By Sarah Lodato, Campus Director
Our schedules have been running a bit out of sync at TIY-Atlanta, so our first Front End Engineering course graduated a few months after our inaugural Mobile & Rails Engineering cohort. A smaller group of engineers-in-training, this class bonded perhaps in a different way than others, as they were the sole class on campus for a month.
It never ceases to amaze me how incredibly collaborative everyone that joins The Iron Yard very quickly becomes — camaraderie quickly forms in mental challenge. In the “real world”, these people might never cross paths, but they’re elbow-deep in programming together for these three months and beyond, and it’s a pretty incredible process to watch.
As Campus Director, a lot of what I witness is the hard times — the small joys in programming victories are typically caught in the classroom, not in the hallway. At our graduation celebration, I got a little choked up thinking about how much this class had been through in the past three months, accomplishing serious feats of the human mind. They’re the hardest workers I’ve ever met, and it’s humbling.
Demonstrations took place at ThoughtWorks, our gracious hosts for our first three graduating classes. We saw a wide range of applications, from a source for finding photographers for hire, an online service for shipping unwanted clothing directly to recycling centers, an online writing pad and project management tool for creative writers, a tracking system for bitcoin, and a free music download solution.
We try to let loose as much as we can, so after demonstrations we took to Piedmont Park for a casual afternoon in the sun. Rumor has it there was a pretty epic game of Red Rover.
We couldn’t be more excited about our recent grads, and where they’re headed professionally!