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How Does A Starting Salary of 58K Sound?

Your career in the military taught you valuable skills. You have learned how to operate weapons, technology and machinery. You have had to act in extremely high stakes and stressful situations. And you have learned how to work within an institutional hierarchy. So now you need to find a new career where these skills will be appreciated and rewarded.

A career in computer coding is rewarding and uses many of the skills you as a veteran already possess. The annual median annual salary for computer programmers was $79,530 with the top 10% making $130,360 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016). Compare this salary to the national median household income of $56,516 (U.S. Census Bureau in 2015). Claim Academy students have an average starting salary of $58,000 upon graduation and many are hired on graduation day!

Graduates of boot camps surveyed by Course Report had an average 44% boost in income after attending the boot camp.

“Yes, I highly recommend it. You will find a job. Companies need programmers and many are willing to teach and work with the inexperienced,” says Claim Academy graduate Russell Brooks. Brooks is a veteran and is currently a Jr. .Net Developer at Preferred Systems Solutions.

Afgan Vet Finds New Career with Claim Academy

Russell Brooks, 30 years old, a recent Claim Academy graduate, spent eight years in the navy reserves with one deployment to Afghanistan. But life as a civilian was difficult and he had trouble finding a job he enjoyed.

“Before Claim Academy I was bouncing around from job to job not really knowing what I wanted to do. I first heard about coding bootcamps, and it sparked my interest to research if there were any in the St. Louis area. That's how I found Claim Academy,” commented Brooks.

Interested in a job in technology, he started to take online coding classes. However, he found that he needed more. “I knew Claim Academy was the best opportunity and the fasted way for me to start a tech career.”

Claim Academy is a St. Louis-based developer boot camp that offers classes in Full Stack Java and .NET/C# programming. Students like Brooks attend a 12-week program that include daily lectures, guided mentorships, pair-programming with fellow students and guided workshops. The program culminates in a project presentation open to companies looking to hire on graduation day.

With a Veteran’s scholarship through St Louis Workforce Development center, Brooks graduated from Claim Academy in October 2016.

Brooks’s courses included long hours of studying, but according to Brooks, the hard work was definitely worthwhile. “My life has completely changed. I now have a career and a job that I love going to,” he says.

He also enthusiastically recommends Claim Academy. “Yes, I highly recommend it. You will find a job. Companies need programmers and many are willing to teach and work with the inexperienced.”

And his advice for future students, “Study a lot. Don't get discouraged if it's not making sense at first.. programming is really hard but gets easier with practice just like everything else.”

Russell Brooks is a Jr. .Net Developer at Preferred Systems Solutions.