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Coding school giant Iron Yard announces closure of all campuses

A South Carolina-based coding school with 15 locations, including one in downtown Atlanta, announced Thursday plans to close all of its campuses.

The Iron Yard, a four-year-old company, posted a message on its website delivering the news.

“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.”

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The note said the company will finish out its summer classes, including career support.

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The Iron Yard came to Atlanta from Greenville in 2014.

The Atlanta campus currently has 33 students and eight staff members, spokesman Eric Dodds said Thursday.

He estimates that 3,000 students will have been through the program when the campus closes Nov. 3.

“The education our students have been equipped with remains valuable, and we are proud of our alumni and their accomplishments,” he said.

Dodds did not respond when asked what would happen to the downtown office space at M.L.K. Jr. Drive Southwest and Peachtree Street Southwest.

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The company’s website lists 15 locations ranging from Tampa to Las Vegas.

According to its website, tuition for programs range between $900 for a one-time course to build “fundamental web development skills” to $13,900 for the chance to become a “junior web developer in a time frame that suits your schedule.”

The company’s note Thursday ends with this:  “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.”

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