Sabio, the premiere software engineering program for highly motivated individuals looking to excel in the tech industry, has demonstrated a significant and profound commitment to the Military Veteran community. In its three years of existence, Sabio has taken steps to forge unique partnerships and create opportunities for veterans to become awesome full stack web developers and tech entrepreneurs.
The web development program that Sabio has with Antioch University Los Angeles enables veterans to use their GI Bill benefits to learn how to code while earning college credit; very few coding bootcamps in the country have this distinction.
VetsHack was an event that Sabio and Antioch University Los Angeles sponsored last September, with the bold financial support of Facebook, to bring together coders and the veteran community to address issues such as homelessness, employment, adjusting to civilian life, social and emotional well-being, education, and resources for military veterans. A total of $5,000 were awarded at the end of the event. Other hackathon sponsors included Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy, Operation Code, and GitHub.
Billy Martin, an Army veteran who learned how to code with Sabio, and his team created an app at the VetsHack hackathon for veterans who can reach out to fellow veteran mentors so they can talk through issues that they are having with peer mentors via anonymous SMS. Billy and his team were first place winners at this veteran-themed hackathon.
Dan Tutolo, is another Army veteran who came to Sabio after working as a Chinese translator and Oracle database administrator for a defense contractor.
Beyond participating in Sabio cohorts, two Sabio instructors, Varr Willis and Jimmy Muga, who joined the team last year are veterans as well. Varr served in the Air Force, and Jimmy was in the Marines.