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Lighthouse Labs

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Lighthouse Labs

Avg Rating:4.45 ( 93 reviews )

Lighthouse Labs is a Canadian bootcamp that teaches web development and data science. The bootcamps have small class sizes, a 1:8 teacher to student ratio, and a mentor community of over 40 full-time developers. The web development program covers JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, Node.JS, software architecture, and responsive design, as well as computer science and software engineering concepts. The Data Science bootcamp teaches Python, SQL, machine learning, and deep learning. 

 Lighthouse Labs is looking for students who want to grow and thrive in an intense learning environment, and have an aptitude for coding. No previous coding education or experience is required. Once accepted, students must complete 70 hours of prep before day one of coding bootcamp. For the Data Science Bootcamp, Lighthouse Labs is looking for students who can thrive in an intense learning environment, and who love data.

Lighthouse Labs has a dedicated career services team which helps students find jobs through networking and employer outreach, as well as resume, portfolio, and interview preparation. Over the past five years, Lighthouse Labs reports that 93% of their job-seeking alumni are employed within 120 days of graduation. Lighthouse Labs has campuses in tech hub spaces like Devhub (Toronto and Vancouver), The Summit (Victoria BC), Spaces (Montreal) and The Edison Building (Calgary), which allow students to be surrounded by startup companies and entrepreneurs while they study. This form of immersion gives students an understanding of how to build their network and strengthen their understanding of the tech space and startup culture. 

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  • Data Science Bootcamp

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    Data Science, Data Visualization, Spark, Data Structures, SQL, Python, Machine Learning
    In PersonFull Time60 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,500
    Class size10
    LocationVancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary
    Our immersive 12-week Data Science Bootcamp will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to launch a career in Data Science. From SQL to Python to Machine Learning and beyond, you’ll learn a mix of programming, mathematical, and applied data skills to help you succeed on the job.
    Financing
    Deposit$1050-$1250
    Financing
    Scholarship$5000 for those affected by COVID-19 in the form of job losses, job minimization or school interruptions. More info: https://www.lighthouselabs.ca/scholarships
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Prep Work40-80 hours
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science Bootcamp (Online)

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$12,500
    Class size10
    LocationOnline
    Our immersive 12-week Data Science Bootcamp will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to launch a career in Data Science. From SQL to Python to Machine Learning and beyond, you’ll learn a mix of programming, mathematical, and applied data skills to help you succeed on the job.
    Financing
    Deposit$1050-$1250
    Financing
    Scholarship$5000 for those affected by COVID-19 in the form of job losses, job minimization or school interruptions. More info: https://www.lighthouselabs.ca/scholarships
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Prep Work40-80 hours
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Intro to Data Analytics

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    Excel, Data Analytics
    In PersonFull Time6 Hours/week6 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$2,250
    Class size10
    LocationVancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Victoria, Ottawa
    Everyone has data, but is yours helping you make good decisions? From executives to early stage professionals, we all need to learn how to analyze and interpret data. This part-time course will help you get the most out of your existing data for better business decisions.
    Financing
    Deposit$185-$225
    Scholarship$750 for those affected by COVID-19 in the form of job losses, job minimization or school interruptions. More info: https://www.lighthouselabs.ca/scholarships
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkNone
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Intro to Data Analytics (Online)

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    Excel, Data Analytics
    OnlinePart Time6 Hours/week6 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$2,250
    Class size10
    LocationOnline
    Everyone has data, but is yours helping you make good decisions? From executives to early stage professionals, we all need to learn how to analyze and interpret data. This part-time course will help you get the most out of your existing data for better business decisions.
    Financing
    Deposit225
    Scholarship$750 for those affected by COVID-19 in the form of job losses, job minimization or school interruptions. More info: https://www.lighthouselabs.ca/scholarships
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Intro to Front-End with JavaScript

