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.

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The best gift for a father – a new career

Our students often refer to the relationships they build at The Iron Yard as a family. That sentiment is less of a stretch for Kurt and Spencer Wyckoff. The father and son duo are Iron Grads from our Atlanta campus and are both working in programming – Kurt at SOLTECH and Spencer for OneTrust.

In anticipation of Father’s Day, we spoke with Kurt and Spencer about family, job loss and the gifts of new opportunities.

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Speaking up, asking questions, leads to incredible opportunities: Katy’s Story

Katy Campen has accomplished a lot in her few years working in the technology industry.

She’s taught coding, developed curriculum, founded a coding camp for girls, planned events and a host of other things.

Despite her ambitious resume, Katy would not describe herself a naturally outgoing. She instead has built a career from asking questions and reaching out to the tech community.

After graduating college with a wide-ranging advertising degree with little job prospects, Katy landed an internship that required she have some experience in web programming. A friend told her about The Iron Yard and encouraged her to look into the courses.

“I just thought this sounded really different, an accelerated learning path. It was just something I had never heard of,” she said.

Katy moved from Tennessee to Greenville, SC to join classes at the campus.

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Animator, toddler mom, finds good fit in coding

Jasmine’s plate is full but she would not have it any other way.

She is married, mom of two, working from home.

Then to add a little more to her life, Jasmine decided to learn to code.

Jasmine trained as a graphic designer and 3D animator working mostly with architects and contractors animating homes and buildings. She eventually joined a firm that specialized in golf course animations and was able to work from home. But after being in the industry for a while, Jasmine wanted to challenge herself.

“I needed some different outlet where I could be creative, but then also I wanted work where I could stay home,” she said.

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Iron Journeys: Meet Jennilyn, current Greenville student

Meet Jennilyn.

She’s a current student at our Greenville campus. Jennilyn has worked in journalism/design/account management but eventually gave in to the nagging feeling that there are more challenges to tackle, more to learn. With a knack for problem solving and troubleshooting, learning to code was a good next step.

Jennilyn has been documenting her code school journey on her blog and has agreed to let us follow along as she works her way through the 12-week class.

Here is a quick summary of her first two weeks:

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News & Observer stops by The Iron Yard, talks tech in the Research Triangle

The News & Observer stopped by our Raleigh campus to talk about how coding schools are providing a lane into the technology industry.

The article looks into the tech landscape in the Research Triangle and how coding schools are providing options for people who have an interest in learning web programming.

“The cost, flexibility and time frame of the boot camps are among the most appealing factors for people looking to get a piece of the tech pie. For those who have watched their friends struggle to find jobs after spending four years at a university, it’s a less risky investment.”

The Iron Yard campuses in both Raleigh and Durham have seen increased interest in coding education due to a growing tech industry in the area.

Read the full article here.

Corporate Training helps Charleston company move to automation

The company name lives up to the incredibly hot industry.

BoomTown, an online real estate marketing platform, is a tool agents use to manage leads and marketing for buying and selling homes. BoomTown started as a small start-up but has grown to around 250 employees. Business is, excuse the pun, booming.

Brian Baumgartner leads the quality assurance team at BoomTown. The team is responsible for testing all new features in the BoomTown platform, guaranteeing the product is the best it can be before going into market. In the early days of being a nimble start-up, all quality testing was manual with the QA team scrambling to get the products in market quickly. The company grew from the scrappiness of start-up culture to a more mature company and began to look at ways to streamline their processes.

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Is learning to program right for me?

Much has been said on the importance of learning to program. In order to improve efficiency, industries from healthcare to marketing to the financial sector are adding automated, web-based systems to their business model. With these new systems, employees with website coding know-how are in demand. Currently employed individuals and job seekers alike are considering their resumes and asking if adding website development would be a valuable and marketable skill.

Web programming is a combination of many different “languages.” And just like learning a foreign language, learning the syntax of code can be difficult. Regardless of the method – online courses, bootcamps, higher education – it will take practice and effort in order to do it well.

Despite the level of work required, there are plenty of reasons to learn to program. Here are a few: Read More

How to get the most out of a bootcamp – Catching up with Jessica

Jessica Dembe is a graduate of our DC campus. We heard from Jessica on International Women’s Day about her journey learning to program. In this interview with Code with Veni, Jessica gives advice on how to get the most out of immersive coding classes. 

Tell us about yourself

I work as an Associate Technical Consultant at Blackstone Technology Group (@BTGFed). I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park and I recently graduated from the Front-End Engineering program at The Iron Yard.

My tech related projects include my iFeel app and trying to keep up to speed with JavaScript. In my free time, I like to cook, try peanut-free restaurants and recipes, and figuring out ways to stay active without being bored.

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Iron Journeys: Meet Shannon Riester, front-end developer

Shannon traveled Asia and Australia after realizing a museum-based career wasn’t for her. She heard about the benefits of programming from some friends, tried a few online classes and fell in love. But Shannon knew she needed more support if she was going to turn this into a career. She turned to The Iron Yard and found her path.

Check out our conversation with Shannon here, or read the transcript below.

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