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

Iron Yard Courses in Raleigh →

The Iron Yard, which teaches students how to write code, is preparing to open its new campus in Raleigh. Students interested in 12 week, full-time immersive courses in Front-End Engineering, Back-End Engineering and Mobile Engineering that will begin on March 28, can now apply online

Read the full article on the WRAL TechWire, here.

Want to learn programming in Raleigh? We’re now enrolling.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn programming in Raleigh, we have good news for you: We’re officially enrolling at our new campus at American Underground. Starting in March, our Raleigh campus will offer coding courses in Front-End Engineering, Back-End Engineering and Mobile Engineering.

We’ve loved being part of the Triangle area tech scene for awhile through our Durham campus location. We’ve had 120 students graduate in Durham, and many of those grads have gone to work for Raleigh-based companies like Red Hat, Lulu, Clean Design and Coalmarch. In the past 90 days alone, there have been more than 1,000 job openings for developers in Raleigh (300 of those jobs are for junior-level devs). So we’re pretty excited to expand our presence in the Triangle area and help train even more future programmers. Read More

Iron Yard Academy poised to meet demand for coders →

When WillowTree CEO Tobias Dengel and his cohorts picked Durham for a 98-job expansion in November, the competition was fierce. In the end, it wasn’t solely the incentives that clinched the Triangle for the Virginia app developer. It was the entire package – a package that includes coding schools. Code schools – such as the Iron Yard Academy – provide an attractive proposition.

Read the full Triangle Business Journal article, here.

American Underground shifts gears in Raleigh →

The American Underground, which two years ago expanded its network of startup spaces to Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, is remaking that site to accommodate a single tenant.

The decision announced Wednesday to lease the space to The Iron Yard – which has a network of software code schools – means that the 25 startups that currently occupy the 5,300-square-foot Raleigh space will have to relocate by the end of October. Startups in the American Underground spaces in Raleigh and Durham have flexible, month-to-month leases, which is one of the attractions for emerging companies whose futures can be uncertain.

Read more at the News & Observer.