Best Coding Bootcamps of 2019

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We interviewed bootcamp founders and recent graduates, pored over job placement data, took a deep dive into the curriculum, and toured campuses across the country to determine which coding bootcamps are truly delivering a positive return on investment (ROI) for their students in 2019. If you’re interested in learning to code, here are the best places to begin a new career journey.

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HackerYou

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Red Academy

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Lighthouse Labs

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Bitmaker

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BrainStation

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HackerYou

4.95 out of 5
4.95/5 (56 reviews)
$ $ $ $

HackerYou is on a mission to offer the best learning experiences for people who want to learn coding, design or other digital skills. The school’s recipe is a combination of hands-on, project-based learning from industry-leading professionals. Courses feature small classes and a 10:1 ratio of students to instructors, hosted at a custom-designed 12,000 square foot learning centre in downtown Toronto.

What Sets HackerYou Apart?   

HackerYou, perhaps more than any other bootcamp, boasts a summer camp vibe and almost cult-like community following. The school is well-known for helping graduates foster close professional relationships within Toronto’s tech community and beyond.

What Students Are Saying

The fact that HackerYou is selective helps to ensure that you’re actually ready for the classes. They want you to succeed. The other thing is because each student is hand selected you will end up being extremely close with your classmates. Everyone becomes friends. In the end, you’re really more of a family.

Melody Yun Chen, Web Development Immersive

Courses

HackerYou offers full and part-time courses in web development and UX/UI design. Explore Course Compare’s dynamic course catalogue, with tuition and upcoming start dates near you, for HackerYou.

Locations

Toronto

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Red Academy

4.95 out of 5
4.95/5 (17 reviews)
$ $ $ $

RED Academy, which stands for “redefining education,” believes tech needs more talent, more innovation, and more inclusivity. Yet despite the demand, traditional models of post-secondary education are not preparing students for an industry that’s constantly changing. So, RED Academy decided to do something about it.

RED is for people who want fulfilling, innovative, and important work. It’s for having creative freedom, for making connections, and for having a say in what happens next. It’s for designing your tomorrow.

What Sets RED Academy Apart?   

One thing that truly differentiates RED Academy from its competitors is a unique combination of in-class instruction and hands-on learning assignments—such as developing websites or digital marketing strategies—for real companies within RED’s community network.

What Students Are Saying

I cannot say enough amazing things about my experience at Red Academy. I joined the Digital Marketing program at the perfect point, I had just graduated University and finished a contract position at a startup and felt that joining RED was the best way to kickstart my career. I gained so many amazing skills during my time at RED and one of the things that I truly valued was the experience of all my instructors. I loved that I got hands on experience dealing with clients and my personal brand and when it came time to apply for jobs, I was fully supported. I was able to break out of my shell and meet so many new people whether it be other students, instructors or people in the industry. I do not regret my decision, and I fully support and recommend anyone to take the leap to further their career with RED Academy.

Anupa Badve, UI Designer Professional

Courses

RED Academy offers a wide range of full and part-time courses in web development, digital marketing and UX/UI design, including specializations in Paid Advertising, SEO & content marketing, and more. Explore RED Academy’s full course catalogue, including tuition and upcoming start dates near you.

Locations

Toronto, Vancouver, London

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Lighthouse Labs

4.9 out of 5
4.9/5 (8 reviews)
$ $ $ $

Lighthouse Labs was created as an experiment in 2013 by a group of software developers with a passion for code, mentorship, and education. The school’s mission: to continuously find the best ways to train the next generation of developers and to transform the way tech education is delivered. Over two years later, Lighthouse Labs is still chasing that same mission.

What Sets Lighthouse Labs Apart?   

Lighthouse Labs is one of the few top-ranked bootcamps to focus exclusively on web development. (It’s also currently the only bootcamp to offer a blockchain course for web developers.)

What Students Are Saying

What I loved about my experience is that it gave me the structure I needed to learn the right skills in the right order. Lighthouse gave me the tools I needed to explore answers on my own to just about every problem I encountered. And the teachers were amazing; more like career coaches and coding gurus than teachers, it felt like at times. I didn’t expect much from career services, but I was actually blown away. Everyone in my class landed interviews as a direct result of Lighthouse Labs’ career support, and all but one had a job as a junior developer 3 months after graduation. One bonus of my experience is that I’ve begun getting requests to build websites from family and friends, and will hack away on weekends earning a not insignificant side income this year!

