Trigaux: Closing Iron Yard coding school hits area tech hard but leaders talk of options

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The coming shutdown this fall of the Iron Yard software coding school in downtown St. Petersburg — announced this month as part of a national closing of all 15 Iron Yard locations — remains a shocking event to a Tampa Bay technology community that dreams big of becoming a major player in the Southeast if not the nation.

Ask local technology leaders: How do we reignite the pipeline of workers with at least core coding skills after Iron Yard shuts its doors? Seek another coding school? Build one from the well regarded Iron Yard instructors here? Start another from scratch? Rally the local colleges to step up?

The Iron Yard’s recent arrival here promised a fresh pipeline of early career tech coding talent, quickly delivered, with key software skills often desperately sought by many tech firms. Clearly, Iron Yard’s closing will hurt.