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JULY 12, 2016, HALIFAX – Volta Labs has partnered with Lighthouse Labs, a for-profit educational institute based in Vancouver, to bring their intensive web development bootcamp to Halifax. This will be their first bootcamp course East of Montreal. The bootcamp will support Nova Scotia’s tech ecosystem by delivering a modern, immersive web development program to launch a cohort of students into their first junior developer role.

The Web Development Bootcamp focuses on JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, HTML/CSS, popular APIs, software architecture, responsive design, test driven development and Node.js during an 8-week, 8-10 hours per day intensive program. The program provides mentorship, a data-drive curriculum and top notch learning environment to bring students to a junior developer level of competence. The program is hands-on and team based, which is perfect for a student looking to get into the startup or SME scene.

“These are the types of programs that help fulfill the region’s increasing need for talented developers,” says Melody Pardoe, COO of Volta. “The Lighthouse Labs bootcamps are for people who want to learn how to build products from start to finish: Exactly the kind of talent we know companies are searching for. It’s also one more way to engage the amazing developers who are passionate about mentoring and growing the tech community in Nova Scotia.”

Lighthouse Labs has proven results with their mentorship-heavy, full-time immersion model. Over 95% of their job-seeking graduates are hired within 90 days of completing their bootcamp. Over 160 organizations have hired their 450+ students from bootcamps in Vancouver, Toronto, Okanagan, Montreal, Victoria, London and soon, Halifax.

Volta has partnered with Lighthouse Labs, acting as their home base in Halifax, to grow the developer talent pool and serve the tech ecosystem in Nova Scotia. The “developers for developers” model of Lighthouse Labs mirrors the Volta Labs “founders for founders” model. Their paid mentor model, which recruits from within the local senior developer community, also supports Nova Scotia’s senior developer talent.

“We’re very excited to be bringing our satellite program to Halifax,” says Charlyne Fothergill, Director of Career Services with Lighthouse Labs. “There’s an emerging tech scene that has potential for serious growth, and we’re looking forward to helping to make sure employers can find great developer talent locally. Volta Labs has been a huge support in bringing our Web Development Bootcamp to Nova Scotia, and we absolutely share in their passion for helping Halifax’s tech community continue to prosper.”

Many bootcamp students enroll to change their career to a tech-focused role. Others are university graduates that are looking to become more employable with hands-on, project-based learning.

Potential students can now apply for a spot in the bootcamp, which will start October 24. 2016. Only an average of 30% of applicants are accepted through an interview and logic testing screening process.

For a taste of web development, join Lighthouse Labs on August 27 at Halifax Central Library for a free HTML, CSS and JavaScript workshop. You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of web development, and have the chance to try your hand at building your very own website.


About Lighthouse Labs:

Founded in 2013, Lighthouse Labs is an immersive, modern approach to teaching web and mobile software development. With a hands on curriculum built by a community of industry experts, Lighthouse Labs focuses on transforming passionate people into agile programmers. Lighthouse Labs maintains unprecedented employment rates of over 95% within 3 months of graduation and has graduated over 400 students into amazing careers.

About Volta Labs:

Volta is a vibrant startup house for early stage tech companies. Volta is located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia and is the residence of up to 20 high-potential tech product startups. Volta is a non-profit created by founders for founders. Our focus is on building a community where entrepreneurs can come together to learn from each other, grow their companies and expand to new markets. Community is our framework. Our goal is to support the needs of technology founders in Nova Scotia so they can grow their startups into global companies.

Media Contacts:

Sarah Linders
Public Relations Manager, Volta Labs
sarah@voltaeffect.com | 902-702-0194

Rebecca Haliburton
Marketing Manager, Lighthouse Labs
rebecca@lightouselabs.ca | 604-290-5521

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