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Claim Academy

Avg Rating:4.43 ( 166 reviews )

Claim Academy is a 3-month developer coding and software training bootcamp in St. Louis that offers 12-week to 20-week classes in full stack Java, C#/.NET, Javascript, and Cybersecurity analysis. Claim Academy is approved to operate by the State of Missouri Department of Higher Education to train IT professionals. Students can apply with with little to no programming experience, but should be prepared for an in-person or webcam interview, and should complete the Introduction to Java Course through Teachable before the first day of class.

Throughout the three-month bootcamp, students complete pair programming, work with mentors and instructors, and produce a coding final project, which they present to potential employers and other interested parties on demo day. New classes are offered every 6 weeks.

Upon graduation, the team at Claim Academy helps place graduates in companies as Full Stack Software Developers in Java and .Net software development. Claim Academy graduates have been hired into major companies like Daughtery Business Solutions, Carfax, Technology Partners, Centene Corporation, Clearent, and OneSpace.

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  • Cybersecurity Analyst Evening

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    Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing
    In PersonFull Time20 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,998
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSt. Louis
    From individuals, to businesses, to the U.S. Government, employers are struggling to find qualified entry-level cybersecurity professionals to protect their systems from cyber attacks. Students will learn how to plan, implement and upgrade security measures and controls by establishing plans and protocols to protect digital files and information systems against unauthorized access, modification and/or destruction. Learning takes place over the course of 20 weeks, where students will cover topics such as Introductory Python, Security Application, Perimeter Security, Cloud & Wifi Security, and ultimately preparing students to complete CompTIA Security+ certification. Students in the Cybersecurity program receive one free CompTIA Security+ examination as part of their tuition.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Cybersecurity Analyst Immersive

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    Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing
    In PersonFull Time45 Hours/week14 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$14,998
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSt. Louis
    From individuals, to businesses, to the U.S. Government, employers are struggling to find qualified entry-level cybersecurity professionals to protect their systems from cyber attacks. Students will learn how to plan, implement and upgrade security measures and controls by establishing plans and protocols to protect digital files and information systems against unauthorized access, modification and/or destruction. Learning takes place over the course of 14 weeks, where students will cover topics such as Introductory Python, Security Application, Perimeter Security, Cloud & Wifi Security, and ultimately preparing students to complete CompTIA Security+ certification. Students in the Cybersecurity program receive one free CompTIA Security+ examination as part of their tuition.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Front-End Javascript Developer Immersive

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    JavaScript, Agile
    In PersonFull Time45 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$13,998
    Class size20
    LocationSt. Louis
    Among the most promising and fastest growing skills in the United States, Software Development jobs are growing at a rate of 17% according to the U.S Department of Labor and Statistics. With this growth comes a tremendous shortage of qualified applicants to fill over 400,000 new developer positions each year. In 2020, it is predicted that there will be over 1.5 Million positions that remain unfilled. (Source: US Bureau of Statistics). According to data from StackOverflow, JavaScript is the most popular Web technology, in use by nearly 70% of Professional Developers. This is not a surprise, as according to a Web Technology Surveys Report, JavaScript is used by over 95% of all websites as of June 2019. Claim Academy helps to address that unmet demand for programmers by providing training that empowers our students to step right in to the industry as entry-level programmers. Overview: Our 12-week course in Full Stack Javascript covers the principles of developing in industry-standard environments using Agile methodology and RESTful Web Services.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Front-End Javascript - Evening

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    Node.js, JavaScript, Agile
    In PersonFull Time15 Hours/week20 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$13,998
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSt. Louis
    Among the most promising and fastest growing skills in the United States, Software Development jobs are growing at a rate of 17% according to the U.S Department of Labor and Statistics. With this growth comes a tremendous shortage of qualified applicants to fill over 400,000 new developer positions each year. In 2020, it is predicted that there will be over 1.5 Million positions that remain unfilled. (Source: US Bureau of Statistics). According to data from StackOverflow, JavaScript is the most popular Web technology, in use by nearly 70% of Professional Developers. This is not a surprise, as according to a Web Technology Surveys Report, JavaScript is used by over 95% of all websites as of June 2019. Claim Academy helps to address that unmet demand for programmers by providing training that empowers our students to step right in to the industry as entry-level programmers. Overview: Our 20-week course in Full Stack Javascript covers the principles of developing in industry-standard environments using Javascript, Agile methodology, and RESTful Web Services.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Full Stack C#/.Net Online

