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Posted on Jul 6, 2018 in Latest Department News

Companies looking to train employees in web programming can receive a subsidy toward a DevLeague course

HONOLULU, HI — The Hawaii Technology Development Corporation’s (HTDC) INNOVATE Hawaii program became an approved provider of the Employment & Training Fund (ETF). This special program of the State of Hawaii’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) helps Hawaii employers provide necessary training to its employees at a reduced cost.

By participating in the ETF Micro program, local companies can receive up to 50 percent off total tuition costs (maximum $400 subsidy) from DLIR. INNOVATE Hawaii offers training through courses administered by DevLeague, an immersive technical training program in software engineering and cyber security.

“With INNOVATE Hawaii as an ETF provider, HTDC can better support local companies that want to invest in their employees. Through this program we’re able to enhance workforce development for our state’s growing tech sector,” said Robbie Melton, executive director and CEO of HTDC. “Thanks to financial support from DLIR, employers can reduce their costs. It’s an impactful way to invest in their employees as well as their business.”

Employees can choose from either DevLeague’s JavaScript or Cyber Security Prep Course, which are month-long introductory courses with tuitions of $735 and $499, respectively.

“With technology constantly evolving, companies should proactively pursue ways to train employees,” said Russel Cheng, director of operations at DevLeague. “Our prep courses allow students to get up-to-speed and gauge their interest in continuing on to the full track, which is a bigger commitment.”

For more details about courses and funding for full track courses, visit

As of June 1, INNOVATE Hawaii began accepting applications. To participate, companies should submit an application to the Department of Labor and Industrial Relation’s Workforce Development Division. Additional information can be received by e-mailing [email protected].


About HTDC (Hawaii Technology Development Corporation)
HTDC is a state agency, attached to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). HTDC’s mission is to facilitate the development and growth of Hawaii’s high technology industry. HTDC is providing capital, building infrastructure and developing talent to foster innovation and diversify Hawaii’s economy. HTDC’s 80/80 Initiative is to create 80,000 new tech and innovation jobs that will provide high paying jobs for Hawaii residents.

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Robbie Melton
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