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Sabio is a developer community offering 12-week full-time coding bootcamps in Los Angeles and Orange County. Sabio focuses on .NET/C# and trains across the full-stack in Mobile, Front End, Back End, Source Control, Database and Development platforms. Its project-based learning curriculum and pedagogy provide a superior training experience that exposes its students to the full software development life cycle.
 
The Sabio curriculum prepares students for entry-level developer jobs by including a real-world project for a client and 4 weeks of career support and guidance. Students also get 6-12 weeks of instructor-led pre-work before starting the intensive bootcamp. All students have access to Sabio's extended mentorship and their professional development program for five years. Sabio instructors have over 100 years of combined professional software engineering experience. Their commitment to small classrooms and expert instruction gives students an edge when competing in the job market.
 
Sabio is approved by the state of California and is also a founding member and current board member of CIRR, a coding industry organization seeking to provide transparency in outcomes reporting, illustrating their commitment to student outcomes and truth in advertising. Sabio innovates based on experience, expertise and market knowledge.
 
Applicants do not need previous programming experience, but individuals with prior experience are placed in a faster track than others. The application process at Sabio identifies motivated and engaged students from a variety of backgrounds. Past students include those with advanced degrees in Computer Science, Engineering but also Musicology, Psychology, Finance, Mathematics and many others. All applicants should have a great personality, work ethic, and ability to solve basic logic problems.

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  • Downtown LA ASP.Net // C# Full Stack With React

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,000
    Class size15
    LocationLos Angeles, Online
    Microsoft's .Net Platform is an industry leading framework known for its reliability and wide scale adoption in both small startups and large enterprise organizations. Our Full Stack .Net course will prepare you for the major challenges and opportunities as a software engineer. Learn the client-side frameworks like React, database architectures, APIs, tools and soft skills you need to master Asp.Net and launch your career in just 12 weeks. Master the full stack, and graduate with a deep understanding of both the front and back-end web development that employers are seeking. Our curriculum is open and flexible, and your course instructor will be an industry veteran that’s dedicated 100% to your success.
    Financing
    Deposit$99
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    • Income Share Agreement
    • SkillsFund
    • SallieMae
    • All Major Credit Cards Accepted
    Tuition PlansMonthly Payments Are Allowed
    Refund / GuaranteeYes, fully pro-rated. State of CA does not all Gurantee.
    Scholarship$5,000 General Coding Scholarship $5,500 Women in Tech Scholarship
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelSome JavaScript
    Prep WorkYes for free
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewNo
  • Full Stack Weekday - REMOTE

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    HTML, Git, C#, JavaScript, .NET, ASP.NET, jQuery, CSS, Express.js, React.js, Node.js, Front End, SQL
    OnlineFull Time40 Hours/week13 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,000
    Class size13
    LocationLos Angeles, Riverside, Online, Orange County
    The full stack program will equip you to utilize a myriad of software development tools used by industry professionals to develop, debug and design dynamic web applications; conducting both front-end and back-end development, application program interfaces (API’s), back-end data stores such as relational database management systems (RDMS) and team development strategies. The course will prepare you to perform the duties of a typical entry-level Full Stack Web Developer. A Full Stack Web Developer is a programmer with a technical skill set that allows them to perform in client side, server side/middle tier, and backend-database development environments. Their main tasks are to develop, design and debug software that runs in a cross-browser environment served out of a web server backed by a database server for data persistence. The course will allow you to be substantially knowledgeable in the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) from concept to finished product and the ability to specialize, if they choose, in anything from front-end to back-end development technologies. You will obtain the knowledge and skills to develop relational databases and work with data that is not stored in a relational manner. They will interact with their own API’s and third party API’s. They will also be exposed to many User Interface and User Experience (UI and UX) () design concerns while building an understanding of how to gather customer and client requirements. They will be fluent in performing quality assurance testing and fundamental security concerns. Specifically, the course will produce a programmer/developer that can work with many of the most popular design patterns, third party APIs, libraries and technologies including but not limited to: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Bootstrap, MVVM, MVC, AngularJS, jQuery, Ajax, Inversion of Control, Dependency Injection, Principles of Object Oriented Design, Data Structures, Data Access, Database Design and Architecture, GIS, SMS, SMTP and RESTFul Api Design. Sabio focuses on a single, group based project that exposes you to the full Software Development Life Cycle as experienced in a team practicing Agile/Scrum project management and development principles.
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    Deposit$99
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    Tuition PlansOnly through financing, not through the institution.
    Refund / GuaranteeYes, tuition is pro-rated
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    Minimum Skill LevelNo programming background required
    Prep WorkMinimum of 1 PreWork course (4 weeks) or successfully passing the assessment.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Irvine ASP.Net // C# Full Stack With React

