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 Chris McCandlish, front-end engineer

Next up in our Iron Journeys student story series, we’re talking with Chris McCandlish, one of our graduates who works as a developer in Dallas for a company called Vinli. Chris actually took our Front-End Engineering course in Charleston – he was an editor at a newspaper and after reading tons of articles about The Iron Yard, he was intrigued. So he took a couple of coding classes to see whether he liked it, and he was hooked. “It was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “It’s just a whole different way of thinking, and for me, it was hard to wrap my head around at first, but I just kept doing it. It was definitely difficult but totally worth it.” Read More

The Iron Yard student experience: Introducing “Iron Journeys”

One of our favorite things to do is share the amazing stories of our students and graduates. Walking with students as they begin the code school adventure is a privilege we don’t take lightly, and when those students graduate and go on to successful careers…well, it’s hard to contain our pride. It never gets old.

Sometimes it’s easier to talk about a life-changing experience once it’s over and you can look back and reflect on the journey. That’s why it’s helpful to have the point-of-view of a graduate who has finished their 12 weeks at The Iron Yard and who has gone on to land a great job. But if you’ve never been a student in one of our courses, you might not really understand what the experience is all about. What is it like for people who are currently in the middle of their journey toward becoming a software developer? Read More

Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Lifeblue

Building a local Advisory Board is critical to the success of each of our campuses, and we are lucky to work with some pretty amazing companies across the country. Advisory Board members play an instrumental role in our students’ experience, and help us keep our fingers on the pulse of local hiring needs and employer priorities.

In Dallas, we are proud to call Lifeblue, a digital agency that specializes in high-end web development, an Advisory Board member. Not only do we value their insight into the industry, they are actively involved with our students giving guest lectures and have even hired two amazing #IronGrads as junior developers!

We recently caught up with Lifeblue’s co-founder Russel Dubree to learn more about the company’s vision, their experience hiring junior-level developers and the emphasis they place on lifelong learning. Below is more from our conversation:

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Hello, Work : Jennifer’s story

Jennifer is currently a student in the Back-End Engineering course on our Dallas campus. Like many others, she jumped straight into the working world after high school, deciding to wait on going to college or pursuing further education until she knew exactly what career she wanted.

Jennifer recently shared a blog post about her past professional experience and what motivated her decision to attend The Iron Yard. We are so inspired by her drive to find joy in her career, and having the courage to look for new opportunities when her current position no longer felt right.  Changing careers is a big decision, and it’s clear that for Jennifer, attending The Iron Yard is a great fit for her aspirations as well as with her learning style. 

Read more of Jennifer’s story, in her own words: 

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Changing Careers, Building Connections, and Taking Risks as a Recipe for Success →

We all have probably had moments in our careers that we wish we could quit our jobs, start over, and follow our passion into our dream career.  This may not be as far-fetched as it seems, as Mike Matthew experienced.  The former educator and band director from Dallas relocated himself to Austin in order to attend coding bootcamp at The Iron Yard.

Read more about Mike’s amazing story on LaunchDFW.