Is learning to program right for me?

Much has been said on the importance of learning to program. In order to improve efficiency, industries from healthcare to marketing to the financial sector are adding automated, web-based systems to their business model. With these new systems, employees with website coding know-how are in demand. Currently employed individuals and job seekers alike are considering their resumes and asking if adding website development would be a valuable and marketable skill.

Web programming is a combination of many different “languages.” And just like learning a foreign language, learning the syntax of code can be difficult. Regardless of the method – online courses, bootcamps, higher education – it will take practice and effort in order to do it well.

Despite the level of work required, there are plenty of reasons to learn to program. Here are a few: Read More

How to get the most out of a bootcamp – Catching up with Jessica

Jessica Dembe is a graduate of our DC campus. We heard from Jessica on International Women’s Day about her journey learning to program. In this interview with Code with Veni, Jessica gives advice on how to get the most out of immersive coding classes. 

Tell us about yourself

I work as an Associate Technical Consultant at Blackstone Technology Group (@BTGFed). I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park and I recently graduated from the Front-End Engineering program at The Iron Yard.

My tech related projects include my iFeel app and trying to keep up to speed with JavaScript. In my free time, I like to cook, try peanut-free restaurants and recipes, and figuring out ways to stay active without being bored.

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Want a programming career? Look no further.

We’ve been teaching people software development and helping them launch programming careers since 2013. In the years since, we’ve learned so much from the people who’ve trusted us with their careers and lives. As our graduates have gone into their second and third web development jobs after graduating from The Iron Yard, many of them have kept in touch with us, and some even continue to visit campus to share their expertise with our current students.

Throughout the years, we’ve modified our web development courses based on feedback from graduates, employers, and our Advisory Board members. The tech industry changes almost daily, and our students need access to the latest programming tools and strategies if they are going to remain competitive when they graduates from our immersive programs.

That’s why we’ve recently re-tooled our courses and have rolled out a revamped version of our Web Development Career Path. Read More

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.

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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Part-time courses at The Iron Yard

Last fall, we announced two new part-time programming course options: Foundations courses and Sprint courses. A quick reminder:

  • Our Foundations courses are for coding beginners who want to go beyond online tutorials. These classes will take place in the evenings over a two-week period, and will teach people how to build an interactive website from scratch. Students will gain a functional, foundational understanding of how the web works from a professional, in-person instructor.
  • Sprint Courses are for people with a bit of coding experience who want to level up by going beyond HTML and CSS and learning how to build basic front-end web apps using JavaScript. The course will consist of 16 evening classes over the course of four weeks.

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From amateur tech enthusiast to professional software engineer: Joshua’s story

It’s a story that has been told over and over again. With diploma in hand, a college graduate closes one chapter of his or her life, and for the first time doesn’t know how to open the next. Having a major is one thing, but putting that major to work in the real world can be an entirely different experience.

Joshua moved from New York to South Carolina to attend college. He received a bachelor of science in electronic and computer technology. He’d always been interested in technology, but even after receiving his degree he faced that ever-present question: What next? Read More

Focus and determination: Tony’s journey from the military to software development

Tony Gaeta was born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL. After graduating with a degree in criminology from the University of Tampa, he served as as a military intelligence officer in both Iraq and Afghanistan before returning home and working as an intelligence analyst in the Tampa Bay area.

A few years into his career, he decided he wanted a completely new challenge. “It [intelligence work] was interesting, but not nearly as exciting as you might think,” he said. “I had always had a knack with computers and scripting, and I heard that The Iron Yard was opening a campus in St. Pete, so I decided to visit.” Read More

Introducing Foundations courses

Ever since we taught our very first course at The Iron Yard in 2013, we’ve worked every day to help as many people as we possibly can learn to code and launch successful programming careers. We believe that by helping people better understand the world of software development, they will be able to better harness the power of technology – for themselves, the places they work and their communities.

In a practical sense, many of the skills we’re teaching are applicable (and increasingly necessary) to almost every career and industry today. Whether people work in healthcare, government, manufacturing, marketing, retail or education, they often have to interact with some form of technology or work closely with technical professionals. From waiters taking orders at restaurants to doctors accessing in-room patient data, software has become a critical part of people’s daily work. Read More

Helping solve Indy’s transit problems by learning to code: Marie’s story

Forty-something couple Marie and Troy Denney have traveled the world. When in Rome (or whichever city they happen to find themselves in), they tend to choose public transportation rather than drive a personal vehicle. “You get to see parts of town that you wouldn’t necessarily see otherwise,” Marie said. “It’s very cost-effective, and in many cases, in places like San Francisco, I don’t really want to drive anyway. It’s hard to drive out there.”

Every time they returned home, Marie wondered why her hometown of Indianapolis was so lacking in public transportation. When she couldn’t find a solution, Marie created an app. But first, she had to learn to code. Read More