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    Agile, AngularJS, ASP.NET, C#, CSS, Design, DevOps, Front End, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, MVC, .NET, Scrum
    OnlineFull Time15 Hours/week20 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$10,500
    Class size0
    LocationSt. Louis
    Learn the tools and skills you'll need to be a professional C#/.Net programmer and developer. This online 12-20-weeks course features daily lectures, intense homework and project workloads, hand-on experience with the latest technologies, and in-depth instruction on working in a collaborative development environment. Our online program is ideal for those who want to learn the skills necessary for entry-level software development jobs, but who cannot commit to the immersive, full-time on-ground program. Our project based approach creates a day where you experience mentor led and instructional sessions. Deploy your applications to the web and beyond. Join us!
    Financing
    Deposit500
    Financing
    Lending partners like Leif, Climb Credit, Upstart offer financial loans and living expense loans. Go ahead apply
    Tuition PlansYes
    Refund / Guaranteeyes
    ScholarshipYes
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPrework and Technical interview.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Full Stack C#/.Net Software Developer Immersive

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    MVC, DevOps, .NET, C#, AngularJS, ASP.NET, CSS, Design, Front End, Git, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, SQL
    In PersonFull Time45 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,500
    Class size20
    LocationSt. Louis
    Learn the tools and skills you'll need to be a professional .Net/C# programmer and developer. This full-time, 12-week course features daily and weekend lectures, intense homework and project workloads, hand-on experience with the latest technologies, and in-depth instruction on working in a collaborative development environment. Our project based approach creates a day where you experience pair programming, mentor led and instructional sessions. Deploy your applications to the web and beyond. Join us!
    Financing
    Deposit$500
    Financing
    Lending partners like Climb Credit, Leif, Upstart offer financial loans and living expense loans. Go ahead 
    Tuition PlansYes
    Refund / GuaranteeYes
    Scholarship$500 Women in Technology Scholarship $1,000 College Upgrade Scholarship $500 Minority Scholarship $500 Veteran Scholarship
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPrework and Technical interview.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Full Stack Java Software Developer - Evening

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    Java, Git, Agile
    In PersonFull Time15 Hours/week20 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$14,998
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSt. Louis
    Among the most promising and fastest growing skills in the United States, Software Development jobs are growing at a rate of 17% according to the U.S Department of Labor and Statistics. With this growth comes a tremendous shortage of qualified applicants to fill over 400,000 new developer positions each year. In 2020, it is predicted that there will be over 1.5 Million positions that remain unfilled. (Source: US Bureau of Statistics). According to the STLCC Workforce development group, the most sought-after specific skills among St. Louis region tech jobs in 2014 were SQL, Oracle resources, and Java programming. Developers in the Java environment are the backbone of large corporations in the St Louis region, and demand has never been higher for entry-level programmers. Overview: Our course in Full Stack Java covers the basics of full stack development in industry-standard environments using Java, Agile methodology, and RESTful Web Services.
    Financing
    Deposit500
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Full Stack Java Software Developer Immersive

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    Agile, CSS, Design, DevOps, Front End, Git, HTML, Java, JavaScript, jQuery, MVC, React.js, Scrum, SQL
    In PersonFull Time45 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,500
    Class size20
    LocationSt. Louis
    Learn the tools and skills you'll need to be a professional full stack Java programmer and developer. This full-time, 12-week course features daily lectures, and project workloads, hand-on experience with the latest technologies, and in-depth instruction on working in a collaborative development environment. Our project based approach creates a day where you experience pair programming, mentor led and instructional sessions. Deploy your applications to the web and beyond. Join us!
    Financing
    Deposit$500
    Financing
    Lending partners like Climb Credit, Leif, Upstart offer financial loans and living expense loans. Go ahead apply
    Tuition PlansYes
    Refund / GuaranteeYes
    ScholarshipYes
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPrep work and technical interview
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Full Stack Java Software Developer Online

