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How does an English major who was considering a teaching career become a software developer?

- March 23, 2017 No Comments
Sarah F. recently graduated from Sabio’s Cohort 23 in Newport Beach.   

How does an English major from an Ivy League school proceeding along the path of becoming a teacher/professor suddenly shift gears and pursue a software engineering career? Sarah made the switch. And she did it without returning to a university to earn an computer science or electrical engineering degree. Instead, she went to Sabio after becoming interested in technology when she was working at an education technology company. The Sabio experience not only taught her the how, what, and where. The Sabio experience nurtured her brainpower and helped her accelerate those abilities to the degree that Sarah is now a professional software engineer.


While Sarah was still in Sabio’s bootcamp, she collaborated with four other Sabio teammates to win the first prize at the USC hackathon in November 2016. Using her original idea to architect and develop a web application titled SweepSmart, Sarah and her team designed an application that offers Los Angeles residents a streamlined solution to determine their parked car’s location, and opt in to receive text reminders to move their vehicle before relevant LA City street sweeping times. This clever tool assists users to avoid being ticketed by the dreaded Los Angeles Parking Enforcement that aggressively looks for illegally parked cars.

In between that triumph, Sarah labored with her cohort to build a scalable MVP (Minimal Viable Product) application that empowers users to tap into their social network to discover the best local places to eat and socialize, as curated by friends and other experts. The application is called Go Where I Go. Sarah was directly responsible for all the layers of the "Missions" feature, which allows users to create customizable lists from their bookmarked places, upload cover photos, browse itineraries, and RSVP to events. While working on Go Where I Go, Sarah was able to refine her ASP.NET and C# coding skills, while using JavaScript Library tools, Bootstrap, jQuery, and Angular JS. Sarah credits her bootcamp instructors with helping her learn quickly while working on a product with a real world use.  

"One of the reasons why I chose Sabio was the fact that our instructors had years and years of experience. Some other bootcamps funnel their graduates in as instructors, but Sabio doesn't do that. Aaron and Varr are great. They gave us the opportunity to work through problems on our own, but I could always ask them for help. Both instructors were supportive and did a great job of keeping the cohort morale up,” Sarah said. 

In February 2017, Sarah’s software engineering career took another giant step forward. She joined Betagig as a software engineer. This new platform is streamlining the process of job shadowing, allowing students and people interested in switching careers to discover new opportunities. Betagig was founded by two Sabio graduates, Nicki and Melissa

The Jill H. Mays Scholarship Shows Sabio's Commitment to Women Who Want to #LearnToCode

- March 8, 2017 No Comments
Sabio's co-founder and CEO, Liliana Monge, had the opportunity as a teen to participate in the "A Better Chance" program, which identifies talented but economically challenged students with opportunities to attend private prep boarding schools and day schools so that they have a better chance to pursue a college education.

Jill H. Mays was Liliana's host mom when she was in this program. Liliana had grown up in South Gate in Los Angeles's Southeast County. Lili went across the country for this program to live in Connecticut. Jill impressed upon Lili that she should have explore a career where she should have autonomy, be able to make decisions, and give back to the community. Now that Lili is involved in running Sabio and making key business decisions every day, it's obvious to see the impact that Jill's advice has had on her career trajectory.


"It is a complete honor to be involved in this scholarship. I had attended the University of Pennsylvania in the '70s, which was at the forefront of women's studies. While it wasn't my major, I was very influenced by that and continued to be involved in supporting women throughout my life," Jill said.

The Jill H. Mays scholarship is open to all women who are new applicants to Sabio. It provides $1,500 off of Sabio tuition. For more information, click here.

"I'm happy that we have established a scholarship to support women in Jill's name. She has had a profound influence on my life, and I know that our program has changed lives and has made huge differences in terms of earning power for the women who have learned to code in our program," Liliana Monge said.


Sabio Joins With Coalition of Coding Bootcamps to Establish Council on Integrity and Results Reporting

- March 1, 2017 No Comments
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SABIO JOINS WITH COALITION OF CODING BOOTCAMPS TO ESTABLISH COUNCIL ON INTEGRITY AND RESULTS REPORTING

Sabio Coding Bootcamp Solidifies Its Commitment to Reporting Graduation and Job Placement Data

CULVER CITY, CA -- March 1, 2017 -- Sabio Coding Bootcamp, a top rated coding bootcamp headquartered in Southern California, joined with a coalition of coding programs throughout the nation to publish student graduation and job placement data in a single, standardized framework that includes truth in advertising standards. Coding bootcamps that form the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR) will apply the newly established definitions, documentation, and validation requirements to last year’s data and fully implement the standardized structure in 2017 reporting. Skills Fund, a student financing and quality assurance entity, is leading this effort. Sabio already partners with Skills Fund for fellows who need financing.


