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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 get a job and 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!

Don't get Trumped by your local Coding Bootcamp!

- June 1, 2016 2 Comments

A national debate is raging across the county about private, for-profit, post-secondary educational programs, and one former program, Trump University, is currently under investigation and in litigation in federal court.  Since the judge recently unsealed a number of the court records, we the public, get to see first-hand, how members of this private for-profit "educational" organization ran its operation, and many of us can benefit from the case. From my research, it appears to be that TU focused a great majority of its time and effort in the sales process, and insufficient time and care in the quality of the instruction, which resulted in the lawsuit.  Many people lost their investment, which is tragic.

As an owner of a private, for-profit, post-secondary educational organization, I also worry about running both a viable business and an exceptional educational provider. Unfortunately, many of the claims that were made by Trump University employees and staff members remind me of the claims currently being made by my fellow coding bootcamp operators.  These outrageous and unsubstantiated claims stand to ruin the coding bootcamp industry and this post is an effort to help us all self-regulate, and to help consumers really determine if the claims being made by their local coding bootcamp are actually legitimate and accurate.

I am not drinking Haterade, at least not today. 

My goal with this post is to empower the 20,000 or so potential coding bootcamp students that are smart, hard-working, and looking to transform their lives via a coding bootcamp.  It can be done, but the program must be quality one.

There are steps that consumers can take to protect themselves from inferior programs. Ideally, state regulators, like our friends at BPPE in Sacarmento, should be doing the  brunt of this work, and weeding out bad-actors; however, they are busy shutting down fraudulent beauty schools and do not have time, nor the capacity to properly regulate all the CA coding bootcamps.  I am sure other states are seeing the same problem.

So, here are three simple things you can do to protect yourself from a less-than superior coding bootcamp.

1. Ask the Coding Bootcamp to Validate Their Claims!

Step 1: You attend an info session, and the guy or gal giving you the hard sell quotes nothing but rosy numbers and figures: “95% of our grads secure jobs that pay above $90K because we teach the Magical XYX Stack”.

Step 2: You ask them to validate those awesome claims.  

For example, if 30 people begin a coding bootcamp on January 2nd, then come March 31st, at least 27 should have graduated.  A 10 - 20% drop-out rate is standard practice by now in this space.  People need time to find jobs, so come June 31st, the coding bootcamp should have a list of 25 people that are now employed as full-time software developers.  Some coding bootcamps will tell you that they cannot tell you names of their Fellows for privacy reason (GA, I am looking at you), which is kind of reasonable. 

However, they can give you a list of 27 companies that hired their graduates.  Also, they should have 27 titles that their coding bootcamp grads were hired as.  

For example, of the people that graduated on March 31st, 10 were hired as front-end developers, 5 full stack, and another 12 back-end developers.  EASY!!

No excuses.

Do not let your coding bootcamp get away weaseling out of this request.   

If your coding bootcamp is saying that they have a 96% job placement rate, and DOES NOT have a list of at least 27 software developers and or companies that hired them---- BUYER BEWARE.  

This means they are NOT tracking their outcomes and/or do not have that shinny 96% job placement rate that pays $95K per year.  Learning to code some "magical full-stack" does not, in itself, get people paid $90K.  Just ask so many of the people that recently graduated from a 4 year college as a Comp Sci major.  (They are NOT getting above $90K).

2. Use LinkedIn to Verify Claims!

This one is also easy.  Software developers / engineers LOVE LOVE LOVE LinkedIn, because it is a great resource to help them secure a coding job.  So, get yourself a FREE Premium Account for one month, and go look for people that graduated from the coding bootcamp you are considering.  

·        How many people have profiles of the 27 that graduated in March 31st?
·        How many now have a new job after they graduated?
·        Do the titles match? 
·        Did someone graduate from Hacker University at the end of March and is now a “part-time” front-end developer?  Are they now an “Engineer in Residence” ?   None of those people get paid more than $50K, if that. 
·        Use sites like Indeed and Dice to verify that incomes match the job title secured by the coding bootcamp grads. 
·        Connect with grads from the coding bootcamp you are interested in, and ask them questions about outcomes. Did they find a job, did their other 27 buddies and gals that graduated from the program also find employment?  

It is now well-established that employers are willing to hire qualified and competent coding bootcamp grads.  And every year more people sign-up to learn to code via one of these programs.   And this is both a great thing, but also a dangerous thing.  Many coding bootcamps might have amazing outcomes from their flagship operation in San Francisco; however, they do not take care to replicate those results when they open shop in Santa Monica, CA. 

