Part-time courses at The Iron Yard

Last fall, we announced two new part-time programming course options: Foundations courses and Sprint courses. A quick reminder:

  • Our Foundations courses are for coding beginners who want to go beyond online tutorials. These classes will take place in the evenings over a two-week period, and will teach people how to build an interactive website from scratch. Students will gain a functional, foundational understanding of how the web works from a professional, in-person instructor.
  • Sprint Courses are for people with a bit of coding experience who want to level up by going beyond HTML and CSS and learning how to build basic front-end web apps using JavaScript. The course will consist of 16 evening classes over the course of four weeks.

Our co-founder Eric Dodds and one of our Directors of Instruction, Tim Whitacre, sat down with our friends at Course Report recently to discuss why we decided to offer part-time courses after years of focusing on immersive full-time courses, and what an ideal part-time student looks like. Here is an excerpt from that discussion:

What is your advice for students embarking on a part-time course? Any tips to get the most out of it while balancing other commitments?

Eric: My advice is to step back for a minute and think about what your goal is, no matter the course you’re taking. Have a conversation with one of our team members at the Iron Yard about what you want to accomplish. It’s really excited that we now have options for people who have different goals than changing their career.

As with all courses at The Iron Yard, you’re going to get out of it what you put into it. Our goal is to help people learn real skills, and that requires practice, not just listening to lectures (which is why so many people are frustrated with online tutorials). The key for us is our instructors, though—so students can be confident that there’s a passionate professional committed to helping them every step of the way.

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