The timing of the $250,000 Tech Workforce Diversity Scholarship Fund for Veterans offered by Seattle-based coding boot camp Code Fellows couldn’t be better.
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced the formation of a subcabinet on military downsizing to address possible reductions in military force in the state. While the size of those cuts have not been officially announced, there will be more displaced defense sector contractors and veterans looking for their “next mission” in the coming months.
Code Fellows just might be the right next mission that comes with the potential of a scholarship, a guarantee that if you don’t get a job within ninr months of graduating, you get money back, and the strong chance the job you land will pay around $75,600, which is the average salary of those who graduate from the program.
Who exactly is Code Fellows? They are the well-connected tech gurus that train up the next generation of tech industry change agents. Code Fellows is an in-person code school offering job-ready Web and mobile development training in Seattle, Portland, Ore. and Chicago.
Whether you are an aspiring developer or a long-toothed, seasoned developer, Code Fellows offers world-class training from industry professionals in an immersive environment. Students also receive job-search training through practice interviews, resume help, networking, mentorship and more.
Code Fellows launched a quarter-million-dollar scholarship fund for minorities, women and veterans, covering more than half the tuition cost toward the program that guarantees a job to graduates.
The reason? Only 2 percent of tech company employees in Silicon Valley are black, and Hispanics only make up 3 percent according to USA Today. Women’s presence in the tech job force is estimated at around 30 percent. Veterans are a diverse demographic with a proven history of being disciplined, dedicated, and focused.
Improving the diversity of the talent pool not only leads to better products and more effective teams for employers but it helps position Veterans into a long-term, financially beneficial and sustainable career.
The deadline for the scholarships available for the upcoming July 6 and Aug. 3 class starts has passed, but interested applicants are still encouraged to apply.
Bottom line: While the recent unemployment numbers were encouraging, there are changes on the horizon that will force individuals to make a career change. Code Fellows just might be the catalyst to a sustainable “next mission.”
— By Michael Schindler
Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.