Purple Maiʻa

Hiapo Workforce Development

Salesforce Certification Training

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Empowering Hawaiʻi's Tech Workforce

The Hiapo Workforce Development Program is a unique opportunity to support the economic development of Hawaiʻi and provide career opportunities for Native Hawaiians. The program is designed to provide job training and career development that is relevant and in-demand, allowing students to gain new skills, earn industry standard certifications, and access to higher paying jobs.

Our program focuses on the Salesforce ecosystem, the world’s number one customer relationship management (CRM) platform, with over 150,000 companies across every industry using the software to grow their business.

The program consists of three sections, starting off with the 4-week entry-level Salesforce Associate Certification course that is designed to help students better understand the Salesforce platform, the ecosystem, and career paths they want to pursue.

Following the Salesforce Associate Certification course is the 12-week Salesforce Administrator Certification training program, where students will take a deeper dive into the Salesforce platform and continue to develop their skill sets with the goal of becoming a certified Salesforce Administrator.

After the 12-week program is complete, students will have the opportunity to work in our Olonā Apprenctice Shop, where apprentices will be provided with on-the-job training under the mentorship of senior Salesforce Administrators and Developers.

Why Learn Salesforce?

The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the digital transformation for many businesses which in turn created a skills shortage for Salesforce professionals. According to IDC’s white paper, the user of cloud services of Salesforce and its ecosystem will create new revenues for customers that will add up to $1.5 trillion worldwide and the creation of 9.3 million new jobs by 2026.

Hiapo student
Hiapo student

Our Program Offerings:

  • Free Training 
  • Education Stipends
  • Free Study Material Licenses
  • Reimbursements for Certification Exams
  • Career Development and Counseling
"If weʻre gonna continue to be productive in this world, we need to be able to speak the language of the world. Thatʻs what Salesforce is. Thatʻs what technology is."
Papa ʻAʻaliʻi
“We have a vision of Native Hawaiian excellence in contemporary digital technologies. Skills like Salesforce are in high demand. Training and certification can translate into a career that supports a family, regardless of a person’s educational background or experience.”
Kelsey Amos
Purple Maiʻa COO

The Hiapo team

Keahi Selhorst

Keahi Selhorst

Salesforce Trainer and Director of Business Development
Victor Lee

Victor Lee

Program Director
Bhanudas Tanaka

Bhanudas Tanaka

Olonā Solutions Manager
Su Lazo

Su Lazo

Director of Career Development

Corina Price

Certified Scrum Master + Salesforce Administrator

Kekuapono Kalua

Purple Mai'a Salesforce Administrator Mentor

Amberlene Thompson

Scrum Master Apprentice + Trainer

Sydney Gamatero

Salesforce Olonā Apprentice