The Iron Yard launches $45M fund to boost diversity in tech industry →

Greenville-based coding school The Iron Yard announced Friday that it has partnered with Code Fellows and Operation HOPE to launch the Tech Opportunity Fund – an attempt to boost diversity in the technology industry, which employs a low number of African-American and Hispanic workers and suffers from a wide gender gap.

Read the full coverage of the Tech Opportunity Fund in the Upstate Business Journal.

From massage therapist to developer: Hannah’s story

At 26, Hannah decided she was ready to start using her brain over her brawn – in part because she was already developing arthritis and carpal tunnel after six years working as a Massage Therapist. Her desire to find a career that could lead to more opportunity, and to have a job that was challenging her on a daily basis drove her to look into code schools and attend The Iron Yard. “I just was tired of going home and being in pain everyday and not being happy with what I was doing. I did some research on careers that weren’t going anywhere, and coding was number one.”

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Iron Yard presents student-made apps at Demo Day →

Greenville’s The Iron Yard has graduated another class of junior developers. The coding school held its Demo Day at The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville last week, signaling the end of a three-month crash course in coding that the school has held since 2013 to address a deficit of skilled developers in the local tech community.

Eighteen students presented websites and applications in various stages of completion in hopes of impressing potential employers.

Read the full Upstate Business Journal story here.

Liberty Fellows receive national recognition for tackling issues with global significance →

Liberty Fellows Amy Crockett, M.D. and Peter Barth recently received national recognition for leading initiatives that address two of society’s most intractable problems – preterm birth and sourcing a qualified workforce. Barth, Co-founder and CEO of The Iron Yard, was one of six Fellows in the AGLN selected to participate in the Braddock Scholars Program.

Read the full article in the on UpsateBizSC.

From the baseball field to the field of software development: Paul’s story

Paul Nitto graduated after a successful career as a baseball player at Furman University in 2013. For the first 18 months of his post-college life, he worked at the Landon Powell Hit House helping children with proper baseball technique and coached a few travel teams. But to Paul’s surprise, he ended up loving another aspect of his job – managing the organization’s software system. But when he considered whether working in software might be worth pursuing, he wasn’t sure where to turn. “I didn’t really know what to do, where to go, or what people to contact,” he said. “The only company that I knew that had something to do with software was The Iron Yard.” Read More