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Coding school The Iron Yard is closing campuses nationwide, including its D.C. location.
A statement posted to its website Thursday announced the deal.
“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,” the statement said. “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.”
The last day for the D.C. campus will be Oct. 13, said Iron Yard Head of Content and Communications Lelia King. She said further details about the business reasons are “confidential to the board.”
The Iron Yard launched in Greenville, S.C., in 2012. The school entered the D.C. area in 2014 with an initial location in Crystal City, and opened a location in downtown D.C. last year.
In D.C., the Iron Yard has seven employees, King said.
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Current courses will be completed as planned.
“Students will be given the entire 12 weeks of instruction plus Demo Day and four weeks of career support,” she said. “The Iron Yard is fully committed to providing students the same quality educational experience that we’ve provided every other student in the past.”
Along with offering training, the Iron Yard has had an impact on the tech community in other ways such as partnering on a scholarship program and hosting events in its space. (For instance, a hackathon taking on gerrymandering is on the schedule this weekend.) Whether events that are scheduled are still being held will be determined on a case-by-case basis, King said.
“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,” the statement said.
It’s not the first coding school to announce bad news this month. Last week, the Kaplan-owned Dev Bootcamp announced it was shutting down in December.
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