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Dec. 13, 2019 12:46 pm

How did local Flatiron School grads fare in their job searches in 2018?

The growing coding school graduated 48 students in D.C. in 2018, and reports a 100% job placement rate for technologists post-graduation.
A Flatiron School campus.

A Flatiron School campus.

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Update: This article's first sentence has been updated for clarity. (12/16/19, 9:35 a.m.)

Every student who graduated from Flatiron School’s D.C. program in 2018 landed a job, apprenticeship, internship or contract position, the prominent coding school reports.

Flatiron shared this and some other key employments findings in its annual Jobs Report.

The report shares insights about how many students graduated from the NYC-based company’s online and on-campus programs, the time it took to connect students with a job post-graduation, average salary and more. Unlike past years when the report only shared New York findings, this year, the coding school includes information from programs it runs in cities worldwide.

“Our goal is not only to help students find meaning in their jobs, but also to show how education can empower people to build a new kind of life for themselves and their families,” Flatiron School founder and CEO Adam Enbar said in a statement. “That is how communities move forward. The return on investment on higher education should be as calculable as anything else.”

The 2019 edition of the report shares employment statistics from Flatiron School’s 769 students who completed a program between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. The report was audited for transparency by Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, LLP, an M&A advisory services company.

Flatiron School’s 100% job placement rate in D.C. includes its 48 students landing full-time salaried positions, internships, apprenticeships, freelance roles and contracted positions, according to the school. Overall, nearly 50% of these students accepted a job offer within 30 days after graduation, and all landed a position within the year.

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Some other key D.C. findings include:

  • Students who landed a full-time, salaried position make an average of $71,582 a year.
  • The average hourly rate for students who landed a full-time contract, internship, apprenticeship or freelance position earn $38 an hour.
  • 81% of students accepted engineering job offers.
  • 8% of students accepted positions in technical teaching.
  • 21% of students work at large companies that have more than 500 employees.
  • 38% of students now work at small businesses.

This report comes about a month after the news broke that Flatiron, which was acquired by WeWork in 2017 for $28 million, laid off dozens of employees — about 9% of its total workforce. It’s not clear if D.C.-area workers were affected; Business Insider reports that most laid off staffers were based at Flatiron’s headquarters.

The coding school’s local outpost is hosting a Capture the Flag workshop for aspiring hackers to test their skills in a safe and controlled environment this Saturday, Dec. 14. More details here.

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