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

Go west: Rachel’s story

An internship at a Charleston, S.C. marketing firm was the first step in Rachel Almeida ending up at The Iron Yard, but her path from an intern maintaining WordPress site for a marketing agency to Web Developer at MomentFeed had an unusual catalyst.

“It was actually my boss at the marketing firm who told me about The Iron Yard,” said Rachel. After working on WordPress during the internship, Rachel started investigating code schools, and made up her mind to attend a code school in New York. “My boss came up to me and said ‘I know you want to leave, but you don’t have to go all the way to New York. There’s a coding school here.’”

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From waiting tables to Army contractor: Fabian’s story

After waiting tables for two years and waiting for a the right career opportunity to present itself, 26 year-old Fabian Murillo found that the inspiration he’d been looking for was almost right in front of him.

“I was living in Charleston and my roommate and I were taking courses at the community college; I was doing Criminal Justice and Communications, and my roommate was doing IT,” Fabian said.  “One evening I just picked up one his textbooks and started flipping through it. It hit me so quickly, ‘I’m on a computer all the time, why have I never looked at computers before?’”

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The Growth Mindset: Addie’s Story

At 19 years old, Addie Padula is quite smitten with her job as a Front-End Developer at Colonial Life. “Colonial Life is great,” she said. “I am part of an awesome team filled with great people. They’re all so much fun.”

Addie (“My full name is Rebekah Adair Padula…nobody calls me that!”) was a precocious homeschooler when she was first introduced to coding. “My mom had a dog breeding business, and she always had a website before that was a thing you had to have,” she said. “She was ahead of the curve.” Read More

Choosing a programming language: The Iron Yard approach

This post was written by Jesse Wolgamott, our Back-End Instructor (and one of our Lead Instructors) in Houston.

The ability for each local campus to customize its courses and curriculum to fit within the local market is built into The Iron Yard’s DNA.

This allows each of our campus locations to offer the programming languages for our graduates to start a career as a Junior Developer and work successfully locally. Our “local first” approach values experimentation and customization; we work with local companies to find and then refine our curriculum, methods, skills, and projects—all while maintaining the core principles that have made our process successful. Read More

Battle of the code schools: a recap

You may remember that a couple of weeks ago in Atlanta, our own Sarah Lodato represented The Iron Yard in Atlanta’s Battle of the Coding Schools. The event was a huge success, and Sarah is back today to give a quick recap of the evening. 

There’s something pretty special about Atlanta’s tech scene: an active openness to peers and a distinct sense of community. It’s the very quality, in my opinion, that has supported so much of Atlanta’s recent tech-related growth, and it was great to see such support at the first-ever “Battle of the Code Schools” panel, organized by our friends at Hypepotamus on July 22nd. Read More

Student story – Josh Daniels

From time to time we like to share the exciting “stories in the making” and allow you to get to know more about current students and graduates. From this vantage point, you can learn more about where they’ve come from and where they are going. We hope their stories inspire you.

This is Josh’s story.

Josh Daniels became a student at The Iron Yard in the midst of several significant life changes. In early 2014, he was newly married with a young son and was working on a startup company. Read More

Stories from the field

We often share some of the amazing stories that we get to hear about from our students as they struggle (and succeed) at becoming software developers. The Iron Yard student stories are their own, in their own words, and usually raw and uncut.

But they are real and authentic, just as they should be.

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Stories from the field

Every week, we share some of the amazing stories that we get to hear from our students as they struggle (and succeed) at becoming software developers. These stories are their own, in their own words, and sometimes raw and uncut.

But they are real and authentic, just as they should be.

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