La Crosse, WI (population: 50,893) has five child care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with a child care program, has a total student population of 3,421. It is the 2432nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 35th highest in the state of Wisconsin (#1 is University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Child Care students from La Crosse schools who go on to become child care professionals, child care workers, nannies, day care specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 595,650 people working as child care workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $20,940. Also, Child, family, and school social workers make on average $43,540 per year and there are about 277,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the La Crosse-MN area alone, there are 160 employed child, family, and school social workers earning an average salary of $47,950. Child care workers in this area earn $20,460/yr and there are 160 employed.
La Crosse lies in La Crosse county, which is one of the 34 counties in Wisconsin. Overall, the La Crosse-MN area has 70,680 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 6.1% unemployment rate, $18.15/hr average worker wage, and a $37,750 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.268 out of every 1000 jobs in La Crosse are held by child care workers, and 2.274/1000 are held by child, family, and school social workers.
Of the 5 child care schools with a 100-mile radius of La Crosse, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical comes out as the most expensive ($13,314/yr) for child care students, with Chippewa Valley Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $7,381/yr.