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 first became enthralled with computers when my elementary school received a donation of Macintosh LC's. I had never been on a computer before in my life, but they just made sense from the very moment I sat behind it.
After I was requested to give Mac tutorials to classmates and some teachers, my mother recalls being asked by my kindergarten teacher how long we'd had a computer in the house, to which my mother responded, "we never have."
My affinity for technology only grew with every new video game console release starting with NES. From there I grew into what I felt was a healthy obsession with all things Apple. Saving every cent on my own, I purchased a 12" Apple PowerBook and in 2005, and so began my intrigue with the Mac OS.
Over the next few years I joined a band that toured the world on a major label, tried my hand at the college life with a degree in history, married my high school love at 22, and welcomed my first child at 25.
Continuously searching for what I would do with my life, I stumbled upon a conversation with a friend in a Pei-Wei parking lot that would lead my discovery of The Iron Yard, a coding academy offering a 12-week Mobile Engineering program.
I graduated from The Iron Yard in October of 2014, and haven't looked back since. I've never been happier and I can't wait to see what the future holds for my family and me.
Jeremy 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.