Economy And Immigration: What’s Dividing Republicans →

In 10 months, Americans will go to the polls to pick the next U.S. president. When they cast their ballots, those votes will likely hinge on how they feel about the issues most important to them. But what are those issues? As a way of finding out, NPR’s Rachel Martin centered her focus on one community going through a lot of change: Mecklenburg County, N.C. The Iron Yard’s Charlotte Campus Director Wes Lawson spoke to NPR about education issues.

To read the full story on NPR, click here.

Team member spotlight: Wes Lawson, Charlotte Campus Director

Last week, we shared with you that we are officially opening enrollment for our full-time, immersive courses in Charlotte, N.C. Today, we want to introduce you to our Charlotte Campus Director Wes Lawson. Wes came to us with over a decade of experience in the education field, and we’re thrilled to have him representing us in the Queen City. We recently sat down with him to find out more about his passions, his experience and what makes him excited for the future. Read More

The Iron Yard Charlotte is enrolling!

Research firm CBRE recently named Charlotte as one of the top “momentum markets” for technology sector growth. In fact, the Queen City’s tech industry has grown by 28 percent in the last five years thanks in large part to companies like AvidXChange, Tresata and Pactera. In the past 90 days alone, there were more than 1,000 job postings for developer positions in the Charlotte area. More than 250 of those job postings were for junior-level developers.

All of that is to say, Charlotte is ready. Over the past few months, we’ve hosted some events and Crash Courses, and we’ve enjoyed getting to know CLT. Today, we can officially share with you that The Iron Yard Charlotte is accepting applications for our first immersive courses! Read More

Helping kids learn programming for Hour of Code

One of the most rewarding parts of what we do at The Iron Yard is hosting kids coding classes. Our instructors volunteer their time on a regular basis to make sure kids in every community where we operate have a chance to be exposed to what it’s like to code. Plus, our kids coding classes usually feature fun topics like how to build games or recreate popular characters characters.

Teaching kids is something we’ve done since we launched, and it’s remained a big part of our DNA. Our CEO Peter Barth put it this way:

We believe in investing in the local tech economy for the long run, and that means impacting the next generation. Hosting these events is a great way to help kids take their first step down a path that could unlock a passion for technology.

We’re so passionate about exposing kids to technology and coding that we are hosting free kids coding events at every one of our locations during the week of Dec. 7-13 for the global “Hour of Code” effort created by Code.org. The goal of the effort is to introduce students to computer science – even one hour of learning to code might be the start of something great! Last year, every Apple Store in the world hosted an Hour of Code and even President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign. Pretty cool. Read More

We’re coming to the Queen City!

It’s no secret that Charlotte, N.C. is on the rise. It might not be as well-known that Charlotte’s tech scene has also reached a tipping point, and companies are scrambling to hire trained programmers. In fact, there are more than 250 job openings every 90 days in Charlotte for entry-level software engineers.

Today we officially announced that we’re opening a campus in Charlotte to help meet that hiring need. Read More