Sabio has been an advocate for integrity and truth in advertising for its coding bootcamp program since its inception in 2013. From the beginning, Sabio has tracked its job placement record and has maintained an over 90% placement rate. Sabio is also one of the few coding bootcamps in Los Angeles to be approved by the State of CA via the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).  Sabio’s founders, Gregorio Rojas & Liliana Aide Monge, have bootstrapped their grown and operations since Sabio’s inception, and have been able to maintain detailed job placement records since they launched in 2013.  This approval showed that Sabio met the standards for integrity, financial stability, and educational quality as determined by the state of California.

Last year Sabio published The Definitive Guide to Selecting a Legitimate Coding Bootcamp, written by Sabio co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, Gregorio Rojas. This guide assisted bootcamp candidates with evaluating success metrics, instructors, and projects that students work on while in an accelerated coding education program.   This approval showed that Sabio met the standards for integrity, financial stability, and educational quality as determined by the state of California.

“We have taken proactive steps to be transparent and to provide would-be students and our current fellows with information that demonstrates how much we care about measurable results and job placement reporting. We’re happy to participate with CIRR to establish clear criteria and to promote accountability across the coding bootcamp industry,” said Gregorio Rojas, Sabio co-founder and Chief Technology Officer.

The CIRR standards will require coding bootcamps to release graduation and placement data on a semi-annual basis. 2016 data will be reported in accordance with CIRR methodologies on March 29th of this year, and bootcamps report all 2017 cohorts according to adopted standards criteria. Beginning this year, outcomes data will be validated by a third party on an annual basis. CIRR reporting will be made publicly available on Skills Fund’s, Course Report’s, and individual school’s respective websites for use. CIRR will also have standards for in-field employment and average salary.

“We’re excited to be among the elite group of coding bootcamps who are setting the standard for quality software development education. We want applicants to have all the of the data necessary to make informed decisions about these programs before devoting months of their life and investing thousands of dollars to make a career change,” Liliana Monge, Sabio co-founder and CEO said.

CIRR member organizations include Code Fellows, Codeup, DevMountain, Epicodus, Fullstack Academy, Grand Circus, Hackbright Academy, Hack Reactor, Ironhack, RefactorU, Sabio, The Software Guild, Thinkful, Turing School of Software & Design, Wyncode, Course Report and Skills Fund.

For more information on CIRR, please visit http://cirr.org/.

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Why Companies From All Industries Should Look to Interview Tech Talent from Coding Bootcamps

- February 28, 2017 No Comments
Course Report recently published an article about JPMorgan Chase hiring coding bootcamp graduates. One of the key points involved what advice Global Technology Recruiting Hub Strategy Lead at JPMorgan Chase had for companies who were considering hiring developers who completed training at a coding bootcamp.


Chuck Xenakis, who heads up the Global Technology Recruiting Hub Strategy at JPMorgan Chase, shared this:

"First, you have to engage the right people in your company to be involved with hiring. Those people need to have the right mindset, be open-minded to hiring someone who doesn’t have a traditional CS background, but who does have the life experience.

You then need to make sure those new hires know how to acquire the softer qualities and skills. That means that you can’t just give someone a test and judge their code, but truly dig down to understand how people think and their capability for problem-solving. If you can get that right, you'll very quickly be able to judge the quality of the folks coming out of a coding bootcamp, and that feeds directly into the quality of the curriculum and the instructors."

Keeping an open mind about hiring people who don't have traditional computer science training is important because you are going to get bootcamp graduates who have been trained in the latest technologies and who have been applying their knowledge directly in creating products. Sabio has trained fellows who had a computer science background in college but weren't being taught in a way that the knowledge was applied in the real world. So having a computer science degree doesn't necessarily make a candidate a better fit for an assignment.

The other thing that the Course Report article mentions involves the diversity in professional backgrounds that a company will get in interviewing a pool of coding bootcamp graduates. These are people who have worked in different industries, who will bring different professional experiences with them to the job. Someone who has worked in music, entertainment, event planning, or even been in the military may approach problem solving in a slightly unconventional way than the typical computer science graduate. The wide range of professional experience that someone coming out bootcamp will likely have is a value added.


Profesional Development: Sabio Fellows Participate in ES.next Fundamentals Workshop

- February 24, 2017 No Comments
At Sabio, we pride ourselves on offering continuing development workshops to our current fellows and graduates. Professional development workshops are part of our five year commitment to our fellows because we want our graduates to continue to build upon the skills that they learned in our bootcamp program.

Earlier this week, Sabio fellows had the opportunity to attend an ES.next fundamentals workshop. Ben Ilegbodu presented to a room-full of developers, including Sabio alumni.


Ben introduced the latest JavaScript features included in the ES6 rollout. He walked through a brief JavaScript history and explained the new features' usefulness and implementation syntax. Ben answered questions and helped the Sabio community understand some of the more fundamental points that many developers may take for granted in their daily experience with the coding language. In addition, Ben provided a suite of exercises written in Node.js. The objective of the exercises was for developers to solve "broken" code by implementing the ES6 features that they learned during the presentation.

Max Munguia, a full-stack developer who graduated from Sabio last year, attended the workshop and said, "The workshop was a great success. Ben Ilegbodu is a friendly teacher. I'm thankful to Sabio for organizing such an enriching experience."

