From bowling attendant to software developer: Doug’s story

We share stories of our students and graduates on this blog often, in hopes that they will inspire even one person as much as they inspire us. They are stories that remind us why we do what we do every day – to help people change their lives by learning to code and launching new careers.

While it’s one thing to hear accolades from those of us at The Iron Yard, it’s another to hear praise from the people who hire our graduates. One of our grads, Doug, recently received an award from his employer, Blackbaud, and his manager sent him the following in an email:

In my 18 years at Blackbaud, I haven’t seen a new hire ramp up so quickly and make the type of impact you have. I’ve been nothing but impressed with your work. Your success also shows how impactful programs like The Iron Yard can be, which is just awesome.

We caught up with Doug to find out more about his journey to a career in coding. Keep reading, and be inspired.

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The teacher becomes the student: Isaiah turns to code school for new career

Isaiah Fasoldt has a penchant for problem solving. For five years, he aimed to solve problems in education by working with Teach for America in one of the poorest districts in the country. When he decided to shift his career, he turned to programming so he could take on a new kind of problem solving with new skills. He enrolled in the Back-End Engineering program at The Iron Yard’s Indianapolis campus (you may remember his blog post from last summer), and today he’s a software developer. Read on for his story. Read More

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.

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Student story: Josh Matos

Josh was transitioning from the Army back into civilian life when his friend decided to attend a coding bootcamp. Inspired to challenge himself with a career change, Josh enrolled at The Iron Yard’s Houston campus. Today, he’s working full time as a software engineer working on a mobile and web app for Omnitracs. Below, he tells us about his journey and gives advice for future Iron Yard students.  Read More

Iron Journeys: A chat with Jesse Flores, UI Design in Austin

Our next Iron Journeys student conversation is with Jesse Flores, one of our UI Design students in Austin. Before beginning The Iron Yard, Jesse was in sound engineering. He landed at The Iron Yard after trying several tutorials online and part-time but realizing that he needed an immersive learning environment to really grasp programming.

We sat down with him about halfway through his cohort to see how things are going. Check out the conversation for more about what it’s really like to be a student at The Iron Yard. (full transcript below video) Read More

Iron Journeys: A chat with UI Design student Betty Koshy

Next up in our Iron Journeys student story series, we’re talking with Betty Koshy, one of our UI Design students in Austin. Before beginning The Iron Yard, Betty was frustrated. As a customer support tech for an education site, she hated how her company’s database was so poorly developed. She soon realized, “I want to be in the beginning stages of those kind of things where I keep the end user in mind and kind of come at those problems beforehand so we’re not getting so many phone calls.”

She landed at The Iron Yard after doing tons of research because she really wanted to focus on UI design. We sat down with her during week six of her course – the halfway point – to hear more about how it’s going. Check out the conversation for more about what it’s really like to be a student at The Iron Yard. (full transcript below video) Read More

“It’s not a job, it’s a vocation.” Meet our Java instructor Dominique.

Being an instructor at The Iron Yard is no easy task. Each of our instructors faces huge and important challenges like explaining programming languages to someone for the first time, teaching basic coding skills and helping students understand what it’s like to be a professional developer. At The Iron Yard, it even goes beyond that skills-based education as we mentor people into a completely different way of thinking that will ultimately impact everything they do—both in their careers and in their lives. That’s why our instructors are so trusted. 

Today, we want to introduce  you to one of those trustworthy and passionate instructors – Dominique. He teaches Java at our Atlanta campus, and more than anything he wants to help as many people gain access to technology as possible so that everyone can have a hand in helping change our world for the better. But don’t take it from us – here’s more from Dominique in his own words:  Read More