Team member spotlight: Meet Devin, DC Urban Alliance intern

This month in Washington, DC, we welcomed a new intern from the Urban Alliance organization to our campus. Devin Mozee is a senior at McKinley Technology High School, a tech enthusiast and a huge asset to our team. The Urban Alliance program helps train the tech talent of the future by providing high school seniors with an intensive year-long experience featuring professional development training, paid internships and one-on-one support.

We sat down with Devin to learn more about how he found the Urban Alliance program, why he loves tech and what his goals are for the future:

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Prioritizing diversity and inclusion in Indianapolis’ tech industry

Like we wrote about earlier this week, supporting diversity in the tech industry is a top priority for The Iron Yard. This month, we celebrated an exciting milestone on our Indianapolis campus: Not only did we welcome the largest class we’ve ever had, it was also one of the most diverse. This cohort in Indianapolis has a 50/50 split of men and women.

Our Indianapolis campus director, Emily Trimble, recently contributed an article to TechPoint.org talking about the hard work she and her team have done over the past couple of years to ensure the Indianapolis campus is a safe, comfortable learning environment for all.

Below is an excerpt of Emily’s article, “Prioritizing diversity and inclusion in Indianapolis’ tech industry,” that talks about what led to increased enrollment of female students:

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The Iron Yard is one of SwitchUp’s best reviewed bootcamps

The following is a guest post from SwitchUp.org, an online platform that helps students find a technology or coding bootcamp for their transition into a technology career. 

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that The Iron Yard is a top-rated coding school on SwitchUp! We recently released our year-end ‘Best Coding Bootcamps’ list, and The Iron Yard currently boasts 64 alumni reviews at 4.2 stars.

The Iron Yard takes student feedback seriously, and it was exciting to see that reviewers were especially impressed by The Iron Yard’s teaching methods, hands-on curriculum and campus environment. Here’s the breakdown of what students have to say:

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CODE Debugging the Gender Gap: Screenings coming to a campus near you

Supporting diversity in the tech industry is something we’re incredibly passionate about at The Iron Yard, and something we’re actively working to impact. We hope to inspire communities to have open and honest conversations about the issue of diversity in tech, and create an inclusive, safe environment for tech education.

To that end, we are working with local partners to offer screenings of the documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. Our goal is to bring together our students, staff and members of the local tech community to talk about how we can increase gender diversity in the field.

The CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap.  The film raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

Below is a list of upcoming screenings on our campuses. Want to learn more about CODE? Check out the trailer here.

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The week in news

In case you missed it, below are this week’s top headlines from The Iron Yard:

  • TechPoint – Prioritizing diversity and inclusion in Indianapolis’ tech industry: Our campus director in Indianapolis, Emily Trimble, wrote an article for TechPoint about how the campus prioritized diversity in the classroom and achieved a 50/50 split of men and women in the current cohort.
  • InfoWorld – The value of soft skills in a high-tech world: In her latest InfoWorld column, our executive director of the code school, Jessica Mitsch, discusses the soft skills that help make good developers great.
  • Atlanta Business Impact Radio – Mixing up marketing methods: Podcast hosts Veanne Smith and Sarah Lodato,  chat with our CMO Eric Dodds, about the innovative ways The Iron Yard, has been leading the change in EdTech. From their marketing efforts to the coding boot camps and online learning, The Iron Yard has been shaking up the traditional methods of obtaining an education.

Iron Journeys: Meet Maira Luna-Flores, Back-End Engineering in Austin

This week in our Iron Journeys video series, we sit down with Maira Luna-Flores – Mira for short – one of our Back-End students in Austin. Before starting at The Iron Yard, right out of college, Mira worked as a bank teller. After a year, she decided it was time to find something that she was passionate about and something she wanted to do long-term.

We sat down with Mira just three days into her Java cohort to see how she was adjusting to the course and what her plans are for the future. Check out the conversation below to see what it’s really like to be a student at The Iron Yard.

(full transcript below video)


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The value of soft skills in a high-tech world

When you think of code school, most likely, the first thing that comes to mind is learning technical coding skills. While technical skills are hugely important and the reason why students seek out our program, we also place a high value on soft skills – the intangible qualities that make good programmers great. Throughout our courses we proactively give students feedback on their interactions and contributions in group projects, their communication skills, and the strengths and weaknesses they’ll carry into their professional work.

Our executive director of the code school, Jessica Mitsch, recently expanded on this topic in her InfoWorld column, Trained for the Future, and shared insights she has gained on the importance of soft skills from working with hiring managers across the country.

Read an excerpt of Jessica’s InfoWorld article, “The value of soft skills in a high-tech world,” below:

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Meet the team: Spotlight on Orlando

The Orlando economy has surged over the past couple of years, even earning a spot in the top three for Forbes’ 2016 best cities for jobs list, and 2017 is looking just as bright for the city’s vibrant tech sector.

With enrollment open for spring Front-End, Back-End and Mobile courses in Orlando, today, we want to introduce you to our outstanding campus team. We sat down with Susanna Miller the Orlando Campus Director and our instructors Brian Gates, Jason Skipper and Ben Gohlke to learn more about their backgrounds, advice they have for aspiring developers and what’s got them most excited about the Orlando tech community:

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Why MOBI hires from The Iron Yard

The importance of our local advisory boards can’t be overstated. The companies we work with in each of our campus markets provide invaluable support to our students and graduates, insights on local hiring needs and feedback on our course offerings.

In Indianapolis, we have had the privilege of working with MOBI, a mobility management platform, since we first opened our doors in the Hoosier state. Course Report recently checked in with Eric Sendelbach, MOBI’s Chief Technology Officer, to talk about his role as CTO, his experience hiring Iron Grads and advice for other employers who are considering hiring bootcamp graduates.

Below is an excerpt from his interview:

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The Necessity of Failure

We first introduced you to Scott Endicott as he was preparing for his final project as a Front-End Engineering student on our Charlotte campus. Now, a couple months after graduation, Scott is working full-time as an associate front-end web developer at Red Ventures, a teamwork-driven technology and marketing company located just outside of Charlotte.

This week, Scott wrote a blog post about “The Necessity of Failure” in his development career. And while it may sound counterintuitive, ‘failure’ is a concept we introduce to our students from day one. “Failure is the gateway to learning,” says Jordan Kasper, Front-End Engineering instructor in Washington, DC. “In coding – as with most things in life – if we don’t try (and fail) we won’t learn. The trick is to not let those small failures overcome our passion to this craft. We have to embrace those failures, learn from them and get excited about the next try.”

Below is an excerpt from Scott’s post. You can read the full article on Red Ventures’ blog here.

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