Veteran & Security Clearance Programs
LaunchCode regularly runs learning programs aimed at providing job-focused tech skills to veterans and military families. For some programs, we recruit individuals with active security clearances. LaunchCode is also a DOD Skillbridge eligible career program which allows qualifying service people to be paid to learn prior to transitioning out of the military.
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JusTech Reentry Job Training
LaunchCode's JusTech program connects talented, driven, returned individuals to opportunity — and employers to a previously overlooked talent pool that can bring skills and new perspectives to their teams. JusTech program students complete rigorous tech training, build a portfolio, and learn employable skills while incarcerated. After completion, returned citizens are eligible for our apprenticeship program with support and mentorship. Thanks to Ascendium in partnership with SLU Transformative Workforce Academy, Missouri Department of Corrections, and the Prison Education Project at Washington University.
Code With Pride
The Code With Pride group is a supportive bunch committed to ensuring LGBTQIA+ individuals get the support they need in tech spaces and communities. If you're interested in growing your tech skills while networking with an LGBTQIA+ friendly group of current and aspiring technologists at regularly scheduled events and meetups, this group is for you! Allies are welcome in the group and at any event.
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Student Support Fund
While LaunchCode removes the barrier of tuition by providing all education programs free of charge, our students often encounter hurdles that — without assistance — can prevent them from completing training. At times, LaunchCoders face short term realities that derail their studies: the need to seek an extra job to cover utility bills, car repairs, afford the childcare required to be able to complete challenging course assignments, or other obstacles. We've partnered with HenRose Cares to create the LaunchCode Student Fund to provide the financial support for LaunchCode students in need as they pursue careers in technology. This partnership is provided with support from Ameren.
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Our Alumni Association
The Alumni Association is a supportive community of LaunchCoders who've learned or landed a job through LaunchCode. The group Facebook page is a great place to provide encouragement, celebrate accomplishments, share life news, find tips and tricks, share meetup or workshop opportunities, and learn from others. The Alumni Association Facebook group is open to current and past students and those who have been placed into an apprenticeship or job through LaunchCode.
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All Abilities Learning Partnership
People with disabilities in America are employed at half the rate of typically abled individuals. Jobs in technology can offer opportunities for in-demand careers with fewer barriers. At the same time, the tech industry needs more diverse workers to make our increasingly digital world more accessible for all. LaunchCode is partnering with Paraquad to work with students with disabilities in classes integrated with other students. Funding from the Regions Foundation provides resources for individualized support.
We believe that everyone should have access to high‑quality tech education, regardless of where they live or go to school. Teachers can access LaunchCode's FREE LCHS curriculum to prepare them to teach their new tech skills to students in their high school classrooms. The curriculum teaches job-focused web development skills and meets state curriculum standards set forth in Missouri's 2018 STEM Education Bill (HB3).
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