It’s no secret that Vancouver’s tech industry is booming right now.
After all, we have a global leader in digital technology education located in the heart of the city – BrainStation. It’s one of the hubs where the tech education magic is happening and yes, there’s beer on tap.
On October 19, BrainStation unveiled their shiny new campus on the corner of Granville and Pender – 15,000-sq-ft larger than their former space in Yaletown.
The transition happened at the right time as the tech school is excited to help Vancouver’s community level up their digital skills, with 54,000 new tech jobs predicted in BC by 2020.
Employees: 50+ staff between Toronto and Vancouver, 60+ professionals from local companies that teach as educators.
Architect: Reflect Architecture
Size: 20,000 square feet, two floors
Location: 455 Granville Street
From Toronto to New York, and San José, Costa Rica, BrainStation’s in-person learning engagements have trained over 50,000 individuals and corporations in cutting-edge digital topics.
The layout of the classrooms at the new campus, as well as the huge student lounge area, are completely different from their other campuses. And it’s these bright open spaces and interactive classrooms, which use state-of-the-art technology, that allow for collaboration.
BrainStation is the only school that covers the entire digital product lifecycle – product, design, development, marketing, and data. The school builds their own content and delivers it through their own custom learning portal on campus.
Taylor Lecky, community manager of growth at BrainStation Vancouver, told Daily Hive that the new campus has some incredible local tech history because it was “at various points home to BuildDirect, Unbounce and Bench.”
BrainStation works with some of the world’s leading technology companies like Amazon, Microsoft, SAP, and Hootsuite.
“Our mission is to empower local professionals and businesses to help highlight Vancouver’s position as a leading technology centre,” said Lecky.
Lecky notes that BrainStation’s new campus in the heart of the downtown core, just steps from Waterfront Station, allows their courses, events, and workshops to be easily accessed by everyone.
BrainStation’s new Vancouver campus is also home to the new Techvibes head office and the innovative Quantum Coffee, which hails from the flagship café in Toronto. With coastal elements and a modern aesthetic, it’s a relaxing environment where students can come to work or socialize between classes.
Behind this café lies another open plan space where students can work during the day and events are held.
“We regularly host community Meetups as well as our own events so there’s always new people in the space networking and connecting over ideas,” added Lecky.
“We’re only getting started and Vancouver is full of lifelong learners that are excited to learn new skills, continuing to push the envelope of skilled talent in the city.”
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