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Sabio Fellows Represent at Facebook's Annual F8 Developer Conference

- April 26, 2017 No Comments
Last week a group of Sabio fellows attended Facebook's Annual F8 Developer Conference in San Jose, California. F8 provides developers with an opportunity to network with executives and other engineers, and it gives Facebook an opportunity to announce changes to its platform and other developments. This is precisely the kind of professional development that Sabio encourages and wants its fellows to participate in.

Max M. graduated from Sabio last year, and he's been working as a professional software developer for a little over a year now. He attended F8 and shared the following about the growth of Facebook and how it is breaking out from its perception as being a social media platform to offering event more:

"Facebook has branched out into network connectivity by providing internet to rural areas around the world and latest and greatest fields: A.I. and A.R./V.R.. Respectively, Artificial/Automated Intelligence is clearly the future, and Augmented / Virtual Reality is an emerging content market. The whole theme of this year's conference was focused on Augmented Reality. Headset demos and 360 virtual experiences were galore in the 'Developer Garage' section of the conference. Talks and speeches kept us engaged with the latest trends and technologies. What's more, free food and coffee flowed the entire time. The highlight for me was the surprise concert by Chance The Rapper, a major artist in the hip-hop community right now," Max said.

Tim Used His GI Bill Benefits to #LearnToCode

- April 17, 2017 No Comments
Tim R. is a United States Marine Corps veteran. When he was in the military, Tim was a helicopter technical expert. When he got out of the Marines, he had trouble finding work doing what he did in the military because he didn't have a college degree. Tim even worked in car sales for some time after the military and was planning on pursuing aviation to build upon what he had learned in the military.

Tim had always been good with computers and had some exposure to coding in high school and in the military. One of his friends, who was a self-taught programmer, suggested that Tim look at coding bootcamps to learn how to code so that he could have more opportunities. Tim found Sabio because it was one of the few bootcamps that accepts GI Bill benefits. At the time, Tim was in San Diego, and Sabio's Orange County location made the most sense for him to learn how to code. Tim said that without the GI Bill, he probably wouldn't have learned how to code in a bootcamp.

Fortunately, Tim was in a cohort where one of the instructors had a similar military experience to his own, so he found the instruction to be relatable. Tim appreciated that the program was quick and wasn't going to take three or four years to earn a degree.

"You could tell immediately the quality that the instructors bring. I was concerned about this because of the reviews that I had read about some bootcamps that funnel graduates into teaching," Tim said.

Now that he's finished bootcamp, Tim has better job prospects. He received a job offer before the last day of his coding bootcamp, and his salary has almost doubled.

Tim recently accepted a position with a financial data company. He will be working with some of the same technologies that he learned at Sabio.

Congrats Tim!

Sabio Graduated Five Cohorts of Software Developers on April 1

- April 10, 2017 No Comments
Graduation from Sabio coding bootcamp used to be a small, intimate affair, where there were less than 30 people. It was typically just the cohort and maybe some significant others and maybe a few parents. Now Sabio graduations have grown to 100 people + events. 

On April 1, 2017, Sabio graduated Cohorts 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28 in Orange, California at Dave and Busters. This event was the largest graduation in Sabio history, and it was the first graduation for our Node.js cohort. 

All Sabio fellows who graduated received the Sabio hoodie, which is reserved only for our developers. The hoodie, while comfortable and warm when coding in chilled offices and late at night, is only bestowed to developers who make it through the entire program successfully. 

“This past weekend in sunny Orange County, I had the honor of graduating from Sabio code school. I immediately noticed it was completely different from any other graduation I've had in life. Traditional graduates typically expect to receive a diploma or document, but instead, I received the coveted Sabio hoodie that every alum proudly wears! It was incredibly exciting to eat, drink, and network with all the graduating fellows across Southern California. And of course, the atmosphere inside the private Dave and Busters room was full of contagious energy just like how Sabio always is. Congratulations to all the graduating fellows and congratulations to the founders for a very smooth and successful event! It will be a graduation I'll never forget,” Jameel Matin, a Cohort 26 Node.js graduate and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. 