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$15,000
    Class size15
    LocationOrange County
    Microsoft's .Net Platform is an industry leading framework known for its reliability and wide-scale adoption in both small startups and large enterprise organizations. Our Full Stack .Net course will prepare you for the major challenges and opportunities as a software engineer. Learn the client-side frameworks like React, database architectures, APIs, tools and soft skills you need to master Asp.Net and launch your career in just 12 weeks. Master the full stack, and graduate with a deep understanding of both the front and back-end web development that employers are seeking. Our curriculum is open and flexible, and your course instructor will be an industry veteran that’s dedicated 100% to your success.
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    Deposit$99
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    Tuition Plans60/20/20
    Refund / GuaranteeYes, program is pro-rated when it comes to cost. State of CA does not allow us to provde a job gurantee, otherwise we would.
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    Minimum Skill LevelJavaScript
    Prep Work4 weeks of javascript for $99
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Node.js Full Stack with React

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$9,500
    Class size15
    LocationLos Angeles
    Train in React and also Node.js for the back-end. Become an awesome full stack web developer that knows how to create elegant and efficient databases, beautiful pages that render super fast. Secure the exact interview training needed to launch your amazing career in tech.
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    DepositNone
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    Tuition PlansMonthly Tuition Plan Are Available
    Refund / GuaranteeTuition is prorated
    ScholarshipJill H. Mays Women in Tech $5,500
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic JavaScript
    Prep WorkComplete Sabio's Online PreWork Course
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo

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  • $5000 Sabio Scholarship - Women In Tech

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive Sabio scholarship for $5000 off tuition!

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    • Full Stack Node.js with React (Los Angeles)
  • Sarah • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    If you've already decided that you want to dive into the land of development, and that the bootcamp route is right for you, look no further than Sabio.

    Deciding to put your life on hold and invest so much time and money into a life-changing program like a coding bootcamp can be daunting, and if you’re going to make the leap, you want to make sure that you’re going to be in good hands. To help you make your decision, I’ll share a bit with you about why I am so thankful that I went with Sabio, and why I think it’s a no-brainer choice for anyone who is still on the fence.

    Prior to starting Sabio, I had researched coding bootcamps throughout California. I read about various camps throughout socal, and was also drawn to the highly selective, “big name” camps in the bay area, thinking that since they were seemingly the most competitive and widely touted, there had to be something to them. I even went all the way through the admissions process for one which had a ~2% acceptance rate, jumping through hoops all the way to the end, before becoming disillusioned with many aspects of the program: I saw that they funneled recent bootcamp grads back in as teachers, so that they could inflate their employment statistics, despite the fact that that lowered the quality of teaching; they were impersonal to the point of being cutthroat, apparently administering tests every couple weeks during the program and then kicking to the curb anybody who didn’t meet very particular criteria; and they appeared to merely “teach to the test,” aka teach students how to solve isolated word problems, rather than preparing students for real-world job experience.

    All that being said, after that admissions experience, coming to Sabio was like night and day. Throughout the cohort and beyond, I have been thankful every day that I went with them over any other camp, and the program more than exceeded my expectations.