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    SQL, Scrum, React.js, MySQL, MVC, JavaScript, Java, HTML, Git, Front End, DevOps, Design, CSS, Agile
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week20 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$14,998
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSt. Louis
    Learn the tools and skills you'll need to be a professional full stack java programmer and developer. This online 12-20-weeks course features daily lectures, intense homework and project workloads, hand-on experience with the latest technologies, and in-depth instruction on working in a collaborative development environment. Our online program is ideal for those who want to learn the skills necessary for entry-level software development jobs, but who cannot commit to the immersive, full-time on-ground program. Our project based approach creates a day where you experience mentor led and instructional sessions. Deploy your applications to the web and beyond. Join us!
    Financing
    Deposit$500
    Financing
    Lending partners like Leif, Climb Credit, Upstart offer financial loans and living expense loans. Go ahead apply
    Tuition PlansYes
    Refund / GuaranteeYes
    ScholarshipYes
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginners
    Prep WorkPrep work and technical interview
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes

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  • $500 Claim Academy Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive Claim Academy scholarship for $500 off tuition!

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    Offer is only valid for new applicants. Applicants who have already submitted an application cannot claim this scholarship.

    Qualifying Courses

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  • $500 Claim Academy Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive Claim Academy scholarship for $500 off tuition!

    Eligibility

    Offer is only valid for new applicants. Applicants who have already submitted an application cannot claim this scholarship.

    Qualifying Courses

    • Full Stack C#/.Net Software Developer Immersive (St. Louis)
  • Leticia Weigand  User Photo
    Leticia Weigand • SAHM • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Might not be for someone that needs to be hand in hand with instructor.  I'm more of that individual but I stuck through it with the help from all the instructors, students and mentors.  The mentors do give you that one on one time you might need just need, so take advantage of it.  School allows for a lot of self growth and instruction with feedback and direction from instructors.  I chose Claim because of the Veteran approved programs they work with such as Vet Tec.  This school has definitely been a blessing towards a huge change in my life and journey.  Looking forward on what else Claim will have to offer in the future now that I have graduated and we have entered the employment phase.  I'll be back to update my review of the employment news when it comes up, so stay tuned.  
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    Aaron Trigg • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Having no prior training whatsoever, Claim Academy showed me that anyone can learn coding. This experience was amazing. The instructors were both knowledgeable and patient. My online classmates were so supportive. The help you receive both during and after training is incredible. Claim is hands down one of the best schools I ever attended.
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    Justin • Claim Academy graduate • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    The Java Full Stack Developer program is a super intensive 12-week fulltime course for those want to do full stack development. It's a great way to learn how websites/apps work from front end (Spring or REACT) to back end (Java) to the sql database. Consider this to be websites/apps A to Z. Because at the end, 'you' will build a full app yourself! Claim is a super Veteran-friendly school with good admin support, and a staff that is not necessarily trying to mold each student to be a certain way, but rather, helps each student bring out the best that 'they' have to offer (individually). That was my personal experience. But, I will warn those who have absolutely no coding background or previous training, this is a very difficult course and it will demand teamwork, but also alot of solitary time to grasp the concepts. People I thought would most certainly graduate, did not (in a few select cases). Creativity and problem solving skills is what you will need to get through this experience and to graduate. Also, do not enter into a course like this if you cannot literally clear out 12 weeks on your calendar, which will need to be 'distraction-free!' You will need every moment of each day to get through this course!
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    Maximo Taveras • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    If you know nothing , Maximo.... Go to this class. The teacher is patient and an expert. However , unlike " those who don't know, Teach." attitude..  Claim teachers are in the field and have been for years. You will get the bare knowledge and inside skills that will help you succeed in IT and in life. What are you waiting for? Advance your life NOW! With people that will help you before, during and after you become a master in your field.
  • Cybersecurity
    - 12/22/2021
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    Gregory Hopkins • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I'm a retired military veteran in need. I highly recommend Claims Academy if you want to start a new career in the IT field. The staff phenomenal, knowledgeable and very patient if you have no background in the IT field.
  • Caution
    - 11/16/2021
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    Chris Petersen • Helpdesk Analyst • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    While it is accurate that Cybersecurity is an active and growing industry, do not believe that a Security+ certificate and 0 tech industry experience will reasonably land you a cybersecurity position. 

