By Liz Segrist
Published Feb. 11, 2013
Greenville-based The Iron Yard will launch its coding school this spring to help train and secure jobs for people interested in app or website development.
The Iron Yard Head Honcho Peter Barth said he hopes to have many of the The Academy graduates find jobs in the Greenville area, fueling the local tech scene and ecosystem. (Photo/Liz Segrist)
The Iron Yard Academy, which launches April 1, is a three-month, full-time intensive coding and programming school for adults. Practicing, coding professionals, such as developer Mason Stewart, will teach the inaugural class about coding language, and then help the students land jobs with their new skills.
For the $9,750 tuition, students will receive a new Apple laptop, housing and job placement, or a full tuition reimbursement. There are no guarantees on exact salary or job location.
The Iron Yard’s head honcho, Peter Barth, said he expects students to secure jobs — with an average starting salary of $60,000 — within six months of completing the program. He said he hopes to place many in Greenville, although companies in Atlanta and on the West Coast have already expressed interest in future graduates.
Students must apply online. The first class will likely have 15 students, moving up to 25 students over time. There are no prerequisites, job experience or degree requirements to apply. Applicants can be those looking for additional programming skills or someone looking to switch careers.
“We’re hoping to get a decent group of people to apply, those who can most likely get placed at high quality startups,” Barth said. “We hope to keep many of them local to fuel the local ecosystem.”
Students will learn front-end engineering, such as HTML, CSS and JS. They will learn how to build digital products for a Web development shop or agency; how to build apps; how to build websites; and how to get a prototype off the ground quickly and efficiently, according to The Iron Yard website.
The program will be a mix of lectures and lab work. The Iron Yard partnered with the city, nonprofits and other local organizations that have website or app needs. Class assignments will be to work on their sites or apps.
The class will be in the Next Innovation Center at 411 University Ridge in Greenville. The space is open 24 hours a day. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday, and students should expect to work at least 60 hours a week.
The Iron Yard is a business of designers, coders and entrepreneurs with several projects that build businesses and fuel creativity.
In addition to The Academy, The Iron Yard runs The Accelerator, which is essentially a 13-week investment and mentorship program for entrepreneurs. It launched its first session in Greenville last summer, and plans to launch another round in Greenville this spring and its first in Spartanburg this fall.
It also runs CoWork, a joint space at 1040 W. Washington St. in Greenville for more than 20 startups of software developers, designers and creative entrepreneurs.
The Iron Yard plans to move from the Next Innovation Center to 2 N. Main St. in June. It recently leased 30,000 square feet of the Hughes Development Corp.-owned building in downtown Greenville with plans to lease much of it to small, creative-type companies in Greenville.