some knowledge of computer science, and having written some code, but the amount and variety of problems, solutions and techniques we learned over the 14 weeks was awesome. The course uses Python and Javascript as the main languages, and a variety of approaches to styling. Additionally, there are excellent career coaching opportunities in the weekly Beyond Tech discussions on topics from salary negotiations to Imposter syndrome. A variety of workshops and lectures also round out the curriculum, with topics from cyber security to data structures featuring. Lastly the program offers an apprenticeship program which is geared towards Chicago based attendance. If you can make the move to Chicago work to attend the course in person, you should consider it as the positions available through the apprenticeships are dope. This cohort had one remote apprenticeship, and six in person apprenticeships available to a class of approximately 22.

    This course had two primary instructors who are technically adept, passionate about the material they teach, and genuinely work to improve understanding of their students and to help them succeed. Additionally, there are volunteer in-industry assistants available in the evenings to go over problems, as well as student TAs who bring a wealth of knowledge and talent to help out when the going gets tough. With the variety of help you can get when stuck, it's really handy because it's going to happen. There's just too many problems to solve that you won't run aground on a few of them. The instructors understand that, and have also made lectures from previous cohorts available on youtube to help guide your solutions.

    Attending remotely was a requirement for me due to family and my partner's employment, and I still had a blast with this school. There were many long nights, but I am graduating this program with a whole lot more certainty that this is a career field I can succeed and thrive in. If I had known more about how the internship/apprenticeship program worked, I would have more seriously considered attending in person.

    If you're interested in software engineering, I recommend this course. The skills and understanding you can gain are awesome, and I'm glad I went with this program.
  • Great Experience!
    - 5/26/2021
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    Caitlin Wilson • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I recently graduated from Code Platoon's full time 14-week immersive program.   Before Code Platoon I spent over a year teaching myself the basics of web development, but after a while it was obvious that I was going to need some help if I wanted to break into the industry.  I found Code Platoon and could not pass up on the opportunity that they presented and I am so happy that I chose to take the leap.  It was far from an easy experience.  The stronger your Javascript and Python skills are going in, the more comfortable you will be, especially in the first half of the program.  Code Platoon will have a lot of resources available to ensure that you succeed like TAs and mentors make sure that you utilize them. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you are stuck.  Sometimes all it takes for something to click is to see how someone else would approach the problem.  Just remember that there is a reason you are there, you deserve to be there, and trust the process!
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    I attended Code Platoon remotely from February – May, 2021.  I was able to attend through the DoD SkillBridge Program, of which Code Platoon is an approved program, during my last few months of Active Duty.   Though my entire experience was remote, It did not detract from the immersive experience and overall quality education.  In just a few short months, myself and others, all of whom were at different levels of experience, were able to go from writing simple “Hello World” scripts, to full-stack applications incorporating multiple 3rd party APIs.  This was done through a multitude of individual, as well as group work, that got each student used to the industry standards that we would each be expected to understand as we move into the job search.  The technology stack we used throughout Code Platoon included Python/Django, JavaScript/React and Postgres/SQL as well as HTML/CSS.  This exposed us to modern technology, that is in demand in throughout the industry, and also gave us a more diverse skillset, as opposed to a purely JavaScript based curriculum.  Code Platoon also offered numerous workshops throughout the cohort with teams and individuals in the industry to expose us to new technology or give us a more in-depth look at the tech we were learning.  In addition to this we also were given “Beyond Tech” workshops that helped students learn skills that went beyond just technology.  One of the beyond tech workshops I found particularly useful was the personal finance workshop, as I hadn’t had much experience with money management.   Code Platoon also offered an optional mentorship throughout the program that pairs students with a mentor in the industry.  I, being active duty Army at the time, was excited to have a mentor who was an Army Veteran.  With my mentor I was able to ask more in depth questions about the current tech industry, as well as learn new skills that may not have been offered in Code Platoon.  Lastly, the cohort offers an apprenticeship program, that gives students the opportunity to interview and potentially land an internship or fulltime job with partner companies.   This is an incredibly valuable option for students, and helps keep everyone motivated to work their hardest and learn the material as thoroughly as they can.  Overall, I can’t recommend this program enough to any Veteran, active duty service member, or military spouse!
     
     Pros: 
     - Strong Curriculum that exposes students to an awesome tech stack that is prevalent throughout  the industry.  
     