    Here are my top four reasons why I think Sabio sets itself leagues ahead of all other camps:

    (1) The practical experience: Pretty much every other camp out there will have their students graduate with nothing more to show than an individual pet project that is, at best, a good imitation of an existing popular app. In contrast, over the course of a Sabio cohort, students work together in an environment that very closely resembles that of a real development team. The class collaborates to build out a real product for a real client, following a real-world software development life cycle and responding to feedback from product meetings. Everyone works in a full stack capacity, taking ownership of their features and integrating them with their classmates’, and in the end, everyone’s built up the skills, practical experience, and code necessary to prove to employers that they have what it takes to step into a job. Along the way, the instructors guide the class through the different layers of the stack, striking a balance between teaching, advising, and giving you the independence to solve problems on your own.

    (2) The instructors: I can’t speak highly enough of our instructors, Aaron and Varr. Varr guided us through the prework, while Aaron took the lead for the 12-week program, architecting the project and spearheading instruction, with Varr assisting. Unlike at other places where recent bootcamp grads with no practical experience are funneled into teaching positions, Sabio’s instructors have years and years of professional development experience between them, and it shows. This means that you get to skip past a lot of the newbie mistakes that it takes junior developers years to sort out, and instead learn best practices right from the get-go. It also means that you can trust in your instructors to guide you correctly, even when it comes to the most difficult or unexpected of problems. Beyond that, our instructors helped foster an environment full of both hard work and banter. Along with my awesome classmates, they helped keep our spirits up even through the toughest of times with a zenlike calm and a healthy dose of humor, both necessary things for bootcamp survival :)

    (3) The network (family): The Sabio network is large, tight-knit, and ever-growing. It is comprised of a diverse and enthusiastic group of current students and alumni from every cohort, who support each other and bounce ideas off each other even long after the 12-week program ends. The bootcamp itself is a family-owned business, founded and run by husband and wife duo Gregorio and Liliana, and they truly make all Sabio fellows feel like family. Gregorio and Liliana have your back, and they work their butts off to make sure that everyone is set up for success.

    (4) The overall value: Sabio doesn’t just take your money and run. Far from it. Instead, the founders and instructors are sincerely invested in your career and your growth as a person. This means that you are not merely tossed out of the nest after your paid 12 weeks is up. Instead, as a graduate of the program and a Sabio fellow, you are then welcome to attend a huge variety of events for 5 years after you graduate, including hackathons, professional development workshops, meetups, job fairs, etc., and you are also able to keep in touch with your instructors and ask them for help with anything ranging from technical to career advice. I graduated less than two months ago, and already I’ve participated in a hackathon hosted by Sabio at USC, and have also learned AngularDart from a Google software engineer at a Sabio-arranged workshop. Moreover, I’ve been able to ping my instructors with questions about new languages and frameworks, interview advice, career guidance, and salary negotiations.

    As for me, I am now happily employed as a software engineer at an exciting startup, making 50% more than my previous salary. But beyond money, I have also gained the skills, confidence, and support needed to flourish in the industry; have made wonderful new friends along the way; and have had a life-changing experience that I will continue to cherish as I grow in my career.

    Honestly…if you’re still reading this and are still deciding, just go ahead and contact Gregorio and Liliana through the Sabio website, and attend an info session to see what it’s all about. You won’t regret it.

  • vivian • Software Developer • Graduate
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    6 months ago, I was accepted into and deciding between two different coding bootcamps when, at the last minute, I decide to do another search for coding camps in the LA/OC area. Lucky that I did, as that was what led me to Sabio. I chose Sabio over all the many other choices for several reasons:

