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Lighthouse Labs

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Lighthouse Labs

Avg Rating:4.45 ( 92 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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    Overall, this is a great program with great mentors! All other instructors were friendly and very knowledgable. 

    Midway into the program, one of the instructors started to message me on social media and not just once but a few episode of inappropriate conversation including 'paying me to talk to him' and ' if I could wear a skirt for him ' . This program is male dominated,  both instructors and students.

    Female students need to adapt to that environment and on top of that they need to feel safe in the area. After this incident had happend, I told the staff about it and surprisingly the education manager there told me that one of the staffs actually knew something similar had happend before in another co working space with the same instructor. They of course has already fired the instructor days after I told them.

    However, what really irritates me was that they asked me "IF I TOLD ANYONE ELSE" . I do not see a reason why they need to know if I have told anyone. She explained that she wanted to contact those people to let them know that this has been handled. However,  It has been over a month but the manager still hasnt acknowledged those who I have told. 

    Anyhow, instructor is gone and he will no longer be in the space.

  • Temper expectations
    - 10/11/2017
    Anonymous • Student
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    First off, I want to metnion that I won't be providing a verified review as I would have to give my name, and I don't want to do that in case it means I would lose some of the access to job board that I have from LHL. I took LHL the web development bootcamp  in spring/summer 2017 and I'm still looking for a job. I'm not sure how they can advertise that >90% of their graduates land a position. I know for a fact that at least 6 of the students in our cohort have not found a job, and it's been over 2.5 months. 

    I was a very good student also, so it's not like my skills aren't at the level they should be.

    I feel that LHL has become very greedy in that they are having new cohorts every 4 weeks. So basically they're pumping out new devs every month. So there have been 3 cohorts graduate since I graduated. Those students are the ones who are getting jobs now, and all the "older" students are kinda pushed into the back of the line.

    I have applied for jobs myself and gone to 3 job fairs but someone with as little experience as me is not really a prime candidate for these companies. My classmates who are still looking for jobs are in the same position. 

    Anyway, I'd be vary of taking a bootcamp to get into the market at this time. The market is flooded by bootcamps such as LHL, who are just one of the many bootcamps in the city. 

     

  • Anonymous • SWE • Graduate
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    The instructors are passionate about teaching, which is a huge plus. All the mentors and instructors are knowledgable in web development, and are mostly up to date with the latest Javascript technologies. I really enjoyed my experience in interacting and learning from the mentors and instructors. They are awesome, patient and nice. Shout outs to Karl, Kenny, Rohit for going above and beyond.

    The curriculum is pretty good, though most of the material can be found online for free. Therefore the biggest benefit of going to Lighthouse is getting real time support from the mentors. However, sometimes there is a lack of mentor and me and my classmates ended up waiting for 60+ minutes to get support. This happnes ~once a week.

    I would like to warn anyone having high hopes for the career services. It's subpar. I'll abbreviate the careers service advisor as C. When I attended the bootcamp, C clearly wasn't looking out for me or other job seeking students. C would softly pressure you into accepting any offers you get. She told me to not negotiate an offer (500/week, c'mon) even though I had numerous offers at hand. She also wanted me to go to a specific company, and reached out directly to the HR of that company to give me a call. I was pretty upset by this because I told C I would just send an email to turn down their offer, but she called them on my behalf. This wasn't just my experience, almost everybody in my cohort and the previous one felt like the career services at LHL is bad. You're better off applying on your own.

  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    The instructors and staff are ok. They do what they are suppose to do, nothing extraordinary to pay ~$9450 for this bootcamp. You can learn from Treehouse or other sources like Lynda. The only thing Lighthouse provides is a community where you are loaded with task and bound to do it. You sit from 8 AM-9 PM or even beyond so you do assignment at fast pace. If you are a self discipline individual you don't need this. Student with no prior background in coding finds it really difficult. Lighthouse really doesn’t care about job assistance. I just got one job interview at a place where interviewer wanted someone with experience. Why was I sent? Once you graduate, you are on your own. They provide no assistance. The pace is too fast. The TAs are helpful but few of them get annoyed by students questions forgetting their job is not sipping free coffee and doing their own personal project. I must say the faculty is nice but how can they justify dollars you pay vs the course where the topics are just touched and no job assistance.

    In short, this place is for coders with some experience and who can accelerate their learning in 2 months.  Newbies will get frustrated as instructors and TAs runout of patience. Only one of my cohort got a job, that one had previous experience. Wondering who writes all those good reviews? TAs and instructors themselves?

  • Anonymous • Mobile Developer • Graduate
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    It really comes down to how hard you are willing to work and how fast you can pick up new concepts. If you cannot meet these two requirements you are going to have a hard very time here.

    Lighthouse Labs teaches both Objective C and Swift. They teach Objective C first which has a bigger learning curve but once you grasp the core concepts everything falls into place and it really makes you appreciate Swift.

    I’ve seen multiple students drop out throughout the course. If you can’t keep up they will roll you over to the next group. If you have some kind of coding experience you will have an easier time but even if you don’t I’ve seen people with zero experience rise to the top of the class. The mentor and instructors are very good but because they rotate their staff every day there were some ineffective mentors. For the most part most are helpful and very knowledgeable with many years of experience under their belts.

