The Iron Yard is going to have a profound impact on the Orlando tech community. There’s a tremendous demand for technical talent here. The most frequent ask that my organization gets from our members is for connections to high quality developers.
(PRWEB) September 02, 2014
Intensive code schools are gaining notoriety among people interested launching programming careers as well as the tech companies who are hungry to hire talent. The Iron Yard, a nationally-renowned code school, is opening the first coding bootcamp in Orlando. 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.
"Computer coding is the new language of commerce and life," says Rafael Gerena, a former Wall Street Journal economics reporter who enrolled at The Iron Yard's Orlando campus. "People who learn to speak this language will have the literacy to pursue next-generation opportunities. These skills will help Iron Yard students become vibrant players in Orlando's digital economy."
Students aren’t the only Orlando area 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 Gregg Pollack, Founder of Code School and Envy School, Ted Murphy CEO of Izea, Todd Sampson CEO of Cloudspace, and several more have all joined the board. One of the first board members, Orrett Davis, Executive Director of Orlando Tech Association, sees the impact The Iron Yard will bring to Central Florida,
“The Iron Yard is going to have a profound impact on the Orlando tech community. There’s a tremendous demand for technical talent here. The most frequent ask that my organization gets from our members is for connections to high quality developers. The Iron Yard is going to grow local talent and help our local economy retain the companies that have chosen to call Central Florida home.”
The Iron Yard’s campus will be inside the Church Street Exchange Building, the heart of Downtown Orlando’s fast-growing tech hub. Doors will open in early September. Video and interview opportunities are available, call to schedule.
Classes start on September 22nd and applications are still open for the Front End Engineering course.
Interested in learning to code or hiring development talent? Check out theironyard.com to find out more.