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After completing Sabio's bootcamp training, Elbert increased his salary by $30,000!

- October 13, 2016 No Comments
Elbert has been working in the insurance industry before he came to Sabio to learn to code. Before researching bootcamps, he wasn't sure how he could make a career transition into technology.

"I always liked technology, but I didn't think that making the transition would be attainable. I thought that I would have to go back to college to make the switch," Elbert said.

After visiting a few code schools near where he lived, Elbert attended a pre-work session at the Sabio Orange County location. He really clicked with Aaron, the lead instructor in Orange County. Elbert was struck by how genuine Aaron was, but he couldn't start the bootcamp at the time that the next Orange County cohort was starting. So Elbert decided to attend the Sabio bootcamp in Culver City in Cohort 17 even though he lived in Orange County because the start date was a better fit for his schedule. Gregorio Rojas, Sabio's CTO and co-founder, was Elbert's instructor.

"Gregorio really wants us to succeed, and he's kind of strict. But it all pays off," Elbert said.

Ultimately, Elbert chose Sabio because he liked the level of support that the fellows received, whereas other bootcamps gave him the impression that they cared more about making money.

Elbert did not have a background in programming languages. He had attended a small post-secondary school that wasn't fully accredited some years ago because he needed to complete a degree quickly.

"I would recommend Sabio to all my friends who are in between jobs or who don't have a clear career path. It was really tough, but since you are around the fellows for about 70 hours per week, it starts to feel like family. Now whenever one of us gets a job, we take each other out to dinner. It's a community environment," Elbert explained.

Since completing bootcamp, Elbert has found a job with Upfront Inc. in Newport Beach where he's a front end web developer. Elbert is now earning $30,000 more per year than he was when he was working in the insurance industry.

Congrats Elbert!

Michael was looking for a change after working in finance for over a decade, now he's a web developer

- October 6, 2016 1 Comment
Michael Chu was working as a financial advisor for MassMutual before coming to Sabio. He had been working in finance since finishing college, but he was looking for a change professionally.

"As an advisor, I was chasing too many clients. It wasn't exactly what I wanted to do. I have two older brothers who work in finance, and their friends were talking about in-demand jobs. They mentioned computer programmers as being in demand and popular with recruiters. One of my brothers friends runs the IT department at UCLA, and he had been hiring a web developer. His friend mentioned that out of all of the candidates he interacted with, he was most impressed with the two who graduated from Sabio. So I didn't do any research for other bootcamps. I took this recommendation and decided to go to Sabio," Michael said.

Michael was also looking for career stability.

"There's more money in finance. I was doing ok, but there is also a lot of volatility in sales. I felt like I needed more stability, which is why I wanted to do this," Michael said.

Aaron Gibson's instructional style was positive for Michael. Before coming to Sabio, Michael considered himself to be not very tech savvy. Growing up, he didn't play around with computers that much, and he doesn't play video games. He mostly used the computer for work on documents and spreadsheets. In college, Michael was a political science major.

"I think Aaron was the best fit for me as an instructor given my personality. He did a good job of having individual students work on tasks that we needed extra help with. Aaron was able to assess everyone's strengths and weaknesses," Michael explained. "I thought that I was going to be in a hole and always playing catch up, but the instructor helped me keep the same pace as the class."

Michael will be working with Majestic Home Loans in Rancho Cucamonga as a web developer. He found his new position within a week and recently graduated with Sabio Cohort 20.

Congrats Michael!

Sabio helped Jhamar find focus in his life, now he's a front end developer

- October 5, 2016 1 Comment
Jhamar grew up in Inglewood and Compton, and he had been attending college at San Diego State University working on a computer science degree. He didn't like the curriculum too much, but he has always had ideas to build apps.

Last year, Jhamar took a semester off to try to learn coding by himself. Realizing that he needed more formal studies, he returned back to school and then started to look for bootcamps. During this time, he had been working in retail at a local mall. He stumbled upon Sabio in his research and decided to attend an info session. After meeting Gregorio, Sabio's CTO and co-founder, he decided to enroll in bootcamp.

Jhamar just graduated with Cohort 18 last weekend, and he has already been hired as a front end engineer at Reality Check Systems. He's excited to begin his new position, and he will be making double the amount that he was earning in retail. Jhamar is only 24 years old, and now he has a professional level position that will allow him to pursue his passions and continue his degree at San Diego State University.

