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Sabio is participating in a #WomenInTech event in August!

- July 29, 2016 No Comments

Join us on August 30, 2016 from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM for a Women in Tech Event at Cross Campus DTLA. Two of the speakers are Sabio fellows Nikki Klein, who is the co-founder of Betagig, and Tessa Harp, who was the 100th Sabio fellow to graduate (pictured on the right of the collage). The other two women who will be speaking are Dr. Jennie Wong, the CEO and founder of and Audrey Bellis, founder of StartUpDTLA and #WorthyWomen (pictured on the left of the collage). 

The goal of the event is to bring together inspiring women in technology so that other women who want to transition or advance in technology can learn from these women and leverage resources in the technology environment. Women continue to be underrepresented in the technology space comprising about 30 percent of the tech workforce. One of Sabio's objectives is to increase the representation of women in technology as full stack developers. 

Sabio Secured Approval from CA State Regulators ---> Exciting News for Coding Bootcamp in LA

- July 20, 2016 No Comments
Lilliana Aide Monge               Gregorio Rojas
Sabio.LA                                 Sabio.LA
(562) 307-7589                       (310) 387-0920             

California Regulator Approves Sabio Coding Bootcamp

LOS ANGELES, CA – July 20, 2016 - Sabio, a Los Angeles-based software engineering program, works with highly motivated and smart individuals wanting to transition to software engineering professions, has been approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). BPPE approval shows that Sabio meets the standards for integrity, financial stability, and educational quality as determined by the state agency.

Because of the rapid growth of coding boot camps, standardized audits of coding schools training programs weren’t sanctioned by the government or third-party agencies. However, the recent BPPE approval is the first step in becoming an authorized educational provider to help consumers determine whether a coding boot camp is a legitimate provider of post-secondary education.

“Our goal is to provide a solid educational foundation in programming languages so that we produce exceptional Full Stack Web Developers,” Gregorio Rojas, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Sabio said. “Since there isn’t an accrediting body for coding boot camps, it’s important that potential boot camp students are clear about what to expect from code schools. BPPE certification will help protect the interests of students who want to learn to program languages because our code school meets the standards for instructional quality that are set by the state.”

“We are extremely proud of becoming BPPE approved. One of our goals at Sabio is to help diversify the technology workforce. Often students of color get scammed by schools that have not been approved by a government agency or accrediting body. Now people who want to learn to code will have another way of evaluating prospective code schools,” Liliana Monge, Sabio’s co-founder said.

Sabio is the second code school in Los Angeles County to receive approval from the California BPPE. This comes at a time when Sabio continues to expand its reach within Southern California.

Los Angeles City Council Member Felipe Fuentes of the 7th District is thrilled to welcome Sabio to Pacoima.

The Entrepreneur Center is opening its doors to new frontiers for our community members,” said Fuentes. “Thanks to a partnership with Sabio, we will be providing tech training programs and supportive services for tech start-ups and people who want to become tech professionals. We are cultivating and nurturing a tech industry in order to provide opportunities for our residents in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. I believe Pacoima will be included in all technology related discussions throughout the region. Pretty soon, jobs of the 21st century will be created in Pacoima.”

Since Sabio’s inception nearly three years ago, it has increased the number of boot camp graduates by 250%, tripled the number of full-time instructors, quadrupled the number of part-time instructors, and has maintained a 95% job placement rate for its job-seeking graduates. In July, Sabio graduated its 100th Fellow and plans on opening a third location in Southern California by the end of the calendar year.

Sabio is the only minority/women-owned and operated web developer training program in the country. Co-founder Gregorio Rojas’s strong professional history working in large tech companies informs the program’s web development curriculum. The project-based curriculum enables Sabio fellows to work on real-world projects to develop and refine their skills.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Liliana Aide Monge at or (562) 307-7589.
- July 16, 2016 No Comments
On July 13, 2013, Sabio held its first Open House on a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA, and we met many smart and eager individuals who were interested in a career as software engineers. Three years later, the first individual to arrive at our first Open House is also our first Six Figure Fellow, Kevin R., a Morehouse University alum. We are exceptionally proud of all of his accomplishments and know his future continues to be brilliant and exciting. We set out to transform smart and highly motivated individuals into full-stack software engineers. 

We now have a winning training method that does just that and much much more.

