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Code Fellows CEO Dave Parker.
Code Fellows CEO Dave Parker.

Veterans in Washington state now have a chance to attend a very different kind of bootcamp using the GI Bill.

The Veteran’s Administration and state government have approved the Seattle-based coding bootcamp, Code Fellows, to receive Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 funding for veterans. Code Fellows is the first coding school in Washington state to receive GI Bill approval.

GI Bill approval is a win for Code Fellows, which has been trying to recruit more veterans, women, and minorities into its program. Last summer, the school launched a $250,000 scholarship fund for students in those groups, which are traditionally underrepresented in tech.

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“Veterans are great hires for tech companies,” Code Fellows CEO Dave Parker said in an email. “They have the discipline and life experience for the competitive industry jobs. They are also familiar with skills-­based training programs from their military experience. Many of the veterans (and their families) are ready to transition to civilian jobs as quickly as possible, which makes a bootcamp­-style program at Code Fellows compelling, compared to a college program.”

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