Anthony, Web Development Bootcamp

Courses

Lighthouse Labs offers full- and part-time courses in web development, iOS development and front-end fundamentals with JavaScript. Explore Lighthouse Lab’s full course catalogue, including tuition and upcoming start dates near you.

Locations

Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, Ottawa, Victoria, Calgary

4

Bitmaker

4.65 out of 5
4.65/5 (8 reviews)
$ $ $ $

Startup accelerators launch companies. Bitmaker launches careers. It starts by surrounding you with a cohort of highly motivated, entrepreneurial learners and a team of tech industry leaders. Bitmaker’s immersive programs have graduated hundreds of students and helped them launch new careers in tech. Hundreds more students have added skills to their existing career with our part-time classes.

What Sets Bitmaker Labs Apart?   

In 2016, Bitmaker Labs was acquired by U.S.-based education company General Assembly. Bitmaker General Assembly, as it’s now called, says the acquisition grants alumni access to global learning and career resources across a network of 25 cities.

 

What Students Are Saying

I took Bitmaker Lab's Web Development course back in October of 2015. I started with basic html and css experience from a high school computer class but hadn't brushed up on those skills in years. By the time I graduated from Bitmaker I was able to build polished web applications and apply amazing learning habits (you could say I learned how to learn - a critical mindset for any web developer today). The school hires excellent teachers who are professionals in their fields, and the curriculum offers a nice balance of teaching and independent, hand-on projects. You'll be expected to work "after hours", so be careful if you plan to balance this and more than occasional part-time work. The proof of Bitmaker's quality is in the pudding, though. After graduation, I received 2 job offers (10 interviews) and have been happily working as a full-stack developer at a great digital agency ever since! I'm extremely glad I decided to make a tough career decision when I did (early thirties). I highly recommend Bitmaker to anyone who's serious about web development and willing to put in the hours.

Michael, Web Development

Courses

Bitmaker offers full- and part-time courses in web development, UX/UI design, Digital Marketing and Product Management. Explore Bitmaker Lab’s full course catalogue, including tuition and upcoming start dates near you.

Locations

Toronto

5

BrainStation

4.6 out of 5
4.6/5 (18 reviews)
$ $ $ $

BrainStation is a global leader in digital skills training. BrainStation empowers individuals and organizations to achieve digital success through courses, workshops, events and corporate training.

BrainStation’s Education team of 250 industry professionals has trained over 50,000 people through campuses in New York, San Jose, Toronto and Vancouver.

What Sets BrainStation Apart?   

BrainStation recently unveiled its new proprietary LMS (Learning Management System) to support online live learning. The new online learning platform allows you to attend live lectures, collaborate with other professionals, and get immediate feedback from instructors–wherever you are.

What Students Are Saying

I’m very happy to say I’ve just completed the accelerated format User Experience Design course at Vancouver’s BrainStation. I attended through a scholarship appointment as a Brand Ambassador. I’m very happy with how it went - the instructor was in industry, and had knowledge about freelance, enterprise, and start-up culture - the students were in industry as well, the loft style studio campus was a great place to chill and work, and the content answered all my questions! Even if you already know about UX it’s a great chance to double down. Being in a formal classroom environment is a great way to gain confidence! I would recommend this to friends!

Thomas, Web Development

Courses

BrainStation offers full and part-time courses in web development, UX/UI design, Digital Marketing, Data Science and Product Management. Explore BrainStation’s full course catalogue, tuition and upcoming start dates near you.

Locations

Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Chicago, Boston

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2 thoughts on “Best Coding Bootcamps of 2019”

  1. Recently finished a web development bootcamp and loved it! So glad I took the time to focus on learning, and it was an amazing experience to kick start a new career. For anyone that is not 100% sure if a bootcamp is right for them, the part time course offer an opportunity to explore HTML, JavaScript or UX. It’s also a great way to make sure you are prepared for an intensive bootcamp, and some of the fees can be deducted from the full time tuition.

  2. So helpful! My employer paid for me to attend a part-time UX course — I’m halfway done — but I can already see a huge difference at work. I’m an account manager at a PR agency, and now I can work confidently with developers AND “creatives” to get products built for my clients. I used the Ontario Job Grant. Check it out: http://tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/cojg/

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