Alberta Tech Job Secrets
Alberta's First Software Boot Camp
You will be part of a revolution in software education. There were an estimated 21,000 boot camp grads in 2017- about 10 times the amount as just 5 years before. (Source: CourseReport.com). You can be part of the first class in Alberta licensed under the Private Vocational Training Act. It runs 12 weeks, Sept 5 to Nov 30, 2018. You can learn more about boot camps at www.switchup.org or www.coursereport.com.
Where you can get your start
"Alberta is projecting a labour shortage of computer and information systems professionals by 2025, as well as a shortage of software designers, programmers and developers." The Alberta government announced a scholarship program as well as support for transition to tech related careers on Mar 14, 2018. ( More info here ) Our Web Development Bootcamp is aimed at getting you a start in small software companies, including startup companies, and digital marketing agencies (ie. web design and implementation companies). These companies tend to use more innovative technologies than the large corporate market and tend to have more flexible hiring standards that do not automatically require degrees or diplomas and many years of experience.
Employers look for good programmers
We found that our target market employers primarily look for 'good developers' rather than a specific qualification or credential. We look for students that have demonstrated some programming skills going into the course. Examples: You've experimented a bit and become a self-taught programmer including recent high school graduates; you learned some coding on a project at work; You have pursued online learning for small hobbyist/ demo projects; You have hardware or micro-controller experience; You learned coding for a university or other post-secondary course project; You have digital media experience; You learned programming on older systems; You have a degree/diploma in some type of computing but lack modern coding skills
Learn More Than Software Skills
You will learn not only programming skills but also soft skills like basic project management and design, workplace technologies and important theory. You will develop the confidence to take on new projects with software tools that in many cases have just been released.
Technology with a market focus
We conducted a survey of employers in our target market to see what skills they would like to see in a new hire. We designed a comprehensive course around the feedback we got from employers. We'll also coach you on developing specific software interview skills
You will learn the 'full stack'
Who uses Ruby on Rails?
We use Canadian software success story Shopify to power our secure store and they use Ruby on Rails. It's also used by Groupon and AirBnB, GitHub, ZenDesk, Bloomberg . Startups like it because it's often the fastest and cheapest way to make a product: in Edmonton people like Jobber, Granify and AMA!
Tuition $9500 plus $300 for books and your own laptop
Academic High School Graduate or Equivalent with Grade 12 Algebra
English Canadian Language Benchmark 11 (Stage III Advanced Language Ability – Adequate) for Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Other tests may qualify.
Attend our open house
We have regular open house events which include a presentation on the course and a Q&A session. You can also ask us a question any time : send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Take an Introductory Class
Game programming is a great way to learn a language because you need to consider things like code efficiency, memory use and stability as you create game scenes at 60 frames per second. We have a short course available that lets you study on your own time. We give you the challenge of creating your own game on either this tiny mini system or your own laptop. Send an email to email@example.com if you want to take this class or want some direction in learning enough programming to take the course.
Feedback from the 9 hour Ruby Class
“I really enjoyed my classes with you and learned a lot in a very short amount of time. Thanks to you, I have a very basic understanding on how to work with the Raspberry Pi and Ruby. Thanks again”
I had a blast doing this!
Dust off that portfolio or create one
You'll be glad you did. Education is just one part of what employers look for. Employers that we talk to emphasize need for people entering the program to have created software on their own, beyond coursework and school projects. It can be anything, in any language or platform but either more than one smaller project or just a single larger project is a prerequisite. Show us what you did and tell us how. Don't have a portfolio? - take our Ruby class (email us and ask) and make something or check out something like 'Ladies learning code', other hackathons, 'Learn Ruby the Hard Way', etc.
Your Place to Start a New Career
Doug is the owner of Nimble Programmer has had a long and successful career in software development. (Center- this photo taken in same building as our classroom and an example of the spaces students have access to.) We are licensed under the private vocational training act and listed in the Alberta directory of post secondary institutions. Talk to us about the thought and care that we have put into the design of this program. Click here for application process. You can email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 780 417 6439. Also, join our email list at the bottom of this page to receive our newsletter and find out about events, classes and open houses.