How to get the most out of a bootcamp – Catching up with Jessica

Jessica Dembe is a graduate of our DC campus. We heard from Jessica on International Women’s Day about her journey learning to program. In this interview with Code with Veni, Jessica gives advice on how to get the most out of immersive coding classes. 

Tell us about yourself

I work as an Associate Technical Consultant at Blackstone Technology Group (@BTGFed). I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park and I recently graduated from the Front-End Engineering program at The Iron Yard.

My tech related projects include my iFeel app and trying to keep up to speed with JavaScript. In my free time, I like to cook, try peanut-free restaurants and recipes, and figuring out ways to stay active without being bored.

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Jess Can Code: Employed!

Last Wednesday we celebrated International Women’s Day and the many social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We also celebrated the future of women in tech as one of our recent DC grads, Jess Dembe, signed an offer for her first job as a developer with Blackstone Technology Group! Jess shared her story on her blog, Jess Can Code. Read her post below: 

First and foremost, Happy International Women’s Day! This year, I celebrated by signing an offer sheet for my very first tech job!

This is in stark contrast International Women’s Day 2016 when I learned that I didn’t get into graduate school. Funny how life works, right?

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Team member spotlight: Meet Devin, DC Urban Alliance intern

This month in Washington, DC, we welcomed a new intern from the Urban Alliance organization to our campus. Devin Mozee is a senior at McKinley Technology High School, a tech enthusiast and a huge asset to our team. The Urban Alliance program helps train the tech talent of the future by providing high school seniors with an intensive year-long experience featuring professional development training, paid internships and one-on-one support.

We sat down with Devin to learn more about how he found the Urban Alliance program, why he loves tech and what his goals are for the future:

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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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Office Envy: Inside The Iron Yard’s Sleek New Downtown Campus →

Just this month, The Iron Yard’s D.C. campus found a new home downtown. The education organization focused on teaching people how to code has campuses in Georgia, North Carolina, Texas and several other states. Its D.C. campus was formerly located in the same building and on the same floor, but now that construction is over and the furniture is all moved in, The Iron Yard’s new home is up and running right down the hall.

See the full article and more pictures on DCInno.

Live from The Iron Yard: U.S. CTO Megan Smith talks TechHire in DC

Over the past year we have had the incredible opportunity to collaborate with the White House on a number of initiatives including the Opportunity Project and Computer Science for All, and Vice President Joe Biden even helped us kick off the Tech Opportunity Fund in September.

Last week, we had the privilege of hosting U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor, at our Washington, DC campus to celebrate the achievements and future of the TechHire initiative, and announce the 20 new cities joining the TechHire family. After Megan and Portia’s remarks, the more than 50 attendees at the event participated in small group discussions about how communities can better work together to foster an inclusive, accessible tech industry and train tomorrow’s talent.

Bringing together the great minds of government leaders, local employers, students and higher education influencers generated a thoughtful dialogue on the issues of the day and a series of smart next steps to make an impact. Below are a few notable points that came out of last week’s event:

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The Iron Yard Opens Enrollment for New Java Coding Course in Washington, DC →


WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Oct. 20, 2016) — The Iron Yard, the country’s largest immersive code school, today announced a new Back-End Engineering software development course that will begin on November 14 at the Washington, DC campus. The course, Back-End Engineering with Java, will be offered in an immersive, 12-week format designed to prepare students to become junior-level developers after graduation.

“Washington, DC is one of the top markets for tech jobs and employers are looking to tap into the local tech talent pool to quickly fill the thousands of open positions,” said Brian LeDuc, campus director for The Iron Yard in Washington, DC. “Based on job posting trends and the conversations we have had with our local advisory board and other local employers, we saw a strong need for Back-End developers who know Java. We are excited to add an immersive Java course to our DC campus offerings and train students with the skills employers desperately need.”

The Java course will be taught by Prakash Subedi, an industry veteran with nearly 14 years of Java experience and more than 20 years of experience in the information technology field. He holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Marymount University and industry certifications in Java programming (SCJP), Oracle database (OCP-DBA), and system security administration (DISA-SA). He is also a certified Advanced Communicator Silver and Advanced Leader Bronze from Toastmasters International and has delivered over 30 speeches to diverse audience including tech talks, technical presentations, and professional seminars on topics such as modern software architecture and communications among software components.

“As a recruiter with 10 years of experience in tech recruiting, one of the most common skill sets I have hired for is Java,” said Lalitha Ganesan, a Senior Technical Recruiter at AOL and member of The Iron Yard’s Washington, DC advisory board. “Java is arguably one of the most popular programming languages among developers. From creating web applications, web portals, customized software to e-commerce and m-commerce, Java is definitely the preferred and most used.”

The Iron Yard’s full-time, immersive programs are designed to mentor people of all backgrounds into becoming professional junior-level developers in 12 weeks. With the support of experienced, full-time instructors and a robust career services program, students are provided with the resources they need to master in-demand skills, build a portfolio and navigate the job search process.

The Back-End Engineering with Java course will begin on Nov. 14, 2016 and prospective students can apply here:

The Iron Yard’s Washington, DC campus is also currently offering Community Forward Scholarships, a full-tuition scholarship program designed to support students who are passionate about using technology to improve their communities but need financial assistance to participate in a code school program. Find out more about the Community Forward Scholarship for the new Java course here:  

For more information about The Iron Yard, please visit: To attend a crash course on the Washington, DC campus and try your hand at coding, visit:

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

New Java course coming to Washington, D.C.

Not just our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. also holds the title of best city for women in tech, makes the top 10 list for cities with the highest paying jobs in tech and is the fourth most desirable city for startups.

With all this momentum and interest in D.C.’s tech community, we are excited to announce a new Back-End Engineering software development course on our Washington, D.C. campus that will begin on November 14! The course, Back-End Engineering with Java, will be offered in an immersive, 12-week format, designed to prepare students to become junior-level developers after graduation.

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Your Definitive Guide To DC’s Tech Bootcamps →

D.C.’s tech bootcamps might be the jump-start people need when they’re looking to enter the tech industry partway through their career. Rather than invest the time and money into a Master’s program, students can take a 10-13 week course to prep for an entry-level developer position or develop other technical skills.

At places like The Iron Yard and General Assembly, student interest in these immersive programs is only growing.

Read the full article on DCInno.