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    HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week6 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$1,695
    Class size15
    LocationVancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Victoria, Ottawa
    Learn how to build and style websites and landing pages using HTML, CSS & JavaScript. During this 6 week course you will build your own website from scratch, learn the core principles of responsive design, and leverage JavaScript to make your site dynamic and interactive. If you manage a website, want to build your own website, or work with dev teams building web applications, this course will provide you with a great foundation in front-end web development.
    Financing
    Deposit$157.50 - $169.50
    Refund / Guarantee$850 credit towards bootcamp for completing the Intro program.
    Scholarship$750 for those affected by COVID-19 in the form of job losses, job minimization or school interruptions. More info: https://www.lighthouselabs.ca/scholarships
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Intro to Front-End with JavaScript (Online)

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    HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS
    OnlinePart Time6 Hours/week6 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$1,695
    Class size10
    LocationOnline
    Learn how to build and style websites and landing pages using HTML, CSS & JavaScript. During this 6 week course you will build your own website from scratch, learn the core principles of responsive design, and leverage JavaScript to make your site dynamic and interactive. If you manage a website, want to build your own website, or work with dev teams building web applications, this course will provide you with a great foundation in front-end web development.
    Financing
    Deposit$157.50 - $169.50
    Refund / Guarantee$850 credit towards bootcamp for completing the Intro program.
    Scholarship$750 for those affected by COVID-19 in the form of job losses, job minimization or school interruptions. More info: https://www.lighthouselabs.ca/scholarships
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Intro to Web Development

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    HTML, Git, Sinatra, CSS, Front End, Ruby
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week6 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$1,695
    Class size15
    LocationVancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Victoria, Ottawa
    This course is focused entirely on equipping you with tools that apply directly to professional web development. By the end of 6 weeks, you’ll be creating beautiful apps and understanding web development fundamentals for both front and back end. If you're interested in learning how to code, communicate with your dev team, understand how to create an MVP or gain valuable career skills, this course is for you.
    Financing
    Deposit$157.50 - $169.50
    Refund / Guarantee$850 credit towards bootcamp for completing the Intro program.
    Scholarship$750 for those affected by COVID-19 in the form of job losses, job minimization or school interruptions. More info: https://www.lighthouselabs.ca/scholarships
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Intro to Web Development (Online)

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    HTML, Git, Sinatra, CSS, Front End, Ruby
    OnlinePart Time6 Hours/week6 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$1,695
    Class size10
    LocationOnline
    This course is focused entirely on equipping you with tools that apply directly to professional web development. By the end of 6 weeks, you’ll be creating beautiful apps and understanding web development fundamentals for both front and back end. If you're interested in learning how to code, communicate with your dev team, understand how to create an MVP or gain valuable career skills, this course is for you.
    Financing
    Deposit$157.50 - $169.50
    Scholarship$750 for those affected by COVID-19 in the form of job losses, job minimization or school interruptions. More info: https://www.lighthouselabs.ca/scholarships
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Web Development Bootcamp

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    MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, Sinatra, jQuery, Rails, CSS, Express.js, React.js, Node.js, Front End, Ruby, SQL
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,500
    Class size15
    LocationVancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Victoria, Ottawa
    Lighthouse Labs will take you from coding hobbyist to professional developer in 12 weeks, and be the launchpad for your career. Operating out of Canada's most dynamic tech hubs, Lighthouse Labs combines a mentor community of 80+ full-time developers with an agile curriculum that emphasizes hands-on experience. Over 75% of your time at Lighthouse Labs will be focused on building actual, functional software. They have a 1:8 student to teacher ratio to help keep you on track and you’ll have access to mentors from different backgrounds, 12 hours a day, five days a week. This has allowed them to achieve the ultimate result: more than 1,500 students graduated into amazing careers as developers.
    Financing
    Deposit$987.50-1,250
    Financing
    Desjardins for Ottawa and Montreal and Alberta Student Aid for Calgary.
    Scholarship$5000 for those affected by COVID-19 in the form of job losses, job minimization or school interruptions. More info: https://www.lighthouselabs.ca/scholarships
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic Computer Knowledge.
    Prep Work70 hours.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Web Development Bootcamp (Online)

