Vancouver, WA (population: 169,603) has one carpentry school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Chemeketa Community College has a total student population of 12,217. It is the 5468th highest ranked school in the USA and the 63rd highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Carpentry students from Vancouver schools who go on to become carpenters, construction managers, construction workers, construction engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 743,760 people working as carpenters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $43,640. Also, Construction laborers make on average $33,190 per year and there are about 856,440 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 6,290 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $35,100. Carpenters in this area earn $45,880/yr and there are 8,780 employed.
Vancouver lies in Clark county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 8.834 out of every 1000 jobs in Vancouver are held by carpenters, and 6.328/1000 are held by construction laborers.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Chemeketa Community College ends up costing a student $5,817/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Vancouver|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||18.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||70.7 miles|