Clark State partners with State Auto to offer certificate, guaranteed hire positions

Friday, January 31, 2020
Clark State Community College

Clark State Community College has partnered with State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company (State Auto) to offer an insurance management certificate with a guaranteed hire opportunity for graduates. The Insurance Claims short-term technical certificate is offered entirely online.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity for our students and are grateful for this innovative partnership with State Auto,” said Aimee Belanger-Haas, dean of business and applied technologies at Clark State. “Clark State continues to make workforce a priority and create new opportunities for our students.”  

Canan Cullins, vice president of associate relations for State Auto, said the partnership with Clark State came about through trying to think creatively and outside the box on ways to attract talent.

“Most of our new hires have little to no exposure to insurance concepts or the industry; this 12-week certification will provide a significant knowledge base on which we will build,” Cullins said. “Additionally, we have been able to impact the curriculum so we have an even higher confidence level that successful students will be well equipped.”

Students who complete this certificate are assured a job with State Auto at the guaranteed annual salary of $47,000. Graduates will work from either the Columbus, Ohio, or Des Moines, Iowa, location.

Guaranteed hire is also contingent upon a successful prescreen prior to entering into the program, completion of a background check and drug screen, and successful completion of the program as defined by State Auto. 

Enrollment in the Clark State Insurance Claims short-term technical certificate program is now open. 

“We are super excited to enter this partnership with Clark State,” Cullins said. “The collaboration has been amazing, and it is truly a win-win for all involved; especially the students.”