Vancouver-based Lighthouse Labs announced today that it is expanding its coding bootcamp school across Canada in 2015. A Toronto location will open in March, with part-time programs starting in Calgary this April.
The expansion comes in partnership with Canadian accelerator HIGHLINE, who will house Lighthouse Labs in its Toronto campus. The partnership marks the first time a coding bootcamp has deeply integrated with an accelerator or seed fund in this way in Canada.
“After seeing how seriously the Lighthouse Labs team takes computer programming education and their dedication to preparing students for jobs, our partnership became an obvious strategic alignment to form to accelerate growth nationally,” said Marcus Daniels, CEO at HIGHLINE. “Many HIGHLINE companies have hired Lighthouse Labs graduates and demand has increased given the exceptional results, so we’re thrilled to have Lighthouse Labs operate now out of our Toronto office to further give our whole portfolio a unique national talent edge.”
Lighthouse Labs boasts a 100 percent job placement rate for both its web development and iOS bootcamp programs, a number that is obviously aided by Lighthouse’s focus on paid co-op placements.
“A bootcamp helps kick start your career, but when you take that first job we expect that you won’t just settle into a 9-5 job and stop the pursuit of developing your skills,” said Khurram Virani, co-founder and Senior Director of Education at Lighthouse Labs. “By placing students into 2-3 month long paid co-ops, the emphasis is established that they are still expected to learn and that the company is expected to provide mentorship. It’s why we have seen such success with companies hiring our students full-time. It’s that focus on continued learning that has really helped the program succeed.”
Prospective coders can learn more about Lighthouse Labs bootcamp programs here.
Disclosure: BetaKit’s East and West Coast offices are housed in HIGHLINE’s Vancouver and Toronto co-working spaces.