    • Pre-work: I am always wary of jumping into anything new without heavy research first. Having the option to be on-campus and get a taste of how Sabio teaches and the work that gets done is the best research evidence to add to the pros and cons list.
    • .NET stack:  I was hoping to learn a strongly typed, structured language since C, C++, and Java was always more intimidating to me than Javascript. Most places seem to have their curriculum based in Ruby or Javascript (MEAN stack, which Sabio now offers too). Sabio is one of the few coding camp that offered the .NET stack, which includes .NET, C#, SQL, Javascript, jQuery, and AngularJS.
    • Work with real companies: After attending an info session, I learned that Sabio provides an opportunity for their students to work on projects belonging to startups or already established companies. Some past cohorts built a company’s app from the ground-up and others revamped an existing company’s site. Working on a company’s product seemed more interesting than working on multiple smaller projects.
    • Experienced instructors: I was feeling nervous about the other camps after they confirmed their instructors for my cohort. They were both graduates of the camp they were teaching, which is definitely not to say that they would not be great at instructing a new crop of students, but it really does not put an already doubtful mind at ease. It also brings into question the validity of the school’s hiring rates. Sabio hires only industry professionals with over 10 years of experience in the field.
    • Limited classroom size: Sabio limits their classroom size to 10 students per instructor while my other options had 15 students per class and the other over 30 students per class.
    • 5 years mentorship: I really liked the idea of a coding camp maintaining an open line of communication with their graduates. It showed a long-term investment in the skills they help develop.

    The 12 weeks at Sabio were grueling and tough. Be prepared to put your personal life on hold during this period and give all you’ve got to the program. There was a lot to learn in a (relatively) small space of time and every step of the way our instructor was there to guide and teach us, and nudge us down the correct path when our code seems to going awry. The instructors at Sabio are coding wizards. They all have over 10 years’ experience with programming and it really shows. It is not uncommon that I would go up to John or Jimmy with a problem have been struggling with for over an hour and for them to resolve it in under 10 minutes. But my cohort members and I were not taught to be solely dependent on our instructors’ help.  At Sabio, we were taught how to finds solutions to our problems on our own and were introduced to developer tools and new ways for thinking about the problems to better come up with our own solutions.

    I am especially grateful for the Sabio network and 5 years mentorship promise now that my 12 weeks has come to an end. Sabio provides monthly professional development events and facilitates team set-up for hackathons. The owners Gregorio and Liliana truly care about further developing the coding abilities and career paths of their fellows. In addition to this, Sabio grads are now also part of the Sabio alumni network. Having the help and support of fellow alums—their interview tips, advice, their offers for additional mock interviews, inside knowledge of a job opening within an alum’s current place of employment, and stories of the alum’s own experiences—was invaluable during the job search.

    My cohort completed our training 5 weeks ago and half of our group are now employed. This happened in spite of the awkward timing of the Christmas/New Year holidays when most companies’ recruiting and hiring process went quiet. Prior to Sabio, I was at a stable but unfulfilling job that paid well. After Sabio, I accepted an offer 5 weeks after graduating and will be making about 29% more than my previous salary with much better benefits.

    If you have narrowed your bootcamp list down to just a few strong candidates, Sabio should be on that list. Remember that you do not only have the words of past fellows but also the option of going to an info session, attending pre-work, and speaking in-depth to Gregorio and Liliana. In the end, Sabio will be the right choice.

  • Dan • Web Developer • Graduate
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    Let me start of by saying I’m making 70k+ a year for a starting web developer role! What makes Sabio better than any other bootcamp?  Sabio will do almost anything to land you that programming job you have always dream of! They will teach you concepts that are highly in demand in Southern California. They know what employers are looking for and they will polish you to be the ideal candidate.  No college degree? No problem! Sabio graduates who does not have  a college degree has found employment. If you are looking for a bootcamp that has amazing results. Join the Sabio community!    

  • Fred • .NET/SQL Developer • Graduate
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    The results first.  It took me 5 weeks to find a job (83K), extremely good considering the following points; bootcamp finished right before Christmas; I had a massive gap in my work history; I've never had a real job for nearly 5 years.  Before I started the bootcamp, I was going nowhere in life and had been floundering for a long time.  I messed up earlier in life but knew deep down I could do better.  Sabio gave me the know-how and confidence to do so.

    I did my research before choosing Sabio.  I went to info sessions for GA, Coding Dojo, and spoke in length to a friend who graduated from Hackreactor.  I found Sabio to be the best fit for two reasons; one, they taught in the style that I preferred; two, they cared the most (see Gregorio about caring). Sabio offers pre-work classes (with instructors!) which none of the other bootcamps offer. Pre-work with an instructor shows they care enough about their students to have them be on the same page before starting the bootcamp and it allows people to explore the possibility of a bootcamp without fully committing.  This kind of open learning environment is what I love most.  The bootcamp did not dissapoint in this regard at all.  All 12 weeks in the bootcamp were spent fully immersed in coding with guidance from an experienced teacher who you can seek help from anytime throughout the day.

