Five reasons to learn to code during summer break

College summer semesters have been synonymous with make-up classes or squeezing in that course too difficult to tackle during the spring or fall.

Let’s flip the script a bit.

Summer can be about maximizing the weeks in between semesters. It can be about learning a new set of skills that will make students as prepared – even more prepared – for the future.

No matter the major, learning to code is a great option for college students on summer break.

Five reasons learning to code this summer is a smart idea:

Coding is the new literacy
Much in the same way as being fluent in another language is beneficial, so is learning the language of code. People all over the world use technology. The “language” of technology equips us with the ability to communicate across cultures and gives a global angle to our work.

Beef up your resume
Regardless of college major or work experience, the ability to code is attractive to employers in any field. Every line of work has an online presence. Having the ability further that presence is an attractive asset to future employers.

Coding requires new ways of thinking
Problem solving is at the heart of coding. Building a web project from scratch or learning to identify and fix problems requires creativity and loads of critical thinking – both great muscles to exercise heading into the next semester.

You will be more self-sufficient…
Ownership of the online previously lived solely in the hands of IT professionals. Coding know-how provides a new freedom to build and troubleshoot websites without calling in favors. Programming skills can also open up opportunities for freelance work, which may be beneficial in the murky world of post-graduation plans.

…And more collaborative
Projects in all disciplines are rarely created and executed in a vacuum. Learning to give and receive feedback are valuable skills in the marketplace. Coding classes are highly collaborative with participants sharing knowledge, reviewing work and offering advice.

The very nature of college is to prepare for the future. Many industries currently rely on online systems to operate and many more will in the coming years. As more systems become automated, knowing code is valuable in ensuring companies run as smoothly as possible, regardless of the field.

Let us help you make the most of your summer. Take a look at our courses or find a campus location near you.

One year later: Amber Joyner, Charleston alum

The Iron Yard’s first course was taught in early 2013. Since then, hundreds of people have graduated from our programs. Today, we’re checking in with alum Amber Joyner, a former middle school teacher who attended our Charleston campus. Today, she has a job she loves as an Interaction Engineer with Benefitfocus. Here’s her story, in her words, one year later.  Read More

Stories from the field – July 24

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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Meet Jessica Mitsch, Director of Global Campus Operations

As we continue to open doors in new cities across the globe, our executive team is expanding (in number, in depth and in experience) as well. Today, we want to introduce you to Jessica Mitsch. She’s been with The Iron Yard for more than a year as our Durham campus director, and recently transitioned into an expanded role overseeing operations for all of our campuses. Jessica is a creative problem solver and master of process who understands how each moving part of The Iron Yard works together to provide an amazing experience for our students. She’s an inspiring leader and we are thrilled to have her on our executive team.

Here is a bit more about Jessica, in her own words. Read More

Meet Watson Mulkey, Admissions Specialist

Computerworld’s 2015 Forecast survey says programming/app development is the #1 most in-demand skill set for the next year. This comes as no surprise to us – employers tell us the same thing every day. Right now, The Iron Yard has 14 campuses across the U.S. and one in London. We’re expanding quickly and working to open more campuses to meet this demand.

Watson-HeadshotAs we continue to grow, we need someone who can focus 100 percent on helping match potential students with the right courses and campuses. Meet Watson Mulkey, The Iron Yard’s new Admissions Specialist! Watson came to us from Hampden-Sydney College, where he spent the last five years in admissions. He’s a bearded coffee connoisseur from Virginia who loves music, craft coffee and talking with students about The Iron Yard.  He sat down this week to tell us a little more.

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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.

Read More

Meet Alan Johnson, Director of Product Development

Our team is rapidly growing, and today we’re thrilled to introduce you to Alan Johnson, newly-appointed Director of Product Development for The Iron Yard.

After growing up in both Texas and South Carolina, Alan graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Clemson University. His career path and expertise have focused on building software and building teams at startups. Most recently, Alan was a cofounder of Treehouse, an online-based resource for technology education.

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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.

Read More

Stories from the Field

Every week we share some of the amazing stories that we get to hear about 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.

Read More

Stories From the Field

Every week we share some of the amazing stories that we get to hear about 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.

Read More