Ariana Rodriguez, who graduated on Saturday with Cohort 25 said, “It's amazing what you can do in three months when you have the support and guidance of people who genuinely care about your future. That's what Sabio is! Being able to celebrate the end of bootcamp with all the people who went on this journey with me was bittersweet! Thank you Sabio for this experience that changed my life in the best possible way."

Sabio is the only coding bootcamp in Southern California that is both BPPE Approved and CIRR Compliant

- April 7, 2017 No Comments
At Sabio, we have always worked to be transparent about our graduation rates and commitment to our fellows. This is why Sabio worked to be approved by state regulators last year in securing approval by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). And it is also why Sabio recently 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 through the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR).

This week Sabio was one of two coding bootcamps to publish outcome results that are compliant with CIRR. You can read about our high post-graduation employment rate and median salary for fellows here. Hackreactor was the other bootcamp that published results. They are located in Austin and in San Francisco, which are areas where Sabio doesn’t currently operate.

In all of Southern California, Sabio is the only coding bootcamp that is both BPPE approved and in compliance with CIRR. None of our competitor coding schools in the Southern California region have this distinction. If you are considering a coding bootcamp, you should ask yourself about state approval and whether the program you exploring publishes graduation and job placement rates that comply with the CIRR. Even if a school has made a commitment to join the CIRR, you need to ask if it has published its data -- many of them have not yet done so.

Liliana Monge, the co-founder and CEO of Sabio, said, “It speaks volumes that our bootstrapped coding bootcamp has gone through the rigorous process of both securing BPPE approval for both of our Southern California campuses in Culver City and Newport Beach and becoming CIRR compliant. Gregorio [Sabio’s co-founder and Chief Technology Officer] and I have the best intentions for helping our fellows and have been and are committed to remaining 100% transparent with all students and governing agencies.”

Sabio Success: David Reflects on His Experience with the Microsoft LEAP Program

- April 1, 2017 No Comments
David L. graduated with Sabio Cohort 16. David arrived at Sabio with an undergraduate degree in Global Studies from UCLA and work experience operating an eCommerce company that sold coffee machines and other coffee related items.

After graduating from Sabio last summer, David worked professionally as a contractor building a web application for Superior Court judges reviewing their case calendars and workload management. That experience allowed him to professionally refine his JavaScript, Angular, CSS, and HTML skills. Once that assignment was completed, David applied for and was accepted into the prestigious Microsoft LEAP Engineering Acceleration Program. Formally known as Industry Explorers, this sixteen week program combines traditional classroom learning with in-house projects that give participants real-world innovative development experience.

A lifelong resident of Southern California, David packed up and moved to Seattle, Washington for the sixteen-week program. While at Microsoft, his classroom instruction further prepared him for complex cutting-edge web assignments to the degree he is now comfortable coding on enterprise applications. The whole working experience at Microsoft also reinforced how well Sabio prepared him for this engineering experience. David’s confidence in his coding abilities soared while he worked at Microsoft. David just finished the LEAP program last week.

“I worked and socialized with software engineers who spent four years in universities earning electrical engineering and computer science degrees. And in our down time, we always talked shop, comparing our approaches to various application solutions that we were tackling on a daily basis. Sabio’s bootcamp thoroughly prepared me for this and made me realize that I was just as competitive as people who had degrees in computer science and engineering,” David said.

The Microsoft experience has fueled David’s plans to remain in Seattle. He now considers himself a genuine real-life software engineer. There are two software engineering opportunities that he is interviewing for. His experience at Sabio has prepared him for a challenging and rewarding career, and now he has experience working at Microsoft on his resume. Even though he’s in a new city, David is confident that he will find a software engineering position soon.

To learn more about other fellows who have participated in the Microsoft LEAP program, read these blogs:

Sabio Fellow Achiamar Lee-Rivera is headed to Industry Explorers program

Sabio Fellows Continue to Thrive in Microsoft LEAP program

Gema enters Microsoft LEAP program, following the lead of previous Sabio fellows

Sabio Success: Lyrana shares her impressions of Microsoft LEAP at the mid-point

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 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