From gaming shop manager to analyst – Jared’s story

Jared Knueven, a graduate of our first Front-End Engineering cohort in Cincinnati, transitioned from an Assistant Manager at a local gaming shop to a full-time Integration Analyst at The Health Collaborative. Shortly into his professional career, Jared realized he didn’t love the job he was getting out of bed for every morning, and his college degree wasn’t opening up as many opportunities as anticipated. 

That realization isn’t uncommon today. The difference? Jared didn’t just accept his fate. He took charge of his career path. After receiving some advice from a few family members who work in the tech industry, he knew that his drive/determination paired with the expertise and support of The Iron Yard was exactly what he needed to launch the path to a new fulfilling career. 

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Cincinnati students team up with Fountain Square to build New Year’s Eve app

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and communities across the country are planning their celebrations. In New York, there’s the Times Square ball drop, in San Francisco fireworks light up the sky and in Orlando, Disney World pulls out all the stops for family-friendly fun.

In Cincinnati, locals gather at Fountain Square for the annual New Year’s Eve Blast to dance the night away, grab some grub and participate in goofy games on the Fountain Square stage. This year, The Iron Yard’s Cincinnati campus is getting in on the fun, with students designing a special app for the event. Read More

The Iron Yard Teams Up with Fountain Square to Design New Year’s Eve Blast App

CINCINNATI — The Iron Yard is teaming up with Fountain Square Management Group to help ring in the new year with an exciting application for the city’s annual New Year’s Eve Blast at Fountain Square. Front-End Engineering students from The Iron Yard, the country’s largest immersive code school, are building an app that will create an interactive, engaging experience for attendees. Surprises and rewards for app users will be revealed on New Year’s Eve.

“We are excited to partner with The Iron Yard to add a new level of engagement to this exciting annual event. Their students show a passion for what they do and we are excited to see the application come to life on New Year’s Eve,” said Emily Stowe, Event Marketing Manager at Fountain Square Management Group.

The Fountain Square web application created by The Iron Yard’s students will add an interactive element to the event and engage attendees throughout the night by having them check into the event and participate in real-time audience polling. The Iron Yard’s students, who are in the final week of their 12 week immersive coding course, are building out the complete application, including design. After the New Year’s Eve Blast, these students will continue to work with the Fountain Square Management Group to adapt the application for events at Fountain Square throughout the year. Cincinnati residents can sign up for early access to the New Year’s Eve app at

“The New Year’s Eve Blast is a Cincinnati tradition,” said Jeff Boeh, campus director for The Iron Yard in Cincinnati. “It’s an incredible opportunity for our students to work with the Fountain Square Management Group to create an app for the celebration and help the city ring in 2017. I’m excited that Cincinnati will be able to see what our students are capable of building after just 12 weeks of coding training and be able to use the app as a part of their celebration.”

The Iron Yard’s team of student developers who are creating the New Year’s app include Kristie Bedgood, John Patterson, Michael Savoia and Tom Gobich. Additionally, two other students from The Iron Yard’s cohort are also unveiling new apps they created in time for New Years. Kyle Pfhaler created Title Crush as a companion application for Spotify so that listeners can stay alert on new releases and upcoming concerts, and Manpreet Singh built Cards Against Insanity, an online-only version of Cards Against Humanity which allows users to create private or public game rooms and engage in never-ending games of Cards Against Humanity.

The Iron Yard’s Cincinnati campus opened in March 2016 and is currently enrolling for 2017 immersive Front-End Engineering and Back-End Engineering courses, as well as a two week Front-End Engineering Foundations course; prospective students can apply here:

For more information about The Iron Yard, please visit: or contact the Cincinnati campus at 513.301.2875 or

About The Iron Yard

The Iron Yard is one of the world’s largest code schools and exists to create real, lasting change for people, companies and communities through technology education. The school offers full-time programs in Back-End Engineering, Front-End Engineering, Mobile Engineering and Design. The Iron Yard operates more than 20 campuses in the U.S. For more information, visit

About Fountain Square

Since 2006 when it reopened to the public, the reinvigorated Fountain Square has served as a catalyst for further investment in the area, including the 21C Museum Hotel; the redevelopment of the Maisonette building into Boca, Sotto, Igby’s; and the 84.51° headquarters building. Programmed daily by 3CDC with the help of a host of sponsors, the Square continues to generate interest and activity in the central business district.

Fifth time’s the charm: How a college student finally found his dream career

As a college student, Michael changed his major five times before he finally realized that coding was the right choice. With a background in graphic design, he knew that The Iron Yard offered the expertise and support to fast-track him to his career. Here’s more of his story, in his own words. 

Talk about your life before The Iron Yard. What led you to decide to attend a coding bootcamp?

Before The Iron Yard, I was a college student working a part-time job that I hated, and I had never been able to figure out what I wanted to do in my life. During college, I changed my major five times in hopes of finding something that I was passionate about. While studying graphic design I took a basic Python programming class which led to me discovering my passion for programming. However, I was already four years into college and I didn’t want to spend my time and money on another four years. I researched every possible way for me to fast-track myself into the field and came across The Iron Yard and decided to sign up! Read More

Front-End or Back-End Engineering? That’s the question in Cincinnati

The Kauffman Index recently listed Cincinnati as one of five metro areas that experienced the biggest positive shift in rank for startup growth from 2015 to 2016. One of the sectors seeing the largest amount of growth was the tech industry. In fact, over $140 million was poured into the city’s 200 startups over the preceding 18 months.

Since tech startups are a huge (and growing) piece of Cincinnati’s economic pie, jobs are readily available to those with knowledge, skills and passion. So how do you learn the requisite coding skills to get prepared for those jobs? The rise of code schools has changed the education scene and made learning programming more accessible than ever. Coding classes can set you on your way to a new career in Cincinnati’s tech scene in as little as 12 weeks.

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Team Member Spotlight: Greg Doud

Since we opened the doors to our Cincinnati campus in March, our team has hit the ground running. We have been busy setting up our local Advisory Board, talking with employers about their hiring needs, hosting events and meeting potential students, not to mention it’s already time for final projects for our first Front-End Engineering cohort!

A major driver of this momentum is our amazing campus staff. We recently introduced you to Cincinnati Campus Director Jeff Boeh and Front-End Engineering Instructor Jake Boyles, and today we’d like to welcome Greg Doud, Cincinnati’s Back-End Engineering instructor, to the team!

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An Iron Retrospective: Jake Boyles Front-End Engineering Instructor

Jake Boyles joined The Iron Yard’s team in May as the Front-End Engineering instructor in Cincinnati. His diverse background in software development, passion for teaching and welcoming personality make him an amazing mentor to his students and someone we are proud to have on our team!
Jake is wrapping up his first cohort and recently shared his thoughts about the journey so far on his LinkedIn page. We loved reading about his approach to teaching and learning more about the upcoming Cincinnati Demo Day where his students can show off what they’ve learned! Read Jake’s full post below:

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Team member spotlight: Jeff Boeh, Cincinnati Campus Director

Since we announced the opening of our Cincinnati campus in March, we’ve been busy working with employers, connecting with potential students, and prepping for our first cohort to begin next month! Oh, and we’ve also begun to assemble a pretty awesome team in Cincinnati, beginning with our Campus Director, Jeff Boeh. Jeff has a pretty cool story – his first job task was sweeping floors, he’s passionate about his chili, and he’s already been part of The Iron Yard family as part of The Iron Yard Ventures for the last couple of years.

Here’s a bit more about Jeff, in his own words.

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