Alex’s Thoughts: Why choose a 6-month program over a degree
Alex Bymoen, InnoTech’s Web Development instructor, says that the big difference between InnoTech and public post-secondary schools is the focus on the practical side of the industry. A four-year computer science degree from a school like the University of Calgary, which is where he attained his, with honours, spends the first two years of education filling basic requirements. When it comes to the actual tech-related classes, Bymoen said that they’re heavily based in theory.
For many prospective students, spending four years at school isn’t feasible. A program such as InnoTech’s Web Development Diploma challenges students. Bymoen explained that he sees the most growth in his students when they get hands-on with a real-world challenge and spend a few hours solving it on their own.
“[InnoTech’s] program perfectly matches what the industry needs in terms of what students need to know to be productive. That’s the focus: we need to make people who are productive in this industry,” said Bymoen.
When Bymoen isn’t busy teaching InnoTech’s Web Development Diploma’s Calgary students, he works as a Software Engineer at Synopsis, a B-2-B global giant specializing in web security.