Before he enrolled in Sabio, Jhamar had recently lost his grandmother, who was a pivotal figure in his life. "I needed something to prove to myself that there is something else waiting for me in my future. Sabio saved my life in a sense," Jhamar said. Sabio provided the skills that he needed to take things to the next level professionally.

John Darragh was Jhamar's instructor. He found the instruction to be very practical and clear, which was different than the typical computer science courses that he has been in.

One of Jhamar's goals is to be a mentor and friend to other people of color who want to work in technology. He is thinking about organizing a meet up for Black software developers in Los Angeles.

As he looks into the future, Jhamar is eager to learn as much as he can in his new job and wants to continue to work on his side projects with app building in his free time. His long-term goal is to become a billionaire -- so watch out Mark Zuckerberg!

Women in Tech Event in Pasadena on Sept. 29

- September 22, 2016 No Comments

There will be another Women in Tech event in Pasadena next week on Thursday, September 29. The evening will feature a panel discussion with women who currently work in technology as well as networking and hors d'oeurves. The speakers at this panel will include:

-Kat Harris, Microsoft 
-Tessa Harp, SABIO 
-Lyrana Hughes, FiveSixTwo
-Nicki Klein, Betagig
-Leticia Solis, Frontier Communications

The event will run from 6:30 to 9:00 PM, and it's FREE! Click here to RSVP.

Thank you to our sponsors Microsoft and AT&T. 

Meet Billy Martin, Sabio Fellow, and #VetsHack Hackathon Winner!

- September 13, 2016 No Comments

Billy Martin is an Army veteran, and he recently graduated with Sabio's Cohort 16 back in June 2016. Before learning how to code, he had been going to nursing school and working full-time in the security industry protecting executives and celebrities. Billy decided to leave the nursing path behind because he has an entrepreneurial spirit. Billy started looking for coding bootcamps, and he found Sabio and met with Gregorio Rojas, Sabio's co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. He felt inspired by Sabio's mission to diversify the tech workforce. As a Mexican-American, efforts to bring in people who have a background similar to his own are important. 

Currently, Billy is enrolled in Antioch University Los Angeles. He learned how to code at Sabio through the Certificate in Web Development program, a partnership between Sabio and Antioch. Billy was fortunate to have the college credits that he had earned at two other schools be accepted by Antioch. He plans to finish his Bachelor's of Science in Applied Technology and Business Leadership. 

The Coding bootcamp concept really appealed to Billy because he was interested in programming, but he didn't want to spend the time earning a computer science degree. He came to Sabio with the goal of learning how to code so that he can become an entrepreneur to build his own products to sell. Sabio Cohort 18 is in the process of building a product for Billy that will be used in the security industry. Billy is leading that project with his experience and knowledge of issues that arise in private security.

Last weekend, Billy and his team took first place at VetsHack and won $3,000. The Hackathon was sponsored by Facebook and GitHub. He and his team created VetChat an app for veterans who can reach out to fellow veteran mentors so they can talk through issues that they are having with peer mentors via annonymous SMS. Veterans can use this app anonymously so they can share thoughts, issues they are going through, etc. The idea is that this app can help prevent suicides and help veterans talk through issues they might be facing with mentors who have been screened and selected by VetChat to assist. Billy and his team plan to continue working on the app to make it fully functional.

Congrats Billy!

#VetsHack During Labor Day Weekend 2016

- September 1, 2016 No Comments
Sabio is partnering with Antioch University Los Angeles and Operation Code, a non-profit organization that aims to get veterans coding, this Labor Day weekend (September 2 – 4) to gather technology professionals and veterans to create solutions to address issues that military veterans encounter in daily life in the VetsHack hackathon. The event is being made possible by the generous support of Facebook. Five Thousand Dollars in Cash Prizes will be awarded on Sunday, September 4, 2016.

The objective of VetsHack is to bring civilians and veterans together by providing an opportunity to create software solutions for daily challenges that veterans and their families face. Some of those challenges include: housing, educational opportunities, social and emotional health, employment, and resources for veterans who want to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.

"Our goal is to create tech solutions that will be useful for veterans, which is why we want each team competing at VetsHack to have at least one veteran,” said Liliana Monge, Sabio’s Co-founder & CEO.

Sabio has already been in collaboration with Antioch University Los Angeles. Sabio and Antioch offer a unique and exciting Certificate in Web Development that allows enrolled Antioch students to learn how to code, allowing students who receive federal and state financial aid, including the G.I. Bill, to become Sabio fellows.

