Iron Journeys: Meet Christopher Vanderkolk, Austin code school grad

This week in our Iron Journeys video series, we meet Christopher Vanderkolk, an Iron Yard Austin code school grad. Before joining The Iron Yard, Chris worked in retail for over a decade. After realizing his career had become stagnant and craving a challenge, Chris turned to software development.

Check out our conversation with Chris below to see what it’s really like to be a student at The Iron Yard. (Transcript below video)

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A new generation of programmers: Hillside High School learns to code

Our team in Durham recently partnered with a small cohort of Hillside High School students for a nine week coding class. Students had the opportunity to learn about HTML, CSS, and introductory JavaScript during the class, which was held twice a week and taught by some of our Durham-based Iron Yard staff and volunteers.  We love seeing teachers like Dr. Logan implement new innovative programs for these high school scholars to help prepare them for successful careers.

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How to hire great programmers

Hiring great programmers is no easy task. Rob Whelan knows exactly how hard it can be. As the VP of Technology for Rhinogram, a healthcare communication solution based in Charleston, South Carolina, he’s done his fair share of hiring and managing programmers.

We wanted to know the truth – how can employers get better at hiring the right programmers for their companies and projects? In the last two years, Rob has hired seven Iron Yard grads. So we went to him for advice. Read More

Real world developer: 6 code school skills I actually use

Iron Yard graduate Ashly LaMarr recently reflected on the code school skills she truly uses now that she’s six-plus weeks into her new job as a real-world developer. She decided to learn to code after more than a decade in accounting, and shares parts of her journey on her blog (read it here).

In her new position as a developer, there are six skills from code school she’s using every day. Her advice? Spend as much time focusing on the soft skills as you do on the actual code. It’ll pay off.

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The Iron Yard experience: Insight from current students

On any given day at any given time, you’ll find students on our campuses who are at varying stops along the journey to becoming programmers. Today, we wanted to give you a glimpse into the minds of some of our students at The Iron Yard Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg. These students have finished up four weeks of their cohort, and several of them have started blogging and sharing their reflections on the experience so far.

Below, meet a few of our students and hear more about what it’s really like to be a student at The Iron Yard.  Read More

Hey, Dallas! Tech events, new instructors at The Iron Yard

It’s a busy day (actually, a busy month!) on our Dallas campus, as we’re hard at work prepping to welcome people for events, courses, info sessions, workshops and more.

First, we’re proud to be hosting several #DSW17 events, including the DSW17 Workshop: Google ‘Android Things’ Operating System Overview – this Friday at noon. In addition to several information sessions and free crash courses (check out our Meetup page here for the latest!), we’re also welcoming two new instructors to our campus – Ato Mensah and Douglas Hirsh.

Today, we want to introduce you to Ato and Douglas. They both have impressive resumes and experience, but they also each bring a unique energy to campus and we know that future students will benefit from learning with them. They also both want students to understand the value of learning how to learn. Below, meet Ato and Douglas.  Read More

Course Report’s take: Why they love the #YesWeCode Fund

It’s been a couple of weeks since we helped launch the #YesWeCode Fund, but excitement about the Fund (and the opportunity to expose even more people to the power of learning to code) hasn’t slowed one bit. Course Report was kind enough to feature the Fund last week as part of their “Scholarships We Love” series. We could have talked for hours about why initiatives like this are so important and why collaboration is key when it comes to making real change in the industry. 

Here’s how Course Report explained the awesomeness of the Fund:  Read More

9 reasons to learn to code in 2017

The new year is a chance to start fresh, tackle new goals and take steps toward self improvement. And with reports showing that 14 of the top 50 jobs in the U.S. are in tech, this year, why not add learning to code to your list of New Year’s goals?

Everyday we have the opportunity to talk to people who are looking to make a positive change in their life and take their first steps toward a rewarding career in tech. While people may have different reasons for pursuing the tech field – maybe they’re looking for a job with tons of upward mobility and earning potential, or maybe they’re just naturally creative problem solvers and drawn to all things tech – one theme remains constant: tech is the land of opportunity, no matter your career goal.

If you still need more inspiration, we talked to our instructors, all of whom are industry veterans, to learn what drew them to the tech field and what keeps them coming back for more.

Below are 9 reasons why you should learn to code in 2017:

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A chat with code school Advisory Board member Jesse Curry

Jesse Curry is the Director of Development for Haneke Design in Tampa Bay, FL. He’s also one of our most engaged code school Advisory Board members and hiring partners. Four of our alumni are currently employed with Haneke Design, which is a small, privately-owned shop that focuses on mobile and web app design and development.

We recently touched base with Jesse to learn more about his story and why he hires Iron Yard grads.  Read More

From therapist to software engineer: Elizabeth’s story

Elizabeth Evans had earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and worked in mental health for 10 years when she realized she was stuck. “I realized I can’t move up any more in this industry,” she said. So she started looking for a career change. That’s when she heard about The Iron Yard.

We recently caught up with Elizabeth, who enrolled in our immersive coding course in Charleston in 2016, and asked her to share her story. Read More