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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Becky Hamm

Becky Hamm

UX Consultant

Becky had already started a career as a web designer, but lacked skills that would take her to the next level. After attending The Iron Yard she's significantly increased her knowledge and value as a contractor. Here's Becky's story:

What were you doing before The Iron Yard?

I was working as a UX and UI designer/developer, doing both contract jobs and freelance.

I was experienced in HTML and CSS, so I built or collaborated on WordPress sites, static sites, and web applications.

What made you ultimately decide on attending The Iron Yard?

I tried a few times to teach myself JavaScript. I did Codecademy, a node.js tutorial, and a few other tiny courses, but I still didn’t know how to actually start building something.

I feel like I learn best when I have a physical human being to bounce questions off of. So when I saw TIY at the Front-End Design Conference last year, I thought it might be what I was looking for.

I talked to Eric and a few other people, figured out if I could save enough to support myself for a few months, and went for it.

What are you doing now?

I have learned an incredible amount in the past 9 weeks. My goal going into TIY was to have a solid understanding of how to make an application, and I feel like I am already there!

I still have plenty of “learning moments” when I build something, but now I understand the concepts and can extend them to new applications. I’m excited for how my final project will turn out!

Any final thoughts, things you’d like to share?

I know I could have eventually learned by myself what I’ve learned here in 3 months, but it would have taken much longer.

Life gets in the way; there’s always something else that takes priority. I knew if I really wanted to learn JS, I needed to specifically dedicate a chunk of my life to it, so that’s why I’m here.

More Student Stories

Becky followed the footsteps of hundreds and hundreds of students who have forged their own path by attending The Iron Yard. The graduates below have their own unique stories to tell as well. Whether you're looking to find a more fulfilling career or fulfill your love of technology, there are alumni who have walked your path.

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