Over the last 4 years, the Iron Yard has led the code school industry in preparing students for careers as software developers. The industry as a whole is still young and its leaders face the challenge of a nascent market, as well as the demands facing all institutions in the higher education marketplace.

In considering the current environment, the board of The Iron Yard has made the difficult decision to cease operations at all campuses after teaching out remaining summer cohorts. We will finish out summer classes completely, including career support.

While our journey is coming to an end, we will always take pride in the thousands of people our staff helped to launch new careers.

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The Iron Yard history

The Iron Yard began as a startup accelerator program in Greenville, South Carolina in 2012. As their portfolio companies began to succeed and grow, the need for increased development talent in the Southeast became clear. In 2013, The Iron Yard began teaching programming courses for kids and adults. The organization has since grown into 15 in-person campuses, more than 100 full-time employees and dozens of full-time, part-time and online software engineering courses.

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Peter Barth collaborated with the Global Accelerator Network to launch The Next Big Thing startup accelerator in Greenville.


The Next Big Thing startup accelerator hosted first accelerator cohort. The Next Big Thing and CoWork Greenville decided to join forces and create a new brand, The Iron Yard. The Iron Yard Accelerator graduated its first cohort of startups, and The Iron Yard's Digital Health Accelerator was created in partnership with a group of investors from Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Iron Yard also began offering coding classes for kids, quickly developing a wait list of hundreds of students.


As The Iron Yard’s startups began to succeed and grow, the need for development talent throughout the Southeast became clear. Barth and co-founder Eric Dodds launched The Iron Yard Academy and hired Mason Stewart as partner. Stewart developed The Iron Yard’s programming curriculum and taught the first cohort for adults. The Iron Yard gained national recognition through the success of both the Accelerator and the Academy.


The Iron Yard Academy offered several new courses and hired over 30 team members as it launched several new campus locations across the country. The Iron Yard became the largest code school in the country. As demand for the code school grew across the Southeast and beyond, the code school and the accelerator were separated into two different companies, each operating under the same brand. This move allowed each team to focus on what they do best – helping people and companies reach their full potential.


The Iron Yard continued to grow as a code school, opening new campuses and offering more courses. The company took on an investment by Apollo Education Group (read about that here).


The Iron Yard launched a Corporate Training program designed to partner with companies with solutions for recruiting, onboarding, reskilling and upskilling. It also launched part-time courses and expanded its online learning platform. Switchup named The Iron Yard a top bootcamp and Training Industry named it a “coding school of the year.” The Iron Yard partnered with The White House on several initiatives, including the Opportunity Project and the TechHire initiative.


The Iron Yard continues to focus on serving students with the highest-quality coding education in the world. Stay tuned for more announcements.

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