Taking the leap to become a web developer takes time, research, and money. Just as if you were shopping around for an apartment or car, you want to get to know each of your options. Immersing yourself in a full-time program will likely require leaving a job and traveling to a new city. Switchup is here to help make that process as seamless as possible, which is why we are putting the spotlight on Canada’s leading web development school, BrainStation. Here’s what you need to know about BrainStation.
1. It’s the most affordable bootcamp in Canada.
At a price point of $8,000 CAD ($7,500 if you apply before December 9th), BrainStation’s 10 week immersive program is ideal for those who want to make a career change but are on a strict budget. Many US-based bootcamps cost upwards of $12K, and with the Canadian dollar valued as it is today, it’s a smart financial move for both US and Canadian citizens. BrainStation’s ultimate goal is to make learning to code accessible to Canadians and international students.
2. It’s located in the heart of Canada’s tech community in downtown Toronto.
The BrainStation classroom experience is truly like no other. The new Innovation Hub, the home of BrainStation’s Web Development Immersive program, opened its doors this fall at the corner of King Street and Spadina, arguably the most influential intersection in Canada. The new space boasts a state of the art coffee shop, beautiful brick and beam classrooms, and a 200 person event space. It also happens to be in walking distance of some of Canada’s best neighbourhoods, including King West, Liberty Village, Queen West, Roncesvalles, Leslieville, the Entertainment District and the Annex.
3. You’ll learn alongside industry experts from Konrad Group, a global leader in the tech consultancy space with offices in Chicago, New York and San Jose, Costa Rica.
Speak to any BrainStation Alumni, and a common highlight of their experience is working closely with a global technology consultancy. Students get a unique inside look at what it’s like to work as a full-time web developer, from the types of projects to the workplace culture. Students will be learning the most up-to-date tools, techniques and technologies from industry professionals who do it for a living - the curriculum is collaboratively enhanced by over 150 Konrad Group experts, with a rotating roster of educators bringing their specific expertise to the classroom.
4. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate on a project.
The Web Development immersive program guides students through 8 weeks of lessons and challenges designed to effectively deliver the conceptual and practical skills required to build a stand alone web application. In the final two weeks of the program students work collaboratively, alongside the instructors, to build a full production grade web application. The experience is tailored to simulate a real project development life cycle. Students will learn how to plan, research, and build an application starting from just a simple idea using industry tools like git, pivotal tracker, and grunt to more effectively manage their teams, tasks, and code bases. The final project is then deployed on a real web server and deployed to the web so that students can showcase the scale of the project they worked on to anyone in the world.
5. BrainStation offers $500 off for all women looking to enroll in the program.
BrainStation is proud to boast an Intro to Web Development classroom that is over 50% female students, which is why they offer a full-time program scholarship to encourage women to make their mark in the tech industry as full-time web developers.
The winter 2016 program kicks off January 11th - apply before December 9th and you’ll automatically receive $500 off with the Early Bird Special.
What’s next? Give BrainStation a visit! Book a tour to meet the instructors, see the learning space and learn more about the program curriculum. The admissions team will guide you through the process, and help commuting and international students find a place to live.