Dev League Working to Swell Ranks of Kamaʻaina Developers


More and more, our world is becoming automated and computerized and web-enabled. As that happens, our national economy is becoming less labor-based and more knowledge-based. One of the biggest areas of growth is in software development–it’s the assembly line worker of our “new economy.”

DevWholeSo how do you ensure that you’re not left behind? Sure, you can quit your job and head to UH for a computer science degree. But what if you don’t have that kind of time (4 years) or money ($40,000+)?

Jason Sewell and Russel Cheng, both of Honolulu, are launching a new educational program that they hope will swell the ranks of Hawaii’s homegrown developers. Their endeavor, Dev League, is a 12-week software development course that covers Javascript, CSS3 and HTML5, as well as development methodologies and team skills. The full course costs $10,000, but is currently discounted by 20% for early applicants. Dev League also offers a virtual program for $299, which provides access to 3-5 weekly lecture or guest speaker videos from inside the classroom, plus learning materials.

“We think this is a huge opportunity for locals to join the movement and code so they can get a better shot at an awesome job here in HI or Bay Area,” said Russel Cheng via email. “For those that are motivated, we’ll teach them everything they need to become a software developer in 12 weeks, graduate them so they will have everything an employer looks for to start their new career and we’ll even bring the work to them via our Dev League employer network.”

Dev League claims that this program is the first of it’s kind in Hawaii.

“We are looking to take smart, driven individuals who are at a crossroads in life and are ready to propel themselves into the professional ranks of software development,” Cheng added. “We focus our efforts primarily on creating great web developers who are well versed in current web technologies but also have the proper knowledge of the full stack and modern theory to easily transition into various roles and technologies moving forward.”

Dev League’s first session begins on January 27, 2014, and runs through April 25, and the course is limited to 20 students.

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