HTDC Expands Tech Training Services

July 7, 2018, 2:30 PM HST
* Updated July 6, 5:51 PM
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The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism announced that the Hawai‘i Technology Development Corporation’s (HTDC) INNOVATE Hawai‘i program became an approved provider of the Employment & Training Fund (ETF). This special program of the State of Hawai‘i’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) helps Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i offers training through courses administered by DevLeague, an immersive technical training program in software engineering and cyber security.

“With INNOVATE Hawai‘i as an ETF provider, HTDC can better support local companies that want to invest in their employees,” said Robbie Melton, executive director and CEO of HTDC. “Through this program we’re able to enhance workforce development for our state’s growing tech sector. 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 Hawai‘i 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].

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