Software Development & Design Scholarship for Veterans

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Here at Bloc we understand that unemployment rates for military veterans are at an all time high, which is why we are launching a developer bootcamp program for veterans. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Bloc would like to help by providing U.S. veterans the tools and resources needed to launch successful careers in tech. That’s why we have created the Bloc Veterans Program, which will award ten active and/or retired U.S. military personnel a $5,000 scholarship toward any of Bloc’s five online developer and design bootcamps. The scholarship is funded collaboratively by Bloc and its mentors, who have volunteered to donate their time to training veterans.

Bloc’s online developer and design bootcamp courses will allow veterans to receive hands-on, job-ready training in 36 weeks or less.  This will allow them to get into the faster-growing tech labor pool much faster than traditional education.

The demand for developers is growing by leaps and bounds.  According to the  Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 there were over 900,000 software developer jobs posted, with an expected increase of 30% by 2020. There’s also the often-cited analysis from Code.org that underscored the widening gap between supply and demand (the yellow wedge below).

Skills Gap for Developer Jobs

Bloc is the world’s largest online bootcamp, with programs in Full Stack Web DevelopmentFrontend Development, iOS, Android, and UX Design.  We have helped hundreds of people launch new careers through a holistic program that combines a project based curriculum, continuous coaching from a seasoned mentor, and career coaching to ensure you are job-ready.  If selected, you will gain experience and skills in the bootcamp program of your choice as you work on real projects in an intensive program alongside an experienced professional mentor.

How to Apply to the Veteran’s Program

All U.S. Military veterans are eligible. The scholarship application deadline is December 31st, 2014. If selected, program participants can choose any start date between December 20th, 2014 and March 2nd, 2015. If a participant does not start the program by March 2nd, 2015, Bloc reserves the right to offer the scholarship to another applicant.

Bloc believes in accountability and outcomes. Program participation requires a commitment to 15, 25, or 40 hours per week of online training, attendance to all mentor appointments, and completion of all assignments. If program participant demonstrates low attendance or submits incomplete assignments, Bloc reserves the right to drop participants from the bootcamp.

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 12.53.39 PMVeteran Graduates from Bloc’s Web Developer Bootcamp

Christine is a West Point graduate and a veteran of the US Army, who joined Bloc to learn web development and build a new career. Christine is a previous recipient of the Web Dev Scholarship for Veterans.  Before enrolling in Bloc, Christine had enrolled in Creative Circus, an art school based in Atlanta that teaches design, advertising, and copywriting. While there, she realized she wanted to expand her technical skills so she could bring her designs to life.

To read Christine’s entire story, head over to our Alumni page.

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