Hour of code: Inspiring the next generation of coders

At The Iron Yard, we believe that investing in the local tech economy for the long-run means impacting and inspiring the next generation of coders. Our instructors and alumni regularly volunteer their time to make sure kids in every community where we operate have a chance to be exposed to coding. Plus, our kids coding classes usually include fun topics like how to build games and feature popular characters from movies and TV shows.

Each year, Code.org organizes Hour of Code – a  global movement that introduces students around the globe to coding through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming. Teaching kids is in The Iron Yard’s DNA and we are proud participants in the Hour of Code.

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From layoff to international iOS developer: Donny’s story

Donny’s first taste of computer programming came from a course at a local technical college in the year 2000. At that point, he’d tried a few college courses that didn’t interest him, but something about his programming courses (in RPG and Java) clicked. In 2002, he accepted his first programming job – before graduation. He never finished his last two college courses.

“I was 23, I had a programming job, and I thought I was cool and didn’t need to finish,” he said. “I had this footloose, carefree mentality because I was a developer.” Read More

Skills Without Frills: The Rise of Coding Academies →

The basement of a onceabandoned tobacco factory may seem to be an odd place to teach the most cutting edge computer technology, but that’s where The Iron Yard, a computer coding academy in Durham, North Carolina, makes its home. It holds classes in the basement of the American Tobacco Campus, a renovated multi-use industrial site where the American Tobacco Factory once manufactured famous cigarette brands like Lucky Strike and Liggett & Myers.

Yet, The Iron Yard’s location does have a certain sense of continuity or symmetry to it. The industrial chic décor, with cement walls and floors, pipes hanging from the ceiling, and glass walls for every room, immediately brings to mind the feeling that this is a place of work,befitting a for-profit school dedicated to providing students with no-frills, nose-to-the-grindstone training intended to lead to a highly skilled job in just a few short months.

Read the full Pope Center for Higher Education Policy article here.

Raleigh-Durham Demo Day Recap

For 12 weeks, our students put their heart and soul into learning how to code. At the end of each cohort, we celebrate the culmination of their immersive training and all they have accomplished at Demo Day. Demo Day gives each of our grads the opportunity to show off the applications they’ve built to prospective employers, community leaders and peers after weeks of hard work and preparation.

On July 13, our Raleigh and Durham campuses joined forces to host one of our largest Demo Day events to date. Not only did the event draw a full house of leaders and advisory board members from the Triangle area, it brought together more than 20 members of The Iron Yard team to support our students in-person. We consider it a privilege that our students choose us to be a part of their journey and watching them share their projects with the community is a powerful reminder of the why we love coming to work everyday.

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From Aerospace Engineer to programmer: John Buscemi’s story

John left a career as an Aerospace Engineer for something he found even more exciting: programming. The perfect balance of fast-paced problem solving, creativity and teamwork, coding quickly became a passion for John – who tried to learn to code on his own but turned to The Iron Yard for help. He now works for Red Hat in Raleigh, N.C. as a Software Application Engineer. 

Here’s John’s story, in his own words: Read More

Girl Develop It provides support, training for Triangle women in tech →

Amy Gori certainly wasn’t lacking for education – she has a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature – but she had no training in computer coding before taking a course offered by the local chapter of a nonprofit group called Girl Develop It.

Gori, who was an assistant dean at UNC-Chapel Hill before becoming a parent and temporarily dropping out of the workforce, quickly became hooked on coding. She signed up for another Girl Develop It class, then took a more intensive 12-week course offered by a code school in Durham called The Iron Yard. The end result: Today she’s a web developer at Durham startup Adwerx.

Read the full News & Observer article about Girl Develop It and the support the group provides to women in the Triangle area here.

Team member spotlight: Fielding Arnold, Raleigh campus director

Last week, we shared with you that we are officially opening enrollment for our full-time, immersive courses in Raleigh, N.C. Today, we want to introduce you to our Raleigh Campus Director Fielding Arnold. Fielding came to us with experience not only in education, but also in sailing the high seas! We’re thrilled to have her representing us in Raleigh. We recently sat down with her to find out more about her passions, her experience and what makes her excited for the future. Read More