Updated: State Small Business office offering fee discounts to companies employing Zip Code grads


Delaware small business owners will have an incentive to hire graduates from Zip Code Wilmington’s computer coding training program thanks to a new partnership between Zip Code Wilmington and the Delaware Division of Small Business.

Zip Code Wilmington is now designated as a certified trainer by the Division of Small Business. As a part of this partnership, the Division will give companies with fewer than 100 employees who hire Zip Code Wilmington graduates a 50 percent discount on the tuition reimbursement fee typically associated with these new hires.

The charge is used to offset Zip Code Wilmington’s training expenses,.

“We are excited to be named as a certified training provider by the Delaware Division of Small Business as it helps diversify the types of companies that can hire our talented and highly motivated graduates,” said Desa Burton, executive director, Zip Code Wilmington. “As a self-sustaining nonprofit, we rely on tuition reimbursement paid by our corporate partners when a graduate is placed. With this grant, small businesses seeking to hire our graduateswill have affordable access to the skilled tech talent they need to help their businesses grow and remain competitive in an ever-increasing technical marketplace.”

Zip Code Wilmington is eligible to receive a maximum of $100,000.

“Finding highly trained software developers is as important for smaller companies as it is for their larger competitors,” said Damian DeStefano, director of the Delaware Division of Small Business. “The Division’s new partnership with Zip Code Wilmington will make it more affordable for these business owners to hire Zip Code graduates, and will expand opportunities for the program’s graduates.”

Small businesses in Delaware are eligible now until June 30 to take advantage of this program. Any Delaware business with less than 100 employees that hires a graduate will see their tuition reimbursement fee reduced by $6,000 until the cap of $100,000 is met.

To become a Zip Code Wilmington hiring partner, email Lossie Freeman, director of corporate partnerships, at lossie@zipcodewilmington.com.

Zip Code Wilmington is a 12-week coding bootcamp.

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