There are so many resources that you can avail yourself of.


Do not fall prey to great salesmanship.   

Do not get Trumped!

We created a comprehensive guide to help people determine if the coding bootcamp they are considering is legitimate, check it out

Why Entrepreneurs like Daly Yoo come to Sabio to have product built

- May 31, 2016 No Comments
Daly Yoo already knew Aaron Gibson, the Vice President of Engineering at Sabio and lead instructor for the Newport Beach bootcamp, so he was familiar with the kind of projects that bootcamp fellows typically work on.

Currently, Daly is working with Sabio Cohort 15 in Newport Beach to build a publishing platform.

"We are working on a publishing platform that allows us to take any number of different types of feeds and from those feeds to publish pages that are very targeted to what people are looking for. This simplifies the publishing process. We are envisioning it working for the real estate industry, the apparel industry, etc., to quickly create hundreds of thousands of pages. We want to create specific websites that target specific searches," Daly explained.

The process of working with Sabio has been simple. Daly explained what he was looking to build and then met with Aaron a few times before the Sabio cohort jumped in.

"I can see progress week to week. I have been able to easily work with Aaron and the team. From my standpoint, resources are a constraint, so it's great to have 9-10 dedicated people working on this project full-time for 12 weeks," Daly said.

When asked if he would use Sabio to build another project, Daly said, "I would love to."

Daly added that when the current publishing platform project goes into production, he would like to bring as many of the team members on board to continue working on the current project. If he cannot do continue to utilize them as paid consultants, Daly said that he would happily recommend Sabio team to other employers.

Working on real projects with entrepreneurs helps give Sabio fellows real world experience. If you are in business or looking to launch a business and need to have a custom site or platform built, contact Liliana or Gregorio.

Day in the life of Kelly, current Sabio fellow in Newport Beach

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Kelly is one of the current Sabio fellows in our Newport Beach location. We asked her some questions about her experience learning to code in our program. 

1. How has your bootcamp experience been so far? 

Kelly: "It's been good. It's definitely a roller coaster, and it's not for the faint of heart. One day it's really great, and then the next three days can be horrible. But it's challenging in a good way." 

2. What do you do when you aren't here at Sabio? 

Kelly: "I do yoga, enjoy wine, and hang out with my husband outside of bootcamp. I try to resume a normal life on the weekends, and I will give myself one day off a week. I need to do the normal things like going to the grocery store and taking care of chores."

3. What's one highlight of your bootcamp experience so far? 

Kelly: "Building my first feature -- It's nice to see a full-stack feature. It was exciting to be able to do that. And after building that first feature, when I go to websites, I can recognize what goes into them." 

Day in the Life of Fisher, current Sabio fellow in Newport Beach

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Fisher Robison is one of the current Sabio fellows in our Newport Beach location. We asked him a few questions about his experience learning to code in our program. 

1. How has your bootcamp experience been so far? 

Fisher: "It's good. So far, I like it. For me, it's the type of thing that I would never learn on my own. You aren't going to go anywhere for 12 hours per day and build a real project. And you also aren't going to go into an interview and say, 'I followed this tutorial online to learn how to do this.'" 

2. Tell me how you begin and end your day.

Fisher: "I wake up at 5 AM and go to the gym before I get here at 8 AM. I also try to end my day at a good stopping point so I'm not sitting at home stressing out over something. I'm all about a clean slate and stopping where it's easier to pick up the next day. I leave here between 6 and 7 PM. I don't like to be stressed out at night. I try to go to sleep by 9:30 PM."

Giving back: Sabio is hosting a "learn to code" workshop for a group of youth from the Central Valley

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Youth 2 Leaders Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to increasing the number of youth who are able to attend college in Kern County, California. The organization has been in existence for over 20 years and has provided over $1,000,000 in scholarship support to Kern County students.

In July, Sabio will be hosting a "learn to code" workshop for approximately 45 high school students to teach them some coding fundamentals. The youth who will be participating in the workshop will be enrolled in Youth 2 Leaders' STEM Pre-College Camp.

"This is the second time we are offering the STEM camp. Last year, we wanted to focus on STEM education in general, letting the students know what is out there in terms of careers and opportunities. This time we want to focus a little more on coding. We want students to walk away with a new skill," explained Abel Guzman, executive director of Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation. "These students are in the migrant education program and will all be incoming 10th, 11th and 12th graders."

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