    The course helped me pass this difficult exam, and has a great staff, but it is better for a future Cybersecurity professional to get IT help desk experience or a bachelors degree before trying to make the leap into cybersecurity. If you have either of these things, this course is for you.
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    Sarah Hayse • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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     During my time at Claim Academy, quite a few things went wrong.  At first I blamed the pandemic, but by graduation it was clear that the school was also at fault due to poor management.  Here are some things I encountered:  
     
     1. This was supposed to be an in-person course.  I specifically chose it for this reason because I learn better in person. Due to events below, it was only in-person for the first 3.5 weeks. The remainder of instruction was nothing but zoom meetings.  This was a minor irritation compared to the rest.
     
     2. Our original teacher put in his resignation 1 week in, so we got a new teacher (zoom meetings only) at 3.5 weeks. Our new teacher DID NOT continue the curriculum from 3.5 weeks... he started teaching like it was the beginning of week 5!!!  He skipped 1.5 weeks of curriculum and said he'd "touch back on that" as we went along.  This left us learning about Spring MVC without knowing a single bit of HTML or CSS.  We had barely finished the basics.  Also, he didn't stop when we asked questions.  He plowed right through like no one spoke.  We were actually advised to watch the videos later so we could pause when we needed to.  Honestly, I don't know why that teacher is even still employed since they know he is not a quality teacher.  Intelligence does not equal teaching ability.
     
     3. When the new teacher started, our scheduled meeting times abruptly shifted from 1pm-4pm to 4pm-7pm. Several in-person students, including myself, continued to use the school's building during class time for the stable internet and a dedicated place to concentrate.  As it turns out, however, the office staff leaves at about 530-6 every night.  So anyone who decided to stay late was left alone in a fully glass fronted building where they pre-lock the door (i.e. if you go out, you can't get back in).  It's not like we could drive home in the middle of a lecture when the office staff left.  Eventually I was the last person coming to the building.  Since I'm a 5'4" 125 pound woman, I wasn't exactly comfortable sitting by myself in a giant fishbowl in downtown St. Louis for hours, so after two days of that I went home to finish the rest of the course.
     
     4. This new teacher was also a temporary teacher.  He was only scheduled to teach us for 2 weeks until our permanent teacher started.  The only reason any of us survived those two weeks was because of a single mentor!  I won't drop names, but anyone from my cohort knows who I mean.  He took it upon himself to hold a 3 hour zoom session EVERY DAY for those two week.  He single handedly taught us HTML, CSS, and filled in all the gaps from week 3 & 4.  He went above and beyond his 'mentor' capacity and without him, many of us would not have made it.  If you're reading this: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your extra time!!!
     
     5.  We ALL complained!  The program the school uses asked students every week: "Can you rate your class experience this week on a scale of 1-5".  During those 2 weeks, reviews dropped from 4-5 stars to solid 1 star.  Everyone rated the class poorly and complained to administration, but nothing was ever done to fix the situation! We were simply expected to ride it out and do our best while the temporary teacher taught whatever he felt like for 2 weeks and never bothered answering questions.
     