    One question I get asked a lot is how is the career service at Lighthouse Labs. The answer is not good and not bad. It comes down to how you perform. Lighthouse Labs does a great job with it’s resume reviews and workshops. They run through a couple of tech interviews as well. Honestly, they are very different from the tech interviews that you will get in the real world. So be prepared to sit down and take some time to learn some additional computer science and software architecture concepts yourself. Don’t except to be ready for a real interview from those tech interviews alone. The team works very hard to setup demo days, speed dating and will sometime interviews but don’t rely on these too much. I would say you are 25% likely to get a job from these. You will need to put in the time to really hustle and get interviews the old fashion way. However, it kind of comes down to how amazing your final project is. Top 1-3 students get snatched up fairly quickly during demo days. The one negative side to Lighthouse Labs job service is that if you can’t find a job within the first month of graduating the support from Lighthouse is almost non existent. They need to find placements for their most recent grads so you will no longer be on their priority list.

    So to summarize, having some coding experience will make life easier but not required. If you are a fast learner and can Google your way through everything you will have a great time here. Ask for help when you get stuck, the mentors and staff are amazing. Everything on the curriculum is useful in the real world. Try to be the top student in your group and build a kick ass app with tons of relevant frameworks (I suggest building something interesting with your own custom backend). Work hard, learn on your own time after graduating and hustle if a job is what you are after. If you just want to build your own apps or start your own business you will love being at Lighthouse Labs.

     

  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    Having attended the Web Development Bootcamp, I wanted to write a review to expand a little on some of the other reviews' points of argument. Everyone who works at Lighthouse is extremely helpful and passionate about coding, which makes it easy to absorb that sort of attitude. However with some instructors there's a certain level of expectance of knowledge, despite them advertising there isn't actually any knowledge required to begin.

    Because it's a 2 month program it's VERY accelerated, and it's just very hard to absorb all the information. Everyone works their tails off, and those who didn't, didn't make it past the tests. One negative experience I found was while there were only 3 'tests', and at the beginning every single instructor expressed how students would NOT be judged solely on tests, you discover (if you don't achieve the passing grade of 80%, and if you didn't get at least 90% students were 'advised' to take the retest) that if you don't score well on the tests, your future in the program was at threat.

    The other problem I've found is the 100% job placement advertisement. While this is true, it is true for students who select a certain path for careers; Essentially if a student agrees to (lack of better term) sell their soul to the Career Services (CS), you are guaranteed job interviews, and at the end, a job. However, for the students who wish to either A) work in a specific city, or B) work a specific type of job only, you are basically on your own. I chose to return to the city I grew up in and I recieved little to NO assistance for job hunting relative to those who stayed in the host city and worked with CS. I was informed it was CS' job to send out resumes of students to various teams, companies, and jobs within my city, and each time I requested exactly WHICH jobs, I was just assured that my resume was one of the 'batch' that were sent out. Needless to say, all communication ceased once I left unless it was my own hunting on which jobs I was applying for via CS. I understand communication is a two-way street, but with that being said, I received NO updates from CS on the status of anything. Any emails that I recieved were replies to my own inquires. 

    Lighthouse is a good program if you want to get an introduction to the industry, but evidently it does not guarantee you to keep pace. It's on the student to learn the extra bits and languages following the program, which can be difficult to say the least. Be prepared for a lot of extra work after the program to achieve a position that satifies your pre-program desires.

  • Sexual Harassment
    - 11/17/2016
    Anonymous • Graduate
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    Having attended Lighthouse in its first year I can attest that this is not a good school for women. If you want to be the brunt of sexual jokes or told you belong in design, this is the spot.

    Response From: Sylvia Walker-Wavell of Lighthouse Labs
    Title: General Manager
    Thursday, Dec 01 2016
    Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. Speaking for the administration at Lighthouse, as the General Manager here in Vancouver, I take such claims very seriously. We have a zero tolerance policy for harassment, and our code of conduct for staff & students reflects this. I am following up on this with our alumni and current students, as well as our mentors and staff.

    I would urge anyone who experienced anything like harassment—or indeed anything that caused them discomfort—by a student, staff, or teacher, to reach out to me at sylvia@lighthouselabs.ca. You could create an anonymous gmail account, if you don’t feel comfortable sharing your identity.

    We will investigate any information that comes our way, and I will update this thread once we’ve done that.
  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    High intensity, fast-paced learning in a great environment. Lots of intelligent teachers and mentors to help with your problems, lots of autonomy when it came to group projects. Well structured curriculum

Lighthouse Labs Outcomes

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97%
Graduation Rate
98%
Employed
$52,403
Median Salary

Of the students who enroll at Lighthouse Labs, 97% graduated. 64% of graduates were job-seeking and 98% of job-seeking graduates found in-field employment after 180 days and report a median income of $52,403. Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 247 graduates included in this report:

180 Day Employment Breakdown:

Full Time, In-Field Employee
30.8%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position
64.4%
Short-term contract, part-time position, freelance
3.2%
Employed out-of-field
0.0%

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