Life after bootcamp: An update on Astrid Countee’s story

When we last checked in with Astrid 18 months ago, she had just graduated from our Back-End Engineering Course in Houston and was starting her journey as a professional developer. Since then, she’s been unstoppable. From professional achievement in both enterprise and entrepreneurial settings to volunteering in the tech community and finding her passion for social entrepreneurship, Astrid does it all.

Below, Astrid talks about life after bootcamp: Read More

Learn to Code With Me podcast: Interview with Astrid Countee

A couple of weeks ago, one of our awesome graduates participated in an interview on the podcast “Learn to Code With Me” with Laurence Bradford. Astrid Countee graduated from our Houston campus in December 2014. She previously worked as a data analyst in the oil and gas industry before making the switch to software development. Today, she’s an anthropologist, a researcher, and a freelance software developer.  Read More

Combining your Passions Into a Coding Career with Astrid Countee →

Laurence Bradford talks with Astrid Countee, a software developer who followed a unique path from a graduate degree in anthropology to a successful career as a freelance developer and researcher. In the podcast, Astrid walks through her journey from college to working as a data analyst, and eventually to her time at The Iron Yard code school, which led to her current success as a programmer.

Read the full episode recap here, and listen to the podcast on iTunes.

From waiting tables to Ruby on Rails engineer: Benjamin’s story

Benjamin had been a server at a restaurant in Houston, Texas for several years. An unfinished college degree kept him from moving forward with both his life and his career. The hours were long and irregular, and Benjamin felt stuck. Though he was involved with his church and had great friends, he couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something more for him. A real career. But he didn’t know where to start.

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Is a coding bootcamp worth it? 12 questions you need to ask yourself →

A coding bootcamp is a several-thousand-dollar investment, and that’s not even factoring in the cost of your time. It’s a big decision to make. You may be wondering if you should invest in one: will it be worth it?

Read the full article on Learn to Code with Me here, including insights from CMO Eric Dodds and Astrid Willis Countee, a graduate from The Iron Yard’s Houston campus.

We’re now bigger in Texas! Now enrolling for coding courses in Dallas and San Antonio.

According to recently released Census Bureau data, three of the top five fastest growing cities in the U.S. are in Texas, largely thanks to the Lone Star State’s booming tech industry. We’ve worked with tons of students through our Austin and Houston campus locations, and talk every day with Texas employers who tell us they need more tech talent. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re doubling our footprint in the Lone Star state with the launch of two new locations: Dallas and San Antonio.

Enrollment is open now for all Texans interested in learning to code. Here’s a quick snapshot of our Texas schedule:

  • Austin: Courses in Front-End Engineering, Back-End Engineering with Ruby on Rails and User Interface Design will begin Feb. 29.
  • Dallas: Courses in both Front-End Engineering and Back-End Engineering will begin March 21.
  • Houston: Courses are running now for both Front-End Engineering and Back-End Engineering; Mobile Engineering will begin March 28.
  • San Antonio: Courses in both Front-End Engineering and Back-End Engineering will begin March 21.

We’ll be hosting Open Houses, Crash Courses, Kids Classes and more at each of our Texas campus locations soon – Be sure you check Meetup.com for the latest events at your favorite Iron Yard location! In the meantime, we can’t thank our Texas friends and partners enough for the warm welcome so far, and we can’t wait to work with more Texas students soon.

The Iron Yard student stories from Houston: Spencer and Matt

A few weeks ago, we sat down with Brian Dorton – our Campus Director in Houston and an all-around awesome leader in our company – and asked him to share some of his favorite stories about Houston’s future programmers with us. He lit up when he talked about two of his former students – Spencer and Matt.

We always love to see how well our Campus Directors and Instructors get to know and care for our students—for them, a relationship with our students is more than a transaction and goes beyond graduation. Read More

A look back at the ROI of code bootcamp: Joey’s story

From time to time, we like to share the stories of our graduates to give you a chance to get to know more about them. By hearing from them directly, you can learn more about where they’ve come from, what their experience was like with The Iron Yard and where they are going from here. 

We hope their stories inspire you to think bigger about your own career goals and aspirations.

This is Joey’s story. Joey graduated in July 2015 from our Back-End Engineering course in Houston, with a focus on Ruby on Rails. After graduation, he reflected on his time at The Iron Yard and talked about the results of his experience. Read More

Helping kids learn programming for Hour of Code

One of the most rewarding parts of what we do at The Iron Yard is hosting kids coding classes. Our instructors volunteer their time on a regular basis to make sure kids in every community where we operate have a chance to be exposed to what it’s like to code. Plus, our kids coding classes usually feature fun topics like how to build games or recreate popular characters characters.

Teaching kids is something we’ve done since we launched, and it’s remained a big part of our DNA. Our CEO Peter Barth put it this way:

We believe in investing in the local tech economy for the long run, and that means impacting the next generation. Hosting these events is a great way to help kids take their first step down a path that could unlock a passion for technology.

We’re so passionate about exposing kids to technology and coding that we are hosting free kids coding events at every one of our locations during the week of Dec. 7-13 for the global “Hour of Code” effort created by Code.org. The goal of the effort is to introduce students to computer science – even one hour of learning to code might be the start of something great! Last year, every Apple Store in the world hosted an Hour of Code and even President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign. Pretty cool. Read More

It’s Agency Week at The Iron Yard Houston

This post was written by Jesse Wolgamott, our Back-End Engineering Instructor (and one of our Lead Instructors) in Houston.

Welcome to Agency Week.

It’s agency week at The Iron Yard Houston. Our students have elected a project manager to run the daily stand up and send progress summaries to the “clients,” (our campus director and myself), and started working in 11 different paths at once. They will experience every aspect of what it’s like to work inside an agency.

These students have had eight weeks of training for this. They know the software, they know the theory, and they can create pretty awesome projects on their own. The thinking behind Agency Week is this: Let’s see what happens when they’re put together as a team, given a theme to use, and asked to build a product for a client.  Read More