Ultimate Medical Academy joins Tampa Bay Advisory Board

Ultimate Medical Academy has joined the Advisory Board for The Iron Yard Tampa Bay campus. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, the nonprofit educational institution has more than 40,000 alumni and offers interactive online courses to almost 14,000 students as well as hands-on training to hundreds of students.

At each Iron Yard campus, Advisory Board members provide guidance as to the tech opportunities in their city and help shape the curriculum to reflect the needs of companies hiring junior developers. With a focus on both technology and education, UMA is a natural fit for the Tampa Bay campus.

“UMA’s mission aligns with what The Iron Yard is doing – we’re both empowering students to achieve success in their chosen career field, ours is healthcare and The Iron Yard is technology. We’re having similar conversations in relation to our students about successful student outcomes,” said Jeremy Wilson, Chief Information Officer for UMA.

UMA has a desire to strengthen the tech talent in Tampa Bay and to mentor junior developers as they grow into more senior roles.

“We have junior developers with minimal experience three months ago now enhancing existing websites and applications used by 300 plus UMA team members…,” said John Beckwith, Solution Architect at UMA.

“They are a great for our board because they really want to give back and they want to give back to the community, the Tampa ecosystem, so that’s very in line with our mission of The Iron Yard. They want to grow, they want to provide a positive work environment for junior developers,” says Tampa Bay Campus Director, Toni Warren.

Two recent graduates from the Tampa Bay campus, Sherry Hall and Christa Hegedus are working for UMA as junior application developers.

“Sherry and Christa have shown tremendous talent since joining Ultimate Medical Academy. It’s a true testament to The Iron Yard and what they teach their students…They make things challenging and teach the students to be resourceful,” said Wilson.

Warren says the campus has benefited from UMA’s input. “They are giving us really great feedback as far as what the students are learning, what they want to see the graduates have with tech skill sets. They are really pioneering what we’re doing here as far as hiring our developers in the community.”

In turn, UMA finds Iron Yard graduates eager to learn from other developers, a trait Wilson says the company likes to see in new hires.

“Their enthusiasm – it’s electric. They have no preconceived notions and are eager to get their foot in the door, to code and grow as a developer.”

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