The Week in News

In case you missed it, below are the top headlines from The Iron Yard this week.

Week in News

In case you missed it, below are the top headlines from The Iron Yard this week:

Additionally, we had the opportunity to attend the “White House Summit on Building the Tech Workforce of Tomorrow” this week, and meet with tech innovators and leaders from across the country. The conversation was inspiring and we look forward to  continuing to build on the momentum started by the TechHire initiative.

“It’s not a job, it’s a vocation.” Meet our Java instructor Dominique.

Being an instructor at The Iron Yard is no easy task. Each of our instructors faces huge and important challenges like explaining programming languages to someone for the first time, teaching basic coding skills and helping students understand what it’s like to be a professional developer. At The Iron Yard, it even goes beyond that skills-based education as we mentor people into a completely different way of thinking that will ultimately impact everything they do—both in their careers and in their lives. That’s why our instructors are so trusted. 

Today, we want to introduce  you to one of those trustworthy and passionate instructors – Dominique. He teaches Java at our Atlanta campus, and more than anything he wants to help as many people gain access to technology as possible so that everyone can have a hand in helping change our world for the better. But don’t take it from us – here’s more from Dominique in his own words:  Read More

Understanding how to build better projects: InVision in the Iron Yard classroom

One of the most common observations our alumni share with us is that the soft skills they gained during their time at The Iron Yard were just as important – if not more important – as the technical skills they learned. Ryder, one of our grads in Indianapolis who now works as a software engineer at Salesforce, put it this way:

I feel like the people who succeed have a whole lot of interpersonal skills and ability to put themselves in the shoes of the user. The ability to think empathically about the other members of their team requires some pretty hardcore interpersonal and EQ skills. That is both more important than the technical aptitude and also is a better predictor of success. As long as the basic technical aptitude is there, I think the most important things are persistence, tenacity, enjoying problem solving and having the soft skills.

So how do you teach those soft skills during such an accelerated, immersive learning experience? We give our students as much real-world exposure and experience as possible during our 12-week courses. They meet with Advisory Board members, tour local companies and go through mock interviews with hiring partners. They create projects with teams and present those projects in a public setting. Read More

The Week in News

In case you missed it, below are this week’s top headlines from The Iron Yard:

  • DC Inno – Office Envy: The Iron Yard’s New Downtown DC Campus: 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.
  • Creative Loafing ATL –The story SoFar: The room is home to Iron Yard, a software engineering and three-month coding school that is typically abuzz with programmers, but on Nov. 17, the common space in The Iron Yard’s office set the stage for SoFar Sounds, an intimate monthly gathering that puts on a live musical performance in a different, non-traditional space for each show — sometimes even in people’s living rooms or kitchens.

Our IOS instructor weighs in on Apple software for CNBC, The Register

Both CNBC and The Register have recently published articles discussing the current state of Apple software. In both cases, our own Mobile Engineering instructor Mohammad Azam (who’s based on our Houston campus) was quoted as a top source on the quality of Apple software based on his experience both as a developer and as an instructor. Mohammad also writes about all things iOS on his blog, and is a frequent speaker at mobile development conferences around the world.  Read More

New 24-week course coming to Houston in 2017

Increasing access to tech education is at the core of what we do. It’s why we offer scholarships, crash courses and work to help each individual achieve their career and education objectives. And it’s our goal to help clear the path so that everyone who has the passion and desire to learn to code has the opportunity to learn to code.

It is that philosophy that led us to launch a new 24-week course offering on our Houston campus. This course format is designed for students who want to learn programming and launch a career in technology, but are unable to quit their jobs to attend an immersive course.

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The Week in News

In case you missed it, below are this week’s top headlines from The Iron Yard:

  • CNBC – As Apple massively reinvents its software, it faces growing pains: Apple has laid out an ambitious software vision that has both presented massive opportunities and garnered criticism over the past couple of years. Some developers say there’s a long way to go. The Iron Yard’s  Mohammad Azam weighs in on the debate.
  • TechPoint – 4 steps to landing your first job in tech: Emily Trimble, The Iron Yard’s campus director in Indianapolis, wrote an article for TechPoint about advice she gives Iron Grads to help them land their first job.
  • Building Salt Lake – Salt Lake’s tech economy continues to grow: Salt Lake City is no longer an emerging tech market. According to a new report by CBRE Group, Utah’s largest metro is now considered a “growth leader” in the high-tech software/services industry.
  • Built In Austin – 4 Austin career coaches share job searching tips for recent coding school grads: While there’s always a demand for quality tech talent in Austin, finding a job after graduating from a coding boot camp can still be difficult. The article includes insights and tips from The Iron Yard’s director of instruction, Sam Kapila.

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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