Learning to learn: A graduate’s perspective

We often talk about how our courses go beyond the basics of programming languages and teach students to actually think like software developers. We help students learn how to learn, so they have the ability to continue studying and improving throughout their careers. But if you haven’t been through one of our courses, it might be hard to understand that concept. So we thought it might help to hear it from someone who has.

Four weeks into his first job as an iOS developer, one of our graduates reflected on the idea of learning to learn. Chris Myers recently graduated from our Mobile Engineering course in Salt Lake City and is now working for a research university in Atlanta. In his post, he talks about how he overcomes the daily challenge of not knowing how to do something he’s been asked to do.

I have been taught how to find an answer, to discern whether it’s useful to my situation, and 99% of the time, tailor it to my needs. Not knowing something is not the same as not being able to figure something out.

Chris’s full post is below. Want to read more about his journey? Check out his full blog here Read More

“You’re never too old to learn” – Joni’s Iron Journey

In our Iron Journeys video series, we’ve introduced you to a number of students who are in the midst of learning web development in an immersive course at The Iron Yard. Today we’re sitting down with Joni, one of our students in Salt Lake City, who is in week five of her course.

Joni had done a bit of programming during the course of her career, but she had never done web development professionally. She started learning JavaScript and HTML on her own, and eventually realized that if she wanted to learn to code, she needed help. “It just got to the point where there’s no substitute for in-class learning with people who are going through the same thing you are,” she said.

Check out the rest of our conversation with Joni for more on what her experience has been like so far, and why she thinks you’re never too old to learn. (full transcript follows video)

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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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Peter Barth CEO of The Iron Yard on Coding Schools Coming to Downtown →

Multiple technology coding schools have recently made downtown Salt Lake their home. Today on the show, Jason speaks with Peter Barth, CEO of The Iron Yard, an immersive code-education program with campuses around the country – including a new presence in Salt Lake City’s Clift Building. What do these schools do, and why are they relocating to our urban core?

Listen to the full segment on KCPW.org.

Tech Opportunity Fund Aims To Provide $100M In Coding School Diversity Scholarships →

Last month The Iron Yard announced that it has partnered with Code Fellows and Operation HOPE to create the Tech Opportunity Fund. The fund aims to provide $100 million worth of code school diversity scholarships over the next five years.

“The tech industry needs to be more diverse,” says Jessica MItsch, Executive Director of the Iron Yard’s code school. “It is important that all are represented when creating technology.” “All” includes those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford code school tuition, and those who are diverse in terms of gender and race.

Read the full article on Beehive Startups’ blog.

Can code school help you get your start in Salt Lake City’s tech industry?

The race to become the next Silicon Valley is in full force. Thanks to a massive tech boom, Salt Lake City is a top contender. Salt Lake City has attracted tech elite like Adobe, Electronic Arts and Twitter, earned the Forbes title of being a top five city for tech jobs and can even boast that the city is home to tech unicorns – companies valued at over a billion dollars. With these big businesses and many more startups opening their doors in the Beehive State, competition for well-trained employees is in full force (and sending salaries soaring). Attending code school is a great way to learn an in-demand skill and get started in Salt Lake City’s booming tech industry. Read More

Thriving during The Iron Yard: Advice from an IronGrad

Chris Meyers is a recent graduate of our Mobile Engineering course in Salt Lake City. He documented his journey throughout his cohort on his blog and he’s in the midst of interviewing for his first job in technology. 

We loved his advice for potential students on things to do to prepare for and thrive in a code bootcamp (and, specifically, at The Iron Yard). Read Chris’s blog post below:

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Changing your life in five months: Sean Calkins

If you told Sean Calkins in high school that at 25 years old he’d be a professional iOS developer, he wouldn’t have believed you. “I took a development class in high school and dropped it after a week because I decided I didn’t like it,” he said.

No stranger to hard work, Sean (like a lot of The Iron Yard’s students) had a diverse work background before joining The Iron Yard. “I worked at a coffee shop, I did high rise window cleaning. The job I had right before I went to The Iron Yard was working for the post office as a data conversion operator.”

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