Introducing Foundations courses

Ever since we taught our very first course at The Iron Yard in 2013, we’ve worked every day to help as many people as we possibly can learn to code and launch successful programming careers. We believe that by helping people better understand the world of software development, they will be able to better harness the power of technology – for themselves, the places they work and their communities.

In a practical sense, many of the skills we’re teaching are applicable (and increasingly necessary) to almost every career and industry today. Whether people work in healthcare, government, manufacturing, marketing, retail or education, they often have to interact with some form of technology or work closely with technical professionals. From waiters taking orders at restaurants to doctors accessing in-room patient data, software has become a critical part of people’s daily work. Read More

Three reasons why learning Ruby on Rails can help you launch a tech career in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is a beautiful place to launch a tech career. With an average winter temperature of 70 degrees and a median home price of just $163,000, it’s easy to see why companies like Publix, Jabil and TechData have made the Tampa area home for their headquarters and why one in every 94 U.S. tech workers lives in Tampa Bay. Add to that a new, direct connecting flight to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and Tampa Bay may just be the next big player in the rapidly growing tech scene. Read More

Solving Indy’s transit problem by learning to code: Marie’s story

Forty-something couple Marie and Troy Denney have traveled the world. When in Rome (or whichever city they happen to find themselves in), they tend to choose public transportation rather than drive a personal vehicle. “You get to see parts of town that you wouldn’t necessarily see otherwise,” Marie said. “It’s very cost-effective, and in many cases, in places like San Francisco, I don’t really want to drive anyway. It’s hard to drive out there.”

Every time they returned home, Marie wondered why her hometown of Indianapolis was so lacking in public transportation. When she couldn’t find a solution, Marie created an app. But first, she had to learn to code. Read More

The Week in News

“Seeing is believing,” and believe it or not, this old adage is particularly relevant to code schools. It’s why we encourage people who are interested in coding to attend a crash course first and see what the experience is like first hand, and why we love to invite media and members of the community to our campuses to see what our students learn during their immersive courses.

This week we welcomed several reporters to our campuses and showed them what The Iron Yard is all about.

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3 easy ways to start learning to code in Indy – Techpoint

Emily Trimble, our Campus Director in Indianapolis, recently penned an article for Techpoint with her tips for three easy ways to start learning code. For those who are just beginning the journey into the world of programming, her ideas about how to take advantage of free local resources like Girl Develop It, Indy’s Free Code Camp and our free Crash Courses are spot-on.

As someone who’s helped people just starting their path toward becoming a coder and those furthering their existing coding careers, I’ve had a lot of conversations about what works.

Almost everyone I’ve talked to has said that the ability to learn in person is what really made the difference in helping them truly understand how to get started in a new career in technology. – Emily Trimble

Click here to check out the entire article. Then let us know – what are your favorite free, easy resources for newbies to dip their toes into the world of coding?

New Java course coming to Washington, D.C.

Not just our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. also holds the title of best city for women in tech, makes the top 10 list for cities with the highest paying jobs in tech and is the fourth most desirable city for startups.

With all this momentum and interest in D.C.’s tech community, we are excited to announce a new Back-End Engineering software development course on our Washington, D.C. campus that will begin on November 14! The course, Back-End Engineering with Java, will be offered in an immersive, 12-week format, designed to prepare students to become junior-level developers after graduation.

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Twitter roundup: A glimpse into The Iron Yard →

We love telling you about all the cool stuff our students, staff and friends are doing around the country – learning in the classroom, building amazing apps, meeting with folks in the industry (hello, U.S. CTO Megan Smith!). But, while we could talk all day every day about these things, it’s even better for you to get a more personal perspective from the participants themselves. So, we’ve gathered up a few recent tweets that will give you just a glimpse into life at The Iron Yard around the country – in the 21 cities where we’re located and beyond.  Read More

Iron Journeys: A chat with Chris McCandlish, front-end engineer

Next up in our Iron Journeys student story series, we’re talking with Chris McCandlish, one of our graduates who works as a developer in Dallas for a company called Vinli. Chris actually took our Front-End Engineering course in Charleston – he was an editor at a newspaper and after reading tons of articles about The Iron Yard, he was intrigued. So he took a couple of coding classes to see whether he liked it, and he was hooked. “It was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “It’s just a whole different way of thinking, and for me, it was hard to wrap my head around at first, but I just kept doing it. It was definitely difficult but totally worth it.” Read More

Michelle Child: Two years after graduating from The Iron Yard

Michelle graduated from The Iron Yard nearly two years ago. When we last checked in with her, she had just accepted a job in Columbia, S.C. and was ready to start her career as a web designer. Michelle had previously taught English in a small town in France, so she was familiar with the immersive educational model and was excited to jump into a completely new career. Today, she’s a professional designer working for a software company.

We recently showed Michelle her video interview from 2014, and asked her to reflect on her journey since graduating.  Read More

The Week in News

Increasing diversity in the workforce is one of the most pressing issues facing the tech industry today.

This week we celebrated Ada Lovelace Day – an international celebration of the achievements of women in STEM –  and were reminded that women, men, and people of color all played a role in the birth of computer science and technology.

In case you missed it this week, The Iron Yard was featured in the Forbes article, “Why Women And Minorities Are The Future Of Tech to discuss the creation of the Tech Opportunity Fund, the importance of increasing access to tech education and how we can all work together to support diversity in the ever-growing world of technology.

Want to learn more about the Tech Opportunity Fund? Visit