    I am a terrible student.  I suck at studying, memorizing, and learning in the traditional sense.  I learn best by doing.  And Sabio provided that environment for me.  If you are a more traditional learner, fret not.  They provide tons of reading material, video lectures, powerpoints, and have a very helpful wiki too.  Yes, I did have some background going into this program, but I was three years out of practice and never finished my formal education.  To summarize, its a very nurturing but challenging learning environment.  As long as you put your full effort into it, you will learn enough to get a job!  Thanks John, Jimmy, Gregorio and everyone at Sabio!

    P.S. I miss bootcamp but alas they don't pay me :(

     

  • Skyler • Full Stack Developer • Graduate
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    I admit I was initially worried about taking out more student loans for a program that wasn't accredited (although they do offer a track through Antioch where you can get some sort of certification) and basically took the leap based on the great reviews the camp was getting. Within two weeks of finishing I had a job and was making more than 3 times as much as ever had in my life. I would say I'm pretty happy about my decision.

    It's rigorous, to be sure, and there are times you will feel full of doubt and anxiety because of the mountain of learning and work ahead of you. But if you just keep pushing through it and make sure to completely devote yourself to it (and tell your friends and family that you're going to be MIA for awhile) then you will come out of it like: https://cdn.meme.am/cache/instances/folder708/500x/74950708.jpg 

    It feels awesome to go to school and actually get a return on your investment, especially after such a short amount of time. In a world of trumped-up claims and promises, it feels pretty surreal to have something pan out exactly as you hoped. Don't look at any other coding camps in LA, the instructors and staff are unmatched here and you will have a lot of fun working on your project with the other students. You will get help whenever you need it and always feel challenged. Somehow despite the stress of cramming all this into your brain so quickly, it still manages to be a laid back atmosphere and Gregorio's hilarious wisdom and commentary will help you get through the difficult times. Go for it!

  • Chris McDermut • Web Engineer I • Graduate
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    Sabio is an excellent program and exceeds other bootcamps on all fronts. Sabio acts as an educational dev shop where each cohort builds out feature loaded product for external clients. This best prepares you for the coding job you will inevitably get once finishing the program, by working as a dev shop building out a full product. You get to build out your own features and see how 10x more are implemented by pair programming or seeing cohort mates finished work. The instructors are industry experienced senior developers(not recently graduated boot camp members) and hold your growth to high standards and a quick clip. They also know what is expected in professional development and know how to explain and fix complicated coding problems.

    My cohort is 100% employed as developers in technical jobs across the SoCal area. No graduates are hired by Sabio and their job numbers reflect true placement in technical fields. C# .Net is a fine language to start in and there a ton of .NET jobs in the LA area. C# .Net is not restrictive and I am currently programming in javascript(Angular framework) and Java for front end and server side, respectivley. I am very satisfied with my pay and am a team lead at my current company. I highly highly recommend attending this program.

  • Absolutely worth it
    - 12/23/2016
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    If you're reading through these reviews right now, either considering whether or not to do a coding boot camp or possibly shopping around for the best one to attend, you're exactly where I was three months ago. By all means, do your own research to come to the conclusion on your own, but I can tell you: you don't need to look any further. You will not find a more committed and qualified group of instructors/mentors to prepare you for your new career. And you will not find a more supportive community to help you along the way.

    For the people reading this that only care about results, I can tell you that it's for real. I'm a college graduate who, just three months ago, had never earned more than 40k in my life (30+ years old). Before the program was done, I had already signed my accepted offer worth more than double my previous max salary. Sure, maybe not everyone will end up with an offer like that, but from my perspective, the program works. Making the decision to go through Sabio is easily one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life.

    Go to a Sabio info session, meet Gregorio, see what the program is about, and then vet the info. Compare Sabio to other programs, and I think you'll probably end up making the same decision I did. If you do, you'll thank yourself for it.