During these past three years, we established our new home in Culver City at the Antioch University campus. There we created an exclusive program with the University that enables smart and motivated individuals that want to both attend our coding bootcamp and also secure college credits towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Studies. Our classes with Antioch University start quarterly, so there are ample opportunities to begin a career in software engineering.
We also expanded and opened a second office in Newport Beach, California. Our expansion was 100% driven by employer demand. We have a deep and fruitful connection with tech employers and recruiters throughout California, and they made it clear “Orange County needs more software developers.” We responded to this demand and found a great location in Newport Beach for our daily training sessions. In addition, we host weekly JavaScript meetups in Irvine and do community outreach at UC Irvine and Irvine Valley College.
Although our physical expansion has been exciting, one of the things we are exceptionally proud of is our amazing track record of participating in and winning Hackathons
Sabio focus on Hackathons because our Fellows get an exceptional opportunity to develop awesome tech during these intense, but insanely-fun, weekend-long events. We encourage our Fellows to attend as many Hackathons as possible, so that they may learn new technologies, work with new team members, practice and perfect their presentation and managerial skills. All of this pays huge dividends to our Sabio Fellows when they are interviewing for new, more-senior tech roles, and makes them more valuable to their teams. It also creates an avenue for those Fellows who are interested in becoming Tech Entrepreneurs because they receive feedback from others who are in that space, while practicing their own product pitches.
Over these past three years, Sabio Fellows have won over 10 Hackathons throughout the country, including winning drones at the New York City Barclay’s FinTech Hackathon in the Summer of 2015, a $10,000 prize from AT&T during CES in Las Vegas in early 2016, and the grand-daddy of them all a $250,000 Venture Capital Investment from the San Francisco LAUNCH Hackathon to name a few. Most recently, a member of one of our first cohorts, Julia W., teamed up with three Fellows from our most recent graduating cohort, and together, all three of them won 3rd place, and are far along into developing a business via their BassFace web app, that has Uber integration. 

The BassFace team is 75% women, which is notable in a field dominated by men. 

A shortage of women engineers is well documented and almost accepted as standard practice in tech. However, at Sabio, we continue to work to encourage more women to become software engineers. Approximately 40% of our Fellows are women, and we are working hard to make it 50%. 
These Hackathon wins were matched by wins at Hack 4 LA in 2014, AT&T in Santa Monica in 2015 and 2016, and TechweekLA in both 2014 and 2016. We are having a hard time tracking of all our Hackathon wins and are inspired to create a digital tool to help us ensure we properly account for and celebrate each and every time Sabio Fellows win Hackathons.

Our Fellow’s wins are our wins.

The Sabio Founders’ interests are perfectly aligned with our Fellows, and we know they are the key to our success. Three years ago we sought to create an exceptional developer community in LA that accurately represented the rich cultural fabric of our dynamic region, and we continue to work to fulfill our mission each and every day.
This past weekend, we graduated our 100th Fellow, Ms. Tessa Harp, an intelligent and highly motivated young woman who is joining the 1iota tech team and will deliver value on a daily basis. We are proud of her hard work throughout the bootcamp and know she will carry the Sabio flag to many wonderful places.
Southern California needs this exact type of dynamic, diverse tech talent. We have the privilege of creating and cultivating this awesome talent that will continue to propel our region forward.

Join our dynamic community!

Sabio fellow Sidd elevates his role at RipNDip Clothing after completing Sabio training

- July 10, 2016 No Comments
Sidd had been attending Pasadena City College for the past two and a half years and was working at RipNDip Clothing doing various tasks, including IT related things such as setting up local area networks to performing data recovery on computers. He was recently asked to fix the company homepage. After researching how to make changes to the website, he became interested in web development.

Sidd liked web development because he could instantly see the changes that he was making. He started to talk to his dad about his career options, and his dad suggested that he look at bootcamps. Sidd was also feeling frustrated with the educational process at the community college because of the difficulties in getting the classes he needed to complete his degree. "I found myself in a hole and was digging deeper and deeper with school," Sidd said in describing the problems with getting into the courses that he needed.

RipNDip recently hired Sidd on regular salary, and he will be tasked with reworking the website and making it easier to use. His new position involves managing the website and all e-commerce related issues for the company.

For now, Sidd's goal is to continue to learn more about web development and programming languages and to concentrate on his job. Eventually, this cohort 16 graduate wants to complete a college degree, but he now has the skills to make a good living as he pursues other education.

Congrats Sidd!  

Sabio Fellow Sara Inés Calderón featured in June's Redbook Magazine

- June 30, 2016 No Comments
Sara Inés Calderón graduated from Sabio cohort four back in December 2014. She has taken her talents to Texas and currently works as a front end developer for Curb. She's also a co-director of Women Who Code in Austin, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology.

Sara was recently featured in Redbook magazine's June issue discussing how financial risks can work especially if you are going to commit yourself to learning a new skill. Sara was motivated to learn how to code because of her experience being repeatedly laid off from media jobs. It's no secret that with media consolidation and the growth of digital media that journalists and content creators have had a difficult time weathering the job market. You can read the Redbook article here.

