The summer of 2017 marked the closure of the Iron Yard coding school franchise and all 15 of its locations throughout the U.S., including one in St. Petersburg, Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times. One year later, a new institution aims to fill the void left by the Iron Yard center and bring renewed opportunities for residents of the Tampa metropolitan area to develop IT skills valuable for jobs in an increasingly tech-heavy economy.
Not-for-profit foundation Suncoast Developers Guild will develop the new coding school, to be called The Academy at Suncoast Developers Guild. The initial class will have room for only 15 to 30 students, but this limit could eventually change. Toni Warren, president of Suncoast and former local campus director for Iron Yard’s St. Petersburg location, said that it made sense for her organization to replace the closing coding institution.
“[St. Petersburg] is really where the creatives live,” Warren said in a June 15 Tampa Bay Times interview regarding the new school. “People come to our school because they want to express their creativity and they want to be in an industry with [opportunities for] continuous learning.”