  • Michael • Full Stack Developer • Graduate
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    Coming into Sabio I had experience in the development space. I quit my job as a junior developer to attend Sabios 12 week Full Stack program. Even with the experience that I had, Sabio pushed me to be a better developer all the way around. I learned a hell of alot and I defintely reccomend people to do this program with or without experience. Ive increased my salary ten fold. My salary has increased 30,000 in 3 months. 

  • Zack • Graduate
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    I have worked in tech for years. I've worked in every capacity under the sun, except development. I had a friend attend a different coding boot camp, with O.K results. I did some research and decided to check out Sabio. What a whirlwind. I have never learned so much and gained such a foothold on the market in such a short period of time in my life. Aaron and Varr and fantastic. I genuinely could not have asked for better mentors.  

  • Sabio is the truth
    - 12/19/2016
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    If you're reading this then you're probably in the same position I was six months ago scrolling through course report. I hated my job and needed a career change. I come from a sales background with no college degree and had absolutely ZERO coding knowledge. I was always passionate about computers and technology so I started doing some research. I came across Sabio and a couple other coding bootcamps. I went to an info session at Sabio with Aaron(Orange County Instructor), which was my first info session. I ended up joining the pre-work sessions that same week. I don't know what it was, but I trusted everything Aaron was saying. He was not trying to sell me on joining, he was just explaining facts. I didn't even bother going to check out any other bootcamps mainly because at Sabio you have 8 weeks of pre-work to get ready for the full 12 week bootcamp and most importantly at Sabio you are working on a REAL project for a REAL client. No other coding bootcamp does this. Sabio limit's their cohorts to a max of 10 people and you're working as a real development team. 

    So I joined the pre-work session's which were taught by Varr. Varr is actually teaching his own cohort come January. He does an amazing job breaking everything down in a way where someone with no experience like me can understand. 

    After the 8 week's of pre-work the real deal began. The 12 week course is no joke. Be prepared to devote everything to it. It is frustrating and stressful, but in the end it will pay off. All you have to do is show up, listen, and put in the work and you will be in a great place. Aaron is an incredible instructor. The guy is a genius. He had an answer to every question I asked and he answered them in a way where I would learn from it. No matter how many times I asked him the same questions, he remained patient with me until I completely understood what I was doing. Everyone has their own pace of learning and he adapts to everyones individual needs. In the last two weeks of the cohort we switch over to interview prep and job searching as the main focus while still continuing to code. We had 3 mock interviews and over 200 prep questions to study from. They set you up for success at Sabio. Even after you graduate you are connected to a network of sabio instructors and graduates, where you can seek help and advice.

    On Wednesday of week 11, I received a job offer for a mid-level full stack .net developer positon which I accepted. The salary is 70k+. My first day of work is on Jan. 3rd and my cohort graduation date is on Jan. 8th. Choosing Sabio was the best decision I could have ever made.

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    Update—I got hired 4 weeks after graduation and I am now making 15K more than my previous job, plus benefits, in less than 6 months!

     

    I wanted to write a detailed review of SABIO because when I first started looking at course-report, I only found a few reviews long enough to be useful. Of those, one writer described a situation like mine, and that helped me decide which bootcamp I wanted to attend. I hope my review can help you make the right decision, whether it’s to choose Sabio or to get you thinking about bootcamps in general.

     

    #Yolo—So Make the Change.

    So many doubts and so much regret.  Five months ago, that’s what I faced every day after deciding to make a career change. I had been in the medical field for over seven years, working for two hospitals, and I had grown tired of the job’s uncertainties. As a per diem employee, my work schedule would change each day. I could get called in to work a few hours before my shift, or I could be sent home because the hospital wasn’t busy. Sometimes I would get called in, then get sent home after two hours. Many co-workers told me it would be a few years before I could get a part-time position, and a few years after that until I qualified for a full-time position. The pay would shrink as I moved up because of the benefit packages. I would be working more hours just to make the same amount or less; the only perk would be the guaranteed hours. So when I decided to switch careers, I faced doubt and regrets, much of it from my immediate family. They wanted me to keep both hospital jobs because they were stable and I would eventually get to be full-time. I know my family was only trying to help, but their negativity towards my decisions weighed heavily on me. Still, despite this pressure at home to stay in my field, I knew I had to make a change.