We recently had a chance to talk with Sara about how her financial situation has improved since learning how to code. She said, "I recently began my second tech job since graduating from Sabio and I'm probably the happiest I've ever been professionally. When I started my first tech job my starting salary matched my highest salary from media; a few months later I got a raise and began to earn more than I ever had. This new job added an extra $1,000 a month to my salary, which is to say, in one year my salary jumped almost $20,000 -- that would not have happened without Sabio."

Sabio Fellows Continue to Thrive in Microsoft LEAP program

- June 28, 2016 No Comments
The Microsoft LEAP Engineering Acceleration Program is an immersive 16 week program that provides participants with real world development experience. The program is formerly known as Industry Explorers. The goal of the program is to not only provide development experience but to foster inclusivity and support diversity.

Three Sabio fellows have been accepted into this program with Eliot Sosa (pictured above) being the latest. Eliot started the program this week. The process to get into the program involves an application with essay questions and two interviews. The program takes place in Redmond, Washington. Eliot ended up flying up to Washington to interview in person instead of via Skype and spent a day prior to the interviews studying his programming language skills to brush up on some of the skills that he hadn't used recently.

Eliot said that his Sabio preparation helped him for his interviews for the LEAP program. "Once you realize that you are having conversation with people and 'stay frosty' [cool under pressure], you just have to demonstrate your problem solving skills."

Achiamar Lee-Rivera (pictured above) just finished the program. She said, "My time in LEAP gave me priceless insight into the software development process. From conception to delivery, I learned so much from my mentor during my project. The most powerful takeaway that I think applies to most things in life [not just programming] is to iterate, iterate, iterate!"

Congrats Eliot and Achiamar! Sabio hopes to send more fellows to the LEAP program.

Meet Tessa Harp, the 100th Sabio fellow to graduate, in the next few days!

- June 24, 2016 No Comments
Tessa Harp had a career in retail as a manager of a well-known chain clothing store. While her heart wasn't set on pursuing retail management, she started to explore other options and ways to use her undergraduate degree in communications. Tessa had started to look for marketing jobs, but she wasn't finding any positions that appealed to her.

Tessa then thought about law school, but her aunt, an experienced attorney, suggested that she research the technology field and consider becoming a developer. This suggestion inspired Tessa to play around with Codecademy and to contact coding bootcamps. From there, she found Sabio.

"Before coming to Sabio, I really liked playing around with Codeacademy because it made me use my brain in a way that I hadn't been using it. It was like solving puzzles, which is fun for me," Tessa said. 

The rapid pace of Sabio and the bootcamp's mission to increase the representation of people of color and women appealed to Tessa as well. The style of instruction that mimicked a workplace setting was a positive experience for her. 

"If you goof off and don't do the reading or what your instructor asks of you, then you only hurt yourself. I didn't want to let my instructor down by not doing a project to his standards, so knowing that pushed me harder," Tessa said in describing her learning experience with John Darragh, Sabio's senior developer and instructor. 

For now, Tessa's most immediate goal is to keep learning more programming languages. Eventually, she would like to become an entrepreneur or a CTO.

The day Tessa graduated she received an offer for a full time software development position with an awesome LA entertainment company!

Congrats Tessa! 

Meet Ken Nnaoji, a Sabio grad, who won $10K in a Hackathon

- June 10, 2016 No Comments
Ken Nnaoji is a graduate of Sabio cohort 12.

In April, Ken competed in a hackathon that was sponsored by FremantleMedia North America, a global content company that distributes shows across television and digital platforms. The objective was for developers and designers to create a website for TV fans using and Fremantle's API partners. The prize was a three month contract valued at $10,000 to finish building out the idea for the website for FremantleMedia North America.

Ken went into the hackathon hoping to partner with some people there, but that didn't work out. He ended up working by himself and having to compete against groups of developers. Another challenge that he faced was that he was not experienced with PHP, the programming language that WordPress is written in.

"The foundation that I got through Sabio allowed me to figure out what I needed to learn on the fly to build a site using Wordpress, which uses PHP. PHP is a language that isn't taught at Sabio, but I was able to figure it out," Ken said.

Now that Ken has been awarded the contract, he has spent the past month working on the website for FremantleMedia. His eventual goal is to build his own business, where he creates websites and apps for other clients.

Ken has a bachelor's degree in art, and he had been working in graphic design. He found out about Sabio from his twin brother, who is also a Sabio graduate. His brother graduated from cohort 10, and Ken followed shortly thereafter in cohort 12.

Congrats Ken!