Zip Code Wilmington Offers High-Tech Training Through New Department of Veterans Affairs’ Initiative

Program Re-skills Veterans for Future Career in Technology


WILMINGTON, D.E. — Zip Code Wilmington, a nationally-recognized nonprofit coding school, is one of six training providers with technical training programs approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to receive tuition reimbursement under its new Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) program.

VET TEC, a new tuition and housing assistance pilot program, is designed to help Veterans find employment options in the high-demand technology industry to successfully transition into their post-military careers.

“We are proud to align with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VET TEC program to extend the reach and accessibility of our coding school, giving students of all backgrounds the resources to learn and grow their technical, interpersonal and leadership skills to attain a competitive developer job and increase their earning potential post military-life,” said Melanie Augustin, executive director, Zip Code Wilmington.

“We see this as a continued opportunity to give back to those who serve our Country and re-skill or up-skill these individuals for in-demand, high-paying technical jobs.”

Zip Code Wilmington educates students in the programming languages and skills that employers demand, which is why its immersive curriculum focuses on Java, a language used by the majority of Fortune 500 companies. Zip Code Wilmington’s employer network contributes to the school’s curriculum and networks with its students to provide graduates with the best chance of success.

Through the Department of Veteran Affairs, the VET TEC program offsets the cost to attend Zip Code Wilmington and provides eligible Veterans with housing stipends. Additionally, participation in the VET TEC program does not count against GI Bill entitlement.

“All you have to do is devote yourself fully for three months, knowing you will come out of the program a better person, with a lot of technical skills, being able to pursue your dreams and get a career you want,” says Davis Perchik, Active Duty (Army Sergeant) and Zip Code Wilmington graduate.

Zip Code Wilmington’s next cohort begins October 2019. To learn more about Zip Code Wilmington or to apply, please visit

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About Zip Code Wilmington

Launched in 2015, Zip Code Wilmington is a 12-week coding bootcamp in Delaware that gives students the technical, interpersonal and leadership skills needed to secure a competitive developer job and increase their earning potential. Zip Code Wilmington’s program prepares its students to become highly-qualified and trained technology talent, while connecting students with corporate partners throughout the program.

Its current audited Outcomes Report confirms that 93 percent of its graduates are placed in paid roles within six months of graduation, earning more than double their average pre-Zip Code Wilmington salaries, with average annual earnings of $74,134. To learn more about Zip Code Wilmington, please visit


VET TEC, a five-year pilot program, matches veterans with market-leading training programs that provide high-tech skills for a seamless transition after active duty. VET TEC is designed to give Veterans more options and access to nontraditional training to acquire skills in information technology, computer software, information science, media application, data processing and computer programming fields. Acquiring essential skills in such a short amount of time gives Veterans the opportunity to advance their career sooner rather than later.

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