The CoderVets program kicked off on August 25th at the University of Missouri St. Louis North Campus. 

Over 40 U.S. military veterans embarked on their new training with CoderVets, a non-profit organization giving veterans free training in coding and software development.  The first day of class also provided the media with an inside look into the training course and interview opportunities with the veterans.

The first class was lead by CoderVets’ founder, Stuart Ashby, with an appearance by Bob Stolzberg, the Chief Innovation Officer of VoiceXP, an innovative St. Louis company creating apps, or “Skills” for Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, & Google Home.

The Perfect Mix

After serving five years in the United States Navy, including the period after 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan, Stuart Ashby went on to a successful career as a software developer. After well over a decade in the industry, which included a period mentoring for the renowned LaunchCode program, Ashby saw a need for his fellow veterans. His technical training in the service had led to a successful career outside, and he wanted to provide the same chance for others.

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A clear need for sustainable employment for veterans and the booming technology industry has opened numerous opportunities in the workforce, creating the perfect mix; veterans who need jobs and an industry that needs highly skilled workers.

Ashby has been prepping the program for several months, which will include MIT computer science course work material. He has also been recruiting businesses to come in and place his graduates once the the classes commence. Along with VoiceXP,  Boeing, Monsanto, and the State of Missouri are among others who have expressed interest in interviewing the CoderVets once they are trained.

Watch as Bob Stolzberg talks to Fox2 News about the opportunity for these veterans to embark on the exciting journey into the voice technology space.

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