They guide the process so that at the end we will have a kick-butt new skillset that provides a doorway into the innovation economy.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) December 04, 2014
Intensive code schools are gaining notoriety among people interested in launching programming and design 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 Austin. On January 5th, 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 and design 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.
“I'm excited about attending The Iron Yard, because I know I'll be immersed in 12 weeks of intense learning,” says Charles Leuker, a student enrolled in the upcoming January Front End Engineering course. “They guide the process so that at the end we will have a kick-butt new skillset that provides a doorway into the innovation economy. I also look forward to learning with like-minded students who are eager to learn programming and put those skills to use.” Before applying for The Iron Yard, Charles was a hospital administrator in the military and ran a lifestyle clothing brand.
Students aren’t the only Austin 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 Stu Smith (Partner at Sputnik Creative), Fahad Osmani (Design Talent Program Director at IBM Design), C.K. Sample (EVP of Technology at Chaotic Moon) and several more have all joined the board.
The Iron Yard’s offices will be off South Congress Avenue, at Penn Field. Classes start January 5th, and applications are still open for the Front End Engineering, Ruby on Rails Engineering and Web Design courses.
Interested in learning to code or hiring development talent? Check out theironyard.com/austin to find out more.
You can reach our Austin team by calling (512) 596-2939 or emailing austin(at)theironyard(dot)com.