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    MongoDB, HTML, Git, Sinatra, Rails, CSS, Express.js, React.js, Node.js, Front End, Ruby, SQL
    OnlineFull Time60 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,500
    Class size20
    LocationOnline
    Lighthouse Labs will take you from coding hobbyist to professional developer in 12 weeks, and be the launchpad for your career. Operating out of Canada's most dynamic tech hubs, Lighthouse Labs combines a mentor community of 80+ full-time developers with an agile curriculum that emphasizes hands-on experience. Over 75% of your time at Lighthouse Labs will be focused on building actual, functional software. They have a 1:8 student to teacher ratio to help keep you on track and you’ll have access to mentors from different backgrounds, 12 hours a day, five days a week. This has allowed them to achieve the ultimate result: more than 1,500 students graduated into amazing careers as developers.
    Financing
    Deposit$987.50-1,250
    Financing
    Desjardins for Ottawa and Montreal and Alberta Student Aid for Calgary.
    Scholarship$5000 for those affected by COVID-19 in the form of job losses, job minimization or school interruptions. More info: https://www.lighthouselabs.ca/scholarships
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic Computer Knowledge.
    Prep Work70 Hours.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    My overall Lighthouse Labs experience was awesome. Unlike most other reviewers here, I came to LHL with a programming background. At the beginning I wasn't too sure if LHL will be the right choice for me to update myself with the current web technologies. After I done my research for their alumni, talked to the head instructor, and saw the curriculum I was then convinced that this is the right place for me to update my web skills.

     
    The teaching approach they do at Lighthouse might be different from what I used to get from university. At LHL, we only have about an hour of lecture each day and focus on hands-on for the rest of the day. I actually really enjoyed this approach of learning as I got to get my hands dirty into programming and problem solving and not focus too much on spending hours of lectures.
     
    Another unique features that LHL provide to students are the TA supports. We have about 50 TAs around for supports after lectures and until late at night. Having TAs around are really helpful especially when we need a guidance on problem solving and it also helps us to learn faster. The TAs also helped us with code review and make sure we write a maintainable code.
     
    Aside from those above, each of us also got assigned a pod leader who will conduct a weekly technical interview and group code review. The technical interviews really help us tremendously especially we will be starting to look for jobs midway of the program. 
  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    + If one works hard, one shall be impressed with the projects one produces. Lighthouse does offer an environment for that.

    + One certainly is given an exposure to multiple prominent tools, frameworks etc. e.g. Sinatra, Rails and Node.

    - Often the purpose or utility of the exercises / assignments was unclear; often, the assignments provided no useful knowledge / skills towards the projects; so many assignments feel of no use at the end.

    + There were some excellent TAs / assistants / mentors who helped to understand the problem and the solution.

    - Sadly, they were all in the evening. The morning TA's mostly provided band-aid solutions or solved one problem only to introduce another.

    + Lighthouse encourages that relationships with it and one's cohort mates be maintained after graduation.

    + Lighthouse provides career services

    - Those career services may be slow, especially on the Toronto side

    May 16, 2013: Course Report Admin combined the following with a duplicative review titled "Prior exp. in design / prog. needed."

    This course may be marketed to the general public but in reality the way in which Lighthouse operated requires a person to already have experience, not just familiarity, with either design or programming.

    A backend developer can practise at being a full-stack, as can a front-end dev. or designer, by supplementing their existing skills in one area with the other.

    If a person has no experience or only familiarity in either area then it is too difficult. It is, afterall, a bootcamp, so there is no gradual process. Often, there wasn't even a process.

    It was a bit like being visually shown a parachute then being thrown out of a plane. A person has only so much time to learn to find the lever and learn to use it.

     

  • Web Development
    - 8/14/2015
    Anonymous • Dev Op's • Graduate
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    Lighthouse Labs gave me the problem solving skills and basics to be able to work at any job. This program is boss.

