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Pick up this vital skill with these college, university and independent programs
Knowing how to code is a huge asset in today’s economy. According to ICTC Digital Talent’s Road To 2020 And Beyond report, web development is one of the fastest-growing careers. There will likely be a demand for 182,000 information and technology workers in Canada by 2019, which is why some believe coding should be introduced as early as grade school.
Whether at a post-secondary institution or through independent workshops, these are some of the top places around Toronto where you can pick up this vital skill.
If you work full-time or are already a student, intensive boot camps or quick classes could fit into your schedule and help you pick up coding essentials.
483 Queen West, hackeryou.com
Start-up Bitmaker has an education hub for a variety of tech skills. A unique part of its program involves visiting tech shops to get a foot in the door. Its front-end development courses are offered either as full-time (12 weeks, $12,500) or part-time (10 weeks, $2,750) with options for evening courses. Book a free visit to check out their space on King West.
220 King West, Unit 200, bitmaker.co
Ladies Learning Code
Ladies Learning Code is a branch of the organization Canada Learning Code, which encourages women, girls, people with disabilities, Indigenous youth and newcomers to learn to code and level up in the job market. Hosted at various venues, its coding workshops generally run about $55, and each focuses on one specific skill, like Intro to Python or HTML. Additionally, there are programs specifically for kids and teens to learn how to make video games and edit photos.
129 Spadina, canadalearningcode.ca
Toronto Public Library
Libraries are one of the few places left where you can learn a skill for free. Just bring your library card to attend any of the various coding workshops. Many are hosted at the TPL’s Digital Innovation Hubs at the Agincourt, Albion, Downsview, Fort York, North York Central Library, Richview, Scarborough Civic Centre and Toronto Reference Library branches.
761 Jane, techspark.ca
The Blockchain Society
Monthly coding classes take place at the Blockchain Society’s Kensington Market location. These are perfect for anyone looking for a quick intro to the world of coding. Only $25 (or $13 for early birds), the events give you an hour of in-depth coding basics followed by a networking session with key players and developers in the industry. The hackathons, meanwhile, let you showcase your newfound skills.
56 Kensington, theblockchainsociety.ca
662 King West, lighthouselabs.ca/toronto
According to Statistics Canada, women make up the majority of university students but are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Codezilla encourages girls as young as eight to get interested and excited in STEM careers. Codezilla’s programs are basic and teach kids to make their own games and apps. There are after-school and lunch programs as well as camps.
Various locations, codezillakids.com
For those willing to dedicate more time to get an in-depth education, these post-secondary schools offer coding and web programming via full-time, part-time and continuing education programs.
University of Toronto
U of T offers a coding boot camp through its School of Continuing Studies. You can take a 24-week program either online or in person at its St. George or Mississauga campuses. Tuition is $10,500.
George Brown College
There are a variety of options for wannabe coders at the downtown school. The library hosts Python coding workshops twice a week, while the Chang School of Continuing Education offers a complete computer programming certificate consisting of four mandatory courses (tuition is about $4,500 plus two required electives, which vary in price). Mandatory classes cover the C and C++ languages, UNIX topics and data structures. Ryerson is also home to the tech and business incubator DMZ, a great resource for students interested in this sector.
Seneca’s two-year computer programmer diploma will teach a variety of web programming languages like C, UNIX, COBOL and SQL. This program has an especially wide range of electives to choose from if there’s a specific area you want to focus on. Tuition plus books and supplies is around $4,000/year.
Humber’s two-year computer programmer diploma will familiarize you with operating systems, framework programming, as well as coding languages like Java and ASP.net. It has more of a theoretical focus than some of the other programs, teaching technical reading and writing and critical-thinking skills.