What is Bridge for Software Development?
Bridge is a free 11-week program that teaches advanced software development — you can think of us as a masterclass for becoming an in-demand developer. We meet in person twice a week, in small class sizes, to work on real-world projects and learn modern technical best practices from expert developers. Bridge goes beyond the typical classroom experience: our team is committed to providing a supportive environment where women, agender, and non-binary professionals can learn, ask questions, and build on their technical skills. At the end of the course you'll leave with greatly increased confidence, a project for your portfolio, and experience with highly-sought-after technologies taught by industry experts.
In addition to our up to date technical content, we’ll level up your confidence with interview practice, teach you the ropes of Agile product development, and give you a chance to take a project to production with a team so that you can confidently pursue your next challenge in software development and accelerate your career.
Is Bridge for Software Development Right for You?
The Bridge for Software Development Cohort is for women, agender, and non-binary developers who are looking to skill-up so that they can take on more challenging projects, get a new position at their dream company, and generally have more opportunity to do the work they most want to do.
Bridge students come from all sorts of backgrounds. You might be working as a junior developer, doing development on the side, or doing a job in tech that just doesn't quite match up with what you really want to be doing. Maybe you're getting back into the world of programming and want to learn modern best practices, or you're a bootcamp grad that's looking to go from their first job in tech to a great job in tech. If this sounds like you, Bridge might be a good fit!
What Will You Learn?
- Functional Programming
- Practical Test Driven Development
- Git Flow
- Agile Product Development
- Technical Interview Skills
- Leadership Skills
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm-9pm, October 1st - December 12th, 2019.
Where: RBC Ventures, downtown Toronto.
Please note that in addition to class time there will be an expectation that each student must commit to spend approximately 10-15 hours per week outside of class working on homework and their project.
Who Can Apply?
Anyone who identifies with any, some, or all of these categories: women, non-binary, and agender people, and has some experience with coding; you're comfortable with programming basics but would like to advance your web development skills. For example, you might be a junior web developer, a self-taught mobile dev, someone who left development and wants to come back. As long as you have the desire to learn we welcome your application. If you're unsure you qualify, apply anyway!
Generally speaking, those accepted past the first round of our process fulfill the following criteria:
- Are a woman, agender, and/or non-binary
- Are able to attend all classes in person in downtown Toronto
- Are able to commit the additional outside of class time for homework and project work
Who Gets Accepted to Bridge?
Bridge has had many students accepted that didn't think they'd get in, and people who've applied several times before they were accepted. We encourage everyone to go through the process instead of self-selecting out — it's free to apply, and if you don't make it into this cohort you can apply again. We have a limited number of spots and we highly encourage everyone to keep learning and applying.
Generally speaking, the students accepted into Bridge demonstrate that they can write simple, easy-to-read code, documented where necessary.
There is no one type of person that gets accepted to Bridge, no one path, and no one way of writing code. Know that we're working as hard as possible to bring you as many cohorts as we can, raising the amount of people we can accept into our classes.
The Application Process
Bridge will be open for Part One of our application process from August 6th at 9:00 am until August 20th, 2019 at 11:59pm. Those who are selected for Part Two of the process will be contacted at the email you provided by end of day August 27th, and sent a short technical test with instructions to submit. Once you receive the technical test you will be given one week (including the weekend) to hand it in for assessment by our instructors. All applicants, including candidates who have been selected to join the next cohort, will be contacted by September 17th. Class will commence on October 1st, 2019.
Going into the Bridge program I was not sure what to expect. I thought I would be advancing my front-end web development skills, which I thoroughly did, but little did I know that I would have the opportunities to focus on back-end technologies as well. It has really opened my eyes to what I can accomplish in this field and has given me the motivation to do much more than I thought I could! The support and community that Bridge has created is truly incomparable. In every sense possible, Bridge has definitely exceeded my expectations.
Bonnie Pham, Bridge Cohort 5
Modern web development is a vast landscape that stretches as far as the eye can see (or the mind can imagine). While there are an infinite number of resources to "level up" your skills on the internet, it becomes overwhelming to try and dissect the material and figure out where to start. Bridge not only helped to filter and distill relevant information in a fun and focused way, but it also introduced me to what a truly inclusive and safe environment to learn and work looks like. I can't give enough praise to the Bridge crew for helping me move on with my career! Rock on!
Rebecca Song, Bridge Cohort 4
I had been learning front-end development on my own for a year and a half before Bridge, and while I'd been making steady but slow progress, Bridge was the ultimate accelerator of my career change. It was a feverish period of intensive technical learning and job hunt preparation that propelled me onto an interview-ready level, and within months from graduation I was working in the industry. It's called Bridge, but it was more like a Rocket, so prepare for take off!
Marta Kule, Bridge Cohort 3
Being selected as part of Bridge Cohort 2 was affirmation that I was on the right career path. I met like-minded women with whom I forged strong bonds. The entire Bridge team was incredibly supportive and encouraging throughout the program. They saw the potential in me that I was unable to see in myself. My participation in and completion of the program has been one of the greatest achievements of my web development career. I now have renewed confidence in my talent and skills as a web developer.
Simone Holder, Bridge Cohort 2
I loved every minute of Bridge (and miss it)! It was a huge treat to learn from such knowledgeable, patient and enthusiastic industry pros. Thanks to the Bridge program organizers for helping to level us 13 women up in tech!
Melanie Burger, Bridge Cohort 1
I learned more in the program than I did in school! The instructor was very patient and it was very hands on. I would 100% do it all again in the future.
Chanelle Francis, Bridge Cohort 0