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.
I started out in marketing and sales. Straight out of graduating from school, I took a job as a Director of Sales and Marketing at a summer camp that I worked at going through college and I went to growing up. I helped put together their outdoor education program. From there, I ended up going to start up company out of Celebration, FL that did running and fitness apparel. In both positions, I was always doing something on the digital side, and some basic developing. I helped tweak their websites and helped develop a new website in one case. That was what kind of led me to get away from marketing and sales, and actually take the hobby and turn it into my actual career.
I wanted to learn something cool, but The Iron Yard turned out to be way more than I could’ve asked for. I’m the kind of person that wants to be pushed, that wants to be challenged, and David [Rogers, instructor] was really good at making sure regardless of where the people were in the class there was always something extra added if you wanted the extra challenge. Obviously, three months is a short period of time to learn as much as a lot of people want to learn, as much as The Iron Yard wants to teach. So it’s a lot of long days, a lot of long nights. But what you get out of it depends on how dedicated you are. I definitely went all in, and made sure that I got every little bit of info out of it that I wanted.
After I graduated, I was a Teaching Assistant for the next cohort and I started to do a little freelancing as well. For the most part, I took advantage of being a TA to learn that much more. Being able to teach it makes sure you know it very well. I also really liked the teaching side of the TA position, because it was really rewarding to see people getting excited and finally having something click. Because of that, David recommended I look into some mentorship programs. I interviewed with Thinkful.com and now I’m mentoring part-time with Front-End Engineering students.
I recently started on full time with a start-up company in Orlando called My One Resource. I am a Front-End Developer. During my cohort at The Iron Yard, the framework that was taught was Angular. But the framework they are currently using at My One Resource is Backbone with another framework on top of that called Marionette. It’s a little bit of a learning process of learning a new framework. Basically, the majority of what I do, Front End Development, with Backbone and JS, I now do a little bit of the UI styling as well, and I’m interested in doing more back end stuff. I’m kind of teaching myself as I go about the backend stuff, so I’m trying to move toward being a Full Stack Developer with them as well.
Logan 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.