Hey, Dallas! Tech events, new instructors at The Iron Yard

It’s a busy day (actually, a busy month!) on our Dallas campus, as we’re hard at work prepping to welcome people for events, courses, info sessions, workshops and more.

First, we’re proud to be hosting several #DSW17 events, including the DSW17 Workshop: Google ‘Android Things’ Operating System Overview – this Friday at noon. In addition to several information sessions and free crash courses (check out our Meetup page here for the latest!), we’re also welcoming two new instructors to our campus – Ato Mensah and Douglas Hirsh.

Today, we want to introduce you to Ato and Douglas. They both have impressive resumes and experience, but they also each bring a unique energy to campus and we know that future students will benefit from learning with them. They also both want students to understand the value of learning how to learn. Below, meet Ato and Douglas.  Read More

Spotlight on Gil Pratte: Austin Java instructor

Austin is skyrocketing to the top of list of tech hubs, ranking as the number one city to launch a tech startup, in the top 10 U.S. cities for jobs and even earning the title “City of the Eternal Boom.”

The Iron Yard has been offering courses in Austin since early 2015 and has since graduated nearly 150 students from the campus. Now, we’re excited to announce that this fall, we will be expanding our course offerings and introducing a new Java class in Austin taught by Gil Pratte. Gil is an industry veteran with 19 years of Java experience and 25 years of experience as a professional programmer. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from Florida State University, and a B.S. in math from Ohio State, where he also played college soccer.

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Front-End or Back-End Engineering? That’s the question in Cincinnati

The Kauffman Index recently listed Cincinnati as one of five metro areas that experienced the biggest positive shift in rank for startup growth from 2015 to 2016. One of the sectors seeing the largest amount of growth was the tech industry. In fact, over $140 million was poured into the city’s 200 startups over the preceding 18 months.

Since tech startups are a huge (and growing) piece of Cincinnati’s economic pie, jobs are readily available to those with knowledge, skills and passion. So how do you learn the requisite coding skills to get prepared for those jobs? The rise of code schools has changed the education scene and made learning programming more accessible than ever. Coding classes can set you on your way to a new career in Cincinnati’s tech scene in as little as 12 weeks.

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Staff Spotlight: Shawn Spainhour, Regional Director of Operations

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Kristina Schatz, one of our regional directors of operations. Today, we’d like you to meet Shawn Spainhour.

Shawn, who is based in Salt Lake City, leads The Iron Yard’s region that includes our campuses in Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and Austin. He is a veteran, tech junky and passionate educator, who previously worked at a private academy servicing 2,600 students and their families.

We are lucky to have Shawn on our team and leading the Western region. Below is more about his background, goals for the RDO role and a few interesting facts. Meet Shawn, in his own words:

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Three reasons why learning Ruby on Rails can help you pursue a tech career in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is a beautiful place to prepare for a tech career. With an average winter temperature of 70 degrees and a median home price of just $163,000, it’s easy to see why companies like Publix, Jabil and TechData have made the Tampa area home for their headquarters and why one in every 94 U.S. tech workers lives in Tampa Bay. Add to that a new, direct connecting flight to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and Tampa Bay may just be the next big player in the rapidly growing tech scene. Read More

The Week in News

“Seeing is believing,” and believe it or not, this old adage is particularly relevant to code schools. It’s why we encourage people who are interested in coding to attend a crash course first and see what the experience is like first hand, and why we love to invite media and members of the community to our campuses to see what our students learn during their immersive courses.

This week we welcomed several reporters to our campuses and showed them what The Iron Yard is all about.

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Meet the three women leading The Iron Yard’s campus in Detroit

Detroit is fast becoming the home base for companies and entrepreneurs in industries ranging from healthcare and defense to information technology and homeland security. For tech talent, opportunity in the Motor City is enormous. In fact, companies in the area posted nearly 800 junior-level programming jobs in the last 90 days alone.

In the tech world, it’s not everyday that you get to brag about having a full roster of female leaders, but that’s exactly who we have leading our Detroit campus. So who are the three women leading The Iron Yard in Detroit? We sat down with Emily Crisman, Campus Director; Emily Znamierowski, Campus Operations Manager and Ronda Bergman, .NET Instructor to learn more about their stories, passions and goals for the Detroit campus.

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Iron Yard graduate to present at White House Opportunity Project event today

In March, we had the honor of collaborating with the White House for the launch of the Opportunity Project, a program that makes community-specific data sets open and available to the public to create tools that can be used to help increase access to jobs, housing, transportation, schools, neighborhood amenities and other critical resources.

Over the past several months, many of The Iron Yard’s students have used the data to create civic-minded apps that benefit the communities where they live, work and create. One student we introduced you to was Pat Cooke on our Detroit campus, who created the app InformedCity to plot the location of police departments, crime data and housing values for the last year.  Read More

Want to be a lifelong programmer? Learn JavaScript.

We’ve really enjoyed talking with our instructors recently about the languages they teach. Their enthusiasm for what they do is inspiring. Today’s post will continue that trend. We talked all about why students should learn JavaScript with Calvin Webster, who taught for six cohorts at our Charleston campus and is now an Advisory Board member. Below are some excerpts from our conversation. Read More