     6.  During the later weeks of class, we started attending company spotlights and alumni interviews, which is all fine.  However, we usually weren't told about these events until 1-2 hours before they happened.  To put this in perspective, we completed 3 different individual projects during this class, including a full stack capstone, as well as at least 3 group projects.  Being pulled away from a programming session with practically no notice is extremely disruptive.  It also seemed very unnecessary.  Either the office staff constantly planned events at the very last moment, or they didn't bother alerting the actual students until the last moment.  Both of which constitute poor planning.  Also, these events would often interrupt our scheduled class time (being held at 430-5pm). I understand the importance of these events, but our actual programming instruction should be our #1 priority.
     
     7. However, the best example of a clerical error/utter failure of planning was the fact that when they created the event for our capstone Demo Day presentations... they didn't bother to set the notifications to include the very students scheduled to present their projects OR send us a link to the updated schedule.
     
    Our third teacher was great!  He backtracked, he answered questions, and was a brilliant teacher.  As I said, the mentor was also amazing.  Everyone was very friendly. I did learn quite a bit of programming and I did produce a full stack project at the end.  I just graduated, so I can't speak for the job assistance, but it's looking good so far.
     
     My experience with Claim Academy is only worth 2 stars because of the things I explained above; however, it wouldn't take much for them to improve. Most importantly, a better organized events coordinator that is capable of giving at least a 24 hour notification for events and considers student priorities while scheduling.  I'm sure other cohorts have a better time, but the one I was in did not have a quality experience. 

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    David Elfrink • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Claim Academy is amazing at what they do and how they run the program. If you need help they will be there every step of the way. That being said is don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions to both the staff and the other students. There is always something new you can learn from everyone. This course will definitely keep you engaged as long as you are willing to put in the effort.
  • Good Experience
    - 8/13/2021
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    Daniel Gray • Software Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I learned a lot during the time I attended Claim Academy. I do hope they continue to only get better. .
  • Review
    - 8/13/2021
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    Matthew • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Learned JAVA and some React.  I had previously attended Digitalcrafts ATL, and it is hard not to compare.  Unfortunately Claim doesn't come close to Digitalcrafts in terms of quality.  Our instructors(we went through 3) at Claim seemed to be part time while at Digitalcrafts they were full time.  We spent about 3 hours a day actually with the professor in a zoom call, any other communication was on Basecamp (and it was horrible).  As students we made our own zoom calls with each other to work together.  Digitalcrafts on the other hand had a zoom call up for most of the day and the instructor was available along with at least two TAs all day and many times into the late evening.  
    Overall, I think Claim has alot of potential, but they need to really take suggestions well and be able and willing to improve.
  • Great Opportunity
    - 8/13/2021
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    Carl Citchen • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I believe Claim Academy is a great opportunity for anyone looking to challenge themselves with learning a new skill and possibly a new career path.  From an administrative standpoint, Travis Wyrick and Matthew Hook were excellent in helping me find out about the VETTEC program to pay for the course.  Training wise Denish Otieno and Lamar Myles were as good as it gets to help new students understand such complex material.  They were always helpful and wanted students to learn.  Also, your fellow classmates were very helpful in helping you understand problems you are having trouble with.  If you put in the work it is incredible what you will receive from this program.
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    Claim had great instructors and the mentor I had, Brandon, was willing to give up his weekends just to help us progress. 

Claim Academy Outcomes

* These outcomes are not audited by Course Report. In some cases, data is audited by a third party.


99%
Graduation Rate
100%
Employed
$63,134
Median Salary

Of the students who enroll at Claim Academy, 99% graduated. 97% of graduates were job-seeking and 100% of job-seeking graduates found in-field employment after 180 days and report a median income of $63,134. Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 132 graduates included in this report:

180 Day Employment Breakdown:

Full Time, In-Field Employee
91.7%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position
0.8%
Short-term contract, part-time position, freelance
7.6%
Employed out-of-field
0.0%

Notes & Caveats:

Our demo day and hiring events are well attended by regional and local employers. Employers continue to hire more grads from Claim Academy with some having more than 9 alumni.

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