Ottawa, KS has eleven automotive schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Kaw Area Technical School, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive program, has a total student population of 676. It is the 781st highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Automotive students from Ottawa schools who go on to become automotive technicians, automotive engineers, mechanics, automotive specialists, 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, Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles make on average $29,880 per year and there are about 17,090 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 60 employed electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles earning an average salary of $39,730. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $38,580/yr and there are 4,870 employed.
Ottawa lies in Franklin county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.924 out of every 1000 jobs in Ottawa are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 0.062/1000 are held by electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles.
Of the 11 automotive schools with a 100-mile radius of Ottawa, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lex La-Ray Technical Center comes out as the most expensive ($16,884/yr) for automotive students, with Metropolitan Community College-Longview as the lowest, reported at only $2,964/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Ottawa|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||52.0 miles|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||52.1 miles|
|Kansas City||MO||454,520||32||15.0915||547||52.1 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||60.6 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||61.7 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||82.7 miles|