1. How do I determine my pay-what-you-can price?

You decide what you can afford. Below is a breakdown of what your funds contribute to our organization: 

  • $150 = you're investing your precious time and energy into a course and helping us cover basic administration costs. 

  • $250 = you're helping cover the cost of instructor payment and course materials

  • $350 = you care about our mission and have the means to support it! 

2. Who qualifies as low-income?

Right now, we use the same standards as the federal government's poverty guidelines to identify people as low income. We understand these numbers are very low & don't account for all situations.

 

We're hopeful that we can be part of the cultural force that reshapes the estimations around poverty, so that the numbers reflect the actual cost of living in the United States. 

3. What can I expect to do with the skills I've gleaned from a Lantera tech course? Do you guarantee job placement after course completion?

  • No, we don’t guarantee job placement. We don’t like how traditional bootcamps market themselves as guaranteed to posit students in a position or company that they might not be ready for.

  • We're hoping to offer more advanced courses & to create job funnels in the near future.

  • We do currently provide: networking events, a portfolio at the end of the course completion, 1:1 career counseling, and a community of individuals who are interested in your success.

  • We also know that applying to and interviewing for a job is as much as a skill as anything else, so we'll equip you with interview know-how, resume help, etc.

4. What's the difference between your tech courses and a more traditional bootcamp?

  • Cost: we believe that, unlike a lot of tech bootcamps, we're pricing at a threshold that allows everyone access to our courses. 

  • Time commitment: Our courses — while immersive and intensive — only meet two days a week, so you don’t have to put your life on hold.

  • Material: Our instructors design their own curriculum; they own their course material, not the institution (aka us!). We also place an emphasis on practical skill sets sought out by employers.

5. How much work is expected outside of class time?

Learning a new skill — especially a technical skill — will take some time. For every in-class hour, you can expect at least a half hour of self-guided homework.

Different people operate at different learning speeds, so don’t think of that as an exact ratio. The amount of outside work you will have depends on your speed in absorbing new information, retaining information, and tying it together on a more theoretical level.

6. I don’t know ANYTHING about my subject. Are your courses right for me?

Yes! Our classes are designed to be introductory.

7. What if I get into the class and realize it’s not the right fit for me?

We offer a full refund up to 1 week after a class' start date — we want to make sure that the class is right for you!

8. What if I have to miss a class?

Missing a class is fine, just make sure that you touch base with your instructor to catch up on the material you missed. Also, make sure you have buddies in your class to share notes and the lesson plan with you!

9. What if I run into problems with my homework — how do I communicate with my teacher/peers outside of class?

We believe in integrating standard workplace software into our course structure, so you’ll be set up with Basecamp & Slack accounts in order to interact with your fellow students and your teacher outside of class time!

10. What will I receive upon completing the course? A certificate? A certification?

You’ll receive a certificate of completion.

More importantly, though, you’ll be working on projects to use in your portfolio.

11. How do you go about financing? What does it take to qualify?

We offer 3, 6 or 12-month payment schedules at 0% APR. Anybody can qualify! (There's no catch, we promise.)

12. Can I use public transportation to get to your classroom?

Yes! Our classroom is located at 1657 West Broad Street, and is accessible by the Pulse. you can get off at the Allison street stop and walk 7 minutes down Broad Street to our building.

Alternatively, you can take the 19, which runs every 30 minutes, and connect to the Pulse at Willow Lawn, which will take you to the Allison x Broad Street location as well.  

13. What is the learning environment like?

Our classroom was designed with inclusivity and accessibility in mind. It's modern and inviting, and decidedly warm. If there's anything more we could be doing, please let us know at hello@lanteralabs.com

14. Is your space wheelchair accessible?

Yes, our classroom is on the first floor of the building and is wheelchair accessible. Our space is tight, however, so let us know ahead of time if you need extra space & we will accommodate you! 

15. Is parking provided?

Unfortunately, no. Parking in the Fan and on Broad Street can be a little hard to find, so we highly encourage you give yourself an extra 10-15 minutes to find a spot if you're driving!

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1657 west broad street, suite 206
richmond, va 23220
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