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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Wonman Lee

Wonman Lee

Ruby on Rails Developer

Wonman used to work for a Senator on Capitol Hill. After a loss left him jobless, he attended The Iron Yard and now works as a back-end developer.

What were you doing before The Iron Yard?

Before The Iron Yard, I was a systems administrator on the Hill. Random fun fact: My coworkers used to refer to me as Nick Burns on SNL. I spent 2014 knocking on doors in Alaska working on Senator Mark Begich’s re-election. With the Senator’s loss in the November election, I found myself without a job.

What made you ultimately decide to become a programmer?

President Obama and Su Kim, the Campus Director. Both deserve credit. President Obama has given countless speeches expounding on the need for more American workers skilled in STEM fields. Moving into the software field was always a goal of mine but I wasn’t able to learn efficiently while studying on my own.

A bootcamp however fit my learning style and my current status of being unemployed perfectly.

What do you hope to accomplish and achieve in the near future?

I feel like I am now equipped with the proper tools to create things. They may be rudimentary currently but with practice I feel like I can hone them to create professional and valuable apps that can create change.

One of the great strengths of software is its ability to scale everything and I’m hoping to take advantage of that in the future.

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Wonman 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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