Iron Yard expands coding school footprint

By Liz Segrist
lsegrist@scbiznews.com
Published Sept. 4, 2014

The Iron Yard now operates its coding schools in nine cities across the country.

The Iron Yard Academy, an intensive three-month program based in Greenville, is now operating schools in Atlanta, Austin, Texas, Charleston, Columbia, Durham, N.C., Greenville, Houston, and Tampa and Orlando, Fla.

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“We’ve opened new locations in Orlando, Tampa, Austin and Columbia, which means we now have more locations than any other code school in the country,” Sally Kingston, campus director for The Iron Yard in Charleston, said in an email.

The Iron Yard in Charleston is accepting applications for the next round of the academy, which begins Jan. 5 and runs out of 4,000 square feet of space at 510 Mill St. on Shem Creek. The January classes have 28 spots left and are on front-end engineering and Ruby on Rails engineering. The application deadline is two weeks before class.

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

The program is set up for students to attend lectures in the morning and work in the lab in the afternoons. Tuition will be $12,000 for 2015 programs. The Academy requires a full-time commitment.

Coding skills are in high demand in the burgeoning tech scene in Charleston. The Iron Yard guarantees a job offer within six months of graduation or students get a refund.

The current class will graduate Oct. 10. The Iron Yard in Charleston also launched a new round of classes geared for kids this week. Younger kids are learning Scratch and older kids are learning HTML.

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

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