    The Search:

    Luckily, I was not alone in searching for something better. A colleague/friend in the medical field decided to join me. As we researched Computer Science degrees online, we came across the term “coding bootcamps” and shifted our research to finding those in the LA/OC area. My criteria included the languages being taught, price, schedule and time. We found four geographically desirable bootcamps -- Sabio, OC Code School, UCLA extension and Codesmith -- that were located relatively close. A software-engineer relative who advised me recommended Sabio because it was the only local bootcamp at the time to offer full stack web development in short amount of time (12 Weeks). On coursereport, Sabio had the best reviews compared to others. I decided to attend an info session at Sabio.

    The Leap:

    We arrived at the Sabio info session in Culver City full of questions. Co-founder Gregorio explained what Sabio is, what to expect in a coding boot camp, and what full stack web development is. He was upfront about the importance of devoting 70+ hours each week, the graduation rate, and salaries one might expect after graduation. He said that although many coding camps claim their graduates start at salaries around 100k or more, the actual average is around 60k. No one will hire a junior developer with fewer than six months of coding experience for 100k. Gregorio doesn’t hire Sabio graduates to teach; all the Sabio instructors have over 10+ years of experience with different backgrounds. Gregorio stayed afterward to answer all my questions and even offered advice on my current job situation, which impressed me. After that night, I knew Sabio was it.

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    The four weeks of pre-work was initially rough for me. I had no prior experience with coding except for codecademy’s beginner lessons online to learn HTML and CSS as a foundation for pre-work. The part-time pre-work instructors are knowledgeable, patient, and available. They provided guidance and structure to the class. The pre-work student-teacher ratio is about 15:1. When I received the good news that I had passed the assessment and moved a step closer to my goal, it was one of the best feelings I’ve had. Written assessments at the end of the pre-work session provide an idea of how well you understand the material. Don’t stress – it’s not a test, just a snapshot of what you’ve learned so far about web pages.

    Cohort:

    After the first week or so revisiting pre-work concepts so that everyone is on the same page, each cohort starts on a project that involves an actual client with a web app concept for real-world use. The client may show up now and then to answer questions, but it’s the instructor who guides the cohort. In a semblance of Agile methodology, every day begins with a standup meeting in which each person discusses what he/she is working on, any issues that may have come up, and what today’s work will be. Following lectures or code review, each person gets to work on a part of the app. Since the student to teacher ratio is small – usually around 10:1 – everyone benefits from one-on-one interactions. After a few days, the instructor is there mainly for guidance or troubleshooting; otherwise, you research and code on your own or as a team. This exposes you to many of the available developer tools to help you write and debug your code. You learn a lot, including how to start thinking like a coder. The goal is to get everyone coding like a professional web developer. You should work no less than 10 hours a day so you can fulfill the strict commitment to a 70-hour week, which is no joke; you get out of it what you put in. Each day you come to learn, and each day you will improve. I was fortunate to have a great cohort. Everyone came from a different background and brought unique ideas and perspectives. Since we spent so much time together, Sabio became my second home, and my cohort was my second family. (Months after our work at Sabio was finished, we still Slack one another and visit Sabio for monthly professional development sessions.)

    Interview Prep

    As you wrap your cohort project for the client, Sabio instructors take turns conducting mock job interviews, white-boarding and coding tests. They want you over prepared so that the real interview is a piece of cake. In the week or two before gradation, you get help writing your resume, and you start to apply for jobs during the day and continue coding at night. Gregorio is also a great resource for interview preparation and is available most of the time to answer questions or offer advice. The interview preparation was such a success that many of my cohort found jobs before graduation.