Jamar Sanders, a front-end developer, who finished his Sabio training last fall, also attended the workshop that Ben Ilegbodu presented and offered this, "If I'm being honest I'm always happier when I see another black successful coder so I may be a little biased. But the seminar was cool, he kept it fresh mixing the lecture with memes and sports/pop culture references which is cool knowing the material is already a lot to take in. I was already learning es6, but he definitely made it a lot clearer. I hope Sabio brings him around more often."

Bringing experienced and successful coders to share their knowledge is what the Sabio community is all about. We grow with our alumni, and we continue the learning process.

Julia Celebrates 3rd Anniversary of Being a Software Engineer

- February 16, 2017 No Comments
Sabio’s inaugural cohort  alumna Julia  is celebrating her third anniversary as a professional software engineer. 👏

Julia came to Sabio three years ago looking for a career change after working as an event planner at a non-profit organization. At the time, Julia’s salary had topped out at $57,000, and she wasn’t advancing in her career. Also, she was bored, super bored at her job. 🙄



After completing her Sabio training, Julia was able to find a Junior Full Stack .Net Developer position that paid her an annual salary of $62,000, plus benefits and an awesome work schedule. She then proceeded to work for three other companies, and in each new role, she was able to increase her salary, learn new technologies and command six figures. Within two years, Julia was already earning over $100,000, which is the goal that Sabio has for all of its Fellows.


Recently, Julia took a new position at a multinational law firm in downtown Los Angeles. Her title there is Financial Systems Programmer, and she’s now earning $110,000 per year.  💰

Sabio Coding Bootcamp vs. UCI Coding Bootcamp

- February 2, 2017 No Comments
There's a new coding bootcamp in Orange County. UC Irvine's Division of Continuing Education (formerly Extension) is starting its own coding bootcamp, seeking to capitalize on the high demand for software developers in Southern California. Sabio has been operating in Orange County for a little over a year. For bootcamp candidates who might be considering UCI's Coding Bootcamp, we wanted to offer some comparisons for you.
Track Record

Let's talk about UCI and the Division of Continuing Education for a minute. The Division of Continuing Education is separate from the main campus, which offers baccalaureate degrees and advanced degrees. Continuing Education typically offers certificates and programs for working adults. Students on main campus can take classes at the Division of Continuing Education, but it is not the same as taking classes in a degree program. The Division of Continuing Education often enrolls anyone who is willing to pay for a course, and these courses are not taught by full-time faculty.

Now that we have established that Continuing Education is different from taking courses by UCI faculty. Sabio has been successfully providing software engineering education through coding bootcamps for three years and uses full-time instructors who average about a decade of professional experience as software engineers. UCI is just getting into this space, and it's partnering with Trilogy Education Services, an outfit that is known for setting up bootcamps that colleges and universities can brand with their own name. According to UCI, the instructors that it uses have at least five years of experience.

Class Size

Sabio caps cohort size at 10 so students receive a lot of individualized instruction. UCI's Coding Bootcamp caps its cohorts at 25 students. Therefore, UCI Coding Bootcamp students will have to compete with their classmates for instructor attention.

Professional Support

UCI Coding Bootcamp is saying that it is offering professional development and helps with resume writing and job placement, but because it is a new program, we don't know what the program's job placement rate is.

Sabio is committed to providing five years of professional development for its fellows and invites them back for continued training at no additional cost, encourages participating in hackathons, and the instructors are accessible even after graduation for consistent one-on-one mentorship. Sabio's co-founders are committed to helping their graduates reach a salary of at least $100,000. UCI Coding Bootcamp doesn't make that commitment or claim. And Sabio has a 90%+ job placement rate in the field.

Professional Development: Sabio Fellows Attended an iOS Development Workshop Last Weekend

- January 11, 2017 No Comments
This past Saturday four Sabio fellows attended a workshop that was organized by Apple. This workshop was a private lab hosted by Apple to promote its latest programming language, Swift. Workshops like this are part of the professional development that Sabio likes to plug their fellows into because the learning doesn't stop after bootcamp graduation.
Jazmine, a Sabio fellow, was one of the fellows who attended the iOS workshop.

"I learned how to make iOS apps using Swift. I had no prior experience with this language or the software. But it was easy to pick up! The syntax was slightly different than what we already know from Sabio pre-work, and the Xcode program was very user friendly. At Sabio, you're constantly being pushed to learn, and it was refreshing to experience that hard work paying off. I saw how other attendees were struggling, and I remembered that was me not too long ago. I realized that I gained not only applicable skills but a foundation to pick up other technologies," Jazmine said.

Max, another Sabio fellow, who attended the workshop also felt that his Sabio training helped him in Saturday's workshop.

"Sabio's training equipped me to understand and retain the information given. I was able to pick up on the lesson quickly and experiment on my own," Max said.

The commitment at Sabio extends well beyond bootcamp, and Gregorio and the instructional team are always looking for new opportunities for Sabio fellows to expand their knowledge.