St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) September 02, 2014
Intensive code schools are gaining notoriety among people interested in launching programming careers as well as the tech companies who are hungry to hire talent. The Iron Yard, a nationally-renowned code school, has planted roots in St. Petersburg. On September 22nd, they will welcome their first round of students, many of whom have already applied and been accepted (though there are still spots available).
What type of student fits the mold at an immersive programming school? The Iron Yard aims to change the landscape of education in technology, beginning by opening their courses to candidates from all walks of life. From mid-career IT professionals to creative-types and stay-at-home parents, the common vein that runs true at The Iron Yard is a passion for learning and a propensity for problem solving. With no coding experience required, how far could a three-month course take students? Far enough to launch a career, get a job, or start a company. Students spend the final two weeks of their project-based curriculum building a robust application for over 80 hours each week, tackling everything from concept to deployment. That capstone project serves as proof that they are ready to work as a professional and solve programming problems for companies and clients.
Alyssa, who is enrolled in one of The Iron Yard’s upcoming courses, has a background in sales and marketing. She’s been looking for a career change and classes on nights and weekends weren’t cutting it. Of The Iron Yard, she says:
“I chose The Iron Yard because it is offering something that no other school has yet: education on up-to-date material that meets current job market demands, an expedited course time, and an environment of people with the desire to learn. Since the course is taught by someone who is active in the field there’s no worries about learning something that’s already obsolete, which gives a greater chance of getting ahead of the curve.”
Students aren’t the only Tampa Bay residents excited about the launch of the school. The Iron Yard has already begun to build an advisory board of companies and officials who are excited about hiring graduates and bolstering an already-robust tech economy by creating (and attracting) high-paying development jobs into the area. Local leaders like Gavin Stark of Real Digital Media, Sean Kennedy of Manager of The Greenhouse Economic Development Coordinator at St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Dan Denny, creator of the Front End Design Conference and several more have all joined the board. One of the first board members, Sylvia Martinez of Collaborative Technologies, sees the impact The Iron Yard will bring to the Bay area:
“This determination and passion to make Tampa Bay an incredible place to work, live, and play is apparent just about everywhere I go. People are collaborating more than ever before because it's common knowledge that we all share the same goal. That collaboration and willingness to help one another—along with important economy-building efforts like The Iron Yard—will no doubt take Tampa Bay to that next level of success"
The Iron Yard’s offices will be in downtown St. Petersburg, where they’ve partnered with a local developer to turn what once was a hotel into an ecosystem of tech companies, code education and coworking space. Doors will open in early September.
Interested in learning to code or hiring development talent? Check out theironyard.com to find out more.