Team member spotlight: Meet Devin, DC Urban Alliance intern

This month in Washington, DC, we welcomed a new intern from the Urban Alliance organization to our campus. Devin Mozee is a senior at McKinley Technology High School, a tech enthusiast and a huge asset to our team. The Urban Alliance program helps train the tech talent of the future by providing high school seniors with an intensive year-long experience featuring professional development training, paid internships and one-on-one support.

We sat down with Devin to learn more about how he found the Urban Alliance program, why he loves tech and what his goals are for the future:

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Prioritizing diversity and inclusion in Indianapolis’ tech industry

Like we wrote about earlier this week, supporting diversity in the tech industry is a top priority for The Iron Yard. This month, we celebrated an exciting milestone on our Indianapolis campus: Not only did we welcome the largest class we’ve ever had, it was also one of the most diverse. This cohort in Indianapolis has a 50/50 split of men and women.

Our Indianapolis campus director, Emily Trimble, recently contributed an article to TechPoint.org talking about the hard work she and her team have done over the past couple of years to ensure the Indianapolis campus is a safe, comfortable learning environment for all.

Below is an excerpt of Emily’s article, “Prioritizing diversity and inclusion in Indianapolis’ tech industry,” that talks about what led to increased enrollment of female students:

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The Iron Yard is one of SwitchUp’s best reviewed bootcamps

The following is a guest post from SwitchUp.org, an online platform that helps students find a technology or coding bootcamp for their transition into a technology career. 

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that The Iron Yard is a top-rated coding school on SwitchUp! We recently released our year-end ‘Best Coding Bootcamps’ list, and The Iron Yard currently boasts 64 alumni reviews at 4.2 stars.

The Iron Yard takes student feedback seriously, and it was exciting to see that reviewers were especially impressed by The Iron Yard’s teaching methods, hands-on curriculum and campus environment. Here’s the breakdown of what students have to say:

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CODE Debugging the Gender Gap: Screenings coming to a campus near you

Supporting diversity in the tech industry is something we’re incredibly passionate about at The Iron Yard, and something we’re actively working to impact. We hope to inspire communities to have open and honest conversations about the issue of diversity in tech, and create an inclusive, safe environment for tech education.

To that end, we are working with local partners to offer screenings of the documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. Our goal is to bring together our students, staff and members of the local tech community to talk about how we can increase gender diversity in the field.

The CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap.  The film raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

Below is a list of upcoming screenings on our campuses. Want to learn more about CODE? Check out the trailer here.

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The week in news

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

  • TechPoint – Prioritizing diversity and inclusion in Indianapolis’ tech industry: Our campus director in Indianapolis, Emily Trimble, wrote an article for TechPoint about how the campus prioritized diversity in the classroom and achieved a 50/50 split of men and women in the current cohort.
  • InfoWorld – The value of soft skills in a high-tech world: In her latest InfoWorld column, our executive director of the code school, Jessica Mitsch, discusses the soft skills that help make good developers great.
  • Atlanta Business Impact Radio – Mixing up marketing methods: Podcast hosts Veanne Smith and Sarah Lodato,  chat with our CMO Eric Dodds, about the innovative ways The Iron Yard, has been leading the change in EdTech. From their marketing efforts to the coding boot camps and online learning, The Iron Yard has been shaking up the traditional methods of obtaining an education.

Meet the team: Spotlight on Orlando

The Orlando economy has surged over the past couple of years, even earning a spot in the top three for Forbes’ 2016 best cities for jobs list, and 2017 is looking just as bright for the city’s vibrant tech sector.

With enrollment open for spring Front-End, Back-End and Mobile courses in Orlando, today, we want to introduce you to our outstanding campus team. We sat down with Susanna Miller the Orlando Campus Director and our instructors Brian Gates, Jason Skipper and Ben Gohlke to learn more about their backgrounds, advice they have for aspiring developers and what’s got them most excited about the Orlando tech community:

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Iron Journeys: A chat with Drake Fish, Front-End Engineering in Austin

In our next Iron Journeys video, we meet Drake Fish, one of our Front-End students in Austin. Before beginning The Iron Yard, Drake worked in retail as a store manager. When he started to feel burned out from working 80 – 90 hour weeks, he knew it was time to make a change and seek out a career that he was really passionate about and could see himself doing for the rest of his life.

We sat down with Drake a few weeks before his cohort’s graduation to see how his course is going and what his plans are for the future. Check out the conversation below to see what it’s really like to be a student at The Iron Yard.

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Team member spotlight: Rodrick Blanton, back-end engineering instructor

Choosing to attend a full-time, in-person code school is a big commitment. Students put their lives on hold for three months to fully immerse themselves in the curriculum, so before signing up for a course, we encourage all prospective students to meet with their instructors and get to know the people who will be guiding them through this journey.

At The Iron Yard, we hire seasoned developers who are equal parts mentor, development expert and passionate educator — a combination that is a tall but worthy order for students who have put everything on the line to pursue a career in tech. We believe that instructors are one of the most important ingredients in a code school student’s success.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our outstanding Iron Yard instructors – Rodrick Blanton, who teaches the .NET course in Dallas. Not only is Rodrick an industry veteran, he is a passionate advocate for diversity in tech and an unrelenting champion for his students’ success.

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9 reasons to learn to code in 2017

The new year is a chance to start fresh, tackle new goals and take steps toward self improvement. And with reports showing that 14 of the top 50 jobs in the U.S. are in tech, this year, why not add learning to code to your list of New Year’s goals?

Everyday we have the opportunity to talk to people who are looking to make a positive change in their life and take their first steps toward a rewarding career in tech. While people may have different reasons for pursuing the tech field – maybe they’re looking for a job with tons of upward mobility and earning potential, or maybe they’re just naturally creative problem solvers and drawn to all things tech – one theme remains constant: tech is the land of opportunity, no matter your career goal.

If you still need more inspiration, we talked to our instructors, all of whom are industry veterans, to learn what drew them to the tech field and what keeps them coming back for more. Below are 9 reasons why you should learn to code in 2017:

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The Week in News

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