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Gilbert used to work around developers when he was a business analyst, then he decided to become one

- August 25, 2016 No Comments
Gilbert Wong used to work for Xytech Systems as a solution consultant, but his role was more of a business analyst. Xytech produces an enterprise based application, MediaPulse, that helps entertainment and media companies. In his role at Xytech, Gilbert worked with both clients and the development team. He would work with programmers to text functionality and that the requests from the client were addressed properly. While he wasn't directly involved in development in this job, he was involved in the software development life cycle. His interest in software development grew out of working with the development team; he enjoyed seeing products come to life.


On the weekends, Gilbert would go online and work through the resources on Code Academy and Kahn Academy to gain skills so he could help out with his job. He started to learn SQL on the job and then would ask developers how to do certain things. The development team started to suggest that he go into web developing. Gilbert started to research bootcamps and attended an info session with Gregorio, Sabio's co-founder and head instructor.

"Sabio seemed really legit, and I liked what Gregorio was saying. He really seemed to know what he was talking about, so I decided to go to Sabio," Gilbert said.

Last week Gilbert received a job offer at AmaWaterways, a luxury based cruise line in Calabasas. This Cohort 17 graduate will be a front-end developer. He will be working on the company's website. He will be earning $21,000 more than he was at his last job.

"My Sabio experience is something I would never trade away. Coming out of bootcamp, I feel confident in my abilities. I feel that I can pick up other programming languages and continue to grow," Gilbert said.

Congrats Gilbert!

Sabio Fellow Builds Web App for United Way

- August 22, 2016 No Comments
I completed my first software consulting contract this year. I graduated from Sabio less than two years ago. Although neither of those things was easy to complete, I’m certainly proud of both — though I couldn’t have done one without the other.

When I decided to attend Sabio’s bootcamp in the summer of 2014 I knew I was going to have to make drastic adjustments to my life and sacrifices in order to be successful. The bootcamp was intense, but I got through it; finding a job took longer than I’d hoped, but I succeeded — and thrived.

Once I’d been at my first software job for a time I thought about one of the original reasons I wanted to attend Sabio: my entrepreneurial spirit.

To that end, I began a search for contract work — I submitted a proposal, had several interviews, and landed the gig. The client was United Way for Greater Austin and the project was to build a responsive payment site that allowed users to give continuously to United Way.

You can see the project here.


I learned a great deal of lessons during the course of completing this project, here’s a short breakdown of them.

- You’re only as good as your team. Make sure you have a stellar team before you take on any project.
- Always be flexible — things will change and you have to be prepared to go with it.
- Be as explicit as you can about everything, especially expectations.
- Do what it takes to deliver. You may have to eat costs, or do things twice to make sure they’re done correctly.


This first contract is hopefully the first of many and as I look forward to projects down the road I hope that I’ll continue to work with awesome people to produce great work. I’m currently looking for more work, and am excited to think of the possibilities.

Being able to run my own business, and act as an entrepreneur — even while I’m working full-time — is a great opportunity that I’m excited to pursue. As a woman, as a Latina, I’m proud that I can work in the tech industry and create opportunities for other “non traditional” developers.

I’m appreciative to Sabio for all of the support and training that helped make this dream come true. It’s worth noting that, while I was working on this project, I was working full-time at my first job, and then transitioned to my second full-time software job. With Sabio you feel like you can do anything!

Check out my work on this project here.                                              

Sarah Reece is earning $25,000 more than she was at her last job

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Before she came to Sabio, Sarah Reece was a manager for a psychological testing center. In that role, she administered evaluations for people who have learning and intellectual disabilities and took care of administrative work as well.

"There was nowhere to advance to. I was managing the center but wasn't making the kind of money that I wanted, and without a master's degree in family therapy or a Ph.D. in psychology, I couldn't really get ahead," Sarah said.


