Canadian coding school Bitmaker Labs continues to successfully disrupt traditional education with their hands on, intensive program that allows students to develop valuable coding skills in nine to 12 weeks.
Despite being investigated Ontario Ministry of Training to potentially be shut down less than a year ago, Bitmaker Labs graduates have had no problems finding good paying jobs at prominent Canadian startups or have gone on to launch their own companies saving themselves thousands of dollars in development costs. The school is in the process of offering more courses, expanding into a bigger location and bringing in instructors from established disciplines to teach Bitmaker students.
“Now is the best time for innovation in education in Canada, and we will lead the pack in this effort,” says Sean Power, Instructor at Bitmaker Labs.
The school is doubling their floor space to 8,000 square feet by moving a few blocks to 220 King Street West. They are also expanding their course offerings from one to six including part time courses offered in the evenings and an online study course. They will be offering:
- a full-time Web Design w/Front End Development immersive (12 weeks);
- a full-time iOS development immersive (12 weeks);
- a part-time Advanced Analytics course (Available online and part time evenings);
- a part-time AngularJS course (12 weeks);
Bitmaker has brought in new instructors that have enjoyed success in both the academic world, as entrepreneurs or have worked at well known companies. Some of their new instructors include Danielle Beckett, a PhD candidate in education with focus on classroom analytics to create continuous feedback loop between student and teachers. Power, an O’Reilly author and startup executive, joined as Chief Marketing Officer and instructor. Julie Haché (Shopify and Unbounce) is co-leading the Ruby on Rails immersive with Chris Johnson (Nulogy and ThoughtWorks).
Bitmaker Labs has over 200 graduates with no shortage of applicants in sight. Graduates from the program include Lawyers, NCAA athletes, and students that already have Masters in Engineering and PhD’s. Over 90% have found employment at companies like Hootsuite, Shopify and Thoughtworks. They are quickly becoming the largest professional development center in Canada.