Social media, networking help locals beat trap of under-employment →

When Red Lobster cut some servers’ hours to less than 20 a week, Melissa Malpica tried to get by. But with a base pay of $5.03 an hour, plus tips, she found it tough.

“It was late nights, unpredictable hours and less pay. It wasn’t a passion of mine. I decided to make a change because I wanted to start a family,” said Malpica, 33.

Malpica’s solution was to learn new skills. She signed up for a three-month computer coding program at downtown Orlando’s Iron Yard.

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Orlando Tech Association will sponsor our fall cohort in Orlando

Our Orlando campus launched its first cohort just over a year ago. Since then, we’ve graduated nearly 50 people and developed deep relationships with the local tech community.

Today, one of our local partners announced some really exciting news. Orlando Tech Association will sponsor our fourth cohort in Orlando, which begins class Oct. 5. They will take an active role in adding to our student experience by providing speakers, special events, resources and support during the cohort, which runs until Jan. 8. Read More

Tech is hot at The Iron Yard Orlando

Things are heating up in Orlando, and we don’t just mean the mid-90-degree weather. On Monday, The Iron Yard’s Orlando campus welcomed a new crop of students for the first day of our immersive Mobile Engineering cohort, taught by our Orlando Mobile Instructor, Ben Gohlke. This is the second Mobile Engineering course being offered since the Orlando coding school opened in 2014.

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Ari Gonzalez: From Event Manager to Software Developer

From time to time we like to share the exciting “stories in the making” and allow you to get to know more about current students and graduates. From this vantage you can learn more about where they’ve come from and where they are going.

We hope their stories inspire you to think much bigger about your career in software and technology!

This is Ari Gonzalez’ story.

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We’re hiring!

By Susanna Miller, Campus Director

It’s possible that I’m a little biased, since I lead the team here, but I’d say The Iron Yard Orlando is a pretty awesome place to work. We’ve got an excellent team of instructors and TAs, and committed, enthusiastic students. And if you’re interested in being a part of our team and helping transform the lives and careers of our students, this is your chance: we’re hiring a Campus Operations Manager!

For more info on specifics of the position, and to apply online, check out our job posting here

On Teamwork…

By David Rogers, Front End Instructor

I teach people how to program with ridiculously hard problems and just enough instruction. Well, mostly enough. As much as I can fit, certainly. Beyond programming in JavaScript, building web pages and sites with HTML and CSS, and learning how to rock Github, I hope that most of my students come away with an understanding of how to work with others on a team. Like these folks from our current cohort…

One of the realities of learning from someone with significantly more experience than you in a subject is that it can become difficult to overcome a misunderstanding or lack of understanding simply through a continuous series of slightly different explanations and analogies.

That is to say, I can only explain this stuff so many different ways before I run out of material.

One thing that I reiterate to my classes constantly is that people learn differently from their peers and near-peers than they do from a teacher or mentor. Sometimes, just having to slow down and explain something that you just grasped yourself changes the way that you understand and percieve that thing. To foster that, we actively encourage pairing on assignments, small group and team assignments, and even student teaching during lab time.

This week, after a night of humiliating defeat at the hands of an assignment, my class rallied together as a team, huddled around the a cluster of tables in the common area, and made some learning happen. By the end of the day, they were piled in front of the projector together.

This might go without saying, but there’s a reason that our classes are live and in-person for 12 weeks. Something magical happens inside a cohort. It’s hard to articulate, but sometimes you can snap a photo. 

“Extending” My Knowledge

By Ben Gohlke, Mobile Instructor

I presented at another iOS meetup last week. It marks probably the tenth or so presentation I’ve given in a meetup-type setting. They do seem to get a little easier each time. Let’s hope the same thing will happen after I get a few lectures under my belt in my first cohort at The Iron Yard.
It’s interesting to explain something to a group of people when you yourself have only learned about it hours earlier. It’s exciting to learn something new, but only after you have to explain it to someone else do you truly begin to understand it. That’s pretty much how my presentation on extensions for iOS 8 went. I hope that’s how much of the “holes” in my iOS development knowledge will fill in as I move through the curriculum for my class. Vastly improving my knowledge and expertise as an iOS developer by teaching others how to build apps is certainly not a bad side effect of this new teaching gig. I expect to get much more than that from the experience, but that’s not a bad outcome in itself.

Want to learn to create iOS apps for yourself or get a job building them for the best companies in your area? Check out our classes!

B.T.dubs, if you want to see the slides from the meetup talk, look here.

Reposted from Ben’s personal blog.