Sarah started to research other careers that she might find rewarding, and that is how she stumbled upon coding. She started to do a bit of coding on her own, and then decided that she wanted to go for it and enrolled in Sabio's coding bootcamp.

Gregorio Rojas, Sabio's co-founder, was Sarah's bootcamp instructor. "Gregorio was a fantastic instructor. I liked his approach of putting us in a workplace, so we could get a lot of experience knowing what we would be doing when we started our new career," Sarah said.

Recently, Sarah graduated with cohort 17. She received a job offer before she graduated from coding bootcamp with a local company that builds artificial intelligence for telecommunications. Sarah will be earning $25,000 more than she was earning at her last job, and she starts her new position today. Now that she has new professional skills, Sarah feels that she could go anywhere because so many organizations need a software developer.

As for how quickly someone can change careers by learning how to code in a bootcamp program, Sarah said, "It almost sounds too good to be true that after 12 weeks of training, you could have a new career, but it's actually quite achievable."

Congratulations Sarah!

Karina used to be seasonal park ranger before she learned to code

- August 21, 2016 No Comments
Karina Yeznaian is only 25 years old, but she is now a full stack web developer earning $40,000 more than she was in her previous position as a seasonal park ranger.


Before coming to Sabio, Karina traveled a lot for her job with the National Park Service. While she was having fun moving around the country, she started to crave stability. She was considering switching her major from teaching to software development, but her school wouldn't allow this without prior experience in the field or an associate's degree. Karina's dad found an article about coding bootcamps and recommended that she look into this option. After researching bootcamps, Karina arrived at Sabio. Since completing bootcamp, she has been able to change her major, so she does plan to finish her undergraduate degree in software development.

"Sabio is a highly inclusive environment that ensures everyone feels comfortable and wants to be there. It really isn't a matter of 'Am I smart enough?'," Karina said. "It's a matter of 'Do I have the will to learn?"

Congrats on the new position Karina!


David Lopez studied global studies in college, but now he's a web developer!

- August 16, 2016 No Comments
David Lopez came to Sabio with a bachelor's degree in global studies from UCLA. When he was in college, he started an e-commerce company that sold coffee machines and coffee related items. This was a family business that he was running with his mom. When he started the company, he learned how to build an e-commerce website on his own. Initially, David's main job was working on the website every day, but as the company developed, the web development aspect of his job wasn't as prominent.

Wanting to learn more about Web Development, he started to do coding tutorials and other exercises online. After learning about coding bootcamps, he narrowed his choice to Sabio and one other bootcamp; however, the reviews on CourseReport were great. He then attended  a Sabio PreWork session in Culver City and decided to jump in because he liked Gregorio's (Sabio's co-founder) style of teaching. He recently graduated with Cohort 16.

Currently, David is a contractor for the Los Angeles Superior Court, working onsite in Downtown LA with a team working on an app for judges to view their case calendar and to manage their workload. The app is built in Angular, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. In his new role as a web application developer, David is now earning $10,000 more than he was at his previous job.

Congrats David!


Meet Mike McGranahan, new bootcamp instructor!

- August 15, 2016 No Comments
Mike comes to Sabio with an extensive background in software development. Driven by curiosity and the desire to challenge himself, he has worked for different organizations that range from higher education to social media. Most recently, he was a full-stack developer for Stack Overflow, a start up that has been around for about six years. Stack Overflow is a site that accepts questions about programming. When he started to look at other opportunities, Mike found Sabio and was intrigued because of the mission to try to diversify the technology industry.

While he doesn't have any direct teaching experience, Mike says that he has always gravitated towards junior developers and helping them out. He considers himself a great listener and takes the time to figure out where developers on his team are. He prefers to take a slightly slower approach to coding so that the foundation for building something is magnified and more useful. Mike said, "I'm interested in focusing on the long-term investment of the team and the tools."


