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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CODE Debugging the Gender Gap: Screenings coming to a campus near you

Supporting diversity in the tech industry is something we’re incredibly passionate about at The Iron Yard, and something we’re actively working to impact. We hope to inspire communities to have open and honest conversations about the issue of diversity in tech, and create an inclusive, safe environment for tech education.

To that end, we are working with local partners to offer screenings of the documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. Our goal is to bring together our students, staff and members of the local tech community to talk about how we can increase gender diversity in the field.

The CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap.  The film raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

Below is a list of upcoming screenings on our campuses. Want to learn more about CODE? Check out the trailer here.

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“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

The story Sofar →

Holly Kent lingers at the front of a brick-walled office loft on the fourth floor of the M. Rich Center in Downtown Atlanta. A crowd has settled onto a few couches near the back of the room. Others sit rigidly in rows of white plastic chairs, mingling and sipping beers and mixed drinks they’ve brought with them. The room is home to Iron Yard, a software engineering and three-month coding school that typically is abuzz with programmers taking the first few steps in starting their own businesses. But on Nov. 17, the common space in the Iron Yard’s office set the stage for Sofar Sounds, an intimate monthly gathering that puts on a live musical performance in a different, nontraditional space for each show — sometimes even in people’s living rooms or kitchens.

Read the full article in Creative Loafing Atlanta, here.

Learning to learn: A graduate’s perspective

We often talk about how our courses go beyond the basics of programming languages and teach students to actually think like software developers. We help students learn how to learn, so they have the ability to continue studying and improving throughout their careers. But if you haven’t been through one of our courses, it might be hard to understand that concept. So we thought it might help to hear it from someone who has.

Four weeks into his first job as an iOS developer, one of our graduates reflected on the idea of learning to learn. Chris Myers recently graduated from our Mobile Engineering course in Salt Lake City and is now working for a research university in Atlanta. In his post, he talks about how he overcomes the daily challenge of not knowing how to do something he’s been asked to do.

I have been taught how to find an answer, to discern whether it’s useful to my situation, and 99% of the time, tailor it to my needs. Not knowing something is not the same as not being able to figure something out.

Chris’s full post is below. Want to read more about his journey? Check out his full blog here Read More

Two years after code bootcamp: Catching up with Thomas

When we last heard from Atlanta Front-End Engineering graduate Thomas McCracken, he was sharing his experience at The Iron Yard. Though coding, software development and technology weren’t foreign concepts to him with his background in geographic information systems, when his work started to more fully involve Python scripting, HTML and CSS, he was intrigued. “You could say I just kind of got the bug for it,” he said. Read More