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NEWS RELEASE: Canada Learning Code and BrainStation hold Atlantic launch for tech skills bootcamps


Canada Learning Code and BrainStation hold Atlantic launch event for new tech skills bootcamp

For Immediate Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Canada Learning Code and BrainStation launched the career-changing upskilling program in Atlantic Canada. Today, local leaders and community members gathered at the Emera Innovation Centre to kick off Code to Career, a national training initiative that provides access to subsidized BrainStation software engineering bootcamps with a focus on supporting people from communities typically underrepresented in tech.

The gathering of local community builders, current and aspiring tech professionals, and elected representatives shone a spotlight on the dynamic intersection of tech growth and diversity in St. John’s thriving tech community, and across the Atlantic region. The event was an opportunity for attendees to learn about the program and how it can contribute to  the local tech ecosystem.

“We’re excited to be working together to build a connected, supportive, and inclusive local tech economy,” said Melissa Sariffodeen, CEO, Canada Learning Code. “Atlantic Canada has been punching above its weight in Canada’s tech scene for some time now and more people need to know about it. This program will give underrepresented groups in tech in this region a chance to level up their careers and help to build the local economy.”

“We have an opportunity to do something really impactful in Atlantic Canada with this program. We know there are deeply talented people here who will run with this opportunity” added Kyle Treleaven, Vice President and General Manager at BrainStation. “The reception we’ve received at today’s event demonstrates the strength and enthusiasm of the local tech scene, which will directly contribute to the success of our graduates, both now and in the future.”. 

The event featured an address by Andrew Parsons, Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology for Newfoundland and Labrador, and a panel discussion examining the program as well as the role, impact, and opportunity that tech growth has in the province.  

About Code To Career

The Code to Career initiative is grounded in the understanding that a more just and equitable future for technology in Canada means building programming that supports, empowers, and equips all learners who historically have been—and continue to be—underrepresented in tech. 

Students who graduate from the program will be prepared for, and supported on their career journey as they seek entry-level Software Engineering roles which may include, Front-end Developer, Back-end Developer, Full-stack Developer, and Software Engineer.

The program is powered by Canada Learning Code and BrainStation, and funded by Upskill Canada [powered by Palette Skills] and the Government of Canada. Code to Career aims to train 800 people in Canada through Software Engineering Bootcamps.

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About Canada Learning Code
Canada Learning Code is Canada’s leading national charity championing digital literacy education for all. Canada Learning Code brings accessible computer science to communities around the country by partnering with educators, designing resources and delivering learning experiences, so everyone can create with technology. Learn more at

About BrainStation
BrainStation is the global leader in technology skills training and workforce transformation, with award-winning bootcamps, certificate courses, corporate training, industry-leading events, and more, both online and at state-of-the-art campuses in cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, New York, London, and Miami. Founded in 2012, BrainStation works with over 500 industry leaders from the most innovative companies, developing cutting-edge digital education that has empowered tens of thousands of professionals and some of the largest corporations in the world, including Amazon, Tesla, Microsoft, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Shopify and many more. Learn more at

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