Team member spotlight: Fielding Arnold, Raleigh campus director

Last week, we shared with you that we are officially opening enrollment for our full-time, immersive courses in Raleigh, N.C. Today, we want to introduce you to our Raleigh Campus Director Fielding Arnold. Fielding came to us with experience not only in education, but also in sailing the high seas! We’re thrilled to have her representing us in Raleigh. We recently sat down with her to find out more about her passions, her experience and what makes her excited for the future. Read More

We’re now bigger in Texas! Now enrolling for coding courses in Dallas and San Antonio.

According to recently released Census Bureau data, three of the top five fastest growing cities in the U.S. are in Texas, largely thanks to the Lone Star State’s booming tech industry. We’ve worked with tons of students through our Austin and Houston campus locations, and talk every day with Texas employers who tell us they need more tech talent. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re doubling our footprint in the Lone Star state with the launch of two new locations: Dallas and San Antonio.

Enrollment is open now for all Texans interested in learning to code. Here’s a quick snapshot of our Texas schedule:

  • Austin: Courses in Front-End Engineering, Back-End Engineering with Ruby on Rails and User Interface Design will begin Feb. 29.
  • Dallas: Courses in both Front-End Engineering and Back-End Engineering will begin March 21.
  • Houston: Courses are running now for both Front-End Engineering and Back-End Engineering; Mobile Engineering will begin March 28.
  • San Antonio: Courses in both Front-End Engineering and Back-End Engineering will begin March 21.

We’ll be hosting Open Houses, Crash Courses, Kids Classes and more at each of our Texas campus locations soon – Be sure you check Meetup.com for the latest events at your favorite Iron Yard location! In the meantime, we can’t thank our Texas friends and partners enough for the warm welcome so far, and we can’t wait to work with more Texas students soon.

Now enrolling: The Iron Yard Detroit

Detroit, Michigan is fast becoming the home base for companies and entrepreneurs in tons of industries like healthcare, defense, information technology and homeland security. The opportunity for tech talent in the Motor City is huge. In fact, the area posted more than 600 junior-level programming jobs posted in the last 90 days alone. Read More

Want to learn programming in Raleigh? We’re now enrolling.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn programming in Raleigh, we have good news for you: We’re officially enrolling at our new campus at American Underground. Starting in March, our Raleigh campus will offer coding courses in Front-End Engineering, Back-End Engineering and Mobile Engineering.

We’ve loved being part of the Triangle area tech scene for awhile through our Durham campus location. We’ve had 120 students graduate in Durham, and many of those grads have gone to work for Raleigh-based companies like Red Hat, Lulu, Clean Design and Coalmarch. In the past 90 days alone, there have been more than 1,000 job openings for developers in Raleigh (300 of those jobs are for junior-level devs). So we’re pretty excited to expand our presence in the Triangle area and help train even more future programmers. Read More

The Iron Yard student stories from Houston: Spencer and Matt

A few weeks ago, we sat down with Brian Dorton – our Campus Director in Houston and an all-around awesome leader in our company – and asked him to share some of his favorite stories about Houston’s future programmers with us. He lit up when he talked about two of his former students – Spencer and Matt.

We always love to see how well our Campus Directors and Instructors get to know and care for our students—for them, a relationship with our students is more than a transaction and goes beyond graduation. Read More

Little Rock hackathon Feb. 5-6: All programmers welcome!

We knew Arkansas was hungry for innovation among its tech community when we opened our doors in Little Rock earlier this year. If what we’ve experienced while hosting our first two cohorts is any indication, this historic city has tons of awesome companies doing pretty amazing things.

Case in point: The University of Arkansas – Little Rock (UALR) is hosting its first-ever hackathon next month. The UALR Bowen Legal Innovation Hackathon is the first legal-themed hackathon in the state of Arkansas. The event’s goal is “to drive legal innovation, support entrepreneurship and benefit the community at large.” Sounds pretty cool to us – which is why we’re helping sponsor. The winners of the hackathon will receive cash prizes – $1,000 for first place, and $500 for second place.  Read More

From Greenville to Germany: A journey from The Iron Yard to IBM Design

Whitney majored in studio art with a specialization in graphic design from the University of South Carolina. After graduation, she worked as a graphic designer for five years and eventually landed a job as as a designer at a technology distribution company. Part of her day-to-day job was to add new content to the company’s massive website. “They were using a CMS, and it was so limiting and frustrating to use,” she said. “The user experience was awful. Everything was ugly, and it was a pain to get things to work how we wanted.” Read More

Thoughts on education: content isn’t enough

Some time ago, I ran across a conversation in a forum started by someone trying to teach themselves to code online. Here’s what they had to say:

I have been trying for months to learn code…Python, but just cannot seem to grasp it. I think it is an issue of not understanding when to put something in quotation marks or in parenthesis. Whatever it is, I just can’t figure it out. It’s making me feel like I have the IQ of a street lamp, but seriously, it can’t be THAT hard. What am I doing wrong? Anyone can help me understand this better?

The responses and suggestions were interesting— they range from suggesting other online code tutorials to YouTube videos and even a recommendation to choosing another language. One in particular stuck out to me:

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Startup founder learns to code: Andrew’s story

On a summer evening in June 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska, two friends met for dinner after a long day of baseball watching at the College World Series. They had traveled from Atlanta, where both served in demanding jobs at management consulting firms. During the meal, the discussion turned (as it often did) to sports, and how talking sports often proved helpful when connecting with clients and colleagues at work.

As the friends discussed how tough it was to stay on top of the latest sports news due to their taxing schedules, they realized they had stumbled upon a common problem. They wondered: How do you sift through the noise to access the sports information that would be most valuable? Could we find a way to solve that problem? Could we build a product people love? Read More