Worthwhile launches developer apprenticeships in Greenville, S.C.

Whenever we consider launching a new campus, our first step is to meet with local employers and tech leaders to discuss the hiring needs specific to that market. We then build curriculum and offer specific programs and courses based on those hiring needs, ensuring our graduates will be well-prepared to fill much-needed positions as junior developers in that market. As our campuses grow, we make it a priority to gather feedback, make adjustments, understand market needs and new tech trends, and continue to strengthen our course offerings.   Read More

Reflecting The Iron Yard culture through design

I recently wrote about why we hired our Creative Director, Nathan Spainhour. When he first started, we had several long discussions about what design would look like at The Iron Yard—inside and out.

Nathan recently wrote about those conversations and how they were manifested in our company. Here’s an excerpt:

One of the first things I talked about with Eric Dodds (I’ve mentioned him before) when I started my new position at The Iron Yard was making sure that there was a balance of work and experimentation. One of the goals of my job is to bring more design thinking into the day-to-day and integrate it into the culture at the school.

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Student project leads to national website rebuild for Girl Develop It

About a year ago in Durham, North Carolina, four of our code school students were hard at work in the last few weeks of their immersive course, focused on a final project that they had no idea would turn into a real-world website for a national nonprofit organization.

Amy Gori, Ruthan Freese, Chet Corey, and Emily Bond wanted to re-create an outdated website for Girl Develop It – a national nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development. Chapters for the organization are located in 46 cities, and there are 35,000+ members nationwide.

But the project didn’t end on Demo Day. Instead, their re-design was so impressive, Girl Develop It decided to implement it. What began as a final project ended up becoming the primary website for this national organization. Read More

Next stop: Salt Lake City

The Brookings Institution recently published a report that said Salt Lake City is among the best cities for employment in the tech sector. In the study, Salt Lake City was called the anchor to an “advanced industry hot zone stretching the length of Utah’s Wasatch Front. It specializes in most everything related to information technology and medicine.”

Not only is this region attracting more and more employers, but Salt Lake City also has about 300 jobs open for software engineers every 90 days. The Iron Yard can help fill that skills gap by training people for those jobs. Today, we’re officially announcing our next campus location in Salt Lake City! Read More

We’re coming to the Queen City!

It’s no secret that Charlotte, N.C. is on the rise. It might not be as well-known that Charlotte’s tech scene has also reached a tipping point, and companies are scrambling to hire trained programmers. In fact, there are more than 250 job openings every 90 days in Charlotte for entry-level software engineers.

Today we officially announced that we’re opening a campus in Charlotte to help meet that hiring need. Read More