Vets Who Code
Photo Credit: Michelle Jonika
Dr. Heath Blackmon of Texas A&M Biology has created a program designed to give veterans the chance to learn valuable coding skills needed in modern day STEM fields, called “Vets Who Code”. The two day program provides in-person training and certification in coding and data analysis by professionals in the field of academia. Vets Who Code was created to help make undergraduate veterans more competitive in today’s STEM fields where coding and data analysis are valuable and necessary skills, but not always accessible ones. Many companies are built on teaching coding over the internet, but in person learning is a highly effective way to teach the skills needed to succeed in a STEM career, thus the creation of the program at Texas A&M University in Biology.
According to the Student Veterans of America, STEM degrees are more difficult for veterans to pursue due to the prerequisites needed, such as pre-college math, which can push graduation past what is covered in the GI bill. This can lead to veteran students being rushed through their education and missing the opportunity to take classes in coding that can help them be more competitive in their field. This is where short but effective programs like Vets Who Code can give an advantage to students already full on classes, a short weekend course at the end of a semester that can provide an effective introduction to coding and data analysis.
“Being able to code even a little bit and being able to visualize data, these are skills that transcend any one field and can help a student get the job that they really want. As an Air Force vet myself this is one of the most rewarding things that I have been able to do at Texas A&M”
Photo Credit: Heath Blackmon