Wichita, KS (population: 374,803) has two cooking schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Pioneer Technology Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a cooking program, has a total student population of 491. It is the 1531st highest ranked school in the USA and the 28th highest in the state of Oklahoma (#1 is Oklahoma City University).
Cooking students from Wichita schools who go on to become chefs, cooks, sous chefs, line cooks, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 94,300 people working as chefs and head cooks alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $44,240. Also, Cooks, private household make on average $27,720 per year and there are about 770 of them employed in the US today.
Wichita lies in Sedgwick county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Wichita area has 295,670 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.81/hr average worker wage, and a $39,110 average annual salary.
Of the 2 cooking schools with a 100-mile radius of Wichita, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Autry Technology Center comes out as the most expensive ($16,140/yr) for cooking students, with Pioneer Technology Center as the lowest, reported at only $11,580/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Wichita|
|North Newton||KS||-||1||30.3056||44||26.4 miles|
|El Dorado||KS||-||2||14.14||133||27.6 miles|
|Arkansas City||KS||-||1||16.4747||36||46.5 miles|
|Ponca City||OK||-||2||30.535||26||69.4 miles|
|Great Bend||KS||-||1||20.0068||110||90.6 miles|