Jump into a job in tech

Are you ready to jump into a job in tech?

I was pretty shocked to learn that we have over 500 tech companies in the Kelowna area. 

One of the most surprising aspects of this is that the pace of growth for that sector in this area has outgrown our ability to educate the community to match the need. This is forcing our local tech companies to look further afield to fill the jobs. 

With our expanding tech scene, the need for new developers has created a bottleneck for further growth in the Okanagan.

To give you a better idea of the need, check out the Accelerate Okanagan job board

I want to introduce you to two local entrepreneurs, Shane Austin and Chris Gliddon, who plan to fill the gap. They have stepped into the ring, and partnered up with Lighthouse Labs to provide in-depth boot camp learning to get you trained for a whole new career in just six to eight weeks.

Would you like to learn more? Show up for their information session on Thursday:

When: Thursday, November 26 at 6 p.m.
Where: Co+Lab at #205 - 405 St Paul Street, Kelowna
Free pizza: YES!
Prize: Enter to win t-shirt

Please note: They will reserve one prize exclusively for folks who sign-up via my video.

Lighthouse Labs Okanagan Info Session


Other key dates:

Introduction to Web Development
Six weeks, start date January 25, 2016 

Full-Time Immersive Web Development Bootcamp
Eight weeks, start date March 28, 2016

You can find more information about the two courses here. 

“Having watched the tech growth in this community over the years, it became apparent to me that the need for talent has become an extremely high priority. This type of experiential learning is vital to those who desire to build technical coding skills and fast-track themselves into the industry.” says Shane Austin, Co-founder of co+Lab. “When I saw the rave reviews from their alumni, and companies who had hired from Lighthouse Labs, it became a no-brainer to bring them into our burgeoning tech community.”

The eight week Web Development Bootcamp boasts an unprecedented 100% employment rate for their job-seeking graduates, many of whom have little previous exposure to coding. The Intro to Web Development Course will give students a comprehensive introduction to software development.

The fundamental belief of Lighthouse Labs is that coding is a craft, and should be taught as a trade. The program boasts an agile curriculum that focuses on the most relevant skills with industry professionals as teachers. Classes are kept small, with a one-to-seven teacher-to-student ratio, using a hands-on approach in which students learn by building web applications.

“People go through school for a degree that doesn’t necessarily leave them with practical job applicable skills.” explained Chris Gliddon, Community Manager at Lighthouse Labs. “When students graduate from the Lighthouse Labs program, they have the hands-on experience needed to succeed and be employable as a developer. The program is all about outcomes and results.”

My interview with Shane Austin and Chris Gliddon:

Ryan Donn


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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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