The Future is Bright for Veterans in Tech

There’s an increasing need for technical talent in computer programming, and a definite gap in need versus talented candidates. Just in Colorado alone, it has been reported that there are about 16,000 open computing positions. Glassdoor reports the average salary for programmers in the United States is $65K. According to a 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, more than 495,000 United States veterans are considered unemployed. These individuals could be taking advantage of these open positions that yield a substantial salary. We see a tremendous opportunity for veterans to use their GI Bill benefits to receive training in a lucrative industry that seeks talent. So why aren't there more veterans choosing a career in tech? While we are fortunate enough to be approved by the Veterans Affairs office to receive GI Bill benefits, there are only a handful of accelerated computer training programs and schools in the U.S. that can. Veterans are encouraged to utilize their GI Benefits to successfully reintegrate back into civilian life. The veterans we have seen come through our seven-month program are disciplined, detail-oriented and will persevere through a problem until a solution has been identified. Their military experience equips them with a valuable skillset for a career in computer programming. Turing alumnus George Hudson spent nearly his entire adult life in either active duty or the Air Force National Guard before jumping into computer programming. The military took George to places all over the world, from London to Djibouti. His time in the military was invaluable, but he was ready for something that would give him the freedom to spend more time with his family and provide a new mental challenge. George considered all his options. He was intrigued by computer programming but had this idea that programmers work in dark basements day in and...
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9 Reasons Coding is for Everyone

From Fisher Price’s new Code-A-Pillar toy, to coding bootcamps springing up all over the country, to “Hour of Code,” the initiative to get all kids coding, it seems like coding and learning to code are everywhere. You might be asking - Can I be a programmer? How can I learn to code? Maybe you’re intrigued - you think coding sounds fun or cool but you’re not a “computer nerd,” or you’re not mathematical enough or you don’t have a Computer Science degree or or or…STOP! Coding as a career is absolutely an option for you, and I’ll tell you why. Keep reading. 1: You can literally make anything that lives on the web Think about how many times you used the internet today. When you woke up, you turned off your alarm (on your phone), scrolled through your Facebook and Twitter feeds, then got out of bed. Over breakfast, you posted a picture of your latte on Instagram, booked parking on SpotHero, checked off some to-dos on Habitica. Before you left, you put on your Fitbit and set your thermostat to away - on your phone. On your way to work, there was more traffic than usual, so you opened up your maps app, turned on traffic, and rerouted your commute to get to work on time. All that before 8 am! Maybe you use a CRM at work, and you definitely use some kind of word processing, data entry, or publishing software. You probably use the cloud to store some if not all of what you produce in an average work day. ALL of those applications and websites were created by a team of programmers using code. When you got home, you relaxed with some games, or funny videos on YouTube. Again, (you guessed it) you used something made...
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