    The Finish Line

    Good luck with your research. I hope this review was helpful. Sabio is a great bootcamp that offers tremendous support during and even after you have found a job. Gregorio and Liliana go above and beyond to make sure everyone has a successful transition from beginning to end, including offering free professional workshops to help you continue developing your skills even after you are working. They commit to each person for five years and/or until you’re earning $100K.

  • Kevs • Graduate
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    Do you feel unsatisfied with your current job because it lacks challenge or feels unrewarding?

    If so, you should learn to code.

    Coding is difficult, but the satisfaction that comes from writing good, functioning code is like receiving 100 presents, and a kitten, on a nice, snowy Christmas morning.

    Simply put, by learning to code, you open an avenue of endless growth. As long as you code, you will always be learning, thus you will always be challenging yourself.

    Are you having trouble choosing between different bootcamps?

    Don't sweat it. I was in the same boat. I had a difficult time choosing between three bootcamps in Los Angeles, but ultimately chose Sabio.

    Why?

    Sabio was the most transparent. They didn't post outrageous average grad salaries. Note, it's extremely unlikely that a boot-camp graduate will receive a full-time (non-contract) offer of over $100k in southern California.

    Also, Sabio's blog is super informative and it played a large role in my decision making process.

    If you don't know where to start, go to an info-session and get your questions answered!

    What's the curriculum like?

    Code err'day.

    But seriously, 70 hours a week of hard coding. You gain practical and professional experience by building a product/web application for an entrepreneur.

    Once you complete pre-work and pass a coding assessment, you get 12 weeks to munch code like nobody's business.

    What are the instructors like?

    They are absolutely incredible developers and S-tier mentors.

    My instructor was Mike, and he is the greatest sensei I've ever had. Sabio did a great job hiring him because his enthusiasm and passion for teaching influenced the way my cohort functioned (no pun intended).

    My other instructor was Gregorio and he is one of Sabio's founders. He's a fantastic person with tons of wisdom. He's actually a wizard. Gregorio the Grey. :)

    Overall, my instructors were invested in my growth and I appreciated that.

    What was your cohort like?

    They're my awesome friends and I'd trust them with anything. 

    We support each other, unconditionally, through good and bad. 

    Although we've headed in different directions, we still keep in touch and I genuinely feel happier, seeing each of them succeed.

    Also, we're getting KBBQ soon.

    Overall impression?

    Sabio is a life-changing experience. There's nothing quite like it. I'm a recent UCLA graduate and Sabio is, in a sense, my master's program. I don't regret my decision to attend at all.

    In terms of ROI, Sabio beats most graduate schools. Think about that for a minute.

    Lastly, Gregorio and Liliana, the founders, are the nicest people in the world. They want you to succeed and work hard to make sure you do. It's humbling to experience.  

    If you do choose to attend Sabio, please understand that you aren't joining some coding school. You're joining the Sabio family.

    Even after graduating, you have access to tons of resources. You are always welcome to attend workshops or even use a room on campus. If you're struggling at work, you can always DM someone for help.

    In short, you're never on your own. You'll always be a part of something great, and that in itself is priceless!

    Where are you now?

    It's been one month since I graduated. 

    Since then, I have accepted an offer with a Real Estate tech company. And because everyone wants to hear it, I make a lot of money with tons of awesome benefits.

    It's fulfilling, for me, to be called a "top candidate" when talking to hiring managers and receiving offers. And this isn't because I'm smart, it's because Sabio prepared me for interviews and taught me the invaluable lesson of working hard.

    That being said, what are you waiting for???

    A famous video game character once said, "hesitation is the seed of defeat".

    Empower yourself in 2017.

Sabio Outcomes


93%
On-Time Graduation Rate
82%
In-Field Employed
$65,000
Median Salary

Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 39 graduates included in report:

180 Day Employment Breakdown:

Full-time employee
82.0%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position
0.0%
Short-term contract, part-time, or freelance
0.0%
Started a new company or venture after graduation
0.0%

Employed out-of-field
5.0%
Continuing to higher education
N/A
Not seeking a job for health, family, or personal reasons
N/A

Still seeking job in-field
10.0%

Could not contact
0.0%

Salary Breakdown:

100% of job obtainers reported salaries.

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