When he was at Stack Overflow, Mike was involved in some efforts to bring more women into the technology community. One of the programs that he was involved in was to bring the highest performing women from the Flat Iron bootcamp and pair those women with developers at Stack Overflow. Mike was drawn to this program and felt good about his involvement in this effort. With his existing experience working with people who are new to coding, Sabio's mission to bring people of color and women into the field appealed to him. Mike was also involved in meet-ups for the Girl Develop It when he worked at Stack Overflow and would volunteer his time to answer questions about projects that the women in that program were involved in.

Formally, Mike does have some academic training in computer science, but he ended up completing his bachelor's degree in political science.

Mike will start working with our cohort that begins today in Culver City. Welcome to the Sabio team Mike!

Meet Jimmy Muga, Sabio's new instructor for the San Fernando Valley bootcamp

- August 8, 2016 No Comments
Jimmy Muga started playing with programming as a teen. Back in 2009-2010, he was running a small web design business with his roommate who was a graphic designer. At that time, he knew some HTML and CSS. Shortly thereafter, he was offered a position at TMZ, the entertainment website.

Jimmy's position at TMZ involved managing ads on the website, but once he started working there, TMZ offered immense opportunities to learn programming. First, he learned PHP and then JavaScript and C#. Gregorio, Sabio's co-founder, was brought on to work at TMZ, and this was instrumental for Jimmy because Gregorio was really knowledgable about C#. Gregorio then left to devote more time to starting Sabio, but Jimmy continued to immerse himself into programming languages.


Around 2014, Gregorio asked Jimmy if he wanted to start teaching C# at night in the pre-work phase of the program. Jimmy thought to himself, "I really don't know something until I have to teach it," and he took Gregorio up on the offer. He started teaching for Sabio part-time in the evening, and he loved seeing the growth in the fellows from when they were in the pre-work phase of the program with him to when they graduated after being in the immersive bootcamp.

After five years at TMZ, Jimmy was offered a full-time time teaching position at Sabio, but he sees the position as more of a lead developer because he's guiding fellows through a project. Since spring of this year, he's been teaching for Sabio shadowing the other instructors Gregorio and John. In July, Jimmy took over his first cohort in the San Fernando Valley.

As for Sabio's expansion in the San Fernando Valley, Jimmy said, "There's a lot of growth that can happen in the San Fernando Valley. Tech brings growth and prosperity. I am hoping that our new location with the mix of people who are out here with different economic backgrounds will bring new opportunities for people."

Worth noting, Jimmy served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2001-2006, and while he was in the Marines, he studied information systems at National University. He said that studying a related field (but his major wasn't programming) was helpful to making his transition professionally into programming, but he says that people can definitely learn to code without a related degree.

Congrats Jimmy on becoming a full-time instructor in the San Fernando Valley!



Spencer used to work in marketing, but he learned to code and received a $20K increase in salary

- August 5, 2016 No Comments
Before coming to Sabio, Spencer Lee was working in marketing for the past two years. Because it's rather difficult to find a sociology related job with just a bachelor's degree, he sort of fell into marketing. When he was in college, he started to pick up programming because his father suggested that he try to learn how to code.


"Marketing itself has so many branches and facets. I wasn't bored with it, but I realized that I liked coding better. While I was working, I was enrolled in community college to prepare to go back for a master's degree in statistics. But then I found out about Sabio, and the end goal of Sabio is to be a programmer, which appealed to me," Spencer said.

Spencer then weighed the pros and cons of doing a master's degree in statistics vs. going to Sabio. Sabio won out because it was a shorter program and was cheaper. Plus Sabio is a full-time coding program, and Spencer liked that math wasn't really needed.

"Ultimately I wanted to end up coding something by going into either web development or statistical programming," Spencer said. "I felt that with a general programming background that I could go into more directions."

Spencer graduated with Cohort 16 at the end of June. On Monday, he starts a new position with a financial technology start up. His new position will involve working on the same technology stack that he worked on at Sabio. And with his new skills, Spencer will now be earning $20,000 more than he was at his last job in marketing.

Congrats Spencer!