Could This Hybrid Approach Be the Future of Coding Bootcamps in Canada?

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Vancouver’s Lighthouse Labs and the Yukon government are partnering to pilot an online coding bootcamp.

The Canadian coding academy hopes its pilot program can deliver the same quality of education as its in-person offerings, equipping Northern Territories students with enough skills to get jobs after two months of teaching.

“A true developer bootcamp is special precisely because of the in-person support and relationships that you engage with,” admits Lighthouse Labs cofounder Jeremy Shak. Still, he says, “I’ve often wondered if it was possible to do this while maintaining the same level of quality as our in-person program.”

This pilot program will answer that question.

“The goal of this pilot program is to have five Yukon students be prepared to immediately start working as professional developers as soon as they are finished the program,” he notes.

One differentiating factor between this program and other remote coding bootcamps, says Shaki, is Lighthouse’s hybrid approach: the students will be instructed remotely but still have a local, physical space to gather in and work from, as well as a local expert on hand.

“Whitehorse students will be in class every day at MakeIT, Yukon’s leading IT company,” explains Shaki. “Having a space where you are studying with others is still extremely beneficial to all our students education and will remain so throughout this pilot. They will be attended to by an on site TA who is a full time developer, Andrew Kalek, to receive in person mentorship and guidance.”

If the pilot program is successful, Lighthouse hopes its hybrid bootcamp model can scale.

“It is our hope that the methodology we use to deliver this program opens up doors to similar type programs in other spaces, and we will be opening our doors to people in the Vancouver community who wish to use our technology to deliver knowledge outside of Vancouver,” Shaki says.

To learn more about what Lighthouse Labs is doing, visit them at Techvibes Tech Fest in Vancouver on May 14.

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