  • Shannon McDonald • Web Developer • Graduate
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    When I signed up for Lighthouse, I was looking for a way to get out of the career direction I was heading down and quickly acquire a new set of marketable skills. The program more than delivered on that front - I found my niche in web development, and I'm happier with my current job than I ever though I could be at work. The fantastic instructors are well supported by an increasingly impressive roster of TAs and mentors, and the curriculum seems to be consistently evolving.  Attending class every day in such a bustling entrepreneurial space (Launch Academy), with such talented and motivating people was really inspiring (and sometimes intimidating), but very beneficial when it came to pushing grads out into the workforce. It will still take a lot out of you to succeed in the bootcamp environment - hours are long, the flood of information is overwhelming and frustrations are high - but with dedication, focus, and at least a bit of a natural proclivity towards problem-solving, Lighthouse will give you the tools to get there.

  • Anonymous • Web Developer • Graduate
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    It was a great experience with LighthouseLabs, really knowledgeable people who enjoy teaching . It helped me realize that I am capable of programming and learning  at a higher level.

  • Best Bootcamp
    - 7/11/2015
    SooJeen • Software Developer • Graduate
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    Let's start with the instructors and TA's. They are working developers. They are there because they love the field of coding and development and want to help others learn and grow. Get to know your TA's, ask about their work and learn from their life experience.

    The curriculum is great. It is carefully crafted to teach the principles of programming and give you a familiarity with the frameworks and tools that you'll be using in your day to day work. The days were long and the information and learning did not let up. Every day brought another nuance or layer to what you had already learned.

    I was one of the fortunate ones who had a job offer before graduation. The career services is great. They help you craft your resume and get employers in to see your work and interview you. You graduate as a full-stack web developer and you will have a lot of on-the-job-learning ahead of you.

    Web and Software development is a journey of continual learning. And Lighthouse Labs understands that and prepares you for it. It has the feel of a trade school apprenticeship, but it's much more.

  • Great School!
    - 6/11/2015
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    I expected a lot going into this course, and I was not disappointed! Not only is the course amazing, but the community is amazing -- It is welcoming and active, and I quickly felt right at home. As an Alumni, they do a very good job of keeping me in the loop and in the community -- I still feel supported by all of the staff, teachers, and TAs.

    The curriculum is challenging, and you should expect to be busy, but it is manageable.

    The job support is great too, they organize events and interviews to connect students with employers. 

    Overall, I feel they prepared me well for my current position as a developer. It was the best education decision I ever made.

  • Awesome
    - 6/4/2015
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    Although I wouldn't suggest going in with no coding experience. Its really tough and time consuming even for the people who have comp sci degrees. The TAs are awesome and support from career services is excellent. 

  • Johnny Ji • Web Dev • Graduate
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    I highly recommend Lighthouse Labs to anyone who's thinking about it. If you take the time and put in the hours, it'll change your life.

    I went from being confused about my future drifitng through university like everyone else to now loving my work, getting paid to learn and loving the apps I create. Meanwhile all my friends are still sitting in Philosophy 302 or something. (No offense to Philospohy majors)

  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    You meet your teachers and you know
    it will be fun to be a member!
    Each day your skills just grow and grow;
    each day unique, you will remember!
    You will be there for Don's great lectures
    with nicest smell of coffee cup.
    You won't have time to make conjectures
    when meet Khurram.. you hurry up!
    You can talk Python with Murat,
    and choose TA to ask a question.
    Charlyn will make you a magnate
    providing jobs with nice agression.
    You will enjoy sublimest pretty
    with sunny teacher Monica.
    All this is in the heart of city
    creating code as music from harmonica!

Lighthouse Labs Outcomes

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91%
Graduation Rate
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Employed
$53,280
Median Salary

Of the students who enroll at Lighthouse Labs, 91% graduated. 75% of graduates were job-seeking and N/A of job-seeking graduates found in-field employment after 180 days and report a median income of $53,280. Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 345 graduates included in this report:

180 Day Employment Breakdown:

Full Time, In-Field Employee
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Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position
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Short-term contract, part-time position, freelance
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Employed out-of-field
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