Skills Without Frills: The Rise of Coding Academies →

The basement of a onceabandoned tobacco factory may seem to be an odd place to teach the most cutting edge computer technology, but that’s where The Iron Yard, a computer coding academy in Durham, North Carolina, makes its home. It holds classes in the basement of the American Tobacco Campus, a renovated multi-use industrial site where the American Tobacco Factory once manufactured famous cigarette brands like Lucky Strike and Liggett & Myers.

Yet, The Iron Yard’s location does have a certain sense of continuity or symmetry to it. The industrial chic décor, with cement walls and floors, pipes hanging from the ceiling, and glass walls for every room, immediately brings to mind the feeling that this is a place of work,befitting a for-profit school dedicated to providing students with no-frills, nose-to-the-grindstone training intended to lead to a highly skilled job in just a few short months.

Read the full Pope Center for Higher Education Policy article here.

1 Comment

  1. Imagine that.

    A school one can attend, and once the student completes the curriculum, they have real world skills. The student can use these skills immediately and go create value for others, and in return, earn a decent income.

    This is obviously a scam. A traditional university, or higher education establishment, would only leave a student shackled with debt, and zero real world skills. With this fancy establishment diploma in hand, they may be able to get a job serving coffee.

    Ok, I’m being a bit mean. I’ll stop.

    I think what the Iron Yard is doing is fantastic work. No wonder they are so popular. The Iron Yard actually teaches, useful, valuable skills! What a great idea. Isn’t that what education is supposed to be all about?

    Congratulations Iron Yard for putting good out into the economy. Your students, their employers and customers will benefit greatly. Keep up the good work.

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