12 Weeks from Self-Starter to Pro

LAB12 is a 12-week program for self-directed learners who want to become proficient programmers and developers. We help you develop the technical skills, mindset and network to build a career you love, doing work that matters.

What is it?

LAB12 is a collaborative, peer-to-peer, project-based learning program for self-starters in programming.

For 12 weeks, you work in a team on a project you’ve chosen on day 1. Every day you move forward on your learning, with your project to guide you on what to learn next. You’re expected to do a lot of self-study (through your own books or online courses), self-organize with your team and ask the group or our mentors for help when you’re stuck. You’re also expected to help others in your cohort!

Every Friday at 9h00 we meet in the Learning Circle. This is where you will learn tools to help you move forward on your project or your learning. We will go through design thinking tools, prototyping workshops, git/github training, a resumé workshop… we’ll also have special guests who will talk about their experience. But most of all, the Learning Circle is where you learn how to ask for help, and how to help others in your cohort.

The cohort will also be grouped in Study Groups, based on each person’s main focus of study. So there may be a back-end/node.js group, a Python/ML group, and a front-end group. This is where we will share our learning resources, get language-specific help, and invite volunteer mentors from our community.

You can also propose activities to the whole group, to your study group, or a subset of interested people. For example, you could organize a field trip to a startup, invite a special guest, or facilitate a workshop.

What is it not?

This is not a traditional coding bootcamp and there are no programming classes as such. You are therefore free to choose learning material that works best for you, whether that’s a Coursera university course, YouTube videos or an O’Reilly book. “Blended learning” is where online and in-person learning are mixed, which turns out to have a better result for learners than either online or in-person instruction alone.

It is also not a mentorship program. Yes there are mentors available to help you one-on-one on a problem if you’re stuck, but your first recourse will always be the others in your Learning Circle. If you need help with something, ask for it! You have the whole Pitonneux community at your disposal.

Who is it for?

You’re a self-starter, and you like the idea of having full control over your learning path. You are comfortable asking for help when you need it.

Some of us just finished a degree but want something more hands-on, or we’re “too cool for school” and don’t have much formal education. Others are starting a second (or third!) career, or we are entrepreneurs wanting to learn enough about programming in order to build our idea by ourselves. We are all pushing the edges of our comfort zone!

You’re not an absolute beginner, even if you haven’t been at it for very long you have been studying programming at least for long enough to have a first weekend project under your belt.

You like the idea of working with a team, and are looking for a community of people who may be very different from you with a wide range of experiences.

Application process

  1. Apply using this form.
  2. We will contact you for a 30-min interview in person so we can get to know you better. This is also where you can ask questions about the program
  3. During this interview, we’ll ask you to show us a project you’ve been working on that represents your current skill level, and talk about your motivation for joining LAB12.
  4. One or two days after that, we’ll contact you to confirm whether you are in!
  5. The registration fee is $900. We’ll send you a link for a secure payment. Let us know if you need to work out a payment plan with us.

Details Cohort #5 winter/spring 2018

  • Cohort #5 (winter/spring 2018) will start 9h00 Friday 16 February.
  • Locations:
    • Learning Circle sessions will be held from 9h00 to 14h30 on Fridays at District 3, Concordia University
    • Team work and coffee & code sessions at Notman House (and other locations)
Register Here