    -Offers both technical and non-technical workshops to help strengthen students’ knowledge and preparedness to enter the industry. 
     
     -The apprenticeship program is an extremely valuable program that can help new programmers enter the industry with awesome companies. 
     
    Cons: 
    -If you have any prior experience coding, it can start off a little slow. 
     
    - Being remote as of May 2021 (Though this may change), can present difficulties in some cases, though for the most part Code Platoon handled it well.  
     
     
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    Daniel M • Full Stack Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    By all means this is not an easy course. But if you stick to it and put in the time, Code Platoon will set you up for success! Before starting, learn BASIC Javascript and Python. This is what is covered in the first few weeks. By week 16 you will be making full stack web applications using React and Django. Checkout the Code Platoon youtube channel, there is plenty of videos, everything from class lectures all the way to graduation! 
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    Julie Stone • Fullstack Software Engineer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    While this boot camp was rigorous. I learned so much. I definitely recommend that you have a good familiarity with JavaScript and Python before you begin the program. Utilize your TA's, do not be embarrassed about what you don't know. They're there to help. They want you to succeed and will do whatever they can to help you. Try to study, definitely work on your problem-solving skills and algorithms throughout the course. Participate in the mentorship program. Also, remember to breathe, and take care of your mental health. This course is going to challenge you, but you can do it! 
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    Joshua Franklin • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    A FullStack dev bootcamp focused for veterans and military spouses with little to no prior programming experience. Code Platoon does a fantastic job teaching the fundamentals and advanced skills that you will need to succeed in coding. Their services go beyond just coding with full career prep and counseling.

    Though the task seems daunting at the start, the weeks will fly by and you will not believe how far you can go!
  • Michael
    - 5/13/2021
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     Great experience overall, very involved instructors, TA's, and guest speakers. 
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    Jarrett S • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    In the overwhelming sea of bootcamp options, it's hard to imagine a better option than Code Platoon for members of the military community (I attended as a military spouse). From its emphasis on diversity & inclusion (so many scholarships available to under-represented communities) to its consistent willingness to re-assess the program curriculum, Code Platoon is a well-structured, intensive program that teaches the hard technical skills you would expect from a coding bootcamp along with invaluable guidance on necessary soft skills for those entering a new career.

    The team is very explicit about the time demands of the course, but a welcoming support network of teaching assistants and alumni are always available, whether you're stuck on a concept from the day's class or wanting to dive a level deeper with an experienced developer.

    As many have touched on here, getting the most value from the program requires more than completing the minimum requirements, and I highly recommend leveraging the provided community resources, from individual mentorship to resume reviews to job search assistance.
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    Julius • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I have nothing but gratitude for the entire Code Platoon experience.  Life-altering may sound extreme, but that was genuinely the case for myself and many of my peers.

    Everything about the cohort is intelligently planned and designed.   From dedicated instructors to an expansive network of TA's, mentors, career coaches, and speakers, Code Platoon makes every conceivable effort to prepare its students for a career in tech.

    They're honest, transparent and forthright from the very start.  They remind you that the course is a full time commitment, and what's expected of you is that you put in your all.  The work is abundant, but the instructors are realistic and practical.  I and several of my cohort's graduates worked extremely hard, putting in several 12 hour days and pushing through consecutive weekends, but entirely by choice.  Regardless of the workload, the instructors always reminded us to prioritize family and self-care, and to build a healthy work-life balance.

    You can expect instructors, TA's, and mentors that will bring their all to the table.  If you place your trust in the program, you can rest assured they'll have your back all throughout the cohort, and afterwards as well.

Code Platoon Outcomes


100%
On-Time Graduation Rate
100%
In-Field Employed
$52,000
Median Salary

100% of students intended to seek in-field employment within 180 days of graduating. 0% of students did not intend to seek in-field employment.Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 9 graduates included in report:

180 Day Employment Breakdown:

Full-time employee
33.3%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position
66.7%
Short-term contract, part-time, or freelance
0.0%
Started a new company or venture after graduation
0.0%

Employed out-of-field
0.0%
Continuing to higher education
%
Not seeking a job for health, family, or personal reasons
%

Still seeking job in-field
0.0%

Could not contact
0.0%

Salary Breakdown:

100% of job obtainers reported salaries. 0% of job obtainers were hired by the school itself.

Notes & Caveats:

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