Enrollment stretch here in the DC/Arlington campus. (Spots still open for our January 26 launch, so check out our courses and APPLY!) Why The Iron Yard you may ask? Here are a few of the most-asked questions from the calls/emails I’ve received the last couple of weeks.
What courses are offered in the DC/Arlington campus?
- Front-end Engineering
- Ruby on Rails Engineering
Learn the power of Ruby on Rails, one of the most popular server-side frameworks in the world. At the end of class you’ll know how to build fast, production-quality full-stack apps.
- Mobile Engineering
You’ll get the ins-and-outs of iOS app development using Xcode, Objective-C and Apple’s new programming language, Swift. At the end of the class you’ll have the skills to create beautiful, fully functional iOS apps and the foundation to pursue building Mac apps as well.
Full-time is a little intense, isn’t it?
Yes, but so is making a career shift or retraining the way you think. What you as a student are doing in the 12 weeks is learning for the best programmers in the industry, establishing a solid foundation of knowledge and habits in being a software engineer, retraining your brain to learn how to learn and problem-solve, building a network of peers and mentors within The Iron Yard family and local tech community, and much more. Attempting all this part-time would be a disservice.
What sets The Iron Yard apart from online courses or similar training?
Giovanni, our Campus Director in Columbia, wrote a great response. As he recaps: 1) highly experienced teachers; 2) a focus on teamwork and production skills (i.e. real-world issues); and 3) adept career placement. Our awesome staff, passionate about people and code education, also have tons of fun doing it!
I don’t have big dreams of the next great startup or a cool app. Am I going to fit in?
Another version of this question is ‘am I techie enough?’ to take the class. There will be many things you all have in common: hard working, self-motivated, problem-solvers. The rest is icing on the cake: one of the greatest benefit to your learning is the diversity that your peers bring in terms of their background. We’re not looking for cookie-cutter students. But don’t be surprised when the joy of coding gets your creative juices flowing and you might graduate with an idea you’d like to develop.
Why is community important in a code bootcamp?
We at The Iron Yard are about writing great code. And writing great code is just easier when you’re in a great community. A community that is more than a bunch of people crammed into a space but one forged through shared passion and vision: an environment where individuals are accepted as they are while challenged daily to reach further. We value the goals that has led you to The Iron Yard; and the truth is, you can’t get there alone.