Coding school sets up in Mount Pleasant

By Liz Segrist
Published March 4, 2014

A month after officially announcing its plans to expand to Charleston, Greenville-based The Iron Yard has leased space in Mount Pleasant for its coding and Web development school.

The Iron Yard Academy is a three-month, full-time program. It will run out of a roughly 4,000-square-foot office space at 510 Mill St. on Shem Creek, Chief Marketing Officer Eric Dodds said.

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The application process is still open for 15 spots. The start date has been pushed from March 17 to March 31 as the former restaurant gets outfitted with new furniture.

The Charleston school will initially offer front-end engineering and rails engineering programs. According to Dodds, The Iron Yard will soon add mobile engineering to focus on applications for iOS, Apple’s phone and tablet operating system.

The program is set up for students to attend lectures in the morning and work in the lab in the afternoons. The coursework is demanding and time consuming, Dodds said.

A student can come in with no background writing code and leave as a professional, junior level program coder or Web developer, Dodds said. Coding professionals from local companies teach students coding languages and then help the students land jobs with their new skills.

The Iron Yard guarantees a job offer within six months of graduation — or students get a refund. The Iron Yard Academy recently graduated its third class of programmers in Greenville.

Dodds said the coding school originally planned to locate in downtown Charleston, but difficulty with city permits, build-out restrictions and parking limitations led the school to Mount Pleasant.

“We’ve had great applications so far from around Charleston, the state and the country,” Dodds said. “We will look at people until the very end, but they have to be ready to go if they apply in the last week and get accepted.”

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

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