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The Iron Yard in Houston.

Houston, Texas is home to many amazing enterprise, startup and healthcare software companies. We’re excited to be a part of the action. Our programs train high quality developers who will help businesses across the ecosystem build amazing digital products.

Program offerings

Back End Engineering
Back-End Engineering
Back End Engineering focuses on the logic and database needs required to run and scale web applications. Back End products combine databases, APIs, and user interface frameworks. Backend developers deploy fully formed products to the cloud, integrate with online services, and enable mobile and front end applications.
12-Week Immersive
Ruby on Rails

Ruby is loved for its english like syntax and the superpowers developers feel when writing it. Ruby code will connect to databases, other applications on the internet, and generate HTML for web applications. It sits on the server and powers entire websites.

Ruby is used ...

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Front End Engineering
Front-End Engineering
Front End Engineering focuses on creating experiences in web browser that users see and interact with. The discipline covers a broad area, from web design principles to complex JavaScript applications that manage data. The tools used in Front End Engineering are ubiquitous--no matter the technology used on the Back End, Front-Enders are responsible for delivering the experience and data to the person using the web application.
12-Week Immersive
JavaScript and MVC Frameworks

JavaScript is an incredible language to learn for anyone interested in getting into programming. It is the only programing language that can run on the front end of a website, meaning that if you want to have any dynamic interaction on your webpage, you need to know JavaScript...

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Mobile Engineering
Mobile Engineering
Mobile Engineering focuses on creating native experiences designed specifically for mobile operating systems and the hardware they run on. Mobile developers create tactile apps that leverage internet connectivity, content capture functionality and hardware-specific features. End users download and use those apps to consume, create and distribute using their devices wherever they are.
12-Week Immersive
Objective-C, Swift and iOS SDK

Swift, Objective-C and C are the native languages for developing applications for Apple devices. You can build for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod), Apple TV, Apple Watch, and even Mac OS X apps. You get to work with device hardware technologies like communication (Bluetooth),...

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Kids learn for free.

At each of our locations we offer free code classes for kids. We believe in investing in the local tech economy for the long-run, and that means impacting the next generation.

Houston EVENTS

Upcoming Conferences

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Space City JS April 2, 2016


City highlights: Houston.

America's fourth-largest city is a cosmopolitan destination, filled with world-class dining, arts, hotels, shopping and nightlife. Take a stroll through the historic Heights, spend the day exploring the Museum District or head down to Space Center Houston. Later on, grab a bite in one of dozens of award-winning restaurants, or hang out with the cool kids on Washington Avenue. There's always something to do in this Southern hospitality meets urban chic city.

Here are a few of our favorite things:


Campus Team Member

Christie Loyd

Campus Operations Manager

Christie was born in Houston, TX and was lucky enough to move to Nigeria when she was two weeks old. She spent the first few years of her life in Nigeria and Angola before moving to Boston, Tulsa and then back to Houston. Those early adventures sparked a lifelong love of travel and she has been all over the world and still has many places on her "list" to see one day. She graduated from The Art Institute of Houston with an AAS degree in Film Production and earned her BA in Communications/PR/Advertising with a minor in English from The University of Houston. At the Art Institute of Houston, Christie discovered her passion for helping others achieve their dreams through education. She is involved with a number of charities that help children, animals, veterans and others. In her spare time, she loves to travel the world, write films, spend time with friends and family and hanging out with her two dachshunds Ben and Betty Lou.

Campus Team Member

Justin Richards

Front End Instructor

Justin spent the first 29 years of his life living in Massachusetts, Florida and New York. His move to Texas to teach for The Iron Yard was like a journey into the past. Exactly one hour into the past. Things just move a little more slowly here in the Central Time Zone, and we like it that way. Back in the future, Justin started out as a journalist. After spending a few years indulging his muse as a writer he moved on to study Natural Language Processing, the branch of computer science that deals with understanding and using human language. Essentially he's Joaquim Phoenix from the movie Her. He brings his love for language and his curiosity about AI (or the semblance thereof) to his Iron Yard curriculum on Front End Engineering and Python/Data Science.

Campus Team Member

Brian Dorton

Campus Director

Brian Dorton is the Campus Director in Houston. He was born in Victoria, TX and moved to Houston soon after graduating from Texas A&M with a BS in Biomedical Science. He worked in education for 10 years with experience ranging from classroom teacher to campus administrator and everything in between. He received his Masters in Educational Management in 2010 from the University of Houston Clear Lake. He has had the unique opportunity to see learning take place in students as young as 5 all the way through retiring professionals. Being able to facilitate that learning, and seeing the same “ah ha” moments on the faces of students, regardless of age, is what ignites the fire in him to continue this endeavor. He is a father of two beautiful girls who take up all of his free time and he also firmly believes that that brisket is the only BBQ that should be considered BBQ.

Campus Team Member

Jesse Wolgamott

Back End Instructor

JWo was not born in Texas, but got here as fast as he could, y’all. (born in Arizona and lived in Spain, Portugal, Egypt, Kenya, and Japan — all before he was 6), and was given access to a computer (8086) soon thereafter. After Dig-Dug, being the only kid in school typing reports and handing in his school reports in Lotus 123, he started to like these computer things. He programmed Perl during Web 1.0, .NET during the bust, and now Ruby and Javascripts. Jesse has been a consultant using open source software stack for 5 years, and is an open source developer and contributor. Jesse has taught Ruby courses since 2012, authored a book on AngularJS+Rails, and has loved Rails since 2007. Jesse has trained and spoke at conferences across the US, and has determined that Tacos rule and salads drool.

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At The Iron Yard we have created an environment that is exciting, intellectually challenging, and culturally diverse. We work hard, smart, and collaboratively because our mission is worthy of our time and investment. Does this resonate with you? We'd love to chat.

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4203 Montrose Blvd.

Suite 100

Houston, TX 77006