The Iron Yard is winding down operations in Golden Valley this month, according to CEO Peter Barth.
Opened in January 2016, The Iron Yard became one of the few local aveneues for an immersive 12-week ‘coding school’ focused around front-end & back-end education for students to enter the workforce as junior programmers.
A final demo day next Wednesday will mark the end their run here, three cohorts and 19 students later.
The Iron Yard is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina and maintains a network of 17 campuses nationwide, sans Minnesota. They are financed by Phoenix-based Apollo Education Group, owners of The University of Phoenix. Left standing in the wake of Iron Yard’s departure is Prime Digital Academy and Software Guild, two similiar types of educational environments for accelerated technology learning.
The Iron Yard CEO Peter Barth declined to say exactly why the decision was made, although money is the likely culprit; he did issue this statement:
“As a company, we will be focusing on increasing opportunities at our other campuses as well as investing in our growing corporate training programs, online learning platform and new part-time course formats. We remain committed to providing world-class immersive courses for career changers, and to ensuring we are offering the right courses in the right markets where we can have the most impact.
We will still have a presence in Minneapolis through our outstanding alumni who we know will continue to have a positive impact on the local tech industry and tech education. We feel privileged to have been a part of the Minneapolis community and want to thank our partners, graduates and advisory board members for their support.”