Financing Now Available for Immersive Coding Courses at The Iron Yard in Indianapolis →

INDIANAPOLIS — (Nov. 30, 2016) — The Iron Yard, the country’s largest immersive code school, today announced that Indiana residents are now eligible to finance their code school education through financing partner, Climb Credit. With this announcement, students enrolling in immersive courses at The Iron Yard’s Indianapolis campus can finance the full cost of tuition for the course and apply to receive an additional cost-of living loan, making it easier for residents of the Hoosier State to pursue a career in software development.

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Financing now available in Indiana

Launching a completely new career is no easy task, especially when you have bills to pay, debt to deal with, family responsibilities and other stresses of life. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to prepare for a new career through our immersive courses. For some students, that transition is made easier with the help of financing. You can read about our current financing options here.

Due to regulation requirements, Indiana residents have been unable to secure financing to attend our courses in the past. Today, we’re thrilled to share that Indiana residents are now eligible for financing through one of our financing partners, Climb Credit. Read More

Helping solve Indy’s transit problems by learning to code: Marie’s story

Forty-something couple Marie and Troy Denney have traveled the world. When in Rome (or whichever city they happen to find themselves in), they tend to choose public transportation rather than drive a personal vehicle. “You get to see parts of town that you wouldn’t necessarily see otherwise,” Marie said. “It’s very cost-effective, and in many cases, in places like San Francisco, I don’t really want to drive anyway. It’s hard to drive out there.”

Every time they returned home, Marie wondered why her hometown of Indianapolis was so lacking in public transportation. When she couldn’t find a solution, Marie created an app. But first, she had to learn to code. Read More

3 easy ways to start learning to code in Indy – Techpoint

Emily Trimble, our Campus Director in Indianapolis, recently penned an article for Techpoint with her tips for three easy ways to start learning code. For those who are just beginning the journey into the world of programming, her ideas about how to take advantage of free local resources like Girl Develop It, Indy’s Free Code Camp and our free Crash Courses are spot-on.

As someone who’s helped people just starting their path toward becoming a coder and those furthering their existing coding careers, I’ve had a lot of conversations about what works.

Almost everyone I’ve talked to has said that the ability to learn in person is what really made the difference in helping them truly understand how to get started in a new career in technology. – Emily Trimble

Click here to check out the entire article. Then let us know – what are your favorite free, easy resources for newbies to dip their toes into the world of coding?

3 easy ways to start learning to code →

So, you’ve been thinking about learning to code. After a quick Google search you’re bombarded with blog posts, tutorials, Meetup groups and bootcamps offering to help you get started. If you’re overwhelmed by this, you’re not alone — I talk to people all the time who want to learn to code or break into the tech world, but they aren’t quite sure where to begin.

Read more insights from The Iron Yard’s Indianapolis campus director, Emily Trimble, on how you can start learning to code in TechPoint.

Amber Smith’s New Career Path →

Nearly a dozen graduates of The Iron Yard gathered last week to demonstrate their final projects – the culmination of 12 weeks of intensive tech training. The new graduates come from all walks of life; they are former geologists, art majors, sales managers, baristas, philosophers, marketers and statisticians. Amber Smith is a former non-profit grant writer. Now, she and her classmates from The Iron Yard share one thing in common. They are all back-end and front-end engineers, ready to tackle their next career in Indy’s growing information technology world.

Read more about Amber’s story on EmployUp.org.

$100 million fund launched for code school diversity scholarships →

The Iron Yard, the largest immersive code school in the U.S., has launched the Tech Opportunity Fund. It’s a collaboration with Code Fellows and Operation HOPE to increase diversity in the tech industry. The idea is that by removing financial barriers and increasing access to tech education for all through core financial literacy and entrepreneurship training.

Read the full article on TechPoint.

A love of language leads to a career in coding: Angie’s story

We shared part of Angie’s story back in February shortly after she graduated from the Back-End Engineering with Ruby on Rails course at our Indianapolis campus location. The former English teacher had just been hired by Rocketbuild and was about to begin her journey as a professional developer. Since then, she’s learned a lot about what it’s like to work as a junior developer. She recently shared her story with our friends at Course Report in hopes that it might inspire others who are interested in taking the plunge into coding. Read More

Code schools play integral role in Indy’s future

The Iron Yard’s campus director in Indianapolis, Emily Trimble, recently contributed an article to TechPoint discussing the important role code schools play in developing the junior-level talent that local employers need to hire. Emily makes the case that not only are code schools a crucial part of Indy’s tech ecosystem, the students graduating from these programs bring a fresh perspective to development teams that are extremely beneficial to employers – and we couldn’t agree more.  

Read the full article, including Emily’s insights on the Indy market and success stories from some of The Iron Yard’s local graduates, below:

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Student Story: Ryder Timberlake

Ryder Timberlake doesn’t speak like most people, but then again, Ryder Timberlake doesn’t do anything like most people. He doesn’t temper his enthusiasm, either in conversation or in his pursuit of things he enjoys.

As an undergraduate, he followed his enthusiasm for Linguistics and Spanish by double majoring in both, later, he’d also pick up a Masters degree in Spanish Linguistics. “I come from an academic family and I’m sure that played a role. Languages was just what I was interested in studying.”

Despite the connection between studying languages and programming, it was actually a fairly winding road that lead the 31 year old to the February 2016 Back-End Engineering Course at our Indianapolis campus.

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