Aaron graduated from our immersive Front-End Engineering course in Charlotte, NC a couple of weeks ago. After it was all said and done, he wrote a LinkedIn post reflecting on his time at The Iron Yard and his career journey to date. In the post, he included a letter of encouragement (and a bit of a challenge) to the next cohort of students. Sometimes, it can be really refreshing to hear a student’s perspective directly, so today we’re bringing you the entirety of his post. Aaron is now part of our career support process, and is looking for a full-time front-end web design job in Charlotte. Read More
As our Charlotte students were preparing their final projects leading up to Demo Day a couple of weeks ago, we stopped by our new campus in downtown Charlotte to check out their progress. We sat down with Front-End Engineering student Scott Endicott, who shared a bit of his story with us.
Scott’s college degree was in English Literature and he dabbled in publishing for a few years while teaching himself to code a bit on the side. When he realized that he enjoyed building sites more than his “regular” job, he decided to make the change and become a software developer.
“You could teach yourself it [code] eventually, but why take all that time if you can jump start and get your foot in the door?” he said. “Suddenly I was moving much faster from the beginning of one week to the end of that same week, I could go as far as I had on my own in months.”
Check out the rest of our conversation with Scott below (transcript follows video). Read More
Michelle Gruening will be spending much of her time getting to know Charlotte’s technology community in the coming months. Gruening left the Mint Museum’s events department to take a new role as campus director of The Iron Yard.
Read the full interview with Michelle in the Charlotte Business Journal.
What do you call a couple of college dropouts, a fine artist, and a marketing manager getting together to build an app? The future of Charlotte’s growing tech scene, of course. Last week, The Iron Yard presented its third cohort of early-professional frontend and backend developers.
Read the full article in the Charlotte Agenda.
Last week, we had the privilege of hearing Vice President Joe Biden include the launch of the Tech Opportunity Fund in a speech he gave in St. Louis about training Americans for jobs of the future. Today, we had the awesome opportunity to celebrate this announcement again at the White House Summit on #CSforAll and applaud the progress made toward the President’s historic call to action for Computer Science for All American students. All in all it’s been a pretty incredible week.
We live in a world where technology is integrated into every part of our personal and professional lives; from how we communicate with friends and family, to how we share ideas, schedule meetings and book vacations. Diversity is one of the most pressing issues facing the tech industry today and we can’t wait to do our part in ensuring that the next generation of tech innovators are just as diverse as the people who use technology in their daily lives.
Want to learn more about how you can get involved with the Tech Opportunity Fund? Visit www.techopportunityfund.org.
Deems Wilson is a man who follows his interests. In fact, the most common response we got during our interview with him was “because it was interesting.”
After college, Deems started working in the hospitality industry. It was during his time as a fine dining waiter that he developed a particular interest in wine. “I started working with wine for fine dining, and became really interested in it. I was being exposed to lots of good wines, and getting my sommelier certification just seemed like an obvious way to level up.”
After two years simultaneously managing a wine bar and two pool halls, Deems realized that his opportunities to grow in the service industry were diminishing. “It didn’t feel like I could reach much higher and I was beginning to feel like I was losing some of the passion and enthusiasm that had driven me for so long. It was time for a change.”
When the company Kyle Holliday was working for saw enough business to start building their own internal software, Kyle saw an opportunity, “I was wearing a couple of different hats there, and as the company grew, they started to build out their own software. I talked to some of the developers to see if there was any way I could help out, and I ended up doing some internal testing.”
The Iron Yard held its second Demo Day in Charlotte Friday. It was the opportunity for graduates of the program to show off their projects in front of potential employers. Brian Kelly, CEO of Charlotte-based CloudGenera, was in attendance scoping out potential hires. Representatives from Ettain Group were also in attendance.
Read the full article, including interviews with some of The Iron Yard’s recent Charlotte graduates, in the Charlotte Business Journal.
We recently shared with you some feedback we received from a group of #IronGrads in Atlanta. Today, we’ve got even more good stuff from current students in Charlotte. We sat down with these students a couple of weeks ago to chat about the journey each of them has gone through so far, and how they are feeling about graduating from The Iron Yard. Once again, we loved having open, honest conversations with our students and we can’t wait to share some of their feedback with you.
Interested in hearing more? Let us know in the comments and we’ll be happy to connect you with a graduate.
The Iron Yard recently held its first Demo Day in Charlotte. Hosted at Packard Place, the event marks the end of the 12-week coding program. Ten students presented their final projects to an audience of local tech companies, engineers and supporters of Charlotte’s tech community.
Read the full article about The Iron Yard’s Charlotte campus demo day and what’s next for the coding school in the Queen City in the Charlotte Business Journal.