Greenville Based Iron Yard To Shut Down All Campuses Later This Summer
We’ve been covering Greenville based Iron Yard since they launched as a startup accelerator and incubator in 2011. We saw them graduate their first class of startups, expand into digital health, and then pivot to a purely code school business model.
As they turned from accelerator to code school, the goal was always the same, to get more people into the technology and innovation field. One of the things they noticed as a startup accelerator was that their were a lot more “idea people” than developer folks. The code school model would naturally solve that. That was one reason that The Iron Yard found space in existing incubators and co-working space for many of their locations. Raleigh Durham’s American Underground was the first expansion site for The Iron Yard.
Mums the word on why they are closing but they are ending operations at all fifteen locations at the closure of the current summer session.
“The details around the business decision are confidential to the board,” the company said in a statement to The Post and Courier.
When all is said and done 3,000 students will have completed The Iron Yard Coding program. The program is taught over 12 weeks. The firm believes it doesn’t take four years to teach people to code. The course costs $13,900.
Applying the 12 week Bootcamp accelerator model to coding school may not have been enough though. Tobias Dengel, the CEO of Virginia based app development firm, Willow Tree, was a strong supporter and advocate for The Iron Yard. His company interviewed several Iron Yard graduates but never hire any,
“I think the issue is, the amount of time they try to teach people to code, it’s just not enough. It’s not deep enough for the type of stuff we do.” He told the Triangle Business Journal.
Earlier this year they suspended operations at a hand full of locations. This announcement, about closing their remaining locations, came as a shock to many all of their locations are closing here’s a list:
- Las Vegas
- Tampa Bay
This is the official statement from their blog. Several news outlets reached out to The Iron Yard for comment but were unsuccessful.
“Over the last four 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.”