“Antioch University Los Angeles is proud to co-sponsor VetsHack. This hackathon, focused on support for military veterans, is Antioch’s way of showing support for military veterans and demonstrating our belief in the power of new technologies to inspire social change,” said Audrey Mandelbaum, administrative director of undergraduate studies at Antioch University Los Angeles.

The panel that judges VetsHack will also have veteran representation.

“We encourage active military members, veterans, and military spouses from throughout the Los Angeles metro area to participate in the first VetsHack hackathon, lead and/or join a team to create veteran-friendly web applications and national security solutions by weekend’s end,” said David Molina, Founder and Executive Director of Operation Code. “The seed for Operation Code was first planted at a hackathon, a place that is akin to drinking out of a fire hose – not just in consuming cutting edge technology, but in building something from scratch in the most thrilling and exciting atmosphere where products and solutions are built to serve a need.”

“As a veteran, the well being of the veteran community is something that is close to my heart, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with this talented and compassionate group of developers to create something that will be valuable and effective for our veterans,” Varr Willis, Producer and Director at Semantic Effect, said.

“Many veterans are having difficulties integrating into mainstream society. They frequently run into problems obtaining the resources available to them because they are not well publicized or are hard to obtain for a variety of reasons. Since graduating from Sabio, I have learned that the tech community can solve many of the issues facing veterans today. Sabio is on the frontline when it comes to empowering disadvantaged people to enter the tech community. Who better to engage this ongoing battle of helping veterans live healthier and prosperous lives than Sabio? VetsHack will allow developers to come up with much needed solutions for veterans. I can’t wait to participate,” Ivan B. Bernal, Sabio Cohort 12 graduate and 1st Lieutenant, Armor, California Army National Guard.

Sabio is the only minority/women-owned and operated web developer training program in the country. The project-based curriculum enables Sabio Fellows to work on real-world projects to develop and refine their skills. Sabio’s mission has always been service oriented; working with veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country aligns with this mission. 

More information about VetsHack can be found here

Kevin & Spencer share their tips for researching and selecting coding bootcamps

- August 29, 2016 No Comments

Kevin Lee is a current Sabio fellow (Cohort 21) and a recent college graduate. He graduated from UCLA with an English degree a year ago, and before coming to Sabio, he was working with a mobile gaming company. He really liked 'all things web related' because he had some some coding experience working for the Daily Bruin. Kevin started to search the internet for bootcamps and found the reviews for Sabio on CourseReport.

"All of these people were posting really good reviews about Sabio, and these reviews made me think hard about Sabio. Sabio's website really resonated with me, but I did check out other bootcamp websites too like MakerSquare so I could compare the program offerings," Kevin said.

Sabio's information session was the only open house that Kevin attended, and he felt comfortable with the environment that he experienced so he decided to study with Sabio. 

Spencer Lee, a Sabio fellow who recently graduated with Cohort 16, said that he would tell anyone who is looking to learn how to code to use Google. "At first, people might not know a lot about bootcamps. They might have heard of General Assembly, but they probably won't know the names of the smaller bootcamps," Spencer said. Spencer said that using Google to narrow in on bootcamps in your local area would be a good first step and added that any aspiring developer should get comfortable with searching online to find solutions and how to guides.

Like Kevin, Spencer found CourseReport and read through the reviews and saw that Sabio had the best reviews in the area. Spencer said that he's good at finding fake reviews and felt that the Sabio reviews were not fake because they were very specific and detailed.

"If you read reviews that are very specific, you can probably trust that feedback, whereas reviews that are very vague are more likely to be fake," Spencer said.

Spencer also had a few friends who went to General Assembly, and his friends who went through the General Assembly bootcamp did not find jobs as developers with salaries that were at market rates. He acknowledged that his friends' experiences might not be reflective of the general population that attends General Assembly, but he took their experiences into consideration when he decided to train at Sabio.

So if you are looking for a coding bootcamp, the internet is your friend! And check out the reviews of any bootcamp that you are considering on CourseReport.

(Photo: Kevin on the left with the ice cream, and Spencer is pictured on the right)

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

- August 25, 2016 No Comments
Gilbert W. used to work for Xytech Systems as a solution consultant, but his role was more of a business analyst. Xytech produces an enterprise focused 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 test functionality and that the requests from the clients were addressed properly. While he wasn't directly involved in development in this old 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 Codecademy 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 coding bootcamps and attended an info session with Gregorio, Sabio's co-founder and CTO.

"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 a coding bootcamp, I felt confident in my abilities. I felt that I can pick up other programming languages and continue to grow," Gilbert said.

Congrats Gilbert!