A message from The Iron Yard

Over the last four years, The Iron Yard has led the code school industry in preparing students for careers as software developers. The industry as a whole is still young and its leaders face the challenge of a nascent market, as well as the demands facing all institutions in the higher education marketplace.

In considering the current environment, the board of The Iron Yard has made the difficult decision to cease operations at all campuses after teaching out remaining summer cohorts. We will finish out summer classes completely, including career support.

While our journey is coming to an end, we will always take pride in the thousands of people our staff helped to launch new careers.

“Keep Coding Y’all” – Jennilyn makes the turn for the homestretch

We’ve turned the corner to the second half of classes at The Iron Yard Greenville. We have been following along with current student Jennilyn as she is learning to code. Here are some excerpts from her daily posts – good, bad, tears and joy. 

Week 6

Sunday

Friday was the dawn that turned Thursday’s monsters into piles of dirty socks and a big coat on the closet door. Our professors acknowledged everyone was feeling rocky (including them — can’t say enough good things about their honesty and patience!) so we did a review lesson which was very helpful. We also got some supplemental videos that provided a lot of ah-has. Read More

The Billboard That Changed A Life: How It Led to a Coding Bootcamp, New Career

Aaron Newcomer was driving around town with his wife, mindlessly running errands and a billboard caught his eye. That billboard would change his life.

Aaron talked with our friends at Climb about the billboard and his time at The Iron Yard.

“It’s kind of ironic to think about now. A billboard, not exactly the most technologically advanced form of marketing, led me to becoming a developer. It sent me on the wild ride of attending a coding bootcamp. It allowed me to build that app that sparked my curiosity about the world of programming. It completely changed my life.”

Code school licensing: Why it matters

The Iron Yard is a licensed code school. We are held to the highest standards as a post-secondary educational institution in each state where we operate. Being a licensed code school matters – here’s why.

What does licensing mean?
When you’re ready to buy a car, you’re likely to review crash test ratings as you research the safety features different models offer. You may use those ratings as a deciding factor in choosing one car over another. Those ratings are set by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is dedicated to providing research, standards and enforcement activity for vehicle safety.

Similar governmental bodies provide standards and enforcement for code schools to keep students safe and ensure educational quality. Read More

How is current student Jennilyn? Let’s check in

We’ve been following along with current Iron Yard student Jennilyn as she makes her way through the 12-week immersive class at our Greenville campus.
Let’s see how she is doing as we near the half-way point of class.

Week Five

Wednesday
Holy cow, this week is flying. We started back-end fundamentals this week and can I tell you that I am loving it? At least the material in the shallow end is a lot of fun. This week we are getting an overview, then we will dig deep in the three weeks ahead.

PLUS! We are learning some lightweight computer science. Er, internet science. Everything I’ve built so far is hosted on my internal server, which is why I can’t share a link with you (yet). We’ll learn hosting/deployment later.

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Iron Grad spotlight – Shane Sniteman

Iron grad Shane Sniteman recently talked to Course Report about his time at The Iron Yard and what he is doing now. Preview: Shane is a musician living in Nashville (which was all Shane – we take no credit for any musical ability), is leading a team of mobile app developers, and his Iron Yard final project is a downloadable app with a few thousand users.

“Other schools seemed to be more cut and dry/ yes and no – answer this coding questions or not. I don’t really like that approach because The Iron Yard was more like, ‘Hey, you don’t have any coding experience. Can you get through this, push through and not quit?’ Long story short, they were just really cool.”

We appreciate you, Shane.

Read the full interview over at Course Report.

Is code school worth it? This single mom of three says yes

Louise has a lifelong love of learning, so much so she became a college professor.

For ten years, Louise taught Latin American history in North Carolina. While she was teaching, she was learning a new skill by building WordPress websites as a side job and hobby.

As an adjunct professor, work was not always guaranteed and the pay and lack of benefits was not enough to support her family as a single parent, but the side project websites interested her. She wanted to dive deeper to understand how WordPress website templates were built.

“I hated working with themes that were limiting so I started learning how to inspect my sites and trying to access code. At that point I was like, ‘Oh, I need to learn how to code,’ because if I could spend hours looking at code that I don’t understand there must be something there,” Louise said.

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