Stories from the Field – July 2017

We recently chatted with a few current students and grads from our Charlotte campus about their time at The Iron Yard and how code school equipped and challenged them and what they are doing now. 

Here is a taste of what they had to say. 

Abry

“I enrolled at The Iron Yard to broaden my skill set as a whole and make myself more attractive to the Charlotte market.”

“You’re really learning a whole new way to think.”

Jake

“Coding is probably one of the only things you can do that you’re making something everyday that hasn’t existed before.”

“The crash courses held by The Iron Yard are a phenomenal way to just kind of get your feet wet and see if it’s something that you want to do.”

“I think the biggest advice to people planning on coming to The Iron Yard is to plan on putting 150 percent in.”

Kelsey

“I knew coding was something that I really wanted to learn how to do. I stuck with it. Compared to college, it’s definitely more rigorous, it takes up a lot of time and effort, but it was worth it. “

“Our instructor is an experienced programmer. He’s worked in the field for a long time. Just having those resources available and working with people, being able to bounce ideas off my classmates, it was really invaluable.”

“The Iron Yard requires a lot of effort. It takes up a lot of time, but if you put in the effort, it makes a big difference.”

Interested in learning to code? We would love to chat.

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.”

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.

Let’s check in with Jennilyn, current Greenville student

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.
Today, we check in to see how she is doing and what she is learning. 

Week 3

Tuesday
Well, here goes nothing! “Real programming” has begun and I’m anxious yet excited (as usual). And I coded something! Based on tonight’s reading, I have a sense tomorrow will be much more in-depth. I sort-of understand the [this] concept but it’s not quite there. Best I can explain it’s JavaScript’s pronoun.

Wednesday
This afternoon I left The Iron Yard feeling a little down. We had a great day of class and I was gaining confidence with the application of arrays and loops — and then:

But I remembered that telling myself “yes, you can” will eventually drown out the discouragement.

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Animator, toddler mom, finds good fit in coding

Jasmine’s plate is full but she would not have it any other way.

She is married, mom of two, working from home.

Then to add a little more to her life, Jasmine decided to learn to code.

Jasmine trained as a graphic designer and 3D animator working mostly with architects and contractors animating homes and buildings. She eventually joined a firm that specialized in golf course animations and was able to work from home. But after being in the industry for a while, Jasmine wanted to challenge herself.

“I needed some different outlet where I could be creative, but then also I wanted work where I could stay home,” she said.

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Iron Journeys: Meet Jennilyn, current Greenville student

Meet Jennilyn.

She’s a current student at our Greenville campus. Jennilyn has worked in journalism/design/account management but eventually gave in to the nagging feeling that there are more challenges to tackle, more to learn. With a knack for problem solving and troubleshooting, learning to code was a good next step.

Jennilyn has been documenting her code school journey on her blog and has agreed to let us follow along as she works her way through the 12-week class.

Here is a quick summary of her first two weeks:

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News & Observer stops by The Iron Yard, talks tech in the Research Triangle

The News & Observer stopped by our Raleigh campus to talk about how coding schools are providing a lane into the technology industry.

The article looks into the tech landscape in the Research Triangle and how coding schools are providing options for people who have an interest in learning web programming.

“The cost, flexibility and time frame of the boot camps are among the most appealing factors for people looking to get a piece of the tech pie. For those who have watched their friends struggle to find jobs after spending four years at a university, it’s a less risky investment.”

The Iron Yard campuses in both Raleigh and Durham have seen increased interest in coding education due to a growing tech industry in the area.

Read the full article here.