Corporate Training spotlight: Instructor Curtis Schlak

Recently we brought you the story of how we are helping business like Blackbaud and Spoonflower teach their employees coding skills needed in the workplace through our Corporate Training program.

Technology advancements are providing solutions for companies of all sizes. Employers want to be sure their current workforce is trained to leverage these tools to grow their business.

Today we talk with one of our Corporate Training instructors, Curtis Schlak, about his experience working with companies, the benefit of equipping employees and retro games of tic-tac-toe.

Tell us about your professional background.

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From the baseball field to the field of software development: Paul’s story

Paul Nitto graduated after a successful career as a baseball player at Furman University in 2013. For the first 18 months of his post-college life, he worked at the Landon Powell Hit House helping children with proper baseball technique and coached a few travel teams. But to Paul’s surprise, he ended up loving another aspect of his job – managing the organization’s software system. But when he considered whether working in software might be worth pursuing, he wasn’t sure where to turn. “I didn’t really know what to do, where to go, or what people to contact,” he said. “The only company that I knew that had something to do with software was The Iron Yard.” Read More

From finance to software engineering: Ryan’s story

When Ryan Huber moved with his new wife to Charleston, S.C. from Charlotte, N.C. last year, he thought transitioning from a job he loved as a financial representative in a small credit union to a different job in a large bank wouldn’t be a big deal. It didn’t take long for him to realize that banking wasn’t for him, and he started searching for a new direction. Today, Ryan and his wife live in Greenville, S.C. and he is happily employed as an Interaction Engineer.

We recently sat down for a chat with Ryan to find out how and why he decided to make the leap into software engineering. Here’s his story.  Read More

Next stop: Salt Lake City

The Brookings Institution recently published a report that said Salt Lake City is among the best cities for employment in the tech sector. In the study, Salt Lake City was called the anchor to an “advanced industry hot zone stretching the length of Utah’s Wasatch Front. It specializes in most everything related to information technology and medicine.”

Not only is this region attracting more and more employers, but Salt Lake City also has about 300 jobs open for software engineers every 90 days. The Iron Yard can help fill that skills gap by training people for those jobs. Today, we’re officially announcing our next campus location in Salt Lake City! Read More