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.
Originally announced by President Obama in 2015 as a public-private initiative, TechHire has become a rapidly growing national movement in 70+ U.S. cities, states, and rural regions. In 2016, President Obama named Atlanta a designated TechHire city and a few months later, the city received a $4 million federal grant to bolster the initiative. The Iron Yard is a partner with several other local organizations to make ATL TechHire a reality.
Atlanta is among the top 10 U.S. cities with the greatest supply-demand gap in IT jobs. In 2016, through the Atlanta TechHire Initiative, The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, The Iron Yard and TechSquare labs will train individuals in software development and other high-growth IT occupations who will be guaranteed interviews with Atlanta TechHire employer partners.
March 2016 announcement: Making TechHire a reality in Atlanta
April 2016 op-ed by Eric Dodds: Making education work in Atlanta
December 2016: Live from The Iron Yard: U.S. CTO Megan Smith talks TechHire in DC Latest TechHire news from Opportunity@Work