Great Bend, KS has one automotive and mechanics school within its city limits. Barton County Community College has a total student population of 4,237. It is the 4026th highest ranked school in the USA and the 56th highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Automotive and Mechanics students from Great Bend schools who go on to become automotive mechanics, automotive engineers, automotive technicians, mechanics, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 606,990 people working as automotive service technicians and mechanics alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $37,880. Also, Automotive body and related repairers make on average $41,020 per year and there are about 133,290 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Kansas nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 650 employed automotive body and related repairers earning an average salary of $34,390. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $32,070/yr and there are 2,230 employed.
Great Bend lies in Barton county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Kansas nonmetropolitan area has 444,090 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.63/hr average worker wage, and a $32,500 average annual salary. Thus, about 5.011 out of every 1000 jobs in Great Bend are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 1.466/1000 are held by automotive body and related repairers.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Barton County Community College ends up costing a student $9,108/yr.