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.
His desire to build something from scratch to launch ideas of his own is what propelled him to take the Front End Engineering course at The Iron Yard. His passion for learning and building prototypes for clients has kept him around. Matt currently works at The Iron Yard’s Digital Health Accelerator in as the Developer in Residence.
It was great! It was very stressful but it was very good. I’ve gotten everything out of it that I wanted to get out of it and then some, and the people have been so great to me.
Matt’s final project was a product for travel sports teams to track their players, manage tryouts, and contact parents and players. He achieved his goal of building out a project that would allow clients to see and interact with their idea. Since completing the course, Matt has begun adding Ruby on Rails and node.js backend technologies to his repertoire:
I’ve been learning the backend as well, learning Rails and Node.js on the side for serve-side languages. And hopefully when that’s all settled, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be settled on learning that, but if I am I may jump into the mobile, but I think I’m focused on the web for now.
Matt says that The Iron Yard gave him the foundation he needed to be a lifelong learner and adapt to changing technology.
His time at The Iron Yard Academy gave Matt a taste of the startup lifestyle, and, combined with his dad’s entrepreneurial example, he’s hooked now. That’s what led him to apply for the Developer in Residence position in the Accelerator program—an extremely competitive job to get, especially for a young programmer. Ultimately, though, his ability to build prototypes quickly helped him win the position.
Now I’m working for The Iron Yard accelerator in the Digital Health space. I’m the Developer in Residence. My job is to help these companies with whatever technical needs they have, whether that’s building a prototype, website, or giving advice on a particular product. It’s been a lot of fun, and since I want to eventually do a startup of my own, I’ve been gathering so much experience from hearing all these great mentors. It’s been a great experience!
When we asked him why he wants to do a startup, he made it clear that he’s attracted to the world of entrepreneurship for the flexibility it offers. He says,
I’m not really in it for tons and tons of money. I’m in it for the flexibility of my life and the ability to balance certain things, but also being able to push my energy into something I’m passionate about. That’s what entrepreneurship looks like for me: the ability to work on something I’m passionate about and get the results that I’m putting into it.
And he knows The Iron Yard will be on his side when he does:
Everyone’s so willing to help and it literally just takes a phone call or an email to get introduced. Once you’re in the family, the family is willing to help out.
Matt 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.