“Keep Coding Y’all” – Jennilyn makes the turn for the homestretch

We’ve turned the corner to the second half of classes at The Iron Yard Greenville. We have been following along with current student Jennilyn as she is learning to code. Here are some excerpts from her daily posts – good, bad, tears and joy. 

Week 6


Friday was the dawn that turned Thursday’s monsters into piles of dirty socks and a big coat on the closet door. Our professors acknowledged everyone was feeling rocky (including them — can’t say enough good things about their honesty and patience!) so we did a review lesson which was very helpful. We also got some supplemental videos that provided a lot of ah-has. Read More

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

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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Is code school worth it? This single mom of three says yes

Louise has a lifelong love of learning, so much so she became a college professor.

For ten years, Louise taught Latin American history in North Carolina. While she was teaching, she was learning a new skill by building WordPress websites as a side job and hobby.

As an adjunct professor, work was not always guaranteed and the pay and lack of benefits was not enough to support her family as a single parent, but the side project websites interested her. She wanted to dive deeper to understand how WordPress website templates were built.

“I hated working with themes that were limiting so I started learning how to inspect my sites and trying to access code. At that point I was like, ‘Oh, I need to learn how to code,’ because if I could spend hours looking at code that I don’t understand there must be something there,” Louise said.

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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

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.

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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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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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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Full Speed Ahead: Sarrah’s Story

For Sarrah Vesselov, life is all about being in motion. The former roller derby player worked in graphic and web design for nearly 10 years, most recently serving as the creative director for a national sign company. Sarrah also taught web design courses at the International Academy of Design and Technology focusing on HTML and CSS principles.

“After a while, I felt bored and stagnated in my career,” Sarrah said. “I knew that my skills were stagnating too. JavaScript had progressed and there was a lot that I didn’t know anymore. I knew I needed to change up what I was doing and try something else.”

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From Greenville to Germany: A journey from The Iron Yard to IBM Design

Whitney majored in studio art with a specialization in graphic design from the University of South Carolina. After graduation, she worked as a graphic designer for five years and eventually landed a job as as a designer at a technology distribution company. Part of her day-to-day job was to add new content to the company’s massive website. “They were using a CMS, and it was so limiting and frustrating to use,” she said. “The user experience was awful. Everything was ugly, and it was a pain to get things to work how we wanted.” Read More

From selling Apple products to creating iOS apps: Ashby’s story

Ashby worked at the Apple Store for two years after high school, only to discover how passionate she was about building her own apps. She looked into a traditional CS degree, but landed on The Iron Yard as her path to becoming a junior developer. Today, she works at Possible Mobile and is doing exactly what she dreamed of doing: creating apps as an iOS Developer. Here’s a bit more of Ashby’s story.  Read More

Mentorship and women in technology

Public Radio International (PRI) shared a story earlier this week on The World around the dearth of women in technology. The story followed Neha Narula, who is part of the PDOS group at MIT CSAIL. Basically, she’s a Ph.D. who focuses on building systems, understanding how they perform and making them faster. Even with her level of expertise, Neha shares how she still feels alone as one of very few women in this male-dominated field.

There have been points in time when I thought I don’t want to do this anymore. This is hard. This is not enjoyable. I don’t like the interactions that I’m having. I don’t want to be in this environment anymore. But, I’m glad I stuck with it, just to be an example; to show that you can do it. It’s possible. It’s doable. And if you really like this stuff, you should do it. You shouldn’t give up.

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